Full Arch Implant Prosthesis Options
Washington DC & Bethesda – Chevy Chase
Full Arch Treatment Options as an Alternative to Dentures:
In many cases, there is more than one treatment option for you to consider. After a detailed analysis, your dentist should explain the pros and cons of each one to you. The following is a brief overview of the various treatment modalities for the reconstruction of a complete jaw:
There are four alternative full arch treatment options: Immediate Load Fixed Hybrid Prosthesis, Full Arch Screw-Retained, Porcelain Crown and Bridge Splint, Anterior Bridge with six crowns and a Precision Partial Denture, and Implant Supported Overdenture. Patients are increasingly requesting additional information on the Immediate Load Fixed Hybrid Prosthesis as an alternative to their denture(s). If you are presently wearing a denture, you may want an opinion on one of these types of therapy. When deciding to replace the denture with a fixed appliance, most patients choose the Immediate Load Fixed Hybrid Prosthesis, for cost reasons, but others opt for the more natural Full Arch Screw-Retained, Porcelain Crown and Bridge Splint.
The Immediate Load Fixed Hybrid Prosthesis has all of the advantages discussed above, especially the cost factor. Implants can be inserted, bone grafts can be placed, and the patients denture can then be retrofitted to the implant fixtures to create a screw down prosthesis. After four to six months, the final prosthesis is fabricated. It provides a full arch fixed appliance with significantly reduced costs.
“Hats off” Doctor Marlin for the outstanding work done on my 12 crowns and implants 28 years ago.
I moved from the area 25 years ago. Today my current dentist praised your work as he was evaluating my mouth after viewing my panoramic x-ray this morning. All 12 crowns are completely sound and do not need restored or replaced!
Thank you, Dr. Marlin, for your exceptional skill.
The Full Arch Screw-Retained, Porcelain Crown and Bridge Splint is the most esthetically and functionally natural appliance, and is screwed into the implants. It is as if the patient has regrown new teeth! However, it is the most expensive of the appliances. Approximately four to six months after the insertion of the Immediate Load Transitional Prosthesis, the Full Arch Screw-Retained, Porcelain Crown and Bridge Splint is created by baking porcelain over a special framework.
The Six Unit Anterior Crown and Bridge Splint with a Precision Partial Denture may be a preferable appliance to the Immediate Load Fixed Hybrid Prosthesis because the patient has additional teeth for chewing.
The Implant Supported Overdenture is the least expensive of the implant treatment options, but is also very stable. However, since it is a removable appliance, the patient feels that it is more like a denture, which makes it less popular today than the Hybrid prosthesis.