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Full mouth dental implants provide a permanent full-arch restoration using four implant placement points. These implants can replace failing or missing teeth, whether in the upper or lower jaw, or both. They are often used to replace missing teeth resulting from gum disease or large cavities.
On the day of surgery, tooth extraction takes place for any remaining teeth. Then, four dental implants are set in the correct position and at the right angle. The four implant screws are strategically positioned into the jawbone before a bridge or overdenture is fitted. Four abutments are also used to fix the dental bridge to the implants.
There are three primary tooth materials to choose from. These are acrylic, porcelain, and zirconia. No one material is best for all patients. It is best to discuss your treatment options with an implant specialist or oral surgeon in a dental office. A professional implant dentist or specialist can help you with an appropriate recommendation.
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If you feel self-conscious about your smile and would like to improve it, full mouth dental implant treatment may be an excellent solution.
There are both pros and cons of full mouth dental implants:
One of the main advantages of treatment is that it is a quick and efficient dental implant procedure. The implant surgery takes around two hours per arch. The immediate loading of your new teeth means that you have a fully functioning set of teeth within 24 hours.
The recovery time is also quick, and the procedure requires just one implant surgery and a few visits compared to a full mouth of implants that can require several surgical visits.
The all-on-4 implant placement procedure is simple, and the treatment has a high success rate almost equal to a full mouth of individual implants.
Additionally, using a small number of implants enables flexible placement. This means the implants can be placed wherever your bone mass is the greatest. This avoids any anatomical limitations. In most cases, this removes the need for harmful and invasive bone graft and sinus augmentation surgeries. As the implants are integrated into the bone, they help lessen or eliminate bone resorption or atrophy.
Full mouth dental implants can eliminate some of the inconveniences resulting from traditional dentures. You can care for full mouth dental implants as you would for your natural teeth. In comparison, with dentures, you must remove and clean them daily. All-on-4 dental implants also remove the restrictions on what you eat compared to dentures.
Full mouth dental implants are also permanent, and are not prone to shifting or loosening. They eliminate the need for adhesives and leave your smile and speech natural, unlike removable dentures and other types of dental implants.
While the concept of obtaining new teeth within one day is appealing, this process does prevent you from testing your new teeth for comfort, appearance, and bite before installation.
Full mouth dental implants cannot be placed in molar areas of the mouth, which introduces limitations. A relatively high bone density in which the implants will be set is necessary.
As the implants are placed in the anterior jawbone, bone shrinkage in the posterior jawbone may occur. This is because the implants will not stabilize in this area of the jawbone. Plus, if one implant comes loose, a full tooth replacement is required due to the mold's specificity.
The surgical placement and restoration can be expensive (ranging up to $25,000 per jaw). Insurance may not cover the implants because it is considered an elective procedure.
The best candidates for full mouth dental implant placement treatment are people who have missing teeth along the dental ridge of their mouth. Candidates must have sufficient jawbone structure and gum tissue to support the dental implants that are set. Most denture wearers in good health and with sufficient natural bone remaining are eligible for treatment. Full mouth implants can help improve their quality of life.
Patients should have realistic expectations regarding the nature of the treatment. They must also commit to proper care and oral hygiene during the treatment plan. This includes daily brushing and flossing.
The average cost of full mouth dental implants is between $12,000 to $25,000 per jaw. This total cost is significantly cheaper than the $40,000 it would typically cost for a full set of traditional implants.
Although full mouth dental implants are more affordable than separate implants, the price can still be high.
Many patients use dental insurance to help them pay for treatment. There are dental insurance plans that cover up to 50 percent of major restorative procedures, including implants.
Use an online comparison tool to find a dentistry plan that works for you. As with any dental procedures, it is good to shop around and source quotes from several different clinics in your area. Prices for a full-mouth restoration can vary considerably from one clinic to another.
However, you should not choose implants based on price alone. Finding professional insurance providers who have experience performing full mouth denture implants is more critical.
Full mouth dental implants typically cost between $12,000 to $25,000 per jaw.
Low-cost removable dentures cost between $300 to $500 per denture. Or $600 to $1,000 for a full set of lower and upper dentures.
Mid-priced and better quality traditional dentures typically cost around $500 to $1,500 per denture. Or $1,000 to $3,000 for a full set. Better quality dentures are often heat-cured and look much more natural compared to cool-cured or temporary dentures. They are also more durable and long-lasting.
Premium, high-quality heat-cured dentures price around $2,000 to $4,000 per denture. Or around $4,000 to $8,000 for a whole set. Premium, high-quality dentures are often customized based on the patient’s requirements.
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