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Duration: 55 minutes, 10 seconds

Author: Dr. Joan Pi Urgell

Article Title: Treatment of the Edentulous Maxilla with Immediate Function SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY


When it comes to individuals with a fully edentulous maxilla, the options for restoring their teeth and overall oral function are of utmost importance. In this article, we will explore the concept of immediate function, which involves providing patients with functional teeth right after their treatment. Please note that this presentation is conducted exclusively in the Spanish language to cater to a wider audience.

The Importance of Immediate Function

1. Restoring Oral Function without Delay

Immediate function in the treatment of the edentulous maxilla allows patients to regain their oral function without any delay. This means that they can chew, speak, and smile confidently, even immediately post-treatment.

2. Enhanced Patient Satisfaction

By providing patients with functional teeth right away, their satisfaction levels increase significantly. They don’t have to go through the inconvenience of living without teeth or rely on temporary solutions during their treatment journey.

Treatment Approaches and Procedures

1. Dental Implants: A Reliable Solution

Dental implants are one of the most reliable and effective treatment approaches for the edentulous maxilla. They involve placing titanium screws into the jawbone, providing a sturdy foundation for artificial teeth. The use of dental implants ensures long-term stability and durability.

2. All-on-4 and All-on-6 Techniques

In cases where the patient’s jawbone density is low, the all-on-4 and all-on-6 techniques offer viable solutions. These approaches involve strategically placing four or six dental implants respectively to support a full arch of teeth, providing immediate function.

3. Hybrid Dentures: A Removable Option

For patients who prefer a removable option, hybrid dentures can be a suitable choice. These dentures are supported by dental implants, providing stability and preventing them from slipping or causing discomfort.

The Role of Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

1. Comprehensive Evaluation

Proper diagnosis and evaluation are crucial for successful outcomes in the treatment of the edentulous maxilla. A thorough examination of the patient’s oral health, bone density, and overall medical history is essential to determine the most appropriate treatment approach.

2. 3D Imaging and Digital Planning

The use of advanced technologies, such as 3D imaging and digital planning, allows for accurate treatment planning. These tools provide a detailed view of the patient’s dental anatomy, enabling precise implant placement and optimal aesthetic results.


When it comes to treating individuals with a fully edentulous maxilla, immediate function plays a vital role in restoring their oral function and overall quality of life. Through the use of dental implants, all-on-4 and all-on-6 techniques, and hybrid dentures, patients can experience functional teeth right after treatment. However, proper diagnosis and treatment planning are essential for successful outcomes. By considering factors such as bone density and using advanced imaging technologies, dental professionals can provide optimal care to their patients.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How long does the treatment for the edentulous maxilla with immediate function typically take?

The duration of the treatment can vary depending on various factors, including the patient’s individual case and the chosen treatment approach. It is best to consult with a dental professional to get a personalized estimate of the treatment timeline.

2. Are dental implants painful to get for the edentulous maxilla?

During the dental implant placement procedure, local anesthesia is typically used to numb the area and ensure a comfortable experience for the patient. Some discomfort or swelling may be experienced post-surgery, but it can be managed with pain medications prescribed by the dentist.

3. How long do dental implants for the edentulous maxilla last?

Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution for missing teeth. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years, if not a lifetime. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups are key to the longevity of dental implants.

4. Can everyone with a fully edentulous maxilla be a candidate for immediate function treatment?

Not everyone may be an ideal candidate for immediate function treatment. Factors such as overall health, bone density, and oral hygiene habits play a significant role in determining the suitability of the treatment approach. A thorough evaluation by a dental professional is necessary to determine candidacy.

5. Is the use of digital planning technology necessary for the treatment of the edentulous maxilla?

While the use of digital planning technology is not mandatory, it offers several advantages in terms of precision and accuracy. It allows for better visualization of the treatment plan, ensuring optimal results. Dental professionals may recommend digital planning for complex cases or to enhance the overall treatment experience for the patient.

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