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.