Full Arch Restoration in Wichita KS

Experience the transformation of a Full Arch Implant Bridge at Implant & Perio Center of Kansas with Dr. Marq Sams!

Advantages of an Implant-Supported Fixed Bridge

Opting for an implant-supported fixed bridge with Dr. Marq J. Sams at Implant & Perio Center of Kansas opens up a host of benefits for individuals facing the challenge of multiple missing teeth. This modern dental solution not only restores full functionality but also enhances oral health and aesthetics in several significant ways:

  • Comprehensive Dental Function Restoration: An implant-supported fixed bridge is meticulously designed to replicate the feel, function, and strength of natural teeth. It restores the ability to enjoy a varied diet without the restrictions often imposed by missing teeth, allowing patients to indulge in their favorite foods with confidence. Additionally, clear and natural speech is regained, which can often be compromised with missing teeth.
  • Longevity and Durability: Dental implants fused with a fixed bridge are a long-term investment in dental health. The materials used are biocompatible and designed to integrate with the body, providing a stable foundation that can endure the rigors of daily use. With proper care and maintenance, this solution can last a lifetime, making it a one-time investment for permanent dental restoration.
  • Preservation of Facial Structure: Teeth play a critical role in supporting facial features. The loss of teeth can lead to the resorption of the jawbone, which may cause a sunken appearance in the face. Implant-supported bridges stimulate and preserve bone structure, maintaining the natural contour of the face and preventing bone loss.
  • Optimal Oral Health: Unlike traditional dentures that rest on the gums, implant-supported bridges promote better oral hygiene. They reduce the risk of gum disease and decay of any remaining teeth by minimizing the trapping of food particles. The ease of cleaning around an implant bridge is akin to that of natural teeth, supporting an overall healthier mouth.
  • Aesthetic Enhancement: Dr. Sams emphasizes the importance of a smile that not only functions well but also looks great. An implant-supported fixed bridge is crafted to match the natural appearance of your teeth, with attention to color, shape, and size. This results in a seamless and attractive smile, enhancing both your appearance and self-esteem.
  • Psychological and Emotional Benefits: The psychological impact of a restored smile is profound. Patients often report a significant boost in confidence and overall happiness due to the improved appearance and function of their teeth. This can lead to enhanced social interactions and an overall improved quality of life.
  • Convenience and Comfort: Once placed, implant-supported bridges do not require removal for cleaning, eliminating the need for the adhesives and nightly soaking associated with traditional dentures. They become a permanent part of your mouth, providing comfort without the worry of slipping or moving, which is often a concern with removable options.

Explanation of the Treatment Procedure

The process of obtaining an implant-supported fixed bridge under the expert care of Dr. Marq J. Sams  is a journey toward restoring your smile with precision and artistry. Here’s a detailed explanation of what patients can expect during this transformative procedure:

  1. Initial Consultation and Planning: The journey begins with a comprehensive evaluation where Dr. Sams and his team conduct a detailed assessment of your oral health. This includes the use of advanced imaging technologies to visualize the structure of the jaw and determine the optimal placement for the implants. The planning phase is critical to ensure that the final result not only functions perfectly but also meets the aesthetic desires of the patient.
  2. Custom Treatment Design: Based on the initial assessment, Dr. Sams develops a personalized treatment plan. Each plan is tailored to the individual’s specific dental needs, accounting for factors like bone density, the position of sinus cavities or nerves, and the number of teeth being replaced. This personalized approach is pivotal to achieving the best outcome and ensures that each step is understood and agreed upon by the patient.
  3. Surgical Placement of Implants: The next phase is the surgical placement of the dental implants. Dr. Sams utilizes minimally invasive techniques to insert the titanium posts into the jawbone. These posts serve as sturdy anchors for the fixed bridge. Post-surgical discomfort is typically minimal, and patients are provided with detailed care instructions to facilitate a smooth recovery.
  4. Healing and Osseointegration: A critical period of healing follows the implant placement, during which osseointegration occurs—this is where the bone fuses with the titanium implants, creating a robust foundation for the fixed bridge. The duration of this phase can vary, but it is essential for long-term success.
  5. Temporary Restoration: To ensure that patients can continue to enjoy a functional bite and a natural-looking smile, a temporary set of teeth may be provided during the osseointegration period. These temporaries allow patients to eat, speak, and go about their daily lives without the inconvenience of missing teeth.
  6. Final Bridge Fabrication: While the implants are integrating, the final fixed bridge is being crafted in a dental laboratory. Using the impressions and specifications made by Dr. Sams, dental technicians create a custom bridge that blends seamlessly with the patient’s existing teeth in terms of color, shape, and fit.
  7. Permanent Bridge Placement: Once healing is complete and the implants are securely integrated, patients return for the placement of their permanent bridge. Dr. Sams ensures that the fit is perfect, making any necessary adjustments for comfort and aesthetics. This step may take multiple visits to achieve the ideal fit and function.
  8. Post-Procedure Care and Follow-Up: After the permanent bridge is fitted, Dr. Sams provides comprehensive aftercare instructions and schedules follow-up visits. These appointments are crucial for monitoring the implants, the health of the surrounding tissue, and the integrity of the bridge itself.

Throughout the entire treatment process, Dr. Sams and his team are dedicated to ensuring that patients are comfortable, informed, and satisfied with each stage of their dental restoration journey. The goal is not only to restore full dental function but also to provide a pleasing, natural appearance and a smooth, predictable experience from start to finish.

Options Beyond the Fixed Bridge

While the implant-supported fixed bridge stands as a premier choice for full arch restoration, Dr. Sams and the Implant & Perio Center of Kansas team understand the importance of providing patients with alternatives that suit their unique situations, preferences, and budgets. Below, we explore the options available for those considering other solutions.

Removable Implant-Supported Overdentures

An increasingly popular alternative to fixed bridges is the removable implant-supported overdenture. These dentures are anchored onto dental implants, which are surgically placed within the jawbone. The key benefits of this option include:

  • Stability and Comfort: Overdentures are connected to implants through specialized attachments that offer a secure fit, reducing the movement and slippage commonly associated with traditional dentures.
  • Improved Bone Retention: The presence of implants helps maintain jawbone density, which can be lost with the absence of natural tooth roots.
  • Ease of Maintenance: While they are fixed in the mouth, these overdentures can be removed for cleaning, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Removable overdentures are generally more budget-friendly than a fixed bridge while still providing many of the functional and aesthetic benefits of dental implants.

Removable Traditional Dentures

For those seeking a more economical option, traditional dentures remain a viable choice. These prosthetic devices sit on top of the gums where natural teeth are missing. Although less costly, patients should consider the following:

  • Non-Invasive Procedure: Traditional dentures do not require surgery, which might be preferable for some patients.
  • Ease of Adaptation: They can be manufactured relatively quickly and do not require the healing time associated with implant procedures.
  • Immediate Solution: For patients who need quick tooth replacement, traditional dentures can be an immediate solution.

However, traditional dentures come with limitations:

  • Bone Loss Over Time: Without the stimulation provided by tooth roots or implants, the jawbone can recede, potentially altering facial structure.
  • Potential for Discomfort and Irritation: Dentures may cause discomfort, especially if they become loose or ill-fitting over time.
  • Dietary Restrictions: Some users find it challenging to eat certain types of food, which may lead to nutritional limitations.
  • Maintenance: They require diligent cleaning and overnight soaking.

When considering these alternatives, Dr. Sams emphasizes the importance of patient education on the pros and cons of each option. His practice is committed to guiding patients through the decision-making process to ensure that the chosen solution aligns with their dental health goals, lifestyle, and financial considerations.

In addition to providing the physical means to restore a smile, Dr. Sams and his team are dedicated to delivering compassionate care that respects the individuality of each patient. By discussing all available options and outcomes, they ensure that patients are empowered to make informed decisions about their dental health. Contact us to schedule a consultation today!

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Meet Dr. Sams

Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As a dental professional, I stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for my patients.

As a doctor, I recognize that my patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in me and my team. That is just one reason why I value each and every patient relationship.

I appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about this dental practice, my team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health.

Don’t hesitate to call me for any questions that you may have! Schedule an appointment with us today!

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