What Are Full Arch Dental Implants?
To get the full picture of what full arch dental implants are, it’s helpful to lean in for an up-close look at dental implants themselves.
Dental implants are composed of two primary parts: The implant post – often made of titanium, this screw-like part is inserted into the jawbone where it will fuse with the bone over time.
The abutment – this component attaches to the top of the implant post and serves as a connector for the replacement teeth.
So, what are full arch dental implants? They are a set of dental implants meant to support a full row, or “arch,” of replacement teeth. Replacement teeth may be specialized dentures with connection points for the abutments or a series of dental bridges. Four to eight dental implants are typically used to support a full arch, eight to 16 for a full set of replacement teeth.
The Benefits Over Conventional Dentures
It takes months of healing before the implant posts finally fully fuse with the jawbone, but the level of support they deliver to replacement teeth near that of natural teeth. Here’s a look at some of the top benefits of full arch dental implants over conventional dentures:
- Eat what you want and you won’t’ have to cut up your food into tiny pieces
- They won’t muddle your words. Your speech will sound natural.
- They’re easier to maintain. Cleaning them is more akin to brushing natural teeth.