Do you need a solution for missing teeth due to dental problems or accidents? If so, you should find a solution that restores your smile and functionality. Dentures are a popular choice. However, they can be a bit uncomfortable. Also, they might slip or click. Luckily, there is another natural-looking solution: All-on-X dental implants.
All-on-X dental implants are a type of full-arch restoration. It involves placing four to six implants in the lower or upper jaw and attaching a fixed prosthesis that replaces all the teeth in that arch. You can choose from various materials and designs for the prosthesis based on what suits you best.
All-on-X dental implants have many advantages over dentures and other tooth replacement options. Some of the benefits include:
They look and feel like natural teeth.
They do not move or slide in your mouth, keeping your gums free of rubbing or irritation.
They allow you to speak, eat, and smile with confidence.
They can keep their strength and durability with proper care for many years.
They are easy to clean and care for.
Different types of All-on-X dental implants vary in the material and design of the prosthesis. The most common types are:
FP1 prosthesis: This prosthesis only replaces the tooth portion (white part) of the missing teeth. It is less invasive and more affordable than other types. But it may not look very natural in some cases, especially if there is significant bone loss or gum recession.
FP3 prosthesis: This type of prosthesis replaces both the tooth and the gum portion (pink part) of the missing teeth. It is more aesthetic and balanced than the FP1 prosthesis, but it is also more expensive and requires more visits to complete.
Overdentures: This prosthesis resembles a denture, but clips or buttons attach it to the implants. You can take it out for cleaning or sleeping.
Consultation and Diagnostic Imaging
You will talk with your dentist about your needs, goals, and medical and dental background. Your dentist will also examine your mouth in detail and take pictures, like X-rays or CT scans, to figure out the best option for you.
Your dentist will select the appropriate implant solution for your needs and goals. You will also discuss the procedure's cost, timeline, risks, and benefits.
Implant Placement Surgery
Your dentist will place the implants in your jawbone using local anesthesia or sedation. You may get a temporary prosthesis that will connect to the implants immediately or after some time, depending on which type of prosthesis you pick.
You must wait several weeks or months for the implants to fuse with your jawbone before receiving the final prosthesis. During this time, you should follow your dentist's instructions on caring for your implants and temporary prosthesis.
Final Prosthesis Delivery
Your dentist will design and deliver the final prosthesis that will stay fixed to your implants permanently. You will also receive instructions on how to maintain your new smile.
All-on-X dental implants are an excellent option for people who want to replace missing teeth with a permanent and natural-looking solution. You can pick the type of prosthesis that best matches your dental needs from the options available.
For more on dental implants, visit btyDental at our Anchorage, Alaska offices. Call (907) 333-6666 to schedule an appointment today.