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Full-arch dental implants in Mornington

Love your smile again with our full-arch implant treatment at our Mornington dental clinic! Our modern and revolutionary all-on-4 dental implant approach allows you to restore your teeth’s natural function, feeling and look. In addition, we customise treatment to suit your needs and financial considerations so you can achieve your desired goal of permanent teeth replacement. Patients come from Mt Eliza, Moorooduc and Mt Martha to receive top-quality full-arch dental implant treatment at our Mornington dental clinic.

What is full-arch dental implant treatment?

When you have full-arch dental implant treatment, four dental implants support all teeth on your jawbone. Unlike traditional dental implant procedures, where eight or more implants are required, full-arch dental implant treatment using an all-on-4 approach is much less invasive and allows for more rapid healing.
In a full-arch dental implant treatment, we implant titanium screws across your entire jaw arch at four defined points. Then we affix customised crowns or dentures which connect to each titanium screw.
Full-arch dental treatment is distinct from more conventional dental implant methods in that a patient only needs four implants to replace a full row (or arch) of teeth. Traditional implant approaches may need upwards of eight implants on a full arch of teeth to achieve the same outcome.

Preparing for full-arch dental implant treatment

  1. You’ll come in for a general examination, where you can discuss your goals. Your dentist will examine your gums, jawbones and teeth to determine if dental implants are the right choice for you. As dental implants can also change the look of your smile, you and your dentist will also talk about smile design so you can get used to having a beautiful smile again.
  2. Your dentist will undertake preliminary information-gathering and record-taking by scanning you for an X-ray and also for a CBCT. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a specialised dental scan that allows your dentist to assess your jaw and teeth for the suitability of receiving dental implants. It also provides really detailed information for your dentist to plan for optimal dental implant surgery.
  3. Your dentist will discuss all options with you so you can choose how you want to achieve your optimal results. The dentist will then begin to plan your customised and specific full-arch dental implant treatment.
  4. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to create a set of customised temporary teeth to wear during the healing stage. Your dentist will also take photographs before beginning the implant process. 
  5. If you have infected or rotten teeth, your dentist will extract them before or during the implant surgery.

The full-arch dental implant procedure 

After you’ve had your initial consultation and imaging, you’ve come to the stage where you’re going to receive your dental implants. Your dentist has completed all the planning needed to achieve your desired result, and we are good to go! We undertake the dental implant process at our Mornington dental surgery over a series of appointments that cover a six-month period.

Initial surgery

In the dental chair, you will have your choice of local anaesthetic or sedation. Once you are comfortable, your dentist will begin to place the implants to your jawbone. The four small titanium screws (part of the Straumann Mini Implant System) are inserted at an angle to ensure maximum support and stability for your new teeth. Having screws inserted on an angle also helps to succeed against any bone weaknesses or deficiencies at the rear of the jaw.

Each implant takes about 30 minutes to install. When your dentist has affixed all four implants, you will receive a set of temporary prosthetic teeth to wear during the healing stage. These temporary teeth may be fixed to your jaw or be removable.

Follow-up surgery

After three months, you’ll return to our Mornington dental clinic to make final impressions and to have your customised dental crowns affixed to your implants. You’ll leave our dental surgery with a permanent set of functional and beautiful teeth! You will return one week later for a final review of the implants and crowns. Your dentist will make any final adjustments if necessary.

Benefits of full-arch dental implants 

Having full-arch dental implants has a range of benefits, including:

  • increase in speech accuracy
  • quicker and less invasive than traditional dental implants
  • improvement in bite correction and chewing function
  • full-arch dental implants are more flexible in design and fitting
  • restored jaw position
  • restoration of all-over facial flaws
  • faster healing process compared to conventional dental implants
  • patients don’t need as much bone density to secure the four implants in full-arch treatment
  • increased confidence, not only in smiles but also overall happiness
  • learn to love food again with teeth that allow you to taste properly
  • a decrease in infections from bad or rotten teeth
  • no more loose or painful dentures.

Say goodbye to dentures

If you’re a patient who wears dentures, receiving full-arch implant treatment at our Mornington dental clinic is a sensible choice. Having the four dental implants on your top and bottom jaws means permanent teeth secured to your jawbone. There is no discomfort due to loose dentures, no problems with eating or speaking, and no chance of losing your implants like you can lose your dentures.
Full-arch dental implants using the all-on-4 approach last longer than dentures, and as they’re permanent, they don’t need to be soaked and treated every night. Instead, you clean dental implants just like you do your own permanent teeth.

Cost of full-arch dental implants

Replace all or most of your missing or broken teeth with four implants per jaw. Costs begin at $15,000 and can be up to $60,000. Our Mornington dental practice offers payment plans for all dental implant procedures.

Frequently asked questions

How long do full-arch dental implants last?

The first full-arch dental implant treatments using all-on-4 protocols began in 1998, so we use upwards of two decades of information to observe how long these implants last.

All-on-4 dental implants fuse to the bone just like conventional dental implants and use titanium screws like traditional dental implants. Modern dentistry states that dental implants using an all-on-4 approach should last at least 20-25 years. Additionally, with ongoing patient care and regular dental attention, the four implants in each jawbone should last a lifetime.

Does the full-arch implant treatment procedure carry any risks?

Any dental surgery procedure carries risks. Your dentist will outline these risks before agreeing to full-arch dental implant treatment. The overall implant procedure using the all-on-four approach has a very high success rate of over 98%.

Will my full-arch dental implants fail?

There is an average of less than 0.5% chance that a full-arch dental implant treatment using four implants will fail. Modern dentistry sees this chance of failure as very low risk. Dental implant failures occur when the implant doesn’t fuse to the bone.

If an implant fails, our dentist can affix a new implant to the bone. We note that implants attached to the bone after a second round have a higher chance of successful bone fusion (osseointegration).

How will I know if my full-arch dental implants have failed?

With such a high success rate, we don’t expect our patients to experience a failed dental implant. However, if you experience any of the following instances, please get in touch with our surgery right away to arrange for a detailed examination:

  • A loose implant, or one that moves in the mouth
  • Severe discomfort or pain
  • Notable inflammation or swelling of gum tissue.

Will it hurt when I have full-arch implant treatment?

Our experienced and caring dental team will manage your pain throughout the implant process. You may choose to have the procedure performed under local anaesthetic or sedation in the comfort of the dental chair at our Mornington dental clinic. We will provide you with adequate post-surgery care instructions, including using over-the-counter pain medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen as directed.

What can I expect from full-arch implant treatment?

A prime reason patients choose full-arch implant treatment is to restore chewing, speaking and eating functionality. It just so happens that an added bonus of implant treatment is improved cosmetic appearance. And from a physiological standpoint, the four implants will give your jaw a revitalised structure and function while maintaining the bone level & health around each implant.

Do I need to have check-ups for my full-arch dental implants?

Your dentist will see you three months after the final implant surgery to confirm the implant screws have successfully integrated into the jawbone and surrounding gum tissue. At this time, the dentist will make any final adjustment to the implant if needed.

Further maintenance includes a scheduled clean every six months with a member of our dental hygiene team. Additionally, every 12 months, you will need to come in for a special clean with our dentist or hygienist.
We use X-rays to review the progress of the implants, with a scan after one year and every five years after that.

Can I still smoke after I've had full-arch implant treatment?

Smoking is a habit that can cause dental implants to fail. This is because some compounds in tobacco smoke cause blood vessels to constrict. In jaw tissue, constricted blood vessels mean it’s harder for blood to nourish the tissue and remove tissue waste. Particularly for jaw tissue supporting new implants immediately after implant surgery, the likelihood of implant failure increases if the blood supply to the tissue decreases.

We recommend smoking cessation for at least four weeks after surgery to support successful integration of the dental implants to the jawbone (this is called osseointegration).

Your dentist can advise you on smoking cessation techniques and supports if you think you might need help in this area.

How long will I need to recover from full-arch implant treatment?

It usually takes up to a week for bruising and swelling around the implant site to subside. Peak swelling and bruising typically occurs on the third day after surgery, then the healing process becomes quite rapid from then.

We recommend that you avoid participating in any strenuous physical activity for two-three weeks after the dental implant surgery.

From end to end, a complete recovery from full-arch dental implant surgery using four implants in each jaw takes about six months.

Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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