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Don’t Qualify for Implants? You Have Options!

Dental implants may be the ideal choice for tooth replacement, but not everyone will qualify for implants. If you’ve been told by a dentist that implants aren’t an option, this can leave you feeling disappointed, frustrated, or even completely devastated if you’re missing all of your teeth. 

Thankfully, there are alternative treatments out there that still offer permanent tooth replacement even if you don’t qualify for implants. At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we’re able to assist even the most unique of patients when it comes to full mouth rehabilitation. 

Why Do I Not Qualify for Dental Implants?

There are several factors that can impact whether or not someone will qualify for dental implants. For instance, certain medications that you’re taking or recent hospitalizations/surgeries could contraindicate any oral surgery without special medical clearance. The biggest reason, however, that people cannot get dental implants is because of inadequate bone support. 

Why Does Bone Density Matter?

Extensive bone loss makes it impossible to physically install a dental implant because implants require thick, dense bone to support them. If there isn’t any, the implant cannot withstand normal biting or chewing forces and will fail, even if they’re paired with several other implants. 

Bone loss can be caused by advanced periodontal disease or as the result of tooth extractions, where the adjacent bone shrinks away once the tooth is removed. 

Solutions for Bone Loss in Implant Candidates

For a typical implant case, adjunctive therapies like bone grafting can help add back the necessary amount of bone support. Bone grafting needs at least a few months to “take” before an implant can usually be installed. That being said, there are certain circumstances where even a healthy amount of bone augmentation/grafting won’t create the appropriate installation point for an implant. This is why those candidates are told they don’t qualify. At least not when it comes to “classic” or “traditional” styles of implants. 

Fortunately, that’s not always the end of the rope for people with missing teeth. Alternative options are still out there, assuming you have a specialist with the skills and resources you need. 

Alternative Treatment for People Who Don’t Qualify for Implants

In the past, people who didn’t qualify for implants usually had no other option than to wear dentures or partial dentures. And if they had extensive bone loss, that meant an uncomfortable prosthesis and a lot of denture adhesive. There really weren’t any other options. 

Side-Effects of Bad Dentures and Missing Teeth

When people don’t have a comfortable-fitting denture, or they’re unable to get dental implants, it can significantly impact both their diet and social life. Ultimately, their quality of life suffers. Everything from eating a meal to being able to talk around their friends can be embarrassing, if not impossible.

Because a healthy dentition (set of teeth) is essential for proper nutritional intake and communication—not to mention self-confidence—implant specialists developed a modified implant design to overcome barriers for these types of patients. They’re called Zygomatic dental implants. 

What are Modified Zygomatic Implant Designs?

A typical dental implant is about the size of a normal tooth root. While traditional implants make up the majority of restorations for people with missing teeth, not everyone will qualify for implants. Or the implants are too large, short, or inadequate for specific scenarios. That’s where modified designs like Zygomatic implants come into play.

What are Zygomatic Dental Implants?

Zygomatic dental implants are longer than your typical implant because they don’t set in your mouth the same way as conventional implants do. They’re actually much longer, making them ideal for people who lack the healthy bone height necessary for an implant installation. The longer design can be placed at an angle, maximizing healthy bone in adjacent facial structures. In particular, the zygomatic arch, which is your cheekbone. The tilted and rotated installation of this implant design ensures a strong support system for your new smile. When you talk and eat, you won’t know any different! Inside of your mouth, they look almost identical to “traditional” implants. 

How Zygomatic Dental Implants Work

Since Zygomatic implant designs aren’t limited by the bone immediately around your typical tooth root, they offer added support for people experiencing extensive tooth loss. When placed at strategic points in your mouth (usually one or two on either side of your upper jaw,) Zygomatic implants can also be paired with traditional implants in the front of your mouth to work together as a full set.

Depending on your preferences and oral health, Zygomatic implants can support restorations like:

All-on-4 or All-on-6: 

All-on-4 and All-on-6 implants are a preferred solution for anyone experiencing full-mouth tooth loss. These hybrid appliances are less like a denture and more like a full-arch, streamlined dental bridge. They use four or six implants for support, hence the name. Each one is permanently set in place, assuming the patient qualifies to have enough implants to support it. Zygomatic implants bridge the gap for access to care in individuals with extensive bone loss, who might not otherwise qualify for implant systems like All-on-4/All-on-6.

Stabilized Overdenture (if You Don’t Qualify for Implants)

A removable snap-in denture (or “clip-on” plate) that attaches to your dental implants. The implant attachments keep it securely fitted in place throughout the day, but you still remove it in the evening before going to bed. The stability of the implants keeps your prosthesis from rocking, lifting, or rubbing since it’s fixed to the implants while you’re wearing them. 

Don’t Qualify for Implants? Visit Our DFW Specialists

ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry has a team of expertly trained dental implant specialists who cater to patients of all backgrounds. Including those who may have been told that they don’t qualify for dental implants because of extensive bone loss or something else. 

To find out if Zygomatic dental implant designs are right for you, we invite you to reserve a no-obligation evaluation at our location in Ft. Worth or Dallas. Our experts will personally evaluate your oral anatomy and help create a plan to reconstruct your smile in the best—and healthiest—manner possible. 

Contact us today to get started. Flexible financing options are available.

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How to Afford Full Mouth Implants

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Anytime someone is considering an “All-on” implant treatment to restore their smile, there are always discussions to be had about the price. How much does All-on-4 treatment cost? Can I afford All-on-6 implants? Is there a way to finance my implant treatment? Rest assured, there are practical ways to afford full mouth implants while still working within your budget. 

Depending on your situation, here are some of the options you’ll want to consider when you’re figuring out how to afford full mouth implants:

Get a Customized Care Plan

The only way to find out if you can afford full mouth implants is to first have a complete exam and work up with a dental implant specialist. During this exam, a series of X-rays and measurements will be taken. From there, you’ll also discuss adjunctive services you want, like sedation, or the type of implant system you prefer (such as fixed All-on-4 or a removable overdenture that snaps onto implants.) At that point, our DFW implant specialists can work up a detailed care plan that discloses all fees and procedures. 

You don’t have to commit to a single thing. This care plan is specifically for planning purposes to help you decide whether you can afford full mouth implants or if another option is more appropriate. Not everyone qualifies for these treatments, so it’s important to see an implant specialist in person. 

Check with Your Dental Insurance

After you have a black and white treatment plan, you can have your implant dentistry team work up an itemized plan that incorporates your dental insurance policy. Depending on what your coverage is like—and even if you’re using any medical coverage, which some people do—this will help further reduce your out-of-pocket costs related to your implant procedure. Even though dental insurance is naturally prevention-based, it can help minimize the expenses related to tooth replacement, making it easier to afford full mouth implants. 

Keep in mind that nearly every insurance policy has an annual maximum allowable, which is a set dollar amount they pay toward treatment every year. Once that amount is reached, you’ll want to explore other financing options to make up for any difference. At ARCHPOINT, we provide these insurance estimates upfront so that you’re never caught off guard by your care plan amounts. 

Ask About Monthly Financing

Can you make affordable monthly payments on your implants? Absolutely. While some people go as far as to get personal loans through their credit union or refinance a house to use their home equity (both of which are great ideas when you want to easily afford full mouth implants), others will get in-house dental financing directly from their implant specialists. 

For dental implant financing, we usually recommend a low-interest or 0% financing program, both of which allow for affordable monthly payments. Similar to what you might do if you’re getting braces for your teen or about to start Invisalign treatment. A lot of people do the same thing if they’re about to have a smile makeover with dental veneers. You can actually apply for these types of programs in our office with our treatment coordinators. 

Full-arch implants aren’t any different. Once you have your treatment plan and how much it will cost, you can apply for dental financing and see exactly what your options are. For some, it’s 0% interest payments for 12-18 months. For others, it’s a low-interest option that can be paid out for 24 months or even longer than that. 

Financing a new smile means you can afford full mouth implants just as easily as you would if you were about to buy a new car or take over your student’s college loan. The only difference is that you’re investing in your personal health and quality of life. Your smile is one thing that lasts forever and affects nearly every relationship you have. 

Utilize your HSA/FSA

Don’t forget about using any supplemental medical expenditures, such as a health savings account (HSA) or flex spending account (FSA), to afford full mouth implants. Depending on the type of account you have, you can set pre-tax money aside up to a certain amount each year to pay toward medical—and yes—dental procedures, including implant treatment. 

If you already know you’re going to be budgeting to afford full mouth implants, this can help you know how much money to invest into your FSA/HSA, even if you’re planning on waiting until the next calendar year to start your treatment. Dental implant therapy isn’t something to be rushed, especially when it comes to an All-on-4 or All-on-6 implant system. 

Consider Your Long-Term Investment

Dental implants provide the best long-term investment of any tooth replacement. When you compare dental implant prices in DFW to things like partials, full dentures, or bridges—all of which have to be replaced every several years—dental implant treatment is more cost-effective. Considering the cost per tooth and the long-term success of implants, a full-arch system is typically a one-time process that you’re investing in. When you think about it that way, you’re setting yourself up to save money in the years and decades ahead. 

You could compare it to a good pair of shoes (even though dental implants actually last longer than that!) When you invest in quality, durable shoes, you get to wear them longer and more often without having to worry about whether or not they’re going to wear out and need to be replaced. Whereas a budget pair of shoes might get you through one season, if that, before they fall apart and need to be replaced. Mathematically, you usually wind up paying more money to wear the “cheap” shoes every day than you are a good, quality pair. 

This is why figuring out how to afford full mouth implants is so important, especially when you’re working with a budget!

Get a Custom Price Quote

Yes, you can afford full mouth implants. At ARCHPOINT, we customize every implant plan to the individual. Whether it’s 2-4 implants or 4-6 (or more), there’s something for everyone. After your evaluation, we can provide you with a black and white pricing plan for the treatment related to your unique smile. 

Call ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry in Ft. Worth or Dallas today to reserve your next appointment. 

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Can I Sleep Through My Dental Implant Surgery?

A lot of people ask us, “Is there a way for me to sleep through my dental implant treatment?”

In short, yes. Sort of. Ultimately it depends on the type of dental sedation or anesthesia that you receive during your dental implant treatment. Technically you’re not asleep; it just feels like it. 

Why Sleep Through Dental Implant Treatment?

Dental treatments can be intimidating for some people, especially when it involves a more complex process, like removing and replacing teeth. A past history of dental anxiety or negative experiences in a dental practice can also play into the reasons behind someone wanting to sleep through their dental treatment. 

A lot of our DFW dental implant clients are individuals who are undergoing complete full arch reconstruction. In those situations, the treatment is a bit lengthier to complete compared to placing just one or two dental implants. That’s why for full mouth rehabilitation, we typically recommend in-house sedation dentistry during your initial implant surgery. 

Why are Some People Awake During Implant Treatment?

Single tooth replacement with dental implants is a relatively minimally-invasive procedure. We can comfortably numb that specific area with a local anesthetic—the same kind of numbing medication you get if you have a filling—and gently place the implant before the anesthetic wears off. 

Comparatively speaking, dental implant treatment is easier than having a tooth removed. Since the bone underneath your gum tissues doesn’t have any nerve endings, all we need to do is make sure the gums above the implant site are completely numb. From there, we create a small opening in the tissues, set the implant in place, then close the tissues so that the implant can integrate. 

Once your numbing medication wears off, there’s little to no discomfort. 

If you’re only having one or two dental implants installed, you probably only need the area numbed with an anesthetic. But this is purely a personal decision that, if you so choose, you can also request a deeper sedative to make it feel like you’re sleeping through the appointment. 

On the other hand, when you’re having a full arch of implants installed, our DFW specialists will usually recommend sedation or general anesthesia during the procedure. 

Benefits of Asking to Sleep During Implant Treatment

  • When you’re sedated, you feel completely relaxed and tune out everything that’s going on around you. 
  • Longer procedures are more comfortable when you’re sedated. Especially since your mouth is open for an extended period of time. 
  • If you’re “sleeping” (sedated), your specialist can work more efficiently because they know your comfort is at its highest level. 
  • Knowing that you won’t feel or remember as much can make it easier to overcome the anxiety or nervousness about moving forward with your dental implant treatment.
  • Sedation dentistry allows multiple procedures to be completed at one time, as opposed to breaking them up into additional shorter appointments. 

What Does it Feel Like to Sleep Through Implant Procedures?

There are different levels of sedation that you’ll find in dental offices, depending on if it’s a basic procedure like a dental filling or something more surgical in nature, like wisdom tooth removal. With dental implants, you have choices as well. Some of the most common levels of anesthesia or sedation that are used in dentistry include things like:

Nitrous Oxide/Laughing Gas

Inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide is one of the most common types of sedation used in dental offices worldwide. It is safe, effective, fast-acting, and quickly reversible. This type of sedative doesn’t make you feel like you’re asleep, but rather as if you’ve had a couple of glasses of wine. You’ll be fully conscious, but you just won’t care as much about what’s going on around you. Best of all, once your procedure is complete, the effects wear off in 5-10 minutes. You won’t need someone to drive you home; you can safely get behind the wheel for yourself. 

Oral Conscious Sedation

When you need to take the “edge” off and have someone who can drive you to and from your appointment, oral sedation is a common choice. This form of sedative involves a prescription-strength medication that you take by mouth about an hour prior to your scheduled procedure. It puts you into a daydream-like state where you’re extremely drowsy, able to respond to simple instructions, but typically don’t remember anything. It wears off within a few hours. 

IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation is extremely common when you’re having multiple dental implants placed. The sedative is delivered via an IV line in your arm, making it possible to accurately control the dose and delivery timeframe. Once your implant treatment is complete, we can turn off the medication drip, and you’ll slowly “wake back up” to return home. Like oral sedation, you’ll need to have a designated driver accompany you to your dental implant appointment. 

“Am I Really Asleep?”

Technically no, you’re not asleep when you’re sedated. You’re still partially conscious to the point that we can ask you to turn your head or open your mouth. But the amnesic effects of sedatives typically make it so that you don’t remember much—if anything—about your appointment. 

When general anesthesia is used, like in hospital-based surgeries, you are in a deeper level of “sleep,” so to speak, where you are non-conscious and do not move or respond during the procedure. But general anesthesia is rarely used except in advanced, specialized dental situations where it’s in the best interest of the patient. 

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At ARCHPOINT, we talk with each individual implant client about their personal comfort level, the extent of treatment needs, and our suggestion for the most appropriate sedation delivery. You may have a couple of options to consider, depending on the circumstances. Ultimately our top goal is to keep you safe and comfortable, regardless of whether it’s single implant placement or full arch All-on-6/All-on-4 treatment. 

Our DFW implant specialists will be happy to answer any questions that you have about your implant sedation experience. If you want to sleep (or feel like you’re sleeping) through your next appointment, just let us know. 

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What Are All-on-6 Dental Implants?

Anyone who needs to replace all of their teeth at one time with dental implants has probably heard about “All-on-4” treatment. All-on-4 implants use—you guessed it—four implants to anchor a full arch upper or lower hybrid denture. But sometimes people need additional implants to support a full row of teeth. Four implants might not be enough. In those situations, our implant specialists will usually recommend two more implants, transitioning your appliance to an All-on-6 implant device. 

Choosing Between All-on-4 and All-on-6 Implants

Dental implants are extremely durable. Just one implant can support more biting pressure than one or two healthy teeth. That’s why we’re able to pair them together to anchor a full arch appliance. We set each implant at a strategic point inside your jaw to reinforce the biting pressure in that area. In ideal circumstances, four implants are the minimum that you need for supporting a 14-tooth-long hybrid appliance. 

You Might Need More Than 4 Implants

Unfortunately, not everyone fits the “ideal” four implant scenario. Sometimes issues with bone loss or narrow jaws don’t allow for the highest level of implant support. That doesn’t mean we have to completely rule out an All-on-4 implant system, but it does mean we may need to use additional implants as part of your smile reconstruction. We might add one or two more, converting the All-on-4 appliance into an All-on-6 treatment. 

Do I Need Six Implants?

Choosing between an All-on-4 and All-on-6 implant treatment is something that you’ll want to talk about one-on-one with one of our DFW implant specialists. It’s more of a cause-and-effect decision as opposed to one related to personal preferences. Ultimately your unique oral anatomy will be the determining factor. 

Is All-on-6 Treatment Any Different? 

No. All-on-4 and All-on-6 implant treatments are practically identical. There are no extra appointments or surgeries required because all of the implants are placed on the same day. You don’t have four placed now and then two more later. We decide ahead of time which appliance is best, then install your implants in one surgical appointment. 

The integration time for All-on-4 and All-on-6 implants are also identical. Each implant needs at least a few months to integrate with your bone, which is the process where the jaw fuses around the implant and anchors it into place. Since there are six fully-integrated implants instead of four, All-on-6 treatments provide a more secure foundation for your fixed appliance. 

Comparing All-on-6 Implants to Bridges

Dental bridges are one of the most traditional treatments for replacing missing teeth. Whenever you get a bridge, you have a pair of teeth or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth). They act as anchors supporting the multi-tooth restoration in that space. Normally, bridges can only replace one or two missing teeth. Because at a certain point the bridge becomes too long and the teeth on either end can’t support normal biting pressure because of the physics involved. 

It’s a similar experience when we’re talking about full-mouth dental implants. Depending on the shape of your mouth and the bone foundation that we’re working with, four implants are usually the absolute minimum for a successful smile reconstruction. But if those implants need to be placed in a slightly different area because of bone anatomy, it changes the integrity of the overall prosthesis. At that point, just like a dental bridge, we would need to add additional implants underneath the fixed appliance. That’s why All-on-6 treatment is the next practical choice. 

Are Extra Costs Involved for All-on-6 Implants?

Does All-on-6 implant treatment cost more than All-on-4 implants? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It depends on what other steps are involved in your smile reconstruction. For example, you might need extractions or sinus lift surgery with bone grafting, which impacts the total cost of your implant investment. Or maybe you prefer for your implants to be placed with numbing medication, instead of the typical sedation process. Since there are so many variables involved, it’s not necessarily true that All-on-6 implants cost more than All-on-4 treatments. 

How to Get a Price Quote on Dental Implant Treatment

It may seem frustrating at first, especially when you’re trying to budget for your smile reconstruction, but the most straightforward thing to do is to first meet with our DFW implant dentists for an evaluation. At that point, we can collect the data we need and evaluate your oral anatomy to work up a custom treatment plan. 

One of the steps we take at ARCHPOINT is to take a diagnostic X-ray and 3D scan of your mouth. This allows us to assess bone density, your overall oral anatomy, and have a clear picture about where your implants would need to be placed. After we discuss your goals, concerns, and review all of the options available, we can provide you with a detailed treatment plan as it fits those scenarios. 

How Much Will My Treatment Cost? 

Our treatment coordinators even contact your insurance carrier to get a breakdown of any coverage that you have, further minimizing all out-of-pocket fees. Your printed treatment plan is something you can take home, discuss with your family, or even compare to previous consultations you’ve had in the DFW area. 

Why Choose ARCHPOINT for All-on-6 Implants

Our DFW implant specialists are experts when it comes to full arch reconstruction and implant therapy. We have your best interests in mind, whether you only need one or two teeth replaced, or have been told by other dentists that implants aren’t even an option. With All-on-6 predictability and a team of specialists on your side, full mouth tooth replacement isn’t as off-limits as you may have assumed it was. 

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you’re considering dental implants for full-arch tooth replacement, be sure to ask about All-on-6. If All-on-6 isn’t offered by your dentist, they may not have as many options available, limiting the treatment outcome. Fortunately, at ARCHPOINT, our specialists work collaboratively to ensure the best outcome and experience for every patient, allowing us to offer a wider menu of All-on-Implant options. 

Reserve a no-obligation consultation with us today to learn more. Our implant offices are conveniently located in Dallas and Ft. Worth. 

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Pros and Cons: Dental Implants

At ARCHPOINT, we believe our dental implant clients deserve the absolute truth when it comes to restoring their smiles. Our specialists are completely open books when it comes to helping our clients plan their smile reconstruction. And that means being honest when it comes to the PROS and CONS of dental implants in DFW. 

What are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are the modern-day artificial tooth root used for replacing missing teeth. They can be used for single, multiple, or full-mouth tooth replacement, depending on how many teeth need to be restored. They’re biocompatible, hypoallergenic, and made to outperform nearly every other tooth-replacement option in dentistry today. 

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

The ideal candidate for dental implants is someone with missing teeth and healthy bone to support the implant restorations. Every potential candidate will need to be screened beforehand to ensure they have adequate space for the implants. It’s also important to share your medical history to discuss whether there are any pre-existing conditions or medications that need to be considered. 

The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Here are some of the most notable advantages and disadvantages of getting dental implants. Really!

PRO: Dental Implants Last a Long Time 

A well-maintained dental implant really can last for the rest of your life. No other restoration is able to do that. Once it’s placed properly and you care for it as directed, this investment is one that’s with you for the long haul. In the majority of cases, our implant patients can expect to have it for the rest of their lives. 

CON: The Dental Implant Procedure is Usually Longer 

Rarely is it possible to place and restore dental implants in one day. And even if you do, there are follow-up treatments required. The typical dental implant procedure spans 3-6 months or more, depending on the individual. This time allows your implants to integrate. But when they do, they can last for life! Never rush perfection. 

PRO: Dental Implants Look and Feel Like Real Teeth

The stand-alone design of implants makes them fully independent of the rest of your smile. Their design is modeled after anatomical teeth, so they look and feel natural. Each restoration is crafted for optimal aesthetics and a natural shape so that you can smile with confidence. Even your everyday home care routine is like having real teeth all over again. 

CON: You Get What You Pay For 

When you see cheap same-day dental implants, remember, “buyer beware.” Many of these implant prosthetics are temporary or made from off-market providers, where you can’t easily maintain them. They almost always require additional investments and hidden costs. Thankfully, that’s not the case when you work with our DFW specialists. 

PRO: Implants Offer the Best Return on Investment

When you compare the cost to the outcome of dental implants and other tooth replacements, implants are the clear winner. They’re a one-time investment that you pay for and don’t have to worry about re-paying for every ten years because they don’t wear out. 

CON: The Cost of Dental Implants is Higher Than Other Options 

Yes, dental implant prices are higher than dentures, bridges, or other tooth replacements. Thankfully, you normally only pay for them once instead of replacing them every so many years. On top of that, flexible financing makes them easy to budget so that you don’t have to wait to get them.

PRO: You Can Eat Whatever You Want With Dental Implants

The strength and integrity of dental implants mean none of your favorite foods are off-limits. Unlike dentures, you can bite right into corn on the cob, eat steak, or even chew gum if you want to. You won’t have to cut things up into small pieces or eat soft foods. Implants are stronger than teeth.

CON: Not Everyone Qualifies for Dental Implant Treatment

There are specific criteria—such as dense bone and healthy gum tissue—required to be able to get a dental implant. Even certain medications may disqualify you; fortunately, those are fairly less common. And for people whose mouths aren’t healthy enough for dental implants, other types of implant designs may still be available. 

Alternatives to Dental implants

Maybe you feel like the CONS of dental implants outweigh the PROS. If that’s the case—and you’re still struggling with selecting the best tooth replacement—don’t worry. ARCHPOINT still offers other alternative types of dental implant treatments for people who might not otherwise fit the “traditional” profile of an implant patient. 

For instance, you could consider:

Zygomatic Dental Implants

Someone who doesn’t have enough bone to support traditional dental implants can still get dental implants! That’s exactly why zygomatic implants exist. These alternative implant designs are specifically used in scenarios where there’s extensive bone loss, preventing the need for bone grafting or sinus lifts. Their longer design allows them to be placed at an angle, using the natural cheekbone above and adjacent to the teeth for support.

Snap-on Overdentures/Implant Stabilized Dentures 

This specific implant appliance is like common ground between a traditional denture and All-on-4 implants. In this case, it’s an implant-supported denture (that looks and feels like a regular denture), but it has special attachments underneath. These locators clip or snap onto 2-4 corresponding dental implants in your mouth. Overdentures can sometimes be a same-day treatment option, and they’re much more budget savvy than permanent full-arch appliances. 

Dental implants in Dallas & Fort Worth

Still struggling to decide whether the PROS outweigh the CONS of dental implants in your situation? Our dental implant specialists in Dallas & Fort Worth are open and honest with you when it comes to whether or not implants are right for you. We’re happy to explain how the treatment works in your specific situation and whether or not any alternative dental implant options are available. Don’t forget to ask about our flexible 0% and low-interest payment options. 

Request your no-obligation consultation at ARCHPOINT today to get started. 

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Who Is Best Qualified To Do Dental Implants? 

If you’re considering getting something as life-changing as dental implant treatment, you want to make sure you choose the right dentist or specialist for the job. How can you know for sure that you’re selecting the best dentist for implants to perform your treatment? 

Not all dentists are implant specialists. And only certain specialists are “implant dentists.” We’ll discuss the various implant specialists that exist—such as prosthodontists, periodontists, and oral surgeons—so that you can more easily choose the best type of dentist to perform your dental implant procedure. 

Why does it matter which dentist you choose? Because implant specialists have additional training, resources, and experience to ensure something as complex as full mouth reconstruction is delivered safely and with a predictable outcome. You don’t want to risk anything less. 

What Are Dental Implants For? 

Dental implants are a unique type of tooth replacement that’s made to last a lifetime. They don’t rely on other teeth for support like bridges or partials do. And they aren’t removable or bulky like dentures. DFW dental implants are the only tooth replacement that physically mirrors the appearance of natural, anatomical teeth. Both aesthetically and functionally. 

The independent design of implants makes it possible to place them adjacent to your existing teeth. They eliminate the need for reshaping teeth to anchor a bridge or wearing a removable partial denture. Even in the instance of full-mouth reconstruction, as few as four implants can permanently anchor a hybrid All-on-4 appliance. 

Who Is Best Qualified To Do Dental Implants? Best Dentist for Implants.

Before becoming a licensed dentist, every dental student must complete four years of dental school, including rotations and residencies in various care settings. They have a broad knowledge of all aspects of dental care by the time they’re ready to sit for their board exams. After passing their boards, they are licensed to perform general or family dentistry.

However, some dentists choose to return to school for an additional 2-3 years to specialize in specific areas of care. Once they do, they become experts in their field and only provide care within that specific area of dentistry. Additionally, these specialists can go on to become board-certified, with further credentials to show their level of expertise. Prosthodontists, oral surgeons, and periodontists are just a few examples of the types of dental specialists recognized by the ADA. They are the only three types of dentists who specialize in dental implant therapy and are the best dentist for implants.

Choosing a prosthodontist or oral surgeon expert ensures that the entire implant procedure can be performed by that provider, regardless of its complexity. General dentists often refer their implant clients to these specialists for their implant placement. Prosthodontists are experts in smile reconstruction and oral surgeons in surgical procedures; both are two types of implant specialists. 

For comparison’s sake, it would be like your primary care physician sending you to an endocrinologist to manage your diabetes or to a surgeon to have a broken bone repaired. Legally, they could treat you, but the outcome would likely be completely different than if you chose a specialist for your care to begin with. 

The Dental Implant Procedure

The actual placement of a dental implant requires extensive knowledge of bone anatomy, nerve placement, and soft tissue management away from the teeth. Many dental implant specialists—like the ones here at ARCHPOINT—use 3D imaging to help digitally place the implants prior to the surgical procedure. Especially in instances where the patient has gone an extended amount of time with missing teeth or has excessive bone loss. Once it comes time to place them, implant specialists can do so in a predictable manner; after all, they’ve done the same thing hundreds of times before! Whereas a general dentist might not ever place them at all. 

Are Dental Implants Safe? 

Absolutely. Especially when you select the best dentist for implants. The dental implant process is a precise, yet minimally-invasive, procedure that can predictably restore your smile once and for all. In fact, it’s safer to get dental implants than it is to place something like a fixed bridge because of how those restorations affect your existing teeth. 

Working with an implant specialist will further enhance your safety throughout the procedure. Especially if you’re a unique case where sinus lift surgery or bone augmentation is being performed. Or if you’re getting zygomatic dental implants because you don’t qualify for traditional designs.

Additionally, a licensed dental specialist will also be able to provide deeper levels of sedation in their practice because of their training and licensure, and are the best dentist for implants. For example, at ARCHPOINT, we can complete your dental implant treatment at our Dallas or Ft. Worth location with a sedation medication that allows you to feel like you’re napping throughout the entire placement. Many of our specialists have had intense levels of training within hospital and surgery settings in addition to their formal education, providing them with an intimate understanding of patient safety during surgical procedures. 

Prosthodontist & Oral Surgeon in Dallas and Fort Worth (The Best Dentist for Implants)

At ARCHPOINT, we have a team of dental specialists who have dedicated their careers to enriching other people’s lives through dental implant therapy. Not only are they dental implant experts, but it’s also all that they do!

ARCHPOINT has different licensed experts on staff, like prosthodontists and oral surgeons, who work together to provide comprehensive reconstruction of smiles every day of the week. Their experience, education, and devotion to the field of dental implant therapy are what make us one of the best resources for anyone with missing teeth. 

By bringing the best DFW dental implant specialists together, ARCHPOINT facilitates a safe, predictable experience for every patient. Regardless of the complexity of your smile needs or how many teeth are being replaced. 

Reserve a Consultation Today

Speak to one of our DFW dental implant specialists today to learn more about how they can help you restore your smile. During your consultation, we’ll discuss which options are available, any pros or cons you want to consider, as well as financing and sedation choices available. Your no-obligation evaluation at our Dallas or Fort Worth location is the perfect time to get questions answered and learn more about how our smile specialists can help. 

Call today to reserve your visit!

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The Best Dental Implants for You

Dental implants are considered to be the best treatment for replacing missing teeth. But with so many different types of implant dentistry treatments available, it can be difficult to identify which dental implant design is best for you. 

At ARCHPOINT, we offer a variety of dental implant treatments to fit the lifestyle, health, and budget of each client. What’s ideal for one person may not be best for someone else, and vice versa.

During your dental implant consultation, we’ll review your priorities and goals, then discuss which types of dental implant treatments will best help you achieve them. For instance, maybe you only need one or two single dental implants or multiple ones. Are you comparing All-on-4 implants to a snap-on denture or zygomatic system? And what about mini dental implants?

Deciding on the best dental implants for you isn’t a decision to take lightly. Working with a team of specialists can help you be better prepared and confident as you navigate the treatment selection process. 

What Are The Best Dental Implants? 

One of the things that ARCHPOINT does is make several types of advanced dental implant designs available, allowing us to curate the tooth replacement process to each individual’s needs. Not everyone qualifies for the same types of dental implants. We’ll review everything from your bone structure and medical history to the shape of your mouth and what budget you want to work with. 

The best dental implant treatment will be one that’s hand-picked for your unique smile. Not the one and the only treatment that’s offered to every patient. Cookie-cutter implant dentistry often sounds too good to be true because it is. 

Types of Dental Implant Treatments 

Every smile is different. That’s why ARCHPOINT  Implant Dentistry offers a variety of dental implant treatments to serve the needs of our clients. No two are alike! Things like your specific oral anatomy, how long you’ve been missing your teeth, and even which medications you take can all factor into selecting one dental implant treatment over another. 

Single Dental Implants 

Stand-alone dental implants are the preferred treatment for replacing missing teeth. They are independent restorations that stand alongside natural teeth, mimicking the function of an anatomical tooth. Single implants also prevent reshaping otherwise healthy tooth structures, which is common in traditional treatments like conventional bridges. 

Single dental implants are the best implant treatment for you if you have one missing tooth and adequate bone to support an implant in that space.

Multiple Dental Implants 

We can place dental implants throughout your mouth to fill in the open spaces created by missing teeth. Multiple dental implants are the best implant treatment for you if you want to avoid altering healthy tooth structures with a conventional bridge or wearing a partial denture. We can also pair dental implants together to support multi-tooth restorations like bridges and All-on-4.

All-On-4 Dental Implants

An All-on-4 implant system replaces all of your upper or lower teeth at one time using only 4-6 dental implants. All-On-4 implants are the best implant treatment for you if you are already missing all of those teeth or need to have them removed. They provide support for a permanent, hybrid appliance that looks and feels more natural than a traditional denture. Since it’s attached to dental implants, there is no bulky “plate” on the roof of your mouth.

Mini Dental Implants 

Someone with limited bone support or narrow spaces may be able to choose a mini dental implant. Mini implants are the best implant treatment for you if you need to replace a lower front tooth or use several small implants to secure a removable overdenture (snap-on denture.)

Implant Bridges 

Dental implant bridges are the best implant treatment for you if you have 3-4 missing teeth in one area and prefer not to wear a removable partial denture. Instead, our DFW implant dentists affix a fixed bridge on top of a pair of dental implants. The secure restoration fills in that open space, replacing multiple teeth at one time. 

Zygomatic Implants 

If you don’t qualify for traditional dental implants or bone grafting, zygomatic (graftless) implants are a great alternative. Zygomatic implants are the best implant treatment for you if you are missing all or most of your teeth and want a permanently affixed full-arch appliance. These designs are ideal for someone who prefers All-on-4 or All-on-6 implants instead of dentures but lacks appropriate bone support.

Snap-on Dentures

For some people, snap-on dentures are the best dental implants option because of their versatility and affordability. A snap-on denture is essentially a conventional denture that’s made to clip or snap onto 2-4 implants. They’re the perfect step up from traditional dentures.

By incorporating implants and creating an “overdenture,” you don’t have to worry about your plate rocking, rubbing, or slipping out of place during the day. The denture snaps on for the day and stays there until you remove it in the evening.

Alternatives to Dental Implants

If you’ve ever been told that you don’t qualify for dental implants, it may be that the provider you saw wasn’t able to offer a more specialized type of dental implant design. You may want to consider working with a team of specialists, like the experts at ARCHPOINT, to discuss which type of implants are the best treatment solution for your circumstances. Alternative designs such as implant-stabilized dentures are almost always an option. Additional alternatives include removable dentures, partials, or conventional fixed bridges that are anchored by natural teeth.

Dental Implants in Dallas & Fort Worth

Every smile is unique, and your needs won’t be the same as someone else’s. Working with a team of the best implant specialists in DFW will mean you have access to the right type of dental implant treatment for your smile. Whether you’re only replacing one or two teeth or are undergoing full mouth reconstruction, ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry offers you the peace of mind and predictability you deserve. Our team of dental experts features some of the leading implant specialists in Dallas and Fort Worth, so your smile will be in great hands. We even offer comfortable dental sedation options as well as affordable financing programs. 

Contact ARCHPOINT today to reserve a no-obligation consultation and find out which implants are best for you.

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Not a Candidate for Dental Implants? Ask About Zygomatic Dental Implants Instead!

Dental implants are one of the most life-changing treatments out there for people who have missing teeth. Unfortunately, not everyone qualifies for traditional dental implant treatment. But even if your dentist tells you that you’re not a candidate, there could be other implant options out there, such as Zygomatic dental implants. The only difference is these alternative implant designs are more specialized, so traditional family practice settings typically don’t have the resources available to offer them in their office. 

If your dentist told you that you don’t qualify for implants, but you’re ready to explore all of your options, the implant specialists at ARCHPOINT could have a solution: Zygomatic dental implants. 

Why Some People Can’t Get Traditional Implants

It’s physically impossible to place dental implants if you have severe bone loss. Anyone with extensive tooth loss or past periodontal disease may have weaker than normal bone, preventing typical implant installation. Or, if they can get implants, numerous osseous surgeries and grafting are needed to create a space for the implants beforehand. This approach can be lengthy, uncomfortable, and demoralizing for someone who just wants to replace their missing teeth. 

There are other options out there, but it takes working with a skilled implant specialist to know what they are. These alternative designs use bone in other areas of your mouth rather than what’s traditionally surrounding healthy tooth roots. Our DFW Zygomatic dental implants are a graft-free procedure that penetrates the cheekbone (zygomatic arch) for retention, allowing them to function the same way as implants, except they’re longer and inserted at an angle. 

Zygomatic implants are a great choice for patients who don’t qualify for traditional dental implants but still want a permanent tooth replacement. 

Who Qualifies for Zygomatic Dental Implants?

Most candidates for Zygomatic implants are individuals who don’t qualify for everyday implant treatment. However, to be eligible for implant therapy, you must be at least 18 years old because we need to make sure all of your orofacial anatomy is completely developed. Most Zygomatic implant clients are much older than that, which is why they have extensive bone loss, so age restrictions normally aren’t a problem. 

Additionally, you also need to go through a medical screening to determine if there are any other health issues that might contraindicate oral surgery. You may also need to disclose whether or not you’re taking any prescriptions for things like blood thinners and osteoporosis medications or if you’ve recently had any type of surgery or been hospitalized. Our implant specialists can connect with your medical provider to discuss any concerns beforehand, so even if you do have an extensive medical history, you may not need to rule out implants. 

Access to 3D Imaging (CBCT Scans) 

In addition to a physical dental exam, our DFW dentists also need to take a series of 3D scans to evaluate your oral anatomy. It’s this 3D information that helps make Zygomatic implants predictable and safe. Since 3D scans allow us to evaluate your entire bone structure from every angle, they help ensure that there is enough space and healthy tissue available to support your implants.

We’ll use your 3D CBCT scan to digitally map out and virtually place your Zygomatic implants leading up to the surgery. This technique eliminates the guesswork of placing implants with traditional two-dimensional X-rays. 

With this added layer of diagnostic information, we can take people who didn’t qualify for dental implants before and still provide them with fixed Zygomatic restorations to restore their smiles. 

Adapting Implant Methods During Bone Loss

What holds a dental implant in place? Bone! Traditional implants are the same length and width as natural teeth. But our bones can shrink and become weaker after tooth loss or gum disease. This can lead to a weakened or narrowed ridge of bone, which isn’t strong enough to hold a dental implant.

People with poor bone quality may need to adjust their implant locations, use a different type of implant, or perform bone augmentation to create “new” bone in that space. Although there are steps that can be taken in order to place implants where the bone isn’t perfect, it should be done by a specialist who will assess each case individually. Or sometimes, not at all. 

People with extensive bone loss may not know Zygomatic dental implants are an option. Especially when they require full-mouth rehabilitation with a system like All-on-4 or All-on-6. Since our specialists can adjust how your Zygomatic implants are installed, you can still enjoy a predictable, complete-mouth restoration experience.

Simply put, Zygomatic implants make dental implant treatment possible when they don’t typically qualify for traditional implant options. 

What Are Zygomatic Dental Implants?

Zygomatic dental implants are not attached to the bone that typically supports tooth roots and other implants. Instead, they tilt at an angle and reach a bit further, allowing your cheekbones (zygomatic arch) to support them. Thus the qualifications for implant treatment are completely different. 

Zygomatic implants are longer than traditional implants. And they need to be because they are placed at an angle rather than straight up or down in the bone. The longer design makes it possible for them to reach into your cheekbone. Once fully integrated, Zygomatic implants can anchor full-arch restorations such as an “All on-4” or “All on-6”.

Structurally, Zygomatic implants are made out of the very same material as traditional implants. The only difference is that since there is not enough bone around where your tooth roots should be, they reach a bit further into the next bony area. 

Easier Treatment for Implant Patients

Many Zygomatic implants can be placed without any additional bone grafting, gum grafting, or sinus lift surgeries (which are common for people with bone loss.) In turn, the Zygomatic implant treatment actually seems easier than finding a way to qualify for traditional implants. 

The modern no-graft design makes it possible to restore your smile and enhance the quality of your life. The straightforward procedure opens a wide range of opportunities, especially for people who had a dentist tell them, “You don’t qualify for dental implants because of bone loss.” 

Why Use Your Cheek Bone (Zygomatic Arch)?

A typical dental implant goes straight up and down into the supporting bone, identical to an anatomical tooth. But when there isn’t enough bone in that location, there’s nothing to hold the implant in place. Naturally, our implant specialists then look to the nearest durable bony structure to help maximize your current oral anatomy.

In your upper jaw, the cheekbone (Zygomatic arch) is just adjacent and slightly elevated compared to the normal location of an implant or tooth root. By adjusting the length of the implant and tilting it toward this bony arch, we can establish a healthy foundation without compromising the long-term success of your implant.  

Your bone anatomy and sinus cavities dictate where implants can be installed. You don’t have to take “no” for an answer. Rather, all you have to do is work with a more experienced implant specialist to determine whether Zygomatic implants are a viable alternative. 

“What Will My Smile Look Like?”

Anyone with extensive bone loss is likely also dealing with a full mouth of missing teeth or very few natural teeth that are left. If they wear dentures, there’s a good chance that their “plate” rocks or slips because there isn’t enough of a stable bone ridge for the denture to rest against. 

Since Zygomatic implants establish a permanent anchor at the “alveolar ridge” (the curved bone that normally supports teeth), there’s no need for a “plate” in the roof of your mouth. We simply use the 4-6 implants to anchor a streamlined, hybrid device that takes the place of a natural smile. 

A typical All-on-4 restoration—whether it’s placed on traditional implants or, in this case, Zygomatic ones—only fills in the space of your missing teeth. You can speak more clearly and smile with confidence. Each restoration is custom designed, so you get to play an active role in the color, shape, and size of what your new teeth look like. We’ll use high-quality materials that mimic natural tooth anatomy for full aesthetic benefits as well as functional ones. 

When to Choose Zygomatic Implants

Dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth. But not everyone can get dental implants. Patients often choose Zygomatic implants to increase their success rates and work with less bone, even if their previous dentist told them they didn’t qualify for treatment. 

While it’s true someone may not qualify for traditional implants, that does not mean they aren’t an ideal candidate for Zygomatic designs. These are the individuals that Zygomatic implants were precisely designed for! 

If you’re feeling hopeless and like there are no options left, you’ll want to speak to the implant specialists at ARCHPOINT. 

Zygomatic Implants in Dallas and Fort Worth

Today’s dental implant options make implant therapy a possibility for almost everyone. Let our DFW implant specialists help put a smile back on your face. To make your first appointment, call ARCHPOINT in Dallas or Fort Worth today.

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What are Overdentures?

If you’ve ever heard of an “overdenture” it’s safe to assume that it’s some type of a modified denture that’s worn over something. In this case, it’s dental implants. But what makes an overdenture different from traditional dentures, partials, or even a full-arch implant system like All-on-4?

For people who are still trying to decide between implants, dentures, or in this case—overdentures—here’s everything you need to know about how overdentures compare to other traditional tooth replacement treatments. 

What Do Overdentures Look Like and How do They Work?

To put it simply, an overdenture is a traditional denture that has special locators (or “buttons”) built into it that allow it to attach to dental implants. Most overdentures are stabilized with anywhere from 2-4 implants, depending on if it’s an upper or lower denture. 

An overdenture is removable. It’s meant to take out at the end of the day like you would conventional dentures or partials. 

In some cases, it’s possible to retrofit existing dentures with new locators, transitioning them into an overdenture if you decide to get dental implants. Not always, but sometimes. 

Overdentures vs. Traditional Dentures

Since overdentures are removable and still rest on top of your gums, how are they any different from traditional “plate” style dentures? It’s simple: they offer better security throughout the day.

With a traditional denture, your prosthesis relies on suction to keep it in place. And if you have extensive bone loss—which is common for denture wearers because tooth loss causes the bone to shrink away—it’s even harder to hold a denture in place. So, individuals usually turn to denture adhesives, pastes, or strips that create a sticky surface to help keep their dentures from slipping around. But these are all messy and hard to clean. And even with extensive bone loss, they don’t work. 

On the other hand, we can create your denture so that it has special places to clip onto two or four implants in your jaw. That way once you press it down into place, it’s adhering to the dental implants instead of sticky residue or creating a suction. The added stability allows you to talk and eat without having to worry as much about your prosthesis coming out, slipping, or rubbing.

A big perk of using implants to stabilize your dentures is that it makes them more comfortable to wear on an everyday basis. Most people find it difficult to transition into a denture, because of the rubbing or sore spots it creates on their gums. When you’re having to use your lips, tongue, and cheeks to keep your dentures in place, everyday activities like talking on the phone are extremely difficult. Whereas when your denture attaches onto implants, it frees up all of your other oral muscles to do things like talk, chew, and swallow. 

Overdentures vs. All-on-4 Implants

You can think of overdentures as a step up from traditional dentures, but a step down from All-on-4 or All-on-6 implants. To understand why that’s the case, you first need to understand how an All-on-4 system works. 

All-on-4 implants are like a hybrid between dentures and a full arch dental bridge. They tend to be “U” shaped, following the natural curve of your jaw. Like dentures, they include some pink areas to fill in the height and shape of your gums. But they don’t cover the roof of your mouth because there’s no need for them to. An All-on-4 system is retained by four implants in your arch, so it’s not going anywhere. 

Overdentures still have the “plate” that goes across the roof of your mouth like traditional dentures. Even though they clip onto implants, the implants act more like an added layer of stability. You still need the traditional shape of the denture in order for your appliance to fit your mouth properly. 

The biggest difference between All-on-4 implants and overdentures is that All-on-4 is permanent, and overdentures are removable. You absolutely have to take overdentures out at the end of every day. Whereas it’s impossible to remove All-on-4 implants, at least on your own. Your dentist could remove them with special instruments to examine and clean the area, but otherwise, they stay in place like a bridge would. 

With All-on-4 being permanently fixed, you also have some added biting and chewing capabilities that you don’t quite get with overdentures. Such as being able to bite into an apple or easily chew up a steak. However, overdentures are still an improvement from traditional dentures when it comes to being able to eat more easily. Deciding between which one you want will ultimately boil down to what your priorities are, how comfortable you want to be, and the budget that you plan on working with. 

Other Names for Overdentures

Overdentures are just one word we use to describe this unique tooth-replacement prosthesis. They’re also called “implant stabilized” or “implant retained” dentures because we’re essentially stabilizing them with dental implants. 

Some people refer to implant stabilized overdentures as “snap-on” or “clip-in” dentures. Because they are snapping or clipping onto the corresponding dental implants in your mouth. You snap them into place for the day and go on your way. At the end of the day, simply unclip them to take them out of your mouth. Normally we don’t call the special attachments a snap or clip, but it is a type of a button that slips on top of your implant abutments. 

“Snap On” Overdentures in DFW

If you’re torn between wearing dentures or getting a permanent, fixed All-on-4 treatment, overdentures provide a great mid-way solution for your smile. Especially if you need quick results or are working with a tighter budget. The implant specialists at ARCHPOINT will help you weigh the pros and cons of your various options, to select the one that’s best for your smile and lifestyle. In this case, it might be a clip-on overdenture. 

Reserve a consultation with us today at our office in Ft. Worth or Dallas to learn more.

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All-on-4 vs. Implant Bridges

Are you planning to replace or upgrade your smile from an old set of dentures? Or maybe you have several teeth that need to be removed and you simply feel like you’re “starting over” when it comes to having healthy teeth? All-on-4 or implant bridges are an excellent choice.

Compared to partials, full dentures, and fixed bridges, dental implants are far superior when it comes to permanent tooth replacement. They mimic natural teeth and have the ability to support longer, multi-tooth restorations like All-on-4 or implant bridges. Understanding the difference in these two different options will help you feel more prepared before your implant consultation. 

What is an Implant Bridge?

An implant bridge is almost like a traditional dental bridge, except it’s supported by a pair of implants instead of natural teeth. This design makes it possible to fill in more missing teeth at one time, since conventional bridges can really only fill in 1-2 teeth at most.

With implant bridges, we’re using one implant at each end of the restoration, placing them on either side of the open area in your bite. So, it’s replacing all of the teeth between your implants as well as the ones where the implants are installed. Usually, implant bridges fill in anywhere from 3-4 teeth in a row. Occasionally we might even recommend using additional dental implants for the same prosthesis if we need it to be any longer. 

What is All-on-4?

You could think of an All-on-4 (or All-on-6) implant system as being a full-arch dental bridge. Technically it’s not a bridge, because it’s filling in the space of both your teeth and the gum tissue immediately adjacent to them. But unlike a denture, it only follows the natural U-shaped curve of your jaw. All-on-4 implants are like a hybrid between fixed bridges and a full denture, replacing all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw with one prosthesis. 

As the name suggests, your full arch restoration is attached onto 4 or 6 dental implants. While this might not seem like enough implants for a full upper or lower set of teeth, it’s important to remember that implants are stronger than natural teeth. That’s why they’re able to support the weight of a full arch prosthesis, as long as they’re positioned at particular points in your jaw.

Is There Such a Thing as a Full Arch Implant Bridge?

When most people ask about a full arch implant bridge, they’re usually talking about an All-on-4 or All-on-6 treatment. Bridges technically only restore the “crown” or visible tooth portion of your smile. You would want one when there’s plenty of healthy gum tissue there. But extensive tooth loss usually triggers changes in the shape of your jaw, and your gums right along with it. So, with an All-on-4, we take your full arch bridge and also build out the gummy “ridge” that usually hugs the necks of your natural teeth. Essentially, we’re rebuilding both the tooth and the gums around it, so your prosthesis has both white and pink areas, filling in more than just tooth anatomy. This structural change is the key difference between a bridge and other tooth replacements. 

When to Choose Implant Bridges Over Individual Implants

Let’s say for a moment that you’re not missing all of your teeth. Maybe you have a few here and there that are perfectly healthy and stable enough  for several more years of use. When that’s the case, we don’t want to extract them simply to install a long, full-arch prosthesis. In those scenarios, the best solution is to just place individual implants between the teeth, or an implant supported bridge. 

Typically, we don’t need to replace multiple teeth in a row with their own individual implant. Since implants are strong enough to support more weight than an anatomical tooth, it’s less invasive to use a pair of implants for a fixed bridge. For example, if you have three missing teeth it would probably be best to get two implants with a three-unit dental bridge. But if you only have two teeth missing, you will go with an individual implant and crown for each one of them. 

When to Choose All-on-4 Implants

Once we’re to the point of restoring a full upper or lower set of teeth, we really only need 4-6 dental implants per arch. When you omit wisdom teeth (third molars) that’s 14 teeth per arch. Depending on your bone anatomy and how much support there is, we would choose specific points in your jaw to install your dental implants. For people with a bit more bone loss, six implants are usually best. That’s a little less than a 1:2 ratio of dental implants to missing teeth. Each implant is basically supporting the weight of just over two teeth, which is extremely safe and predictable. 

Which One is Right for Me?

Anyone who has experienced tooth loss knows how embarrassing and debilitating it can feel to not have a healthy, functional smile. Usually, our implant specialists want to do everything we can to help you maintain the natural teeth you have, then replace the missing ones around them. But if that’s not in the best interest of your overall health, therapeutic tooth removal is also an option. 

Whenever you visit our DFW implant office, we’ll walk you through our findings and discuss what your goals are. We’re here to be your partner in oral health and will only recommend the same type of treatment that we would want for our own smiles or those of our family members. 

Dental Implants in DFW

ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry offers a wide variety of tooth replacement options, including both implant bridges and All-on-4 implant designs. Those are just two examples of several you have to choose from. 

No matter how many teeth you have missing or what your smile goals are, dental implants are one of the absolute best options when it comes to restoring your smile. Contact ARCHPOINT in Dallas or Ft. Worth to learn more about how our DFW implant specialist can help you enjoy the smile you deserve.