Full Arch Bridgework

A full arch refers to a full set of teeth in either the upper or lower jaw.  2 full arches constitute a whole mouth.

A full arch of teeth is sometimes referred to as all-on-4 meaning that all the teeth in that arch are fitted to only 4 implants.  More often, 6 implants are used in the upper jaw and between 4-6 implants in the lower jaw.  It is rare to require more than 6 implants in either jaw.

Immediate full arch Loading – teeth on the same day

A common treatment type is to provide not only the full arch implants but, later on the same day, a full arch of replacement provisional teeth.  For the patient, this is very satisfying as they can bin their dentures straight away!

Delayed loading – teeth in 6-12 weeks

A more traditional approach is to provide first the dental implants.  After that, there is a healing or integration period of between 6-12 weeks (depending on the quality of the bone and anticipated healing rate) prior to fitting the replacement teeth to the implants.  During the healing period, the patient usually wears dentures.