Can just four dental implants replace all of the teeth on the top or the bottom of your mouth?
Thanks to advances in dental implant technology, that answer is a resounding yes.
Believe it or not, tooth loss is extremely common among adults, especially as we age. In fact, more than 35 million people in Europe are missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth. Rather than living with the discomfort and hassles of dentures, many people are opting for what is called full mouth dental implant restoration.
In patients with excellent health and no bone loss, 4 dental implants can be used to support 12 new teeth. This is typically called an “all on 4” dental implant solution.
What happens if my jawbone has receded? Can I still get “all on 4”?
In the case of patients who have weak jawbone or loss of bone in the upper or lower jaw, more dental implants can be used. Typically 6 or 8 dental implants can be used for patients who have no remaining teeth in their upper or lower jaw, however, 5 or 7 dental implants are not unusual in this case either if extra support is needed in certain areas of the jawbone to support the new teeth.
One full arch of teeth of 12-14 teeth supported by 4 dental implants
To fully understand this remarkable technique for replacing teeth, you should first understand what a dental implant is. An implant is a small titanium screw that fits inside your jawbone and replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. Minor surgery is required to insert the implants. Once the implant is in place, a crown is attached to give you a highly realistic-looking and functional prosthetic tooth.
Here’s where it gets really interesting: You do not need a dental implant for each and every one of your missing teeth. All you need is four precisely placed implants on the top of your mouth, and four on the bottom, to restore your full smile. That’s the beauty of the full arch. And because the implant is made of titanium, it has the unique ability to fuse to living bone and function as part of it. So eventually, the dental implant becomes part of the jawbone and serves as a strong, long-lasting foundation for your new teeth.
Besides ensuring that your implants are permanently fixed in place, this bone fusion has another important benefit: it can prevent future bone loss in the jaw. This helps to maintain a more youthful facial structure—and better oral health. But perhaps the biggest surprise about the full arch is how quickly it can transform your life.
Yes, you can get a radiant, new smile in just one day
By combining the unique “weldone” technology of the full mouth replacement procedure with the expertise of our dental implant teams, (not found in any other clinic in Slovakia) Smile Clinic has developed a way to give most patients a new smile in one day.
Here’s why the all-inclusive approach at Smile Clinic works for people who are missing a majority of their teeth:
- Your team of doctors, lab technicians and equipment are all in one patient-centered facility
- We’re able to place the dental implants and the arches of your new teeth in your mouth
- You leave our center with a natural looking, fully functioning set of teeth—all in one day
After your day at Smile Clinic, your new smile will look and feel great, but it’s only temporary. You see, it takes dental implants some time to heal and fuse to your jawbone. Once that happens, you’ll come back in and your team will replace your temporary teeth with a permanent, customized smile designed just for you.
How do you know if the full mouth treatment from Smile Clinic is the right option for you?
Every Smile Clinic offers a free consultation for first-time patients. At your consultation, a free 3D CT Scan will be taken. This scan will help determine if you need implants and assist your doctors in creating your treatment plan. So if you want to learn more about dental implants and Smile Clinic’s unique all-inclusive treatment approach, simply schedule your free consultation. It’s the best way to find out how dental implants can change your life.