If you have numerous missing or severely damaged teeth, the best option for you may be extracting all of your teeth and replacing them all at once. While dentures were a common full-mouth tooth replacement option in the past, they're not always the best choice. Using dentures can make it difficult to chew and speak, and it can also lead to bone loss in your jaw. Newer replacement options like full-mouth dental implants are superior. To learn more about full-mouth dental implants and why they're preferable to dentures. 

What Are Full-Mouth Dental Implants?

Full-mouth dental implants permanently affix a set of replacement teeth to your jaw using several dental implants, with each dental implant providing support for multiple replacement teeth. The implants fuse with the bone in your jaw after they're placed, providing a very stable form of support for the replacement teeth attached to them.

The replacement teeth are created in a laboratory to look like natural teeth, and they're made from durable materials such as porcelain and zirconia, which allows them to withstand the force they undergo when you're chewing food.

Why Are Full-Mouth Dental Implants Preferable to Dentures?

Using full-mouth dental implants to replace all of your teeth allows you to avoid the biggest downside of traditional dentures, which is bone loss in your jaw. The bone in your jaw starts to break down when it's not exposed to the force of chewing food. Traditional dentures don't transmit force to your jawbone very well, so using them as a way to replace your teeth can lead to permanent bone loss in your jaw.

This bone loss can change the shape of your face, causing your mouth to appear sunken. Since the implants fuse directly to your jawbone after they're placed, they transmit the necessary force to keep your bone in good condition.

Full-mouth dental implants are also a permanent replacement solution for your missing teeth, unlike traditional dentures. When you start to lose bone in your jaw, dentures will no longer fit correctly, and you'll need to have them remade in order to get a secure fit. The need for periodic replacement adds to the cost of using dentures to replace your teeth.

Finally, full-mouth dental implants are a much more convenient way to replace your missing teeth compared to dentures. They're permanently attached to your jawbone, so you don't need to worry about accidentally misplacing them. With dentures, you have to take them out each night to disinfect them, and you'll have to use denture adhesive each morning when you put them back in. Using implants to replace your teeth eliminates this hassle.

If you have several missing or damaged teeth and feel that replacing all of your teeth is the best option for you, schedule an appointment with a dentist who offers full-mouth dental implants. They're a more convenient way to replace all of your teeth than dentures, and they'll also protect the integrity of your jawbone.