Smiling, laughing, eating, and speaking is a part of our normal day-to-day life. Those who have a perfect set of uniform teeth don’t think twice before putting their teeth on display. There’s nothing to hide about them anyway. Once in a blue moon, they might get embarrassed about food stuck between their teeth. However, for those who have lost a tooth or teeth, things are not that simple. It can cause a loss in their self-esteem. They might try eating food with their heads bowed down or laugh and smile without showing their teeth. Speaking becomes a dilemma in itself. The ordinary routine tasks become quite challenging. However, if this affects your mental health, while also negatively impacting your personal and professional life, you should consider having full mouth dental implants. They are for those patients who’ve completely lost their teeth.
In today’s day and age, it has become easier to avail medical treatments. It is a painful experience to lose all your teeth. The wear and tear of enamel that comes with ageing can cause the teeth to start decaying. It can lead to loss of all or some of the teeth. In the case of accidents too, full mouth dental implants offer a suitable, long-term solution. Its recovery time, though, is not that simple. A few months-long gap comes in between the time when the implant is inserted and when the crown goes on top of it. That’s because it takes time for the titanium screw of the dental implant and the jawbone to fuse together.
What Are Dental Implants?
The term implant refers to the titanium or zirconium screw that is fixed into the jawbone. A dental implant though consists of two other components: abutment and crown. The former refers to a small attachment that goes in between the crown and the screw for attachment. The crown is the porcelain cap that is worn in place of the original tooth to act like it. Together, they make a complete artificial tooth. The main reason why a titanium screw serves as the root of this artificial tooth is that it’s biocompatible. Bone loss is a common occurrence with tooth loss. Therefore, dental implants play a vital role in maintaining the bone structure of your mouth. The material is also quite sturdy. However, some people are allergic to titanium, which is why zirconia can also be used instead.
Dental implants are also permanent since a bone tissue begins to surround them after the screw is inserted. In 6-8 months time, the bone heals and recovers properly to support the implant for a lifetime. However, it is important that you maintain good oral health, meanwhile, as it can affect the longevity of your dental implants. The expertise of the surgeon also plays an important role here. Your dental surgeon needs to assess your bone condition properly and perform your implant surgery accordingly so that you can get the best results from your full mouth dental implants.
What are the Different Types of Dental Implants?
That depends on the number of teeth that need replacement. It is one determining factor in the overall cost of your treatment plan. The dental implants can support crown, bridges, and dentures. This can immensely improve their functionality and strength. Removable dentures are a hassle to deal with. Dental implants can effectively secure them in place.
If you’re missing one tooth, then an implant will follow an abutment and crown after a few months. However, if you’re missing three to four teeth side-by-side, then a bridge of crowns is used. Here, the number of implants is less than the number of crowns on the bridge. For instance, a bridge of four crowns will need two dental implants to secure it in the jawbone. In the full mouth dental implants, the entire upper or lower arch of the mouth must have missing teeth. Therefore, a bridge consisting of a full set of teeth is inserted on the lower or upper mouth. The number of dental implants can vary depending on the number of teeth.
Who is Suitable for Full Mouth Dental Implants?
The titanium or zirconium screw of the dental implant has to firmly root in the jaw. If a person has poor bone density, then the jawbone won’t provide adequate support to the implant. Moreover, the patient’s gums also need to be healthy. If they have gum disease, it needs proper treatment before the dentist proceeds with this treatment. Otherwise, dental implants are not a possibility.
Smoking is another habit that can come in the way of this procedure. That’s because nicotine constricts the blood vessels reducing the blood flow to the gums. The bone and implant might not fuse together. Drinking alcohol also compromises the healing process, which is why you’ll have to stay away from it. Those who have bruxism – grinding and gnashing of teeth while sleeping – need to wear mouth guard so that the ceramic crown doesn’t break.
What is Full Mouth Dental Implants Recovery Time?
For this purpose, let’s take a look at the full mouth dental implants journey from the beginning.
You’ll Have a Panoramic (2-D) X-Ray
A panoramic X-ray is used to assess the patient’s condition prior to their arrival. As mentioned above, the gums and bones of the patient should be in a healthy condition. A disease or injury to the jawbone can affect dental implants surgery. The patient can get an X-ray from their dentist. They can also visit our partner imaging centres in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, and Manchester. If needed, our Appointment Coordinators can help with bookings. It’s important that we see an X-ray. Otherwise, the treatment plan might change if it’s not based on an X-ray, which is, of course, inconvenient for the patient.
Additional Journeys in the Case of Unsuitable Bone Structure
If the bone structure is not suitable to fix an X-ray, the patient may need to visit Turkey two or three times. In this case, in the first visit, the bone grafting and sinus lifting procedures will take place if needed. In the absence of teeth, the bone structure starts to disappear, which causes the sinuses to drop. The dentist needs to fix this prior to putting the implants. After this procedure, the patient can come again three to six months later for the insertion of implants. For the patients who don’t need a bone grafting, we’ll put dental implants in the first appointment.
Fusion of Implants with the Jawbone
After the dentist puts the implants in, the patient will go back to their country. They will, of course, have check-up appointments while they’re in Turkey. Depending on the number of implants, the condition of bone and gums etc. it can take a few months for the implants to heal. When they do heal, the patient has to visit again after three to six months. By that time, the implants will have fused with the natural bone.
Factors Affecting Recovery Time of Full Mouth Dental Implants
The recovery time is affected by the age of the patient, their health condition, number of implants, and lifestyle (drinking, smoking, chewing tobacco, etc.). The patient has to take care of their oral health for normal recovery and successful surgery. Longevita will provide you detailed aftercare instructions verbally and also send them to you via email. For instance, you’ll probably have to avoid eating hard foods to protect your fresh implants. Moreover, we’ll be in touch with you to arrange the next appointment. If you have any questions during your recovery period, we’ll be more than happy to assist you. Your teeth will become fully functional after they’ve healed completely. They’ll appear just as natural.
Benefits of Full Mouth Dental Implants
Removable dentures are also worn by those who have had a complete tooth loss. However, they do not offer the same strength and support as full mouth dental implants. Your teeth will remain stuck firmly in place, giving you greater freedom of choice. These are also more effective than dentures and will feel like a part of you. Moreover, the friction from dentures can cause soreness. They are more uncomfortable, in general, and can cause pain.
On the other hand, dental implants are easy to deal with. Their maintenance, though, is very important. You need a proper oral health routine for a comfortable, long-lasting experience with your dental implants.
If you’ve suffered from complete tooth loss as a result of ageing, accident, or injuries, full mouth dental implants are a good choice. They have a natural appearance, can last for more than a decade, and they can act as normal teeth. However, people who enjoy excellent results from this surgery usually have an expert surgeon work his/her magic on their teeth. You can find just that at Longevita.
Rather than dealing with removable dentures all the time and the problems that come with them, you can just have a full mouth dental implant. Book your appointment with us today. We’ll have you smiling beautifully in no time.