If you are missing all of the teeth on your upper or lower jaw, then a full arch replacement by Dr. Moorhouse at our West Palm Beach Dental office may be a good option. The full arch replacement is anchored to dental implants that stand in for your tooth root. A full arch replacement that is affixed to dental implants is an extremely durable and long lasting solution. This procedure can have a profound effect on your quality of life, improving your appearance, confidence, and performance.
Benefits of the full arch replacement
There are several options when you need to replace a full row of teeth but the full arch replacement is superior in appearance, durability, and performance. A full arch replacement allows you to speak and eat identically to how you would with your natural teeth. They can prevent bone loss and greatly improve your appearance over other methods. And they are as comfortable as a full set of natural teeth.
A removable full denture is the lowest costing alternative and rests on the arch. Patients can experience pain while eating because the denture is not as secure as the full arch replacement. In addition, speech may be affected and, as a result, self confidence may also be affected. In contrast, full arch replacements do not move when eating or speaking and are pain free.
Removable overdentures are attached to dental implants and typically cost less than a full arch replacement. However, they are not as durable or secure as full arch replacements and therefore may cause discomfort in some patients.
What to expect during your full arch replacement procedure
The full procedure to install a full arch replacement at our West Palm Beach Dentist may take several visits to our office in order to fully complete. Dr. Moorhouse will conduct an examination of your teeth and gums to determine how best to proceed. The area will be cleaned and prepared.
The dental implants will be installed before your replacement arch can be affixed. Your replacement teeth will be custom-made to fit your mouth and color-matched to your existing teeth. This will provide a high quality appearance that is nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. While you wait for your new arch to be made, a temporary bridge will be provided. This is provided so you can continue to function normally.
Your full arch replacement will be attached to the anchoring dental implants once it has been fabricated. To fully accomplish this, you may be required to come in to our office for several appointments. Some tenderness is common but should subside quickly.
How to care for your new arch replacement
Because the full arch replacement behaves just like your natural teeth, you will care for them in the same way. The teeth are designed to last your entire life, but it’s important to practice good oral care, including regular brushing and flossing. Be sure to set up regular check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Moorhouse at our West Palm Beach office in order to keep your natural and replacement teeth clean and healthy.
If you have any questions about the full arch replacement procedure or if you would like to schedule a consultation or appointment, please give us a call.