Implant-supported fixed teeth are a full arch of permanent teeth attached to dental implants. These teeth cannot be removed and function the most like natural teeth.
Fixed implant-supported teeth are permanently attached to your dental implants, similar to All-on-4 or All-on-X restorations. The key difference is that All-on-4 and All-on-X dental implant restorations tend to replace both the teeth and the gums, while regular fixed implant teeth replace teeth only. Therefore, not everyone will be a candidate for fixed implant teeth - it depends on their bone structure. Fixed implant teeth function the most like real teeth. To care for them, you’ll simply brush like you would natural teeth. Many patients appreciate this type of restoration because it lets them forget that they even have dental implants.
One downside of fixed implant-supported teeth is that they require more bone and tissue support than removable implant-supported dentures. If you don’t have the bone mass needed for fixed implant-supported dentures, you’ll need to either choose a removable option or you may also be a candidate for an alternative procedure, the All-on-X full arch restoration.
What is all involved in the process?
Your dental implant specialist will remove the remaining teeth on the arch being treated and immediately place multiple (four to six) implants strategically around the arch. Next, the abutments are chosen, and the temporary full arch prosthetic is screwed or cemented onto the abutments. This allows for a natural-looking temporary that will be worn for the duration of healing and integration of the multiple implants into the jawbone. After the four to six month healing period, the final prosthesis is custom fabricated to fit your mouth.
What is the success rate of an implant-supported fixed complete protheses?
For a healthy individual with good oral hygiene, dental implants have success rates above 95 percent. Good oral hygiene is very important to the success of any implant-supported prosthesis. Although the implants and the restoration can’t decay, you’ll need to make sure the area around them is especially clean to prevent gum problems. Repairs or replacement of the prosthesis is expected after many years of wear. The lifespan of these restorations often depends on many factors, including oral habits, like teeth grinding. In many cases, a night guard is indicated to protect your implants and prosthesis.
Call Sioux Falls Dental Implant Center today at (605) 799-2929 for your free consultation to evaluate options for fixed implant teeth in Sioux Falls, SD!