Full Arch Restoration Melbourne
A Full Arch Smile Restoration can be permanent or removable
A full arch smile restoration is a treatment that is performed when all of your teeth are missing from either the upper or lower arch. There are three different types of full arch restorations including a fixed bridge, removable over denture and a removable full denture. A fixed bridge is often the most popular restoration choice as it is permanent and will feel and function the same as your natural teeth.
A Fixed Bridge Restoration
A fixed bridge restoration is permanent and uses a combination of dental implants and a dental bridge to restore your smile. A dental bridge is a made out of a pontic (solid false tooth) and two exterior porcelain crowns. It is designed to fill in a gap left by a missing tooth or a group of teeth by attaching to an existing or installed solid tooth structure in the mouth.
- Your dentist at City Smiles will evaluate your mouth and determine the best route of treatment. They will determine how many implants are needed and the shape and size of your prosthetic teeth.
- Your implants will be installed. The titanium implants will act as your new tooth roots and usually four or five implants are used per arch. While your jawbone is integrating with the implants and your mouth heals we will secure temporary implant crowns so that the aesthetic and function of your smile is not affected.
- We will remove your temporary implant crowns and install your final bridge which will be permanently fixed in your mouth. This part of the procedure can require multiple visits.
- End Result! Your smile will be fully restored and the restoration should appear just like a natural smile would. Many patients prefer the permanency of this procedure as it allows them to feel like they still have their natural teeth.
- Permanent restoration that feels like your natural teeth
- Care is the same as natural teeth (brushing and flossing)
- Stimulates the jaw bone more effectively than removable solutions which improves function and the facial profile
- There are virtually no disadvantages
Removable Over Dentures
A removable over denture is a removable full arch of teeth and prosthetic gum. It can be anchored to two dental implants by either a ball or bar fixture in the front of the jaw.
- Usually more cost-effective although the end result is not as stable or realistic
- More stable than a removable full denture
- Still not as stable as a fixed bridge restoration
- Many patients find removable dentures harder to clean and embarrassing at times
Removable Full Denture
A removable denture is a mixture of prosthetic teeth and gum that is inserted loosely over your natural gum.
- The cheapest form of full arch replacement
- Doesn’t stimulate the jaw bone as necessary
- Can result in a sallow look of the face
- Harder to clean
- Can make regular functions difficult such as eating and these dentures can slip out at inopportune times