If you have lost all or most of your teeth in Shirley, MA and are interested in a tooth restoration method that’s more durable, long-lasting, and natural than traditional dentures, full arch dental implants from Dr. Matthew Annese at Nashoba Valley Dental may be right for you. Learn more about this permanent alternative to dentures below, or contact us now for a consultation.
The most common type of dental implant is a single-tooth implant, which uses a single dental implant and a crown to replace one missing tooth. The implant is made of titanium, and is surgically placed into your gums and jaw bone. Then, it heals and a crown is attached to replace your tooth.
However, full arch dental implants are a little different. They use a series of 4-6 implants, which are surgically implanted into your jaw bone. Then, these implants are used to support a set of removable or permanent implant-supported dentures, which lock onto the implants and are held firmly in place.
The primary benefit of full arch dental implants is that they will never shift or move, unlike traditional dentures. Traditional dentures are held onto your gums using friction and denture adhesive. While they usually don’t move much with a proper fit, they can still occasionally shift or move when you bite, chew, or speak.
Full arch dental implants will never move. Your implants are anchored directly to your jaw bone, which means your dentures will be held in place tightly, and will look and feel very natural when you bite, smile, and speak.
Another benefit of full arch dental implants is that they help support the health of your jaw bone. When you lose one or more teeth, the jaw is no longer stimulated by the force of chewing and biting, and the underlying jaw will begin to weaken in a process called “bone resorption.”
This still happens if you have traditional dentures. But full arch dental implants are attached directly to your jaw, and help stimulate it when you bite and chew. This, in turn, prevents bone loss and maintains the shape of your face and the strength of your jaw.
After you’re approved by Dr. Matthew Annese and he develops your treatment plan, you may need to have pre-treatment surgeries like tooth extraction, bone grafting, or alveoloplasty, which must be done before your implants are placed.
At your surgical appointment, Dr. Annese will clean and numb your mouth. Sedation is also recommended to help you remain comfortable. Then, he will create an opening in your gum tissue and jaw bone, and place an implant. Then, the area will be cleaned and sutured so that the implant can heal. This process will be repeated for each implant.
Then, you’ll be sent home to heal and recover. You will receive a set of temporary implant dentures to wear as you heal. The initial healing process can take 2-4 weeks, but it will take 3-6 months for your implants to bond with your jaw bone.
During this time, you will come in for multiple follow-ups with Dr. Annese. He will check your healing progress, take images and impressions of your mouth, and begin crafting your permanent set of implant-supported dentures.
Once your mouth has fully healed and your set of final implant dentures has been finished, you’ll come into our office for your final appointment. Dr. Annese will attach your implant-supported dentures, and you’ll be sent home with care instructions for your new smile.
Think that full arch dental implants may be right for you in Shirley, Groton, or Lunenburg? Contact the team at Nashoba Valley Dental for a consultation with Dr. Matthew Annese. You can get in touch online or call us at (978) 425-9088 to see if full arch dental implants are right for you.