Cost of Full Mouth Dental implants
How much is it to replace all your teeth with implants? Are you trying to determine how to afford a complete set of permanent implant teeth?Are you comparing the fees and prices of different full mouth implants options? Clear Choice implant costs are high, but it is important to know what you are getting for your money. It is also important to be informed about the different ways to replace all teeth with implants (watch the video below).
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We are a One-Stop Implant Center
Just like Clear Choice except we are not a national chain. We also file dental insurance and have financing options as low as $200 per month. Our implant center is in Burtonsville near Silver Spring and Columbia Maryland. Dr. Gary Adams personally evaluates and does all our implants from beginning to end. He will look at your situation and explain the different ways to replace all your teeth. And then compare the costs and pros and cons of the different solutions.
Dr. Adams does full implant cases every day and he will do your entire case including the oral surgery and fitting the teeth. It is important to have an experienced implant expert because problems with implants can occur. We also offer sedation if you who would rather be put to sleep for implants.
This page compares the various complete implant solutions:
- All on 4 Full Arch Implant Bridge – permanent set of teeth that are not removable
- Snap on Implant Dentures – implant teeth that you can remove
- Implant Crowns and Bridges – permanent individual crowns and bridges
Clear Choice implants typically offers the more expensive fixed teeth.
Full Mouth Dental Implant Options Video by Dr Adams:
Complete Implant Teeth are either Permanent or Removable
Generally, there are implant teeth that are removable (you can take them out like dentures) and some that stay in the mouth permanently. Some teeth are high quality, smooth, natural feeling zirconia and other teeth are acrylic and feel like plastic. As you might guess, the better teeth that stay in your mouth are more expensive. But it is not that simple. Make sure you fully understand what you are getting for your money before replacing all your teeth with a pricey new set of pearly whites. Unlike a car, you cannot take implants for a test drive before you buy them. Do your due diligence.
There are 3 different ways to do a full set of teeth supported by implants:
- All on 4 Dental Implants – custom made full upper or lower set of implanted zirconia teeth that are permanently installed into the mouth. Cannot be removed by the patient. This is a one piece full bridge made of high quality zirconia in most cases. But sometimes it can be made from acrylic. The Zirconia ones are much better and cost more.
- Implant Snap on Dentures – removable implant supported dentures that snap into the mouth. Sometimes called locator over dentures. Very stable but are removable and can be easily un-snapped by the patient. The teeth are acrylic NOT porcelain. Snap on dentures are most affordable and practical way to replace all teeth with implants. They teeth feel like plastic, but they chew well and cost far less than other complete implants.
- Individual Implants for All Teeth – individual teeth on individual implants fixed permanently into the mouth. Just as natural teeth once were. Teeth are individually made out of porcelain and zirconia. These teeth are flossed and brushed as natural teeth and most of the time are not connected to one another. If you are looking for the Roles Royce of full mouth implants, this is it. It is amazing, but very expensive due to all the implants and custom porcelain and zirconia work.
There are pros and cons to each complete implant option. We discuss options to replace all teeth. Read carefully because there are many more things to consider. Which implant alternative is best comes down to a personal decision once you understand all your options. The decision will come down to how much money you are willing to spend and your expectation of the end result.
All on 4 Implant Cost vs Implant Snap On Dentures
All on 4 is a better option than snap on dentures because all on 4 teeth made of zirconia (not acrylic) feels more natural. Additionally teeth that stay in the mouth permanently are more easily accepted. Many people will opt for snap on implant dentures because they cost less and are more affordable.
All on four can replace a full upper or lower arch of teeth with 4-6 implants. The implants are used to support a one-piece implant bridge. The All on 4 bridge is far less expensive than a complete set of individually implanted teeth. All on four is more popular than snap on teeth because it is not removable. The All on 4 is larger and bulkier than natural teeth but is still a lot thinner and more comfortable than a denture that snaps on and off implant locator attachments. The All on 4 bridge can replace teeth and gum tissue and does not require as much bone grafting as a full mouth individual implants. With fewer implants needing to be placed the implant surgical fees and bone graft surgery fees are a lot less than other full implant replacements. All on four cases are still expensive because any remaining teeth need to be removed and several dental implants need to be placed. For most people who want implant teeth that stay in the mouth permanently, the biggest decision is a full mouth of individual implants or All on 4 implants. Most people will choose All on 4 due to the very high costs of other complete implant cases (involving more surgery and implants). Most people will turn down the implant denture case because they do not want teeth that come in and out of their mouth. Many people will complain that acrylic teeth (the material dentures are made of) feels thick, bulky and fake like plastic. Dentures are plastic.
Acrylic Plastic vs Zirconia All on 4 Implant Teeth:
Two different ways to make all on 4 implant teeth:
- Acrylic dentures made of plastic that are permanently connected to the implants. So basically a denture that is not removable. This solution is called hybrid dentures because they are literally dentures that have been altered to connect to implants instead of being fitted to the gums. Many implant dental offices still offer hybrid dentures because they cost less and are easier to do than newer all zirconia implant teeth. Nothing wrong with them if you know what your are getting. Hybrid dentures feel like plastic and are not as durable as zirconia bridges.
- Zirconia one piece implant bridges look beautiful, feel natural, have a thinner profile and are far more durable.
Be sure you know what kind of All on four bridge you are getting. Zirconia bridges also called “Prettau” and “Bruxzir” are made by high quality expensive labs. The machines that make the zirconia bridges cost millions of dollars and implant centers with in-house labs do not make zirconia Prettau or Bruxzir teeth. If you did not ask, assume you are getting plastic teeth because the zirconia ones are a lot more expensive.
How much is All on 4?
Most implant centers such as our office and Clear Choice will charge one flat fee to remove all the teeth (top and bottom) and replace them with implanted teeth. The fee for All on 4 implants on the average is between $35K and $55K. Implant snap on dentures are much less expensive at 20K – 35K for the entire mouth. An entire set of individual implants and crowns for the entire mouth is $65K – $75K.
Thin, comfortable, made of beautiful zirconia and porcelain crowns. Feels like natural teeth. The hygiene is even like natural teeth with normal brushing and flossing. This option requires plenty of high quality bone and gum tissue. This implant alternative is usually reserved for people who have teeth or have recently lost teeth. Platelet rich fibrin or PRF dental bone grafting techniques have made managing bone loss much more predictable. But more implants requires more bone.
Replacing All Teeth with Implants is the Most Expensive Complete Implant Option
Implants for all the teeth obviously requires a lot of implants 20-25 to be exact. That is why this solution cost more than all on 4 implants and snap on implant dentures. Needless to say, one of the biggest downsides to this solution is the very high cost. Solutions like this usually last a lifetime.
Snap on dentures with implants is the least expensive option to replace a full mouth of teeth with dental implants. Basically implants are used to secure a removable implant denture. Typically 4 implants are used to retain the denture by way of locator attachments. This allow the dentures to be “snapped-onto” the 4 implants.
Should You Replace All your teeth with Mouth Full Implant Options?
How much do you value your natural teeth. Can they be saved? How much does saving the teeth cost? How long are natural teeth repairs going to last? Cost? Compare alternatives to replace all teeth with full implant alternatives. Some teeth might be saved and some replaced with teeth implants. For example, maybe your front 6 teeth can be replaced with an implant bridge and your back teeth repaired with fillings and crowns. The costs of saving and replacing teeth with implants must be considered.
Longevity and Maintenance Costs
Also consider how long each solution will last. And maintenance fees over time too. Clearly some full implant options perform and look differently too. Most often, your result is nicer when all you get a new full set of replacement teeth. Replacing all your teeth with implants wipes the slate clean and the implant specialist creates a new beautiful smile. But only you can decide what implant option is best. Make sure you understand the differences in the various permanent implant alternatives.
You Cannot “Test Drive” Implant Teeth
Remember, you cannot try it before you buy it. Once all your teeth are gone, they cannot be put back. And once you have selected an implant solution and made the implant teeth, you have paid for them. Educate yourself and set a reasonable expectation prior to embarking on getting a new set of permanent implant teeth.
All on four implants is the most popular full mouth implant option because the teeth stay permanently in the mouth and they are not as expensive as a replacing all your teeth with individual implants. All on four is not as expensive as replacing all your teeth with individual implants.
Removable Implant Supported Dentures are Very Affordable but have higher Maintenance Costs
For those who do not mind removable teeth, implant dentures are very affordable and stable. Implant dentures have the highest maintenance costs since the material can break and it inherently absorbs stains and smells over time. Zirconia from Prettau or Bruxzir on top of all on 4 is more durable than acrylic plastic.