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If you are missing all your upper or lower teeth, Full Arch Implants may be a viable option for you. Full Arch Dental  implants are semi-removable prosthetic teeth that you cannot remove, but your dental provider can, if necessary. Typically, this procedure involves a set of six implants that create the full arch of your upper or lower teeth.

Should you replace your teeth with full arch implants? Here’s what you need to know:

Time Frame

Fortunately, full arch implants are a relatively quick procedure and can be completed in a couple of visits to your provider. Traditional implants often require months of appointments and follow-up.

The Procedure

The procedure begins with a full set of x-rays by your dentist. Any remaining teeth in the arch that you are going to replace must be extracted, plus you need to consider recovery time. Once this is done, you can begin the implant procedure.

Your dentist will use local anesthesia for the procedure. Secure a ride home after your outpatient surgery.

Your dentist or surgeon then position the implants along your jaw. These are spread out along the arch, usually with two toward the front, two toward the back, and others where your dentist deems it necessary.

Your dentist next takes a cast of your mouth and impressions for crafting your dental bridge.

When the bridge is complete, your dentist will secure it over the implants, creating your new, custom smile!

Every patient is different, therefore results will vary. Talk to your dental provider about what to expect from your full arch implant procedure.

The Risks

There are always underlying risks associated with surgery, including infection. With full arch implants, there is a risk of injuring the mouth during the surgical procedure, as well as potential sinus issues when implants are positioned along the upper-jaw. Your risks will decrease when you choose an experienced and qualified dentist for your surgery.


It takes a few weeks to recover from dental implant surgery. Some things to anticipate are discomfort and swelling, as well as bleeding around the site of your new implants. Your dentist may prescribe medications for swelling and pain, as well as recommend a soft diet during recovery.


Before you rule-out that you are a candidate for implant surgery, talk to your dentist. Patients that have been informed that they are not candidates for traditional implants often are suitable for full arch implants.

Dental Assessment

There are a lot of contributing factors to determining if you are a candidate for dental implant surgery, including your medical history and overall health. You need a strong jaw and healthy gums for full arch implants. Dentists will describe potential risks during your consult, which may play a role in whether this procedure will work for you. For example, smoking can complicate recovery and cause issues like dry-socket, which is extremely painful.

Thinking about dental implants? Talk with a dentist in Mt Pleasant, SC, to learn more. Call us today to schedule your appointment and to learn more about how full arch implants can provide you with a new, natural-looking smile.