There are 3 categories of people who are good candidates for the Full Arch dental implant treatment option.
The first are those who have lost all of their teeth and they aren’t happy with their dentures.
The second are those who are about to lose their teeth and they don’t want dentures. These two categories of people are easy to identify.
The third category is a little more difficult.
People in this category are those who have had a lot of dental work in the past, who currently still need a lot of dental work, who seem to always have dental problems, or who are tired of going to the dentist. This category of patients is difficult in that their teeth are in a condition where the dentist could make an argument to either fix or remove the teeth. This group of people is what we call “borderline patients,” meaning we could go either way and the path of treatment isn’t clearly defined. Everyone values their teeth differently. Some people are so tired of dealing with their teeth that the thought of removing them is wonderful. On the other hand, some want to hold on to their teeth no matter what. The choice is personal and only you can decide what is right for you.
So, what should you consider if you know one of these candidates? The first thing to consider is what is the goal? Is it to improve cosmetics, to chew better, to get out of pain, or to finally be done with dentistry? Once we know the goal, then it makes it easier to figure out if we should remove teeth or fix the ones that are there. It becomes easier to figure out which option will help them get where they want to be.
If your patient decides to invest in keeping their teeth then it becomes imperative to stay committed to a regular hygiene program.
You might emphasize that it would be a waste of time and money to do restorative work now, only to have that worked ruined by bad hygiene in a few years.