What is a Full Arch

What is a Full Arch Dental Restoration?

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Having a full mouth of teeth is crucial for speaking properly, nourishing the body, and feeling confident about one’s appearance. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for patients to lose their teeth over the years, for one reason or another – and this can lead to a serious decline in quality of life. 

With a full arch dental restoration, you can not only restore how your teeth look, but you can regain strong functionality, too. 

What is a Full Arch Dental Restoration? 

A full arch dental restoration involves getting an entire arch of artificial teeth that are permanently fixed using dental implants. They look and feel as close to natural teeth as possible. But, how do they work? 

With the use of four dental implants that are precisely placed within the jaw bone, a beautiful and custom prosthetic is then attached to the implant posts. This will help it to remain secure and unmoving. And, because the implants screw into the bottom of the artificial teeth, it is not at all visible. 

This same procedure can be done to one or both arches for a full mouth restoration. 

Are You a Good Candidate for This Restoration? 

A full arch dental restoration is a great alternative to traditional dentures. Although many patients find that they are a great candidate for this treatment, there are a few qualifying factors that must be met before proceeding. 

A good candidate for a full arch dental restoration may: 

  • Have good bone density
  • Be missing most or all of their teeth on top, bottom, or both
  • Have good oral health and good overall health
  • Be wearing a partial or dental bridge
  • Be interested in switching traditional dentures for a full arch restoration

It is important to note that low bone density or oral health issues (such as periodontal disease) will not automatically disqualify you from being a good candidate for full arch dental restoration. However, your dentist will need to address these issues prior to proceeding with the treatment. 

Individuals who have recently undergone radiation, those with uncontrolled diabetes, and smokers will need to discuss options with their dentist to determine the best route for treatment. 

Advantages of a Full Arch Dental Restoration

A full arch dental restoration comes with quite a few benefits you will not want to miss out on, including:

  • Sturdy, strong teeth that won’t fall out
  • Reduced risk of jawbone loss
  • Comfortable and natural feeling 
  • Enhanced appearance and boosted confidence
  • A healthy, happy mouth
  • More affordable than a full mouth of dental implants

Plus, with this type of restoration, you will be able to improve your ability to eat, too — thanks to the restoration of over 90% of your bite force. 

Want to Know More About Full Arch Restorations? 

Full arch dental restorations can be life-changing. If you have missing teeth and would like to see if they can be a great option for you, the specialists at Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center can help. 

Contact us today at 505-821-2111. Or, request an appointment online.