Full arch implant restoration – replace all your teeth on 4 implants

Are you missing most or all of your teeth? If you don't want to wear removable dentures, full arch implant restoration could be an option to help you restore your smile.

Unlike traditional dental implants that replace individual teeth one by one, full arch implants can replace all of the upper or lower teeth at once. In most cases, this treatment uses just 4 to 6 implants to support an entire row of teeth. Full mouth implant restoration can use as few as 8 implants to support a complete set of replacement teeth in the mouth.

If you are a suitable candidate, fixed arch implant restoration can offer a permanent solution to missing teeth that looks and feels more natural than dentures. You also won't have to give up your favourite foods!

To find out more about replacing all teeth on 4 implants, book a free consultation at our Brisbane CBD dental clinic today or call (07) 3221 0677 to talk to our professional team.

What is full arch implant restoration?

Full arch restoration with dental implants is a surgical procedure that involves the precise placement of titanium implants in the jaw bone.

These serve as anchors for a full dental bridge of artificial teeth that can provide complete rehabilitation for tooth loss. In many cases, this bridge only needs to be supported on 4 dental implants, but this depends on the individual patient. These artificial teeth are made from strong ceramic, which looks and feels similar to natural teeth enamel.

Since this technique can provide the same structural support as traditional implant treatments with fewer implants, fewer incisions and no need for bone grafting, overall treatment and recovery times are reduced.

Who is suitable for fixed arch implants?

Implants may be preferred over removable dentures if you want:

  • a more permanent teeth replacement solution
  • a more natural-looking smile
  • a more natural feel when eating

Our dentists may recommend this treatment if you have lost most or all of your teeth, or if your remaining teeth have been badly damaged by decay or gum disease and need to be removed.

Unlike traditional dental implants that are placed directly in the jaw, full arch implants are positioned at a 45-degree angle that can support multiple teeth. This means you may be suitable for this treatment even if your jaw is too small to support a standard implant, or if you have certain health conditions that make you unsuitable for a bone grafting procedure.

Not everyone is suitable for implant treatments however, and you can decide if it's the right choice for you during your free initial discussion with our dentists.

What happens at the consultation?

During your initial complimentary discussion* for dental implants, our Brisbane dentists will give you all the information about what the procedure involves, how much it costs and what the possible risks are, so you can make an informed decision about whether full arch implant restoration is right for you.

If you decide that you do want implants, we'll schedule a second diagnostic consultation. Our dentists will give you a comprehensive oral health assessment using x-rays to determine if full mouth implants are an option, or if you have an existing dental problem that needs to be treated first.

Our dentists can then work with you to develop your personalised treatment plan.

*Terms and Conditions: Complimentary 30-minute consult is valued at $105.00 (item code #015). The complimentary consultation does not include any diagnostic services. However, if you decide at the consultation appointment that you would like to commence this part of the process, arrangement can be made to include these services on the day of your appointment. In this case, a fee will apply. However, the consult itself will still remain complimentary. Offer is only available at Face Value Dental in Brisbane City and Albany Creek Dental in Albany Creek. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. This offer expires on 31st March 2016 - if expired, please contact practice for reissue.

What happens during the procedure?

Our dentists in Brisbane will make sure you have a full understanding of what to expect during the full arch implant procedure. This treatment can sometimes be completed in a single visit, but this depends on the individual case.

Full arch implant restoration generally has 5 stages, which may be completed on one or multiple appointments:

  1. Sedation – We will administer local anaesthesia so you won't feel pain during the treatment. You can discuss more sedation options if you have anxiety about dental treatments and need some help to feel calm.

  2. Extraction – If you have any remaining teeth, these will need to be extracted before the implants can be placed. If a large number of teeth need to be extracted, or we spot signs of gum disease or an infection, we may place temporary provisional teeth and continue your implant treatment after your mouth has had time to heal.

  3. Placing the implants – If your mouth is ready for implants to be placed, our dentists will prepare the implant sites to avoid infection. We'll then carefully make incisions in your gum and place the titanium implants securely in the jaw. In most cases, two implants are placed towards the front of the mouth and two at the back, but you may need additional implants depending on the size and condition of your jaw.

  4. Placing the dental bridge – Once the implants have been placed, we will clean and disinfect the treated areas and attach your artificial dental bridge. These replacement teeth are designed by our dentists to look as close to natural teeth as possible, and will be securely anchored by the implants.

  5. Recovery – You can then head to the recovery room to recover from the anaesthetic and continue your day as normal with your new smile, taking care to avoid exertion and to follow your dentist's advice about food and pain management.

What are the risks?

As with any surgical procedure, there is always a minor possibility of risks with full arch implant restoration. Our dentists take every precaution to minimise these risks, and we'll make sure you have all the information before you agree to the treatment.

Possible risks include infection of the implant sites, damage to nerves or blood vessels and possible sinus problems with implants placed in the upper jaw. You will likely feel some pain and discomfort after the procedure, but this can usually be managed using over-the-counter pain relief and home remedies.

What's the recovery time for full arch implants?

Recovery after full mouth implant restoration is usually shorter than for standard dental implants, but it can still take between 3 to 6 months to fully recover.

On the day of the surgery, you will be provided with gauze to help control bleeding from the implant sites. This gauze should be changed every 30 minutes until the bleeding stops. You should avoid touching your mouth for the first day after treatment, except for rinsing gently using water or an antibacterial rinse.

You can improve your chance of a full recovery by following your dentist's advice and:

  • eating soft foods
  • getting plenty of rest
  • avoiding strenuous activities
  • not smoking

How much do fixed arch dental implants cost?

Item NoFee
Surgical implant guide679$375
Maxillary or Mandibular denture - if required711 or 712$1,275
One Stage Insertion of Implants688 x 4$7,600
Fitting implant abutments661 x 4$3,000
Healing Period usually 3 - 6 months

Option A) Acrylic Prosthesis attached to implants665 x 4$3,000
Less Credit for Preliminary Assessment
Option B) Acrylic Prosthesis on titanium or cobalt chrome frame666 x 1$7,000
Less Credit for Preliminary Assessment

Prices are correct as of 01 November 2015. The above pricing serves as a guide only and is subject to change without prior notice. You will receive a comprehensive treatment plan and estimate following a preliminary assessment.

Full mouth implant restoration from $14,931*

If you're interested in replacing all of your missing teeth on 4 or more implants, book a consultation at our Brisbane CBD dental clinic today.

Full arch implant restoration at Face Value Dental includes:

  • Diagnostic consultation
  • CBVT scan analysis and interpretation
  • Prosthesis with fixed frame
  • Dental implant fittings and insertions
  • Surgical implant guide
  • Complete denture
  • Treatment planning

*Terms and conditions: Expires on 1st October 2018. Treatment includes items #014, #026, #088, #679, #711 or #712, #688 (4), #661 (4) and #665 (4) or #666. Total cost for these dental implants varies, depending on a patient’s individual requirements and may range from $14931 to $25000. Prices are subject to change. Private health insurance benefits are subject to your level of cover, and your insurer’s fund rules and limitations on your policy. Discounts apply according to the rules of your fund. Health fund benefits may not be claimable for dental implant treatment. Waiting periods may apply. Where additional dental work is undertaken that is not a part of this dental implants procedure, a separate treatment plan will be created and an out of pocket cost may be incurred. Please check with your health fund provider for rebate information. These dental implants may not be suitable for all patients. Please contact Face Value Dental to discuss your suitability for the treatment. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries possible risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Dental Corporation ABN 92 124 730 874.

What payment plans are available?

At Face Value Dental, we believe that everyone should have access to professional dental care when they need it. That's why we've partnered with SmileChoice to offer flexible financing solutions to help make your dental implants more affordable.

Find out more about our payment plans

Are dental implants covered by warranty?

Fixed arch implant restoration is a stable and durable solution for replacing missing teeth. To show our confidence in our highly qualified dentists and to give our patients peace of mind, we offer a choice of 3-year or 5-year warranty plans:

Option A   3 years from date of insertion

Option B   5 years from date of insertion

What's the difference between full arch implants and removable dentures?

Removable dentures are the most common option for replacing missing teeth, but they have several disadvantages.

Some people find dentures uncomfortable to wear. They may slip off or feel wobbly on the gums, or anaesthetic gels may be needed to relieve pain or discomfort. You may be advised to avoid certain types of food that may damage or interfere with the dentures, such as crunchy, chewy or sticky foods. Dentures also need to be cleaned every day and normally have to be replaced after a few years.

By contrast, dental implants are fixed in the mouth. They act like the roots of natural teeth to provide a strong foundation for artificial teeth, which feel more natural when chewing and won't shift in the mouth or cause pain or discomfort. Implants can be cared for just like natural teeth with twice-daily brushing and flossing. When you take good care of your implants, they could last a lifetime!

What are the alternatives to full arch implants?

If you want to know more ways to replace all of your teeth, or you only need to replace a few teeth, find out about our other teeth replacement treatments in Brisbane CBD:

Dental implants
Implants for multiple teeth
Implant retained dentures
Full or partial dentures

Book a free consultation today

If you want to find out more about replacing all your teeth on 4 implants, book a 30-minute initial discussion at Face Value Dental at a time that suits you.

Our principal dentist Dr Malcolm Duff or Dr Adam Alford will explain what the procedure involves and answer any questions you have. You can then choose to schedule a more in-depth diagnostic consultation with our dentists in Brisbane CBD so we can start to develop your unique treatment plan.

Call Face Value Dental today on (07) 3221 0677 or book a free implant consultation.

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