Overland Park Full Arch Dental Implants
Full arch dental implants are a great solution when you need to replace all of your teeth. Four to six implants are placed in your jaw bone, and a prosthesis (sometimes referred to as a dental bridge) is made into a custom fit for you. On the day of implant placement, you will leave our office with temporary teeth. After your dental implants have healed for several weeks, you will receive your final bridge.
Why Our Team is Different:
We are different from an all-in-one center because we will work with the dentist of your choice. If you like your current dentist, you do not need to change. And if you like the idea of having your treatment all in one location, we have Overland Park prosthodontists (specialists in advanced dental restorations) who can come to our office for your convenience.
There are five steps to full arch implant treatment.
- Initial exam and 3D CT scan. We are also available for video pre-consultations at no cost to you!
- Implant placement day, where you will leave with your temporary teeth.
- Placement of your final teeth.
- Final adjustments and fitting of your teeth.
- Maintenance of your implants and teeth.
Many people ask about the cost of full arch dental implants, and if that is a concern for you, you are not alone. We offer third-party financing and payment plans to make specialty care affordable for you. During your initial exam, you will have the opportunity to consult with our team about payment options and have all of your questions answered. Our team is even available if you desire an additional in-office financial consultation. We take pride in financial transparency.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Yes. Overall, dental implants are extremely safe. Whether you are getting a single implant or you are restoring your entire mouth with All-On-Four, at Ward Periodontics our team do everything we can to provide a safe and successful implant procedure.
How safe and successful are dental implants? The success rate of the dental implant placement procedure is estimated at about 98% over a period of 10+ years, and most patients can keep their implants for the rest of their lives.
Serious complications are very rare, but the most common complication is peri-implantitis. This is a type of gum disease which is caused by improper oral hygiene, and causes inflammation in the dental implant area. By following Dr. Ward’s instructions during the recovery process, you can ensure your mouth remains healthy after treatment, and avoid this complication.
Other rare complications include injuries to the nerves and blood vessels, or sinus problems. These issues can all be avoided by using proper implant placement techniques, and using advanced technology such as X-Guide to determine the proper implant placement location.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
We take steps to ensure the implant procedure is comfortable for our patients. We will numb your mouth and we can also provide you with sedation to keep you at ease and ensure you feel safe and relaxed throughout your surgery.
After your treatment, you will likely feel some pain, discomfort and soreness around your dental implants. If Dr. Audra Ward has given you a prescription for pain medication, you can take it as directed. If not, you can use over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen to get relief from this discomfort.
In addition, Dr. Ward will provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions for post-operative care for your implants. If you follow these instructions, you should be able to recover from the treatment quite quickly.
Can Dental Implants Be Removed?
Yes. It is possible to remove dental implants. But this is a very rare procedure, and is typically only required if something has gone wrong during the implant placement process, or if the implant has been rejected by your body.
Usually, dental implants that fail are removed within the first few months after implant placement. If the implant is rejected by your body due to an allergy or other such reaction, becomes infected, or moves too much during the healing process, it may need to be removed to prevent further complications. When dental implants fail early, they are typically quite easy to remove, as they have not fully bonded with the jaw bone.
Late implant failure is more rare, and usually occurs after your implants have been in place for more than a year. The most common reason for late implant failure is improper oral hygiene. If you do not brush and floss properly, you may develop peri-implantitis. It may be possible to repair the implant and remove the infection. However, if your case of peri-implantitis is very severe, it may damage the area around your implant, and require it to be removed.
The typical timeline for Multi-Tooth Implant placement is as follows:
- Extraction of tooth to be replaced with bone preservation.
- Healing period of 8-12 weeks for bone growth and development.
- Placement of the implant “screw” portion.
- Healing period of 8-12 weeks for development and fusion of bone to the implant surface.
- Restoration of the implant(s) with crown, bridge or denture by your dentist.
Using X-Guide for Better Implant Placement
An X-Guide machine is a surgical navigation unit that uses a light and a camera to detect real-time changes and provides vital information to guide the implantation process. It produces 3D, real-time navigation for dental implants. Unlike the printed guided process, there is no extended turnaround time, so same-day guided surgery is a reality.
Benefits of X-Guide
Using an X-Guide machine during the implantation process helps Dr. Ward to better assess how to place the implant. Not only does this simplify the process for Dr. Ward, but it also makes it easier for you! The benefits of this procedure include:
- Quicker Treatment
- With more control over the entire dental implant process, X-Guide allows for quicker, more accurate placement. This means you can spend less time in the dental chair!
- More Precise Treatment
- There is no guesswork with X-Guide implant mapping. Dr. Ward will be able to avoid tender nerves and find the optimal insertion point with precise accuracy, which means less trauma at the insertion site and quicker healing so you can get back to your normal life!
- More Affordable
- X-Guide mapping is just a fraction of the cost of traditional implant guided dentistry.