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Full Mouth

For many years the only solution for patients who had lost all of their natural teeth was to have unsecured dentures fitted. While dentures provide an adequate solution, because they are unsecured and not connected to the jawbone, over time problems often develop. These can include bone loss, giving the face a loose, sunken look; shrinking gums that cause dentures to become uncomfortable and ill-fitting, even prone to slipping out of the mouth at inappropriate moments; and difficulties with biting and chewing certain foods.

Full-mouth dental implants are an alternative solution, which help to prevent many of these problems. Implant-supported bridges or dentures are more comfortable and more stable than unsupported dentures, making biting, chewing and even speaking easier. They are also designed to be a long-term solution to missing teeth.

Because the implants connect directly to the jaw bone, they act much like natural tooth roots, meaning the bone is preserved better.

We offer a free implant consultation with our implant dentist, Patrick Rea. He will assess your suitability for implants and provide you with a personal treatment plan and estimate of costs, as well as answering any questions or concerns you may have.

In some cases for a full arch implant retained bridge or implant retained denture, it is possible to have a treatment called Same Day Smile (or All-On-4). This means that rather than placing implants and then waiting for them to heal with a temporary denture or bridge on top, the implants and their permanent bridge or denture are placed on the same day. Four implants are placed in your mouth and the bridge or denture is fitted on top, meaning you walk out of the practice with your permanent new teeth.

Same Day Smiles are only suitable for patients with enough jaw bone density to support the implants. This will be established at your initial consultation. If you are found not to have enough bone to support these implants, there's no need to panic. In many cases you can still have dental implants, the procedure will just take a little longer as you may need a bone graft or sinus lift to build up your bone.

Sandown Dental & Implant Clinic offers a four year guarantee for its dental implant treatment (terms & conditions apply).

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Last Update: 23-Jun-2017