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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Answers to Some Commonly Asked Questions About Full Mouth Implants

by Myrtle Banks

Full mouth implants are a good substitute for standard dentures, for those who have lost all or the majority of their teeth, as they provide a permanent structure for a bridge. This means you wouldn't need to worry about a bridge sliding around during eating and talking. Full mouth implants can also better support the jaw line than many bridges and dentures since they more readily stay in place better. If you're thinking of having full mouth implants inserted, note a few questions you might have and then discuss these with your dentist so you know what to expect and if this procedure is right for you. 

1. Can anyone have the procedure done?

Note that implants need to be inserted with a type of pin that is fused to the jawbone, so you need to have adequate bone structure in place for those pins to work for you. In some cases, you might be a candidate for a bone augmentation procedure if you've lost some bone, such as due to cancer treatments or an accident. If there is not enough bone in your jaw line to support these implants, you may not be a candidate for a full mouth implant surgery.

2. Will a body ever reject the implants?

In rare cases, a patient may have an allergy to titanium that makes them reject the implant. In those cases, they may not be a candidate for another implant, but these allergies are very rare and shouldn't typically be cause for concern.

3. What if a person has teeth remaining?

Whether or not remaining teeth will need to be extracted for the full mouth implants to work will depend on the health of the tooth. You may be able to have a fixed bridge inserted rather than full mouth implants; these are like a smaller set of teeth that snap onto the tops of the implants otherwise used. Talk to your dentist about the teeth you have remaining and if they need to be extracted or can be salvaged if you prefer.

4. Are the implants temporary?

The dental implants used for the bridges are meant to fuse to the bone so that they last for years and even decades. Some dental implants are known to last for 40 years or so, which means that, depending on your age, your dental implants may last for the rest of your life. Your dentist can tell you the expected lifespan of your implants so you know if you would ever need to have them replaced.