Full Mouth Dental Implants
Arlington VA


Full Mouth Dental Implants

If you are missing all your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture is a restoration option. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root anchored by a post made of titanium. It is placed in your jawbone and then a crown, a dental bridge or a denture made of acrylic or ceramic is attached. This post delivers stability to your restoration.

The team at Cherrydale Family Dental have created a warm and friendly environment working with every member of your family, from infant to teenager to mom and dad to grandparents. We exercise patience with all ages. We enjoy watching each patient grow and mature with a healthy smile. If you have any questions at all regarding a set of full mouth dental implants, simply call Cherrydale Family Dental at 703-243-8288. You can find us at 4399 Old Dominion Drive, Arlington, VA, 22312.

If you are missing an entire row of teeth you are in a unique position: you have a chance to start fresh with a full-arch restoration! There are other options for treating an entire row of missing teeth such as single implants and traditional dentures, but patients are expressing a desire for a treatment that is more affordable, quick, and convenient.



A Terrific Combination, Dentures, and Implants

Traditional dentures can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and even unstable. Dental implants can be an excellent choice for single tooth replacements, but on the scale of a full arch, they will be expensive and take quite some time for completion. Now technology has but these two treatments together yielding a solution that works for nearly everyone: implant-supported overdentures. For this treatment, only four dental implants are needed to be placed in the jaw and a then a full dental bridge attached to them, giving you a full row of teeth quickly and easily.

Benefits of Full Mouth Dental Implants

Dental implants deliver several advantages over other replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like your natural teeth, implant-supported full bridges or dentures have a longer life expectancy. Full mouth dental implants are also more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing you to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity. The posts act as roots, delivering pressure sensations as well as temperature changes.

By acting as your natural roots, your jawbone is better preserved. With conventional traditional dentures, the bone that surrounded the tooth roots will begin to atrophy and lose density. The titanium implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the jawbone healthy and intact.

Full mouth dental implants are more aesthetically pleasing and easier to maintain than conventional dentures. The loss of bone that results from conventional dentures leads to a collapsed, unattractive smile. Conventional dentures can also make it difficult to eat some certain favorite foods. Here are a few benefits:

  • Convenience: Your replacement teeth can sometimes be placed during the same appointment as the dental implants.
  • Faster Healing: Less time in the chair and less time healing is a great benefit of full mouth dental implants.
  • Cost: Because this solution requires only four implants per arch, the treatment is much more affordable than placing an entire row of implants.
  • Bone Graft-Free: Two of the four implants are placed at special angles in the back of the jaw to make the best use of your available jawbone. This often eliminates the need for bone grafting.

The Options for Full Mouth Dental Implants

  • Ball Attachment Denture- Two implants are placed in the jawbone, a post extension is added to reach the surface onto which a denture snaps on to this extension. This option is far more stable than traditional, removable dentures but there may still be a little movement. Periodic appointments are advised to ensure proper adjustments are made.
  • Bar Attachment Denture- Referred to as overdentures, this procedure involves the placing of four to six implants in the jawbone. A custom support bar then connects the implants, and a denture tray with internal retention clips is then attached to this support bar. This option is quite popular as the appliance is more stable than with ball attachments and can still be removed for proper cleaning.
  • Hybrid Half-Denture/Half-Fixed- Known as a screw-retained denture, this solution offers maximum stability. Placed on five or more implants and secured by screws or clasps, this denture is now permanent, only removed by us at regular maintenance visits. The denture does not contact your gum tissue, allowing you to also clean under it without removal.
  • Individual Implants- There is always the option to have each missing tooth replaced by an individual dental implant. The benefits of this option are superb stability, the best preservation of the jawbone available and the most natural look. However, this option is the most costly and time-consuming.

The Full Mouth Dental Implant Procedure

As with all dental implant procedures, we will first administer a local anesthetic for total comfort during the minor surgery. Post-operation discomfort is manageable with an over-the-counter pain medication and if other prescriptions are necessary, we will discuss them at your appointment.

Once numb the dental implants, which looks like tiny screws, are placed into your jawbone. Depending on the jawbone density and the final placement of these posts, sometimes we can proceed on the same day. Or it may take some time for the implants and the jawbone to fuse, bond, or grow together to form the anchors for your artificial teeth. If this is the case, a temporary teeth replacement option can be designed while we wait.

A second step of the procedure is sometimes necessary and that is to uncover the implants so we can attach extensions to the posts. Temporary healing caps, along with the various connecting device method chosen to attach to the implants, completes the foundation on which your new teeth will be placed. Your gums may need to be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.

We will consult and advise you prior to beginning the procedure on which final option is in your best interests. Ball versus bar requires different steps. Depending upon the number of implants we place, the connecting device that will hold your new teeth can then be tightened down on the implant.

Finally, your full mouth dental implant will be fabricated at a dental lab and will be affixed to the anchor system we have chosen together. After a truly short period of time, you will experience your restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak without reservation.

We are all as unique as our fingerprints, so your case may combine different steps for the ultimate result. Cherrydale Family Dental will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you.


Quality Dental Care for ALL Family Members

At Cherrydale Family Dental, 4399 Old Dominion Dr., Arlington, VA, we work hard to develop trusting and long-lasting relationships with all patients. We are conscientious with all patients and welcome everyone to our family. We want to continue to contribute to helping you maintain good oral health indefinitely. We always look forward to seeing you and discussing what is best for you and your smile. Please contact us at 703-243-8288 to discuss these full mouth dental implant benefits for you and how it can improve your quality of life.


Modern dentistry techniques, affordable prices and financial options make it easier than ever for you to have a bright and healthy smile. We are currently accepting new patients and we would love to help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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