Full Arch Treatment Options

Option 1: Removable Denture

Advantages:

  • Relatively inexpensive tooth and gingival replacement
  • Provides lip support
  • Easy to remove and clean outside of mouth

Disadvantages:

  • Uncomfortable – may cause sore spots on gum tissue
  • Difficult to eat certain foods
  • Accelerates bone loss
  • Often requires reline to improve fit and comfort as bone deteriorates
  • Difficult to speak as the removable denture may move
  • May require creams or adhesives to reduce mobility of denture
  • Approximately 10% functionality compared to natural teeth

Option 2: 4 Implant Over Denture (Removable)

Advantages:

  • Improves stability and functionality to 60% compared to natural teeth
  • Relatively inexpensive tooth and gingival replacement
  • Provides lip support
  • Easy to clean outside of mouth

Disadvantages:

  • Uncomfortable – may cause sore spots on gum tissue
  • Remove and clean denture outside of mouth
  • May still move when chewing or speaking
  • May require relines to improve fit and comfort as bone deteriorates

Option 3: All-­on‐4™ Implant Fixed Bridge

Advantages:

  • Improves functionality to 90% compared to natural teeth
  • Eliminates need for bone grafting
  • Can provide temporary bridge day of surgery
  • Preserves bone and soft tissue
  • Never decay – 95% success rate over 30 years
  • Natural-­looking esthetics
  • Allows you to eat the foods you want
  • Able to clean fixed implant bridge like natural teeth

Disadvantages:

  • Time (healing and restorative; 8 to 10 months)
  • Surgical procedure

Option 4: Traditional 6‐8 Implant support Fixed Bridge

Advantages:

  • Replaces roots and teeth
  • Preserves bone and soft tissue
  • Improves functionality to 90% compared to natural teeth
  • Able to clean fixed implant bridge like natural teeth

Disadvantages:

  • Multiple surgeries
  • Time (healing and restorative; 1 year+)
  • No immediate prosthesis day of surgery
  • Cost