Thanks to innovation in dental implant treatment, the benefits of this tooth replacement option are available for people missing multiple teeth, even entire arches! At 26th Street Dental Center, Dr. Ogbara and his team help edentulous patients fully restored, healthy smiles.
How Full Arch Implant Treatment Works
Traditional dental implants replace only one tooth that’s been lost or extracted. While it is possible to replace multiple individual teeth with single dental implants, this is not a feasible option for all patients. In instances where multiple consecutive teeth are missing or a patient is missing all the teeth in an arch, our Chicago dentist can recommend implant-supported bridges and implant-supported dentures to replace all missing teeth in an arch.
When preparing a smile for full arch replacement, Dr. Ogbara will first create a comprehensive surgical guide to identify the best placement of your future dental implants. The strategic placement of your dental implants helps ensure that however large your restoration is, it will have a fully stable base. Once the fixtures have been successfully placed, patients enter recovery, during which the fixtures are fused to the jawbone.
Restoring your Smile with Implant Bridges
Implant-supported bridges are an innovative treatment that uses dental implants to secure a dental bridge. Your dentist might choose to use an implant bridge instead of individual implants in order to reduce the pressure on an individual implant by spreading it out across multiple implants.
Sometimes dentists elect to fill a gap using a dental bridge because there isn’t enough bone matter in a particular location to support a dental implant. Another reason for using a bridge is when the dentist chooses to avoid placing an implant in a risky location, such as when there’s a nerve or a sinus cavity that could be damaged.
Replace Teeth with Implant-Secured Dentures
For patients who are looking to restore an arch as well as individuals who’ve worn dentures for an extended period of time, our Chicago dentist offers implant-secured dentures. Similar to implant bridges, this technique relies on strategically placed dental implants to support a larger restoration. This treatment combines the benefits of using a single prosthetic to restore your smile with the stability and comfort of dental implants. Imagine never having to remove your dentures again!