If you’re missing one or more teeth, your dentist may suggest a couple of different solutions. Inexpensive bridges and dentures are options that will help you leave behind the discomfort or embarrassment of missing teeth. Another recommendation your dentist may make is full mouth dental implants. Though pricey, implants offer distinct advantages over other treatments, especially when compared to dentures. Understanding these benefits can help you make an educated decision and get back your bright smile full of healthy teeth.
The problems caused by missing teeth can have significant effects on an individual’s life; what used to be done in unconscious and normal ways – such as smiling, eating, and speaking – can suddenly become very challenging or difficult tasks to manage, when teeth are lost. The search for quick solutions to missing teeth concerns may lead to the use of dentures, but the removable nature of dentures have the tendency to result to more problems in the long run.
Full Mouth Implants
Dental implants provide effective solutions for missing teeth problems; however, not everyone is comfortable with the idea of spending a few months without teeth while waiting for the implants to be fully healed – and before the teeth restorations can be placed. Traditional dental implants need to have a few months of healing period, before they can fully be integrated with the surrounding tissue – and before prosthetic teeth can be attached.
Full mouth dental implants are used to restore the entire upper or lower arch of teeth in one complete bridge and this is often called full mouth restoration or full arch replacement.
It is possible to have a bridge to replace 10 or 12 teeth using multiple dental implants for support. This type of full mouth restoration is either screwed or cemented in place.
We do sometimes prefer to screw such a large bridge in position as it is easily retrievable should it require any maintenance at a later date. The screws go directly through the bridge but are covered up with tooth colored composite resin so they are completely invisible.
The exact number of dental implants required can vary, according to whether it is a lower or upper arch of teeth and the number of replacement teeth being supported.
What is the Procedure for Full Mouth Implants?
Panoramic X-Ray or 3-D image of your jaws using CT scan
Planing your implant surgery using computer guided surgery
Fabrication of custom-made template or stent
Cover implants with healing caps to integrate and bond with your jawbone
Temporary teeth placement
Fabricate permanent teeth, after implants have healed
What Are the Advantages of Full Mouth Implants?
Full mouth implants are ideal for anyone who currently wears full dentures or who is facing complete tooth loss.
Treatment allows patients to experience the feeling of having teeth that are stable and strong and which remain permanently in place unless taken out by a dentist.
Self-confidence and self-esteem are increased, by restoring teeth in a way that feels permanent and very natural.
Many more foods can be enjoyed.
A full mouth bridge is a much healthier solution for your jaws as your jawbone will be better preserved. As the dental implants gradually integrate with your jawbone, they will ensure the surrounding bone is kept healthy and strong.
In the longer term, full mouth implants can be much easier to maintain compared to conventional dentures and your implant retained bridge will ensure your cheeks and lips are properly supported, preventing that collapsed in look that is so common among denture wearers.
Full mouth implants offer a predictable approach to tooth replacement, although treatment may take slightly longer to complete than using an alternative dental implant system.
What Is the Cost of Full Mouth Implants?
Restoring a complete arch of teeth with full mouth implants can require multiple dental implants in order to ensure the bridge is properly supported. The exact number of dental implants required can vary depending on the number of teeth to be restored. The cost of treatment is also dependent on whether any additional procedures are required, for example bone grafts.
Immediate Dental Implants?
If you are worried you may be about to lose all or some of your teeth, please come and talk to us. Things are probably not as bad as you think, and we are always happy to talk you through the range of solutions that will help, as quickly or slowly as you need to go.
What is the average cost of Dental Implants?
The average cost of dental implants in the United States is around $5,000. That is the out-of-pocket cost for the implant itself, the abutment, the crown, and the surgery. In the UK, the average out-of-pocket price is about £2,698 (USD 4,079). In Australia, the same dental implants will cost about AUD 2,058 (USD 1,620).
Abroad, the prices for dental implants still vary pretty widely. Part of the reason is that some clinics will offer the price for the full procedure and all of the hardware, while some will only offer a quote for placing the implant itself (which we’ll get into later). On average, getting dental implants abroad can save you; 90% of the price in the US, 89% of the price in the UK, 70% of the price in Australia