Full Mouth Dental Implants
When multiple teeth are failing often due to periodontal (gum disease), then the same principles apply and a full mouth reconstruction can be undertaken.
Here the teeth are removed sequentially and replaced by provisional bridges are used to temporarily to maintain aesthetic as you undertake the various stages of treatment.
In many circumstances, multiple teeth may have to be removed due to advanced bone loss sometimes caused by trauma, periodontal disease (gum) and also a combination of long-term sequential tooth loss. Whatever the cause, the resulting dentition presents with moderate to severe bone and gum deficiencies whereby the prognosis of the entire dentition is poor over the long-term, and the remaining teeth need to be removed if they are still present. This type of treatment is of particular interest to Dr F Khan-Osborne.
The removal of all remaining teeth even in stages can be a challenging and distressing experience but often it is possible to remove the teeth sequentially and provisional bridges are used to provide temporary aesthetics and function as you undertake the various stages of treatment. It is sometimes necessary in cases of severe bone loss to graft bone from the hip bone and this would be done in hospital prior to implant placement should the required bone not be present in the mouth. Once the grafting stages are complete, final implant placement and gum management have been undertaken and the end result has been functioning for many months.
This ensures that the aesthetic outcome is acceptable to you, prior to the final restorations being placed, once the gums have settled and the bone has strengthened. Your smile and function can therefore be restored to you with a provisional restoration in the short-term and this provides the patient with a more comfortable solution which can be used as a blue-print in the long-term. This process takes many months and often treatment periods may be as long as one to two years. Just as teeth can get gum disease around them, so can implants. It is therefore important to monitor them to ensure that any sign of disease can be caught early and arrested. A high degree of hygiene is therefore important.