Full mouth implant options – Need a permanent replacement or all teeth implants?
If you are looking to replace all your teeth with implants than we can help you. Our office is in Burtonsville near Silver Spring Columbia Maryland. There are several different ways to replace a full set of teeth with dental implants. There are 3 different options to do a full set of teeth supported by implants:
There are pros and cons to each full mouth implant option. We discuss options to replace all teeth. Read carefully because there are many 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.
Dr Gary Adams sees patients from Maryland, DC, Virginia, across the USA and abroad. Dr. Adams has successfully placed thousands of implants and is a consultant, instructor and speaker for the implant company Zeramex. Zeramex is the leading manufacturer of zirconia implants in the world and is based out of Switzerland. Dr. Adams can handle cases involving one up to full mouth implant options. Dr. Adams performs his own implant surgery and fits and places all his own implant teeth.
“I very much enjoy seeing my patient’s implant cases from start to finish…it brings me a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction…”
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All on 4 Implants is the most popular full mouth implant option
The All on 4 is permanent and stays in the mouth. The All on four can replace a full upper of lower arch of teeth with 4-6 implants. The implants are used to support the one-piece implant bridge. The All on 4 bridge is far less expensive than individual crowns and small bridges. All on 4 full mouth implant option is more popular than implant dentures because it is installed permanently in the mouth and is not removable. The All on 4 is larger and bulkier but is still a lot thinner and more comfortable than a denture and implant denture. The All on 4 bridge can replace teeth and gum tissue and does not require as much bone as a full mouth of individual implants. With fewer implants needing to be replaced the implant surgical fees and bone graft surgery fees are a lot less. All on four cases are still expensive because any remaining teeth need to be removed and several dental implants need to be replaced. For most people who want implant teeth that stay in the mouth permanently, the biggest decision is to do a full mouth of individual implants of All on 4 implants. Most people will choose All on 4 due to the very high cost of implant cases. 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) feel thick, bulky and fake like plastic. Dentures are plastic.
Very important issue with the different kind of teeth on top of All on 4:
they are made two different ways: 1) out of acrylic like dentures 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 Zirconia bridges. 2) 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. The 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.
By Far the best option. It is thin, comfortable, made of beautiful zirconia and porcelain crowns, feels like natural teeth. The hygiene is even like natural teeth. This option requires plenty of high quality bone and gum tissue, so this implant alternative is usually reserved for people who have teeth or have recently lost teeth. Platelet rich fibrin PRF dental stem cells and bone grafting techniques have made managing bone loss much more manageable but the more more implants requires more bone. Implants for all the teeth obviously requires a lot of implants 20-25 to be exact. Each tooth also gets a high quality custom made crown. Needless to day one of the biggest downsides to this solution is the very high cost. Solutions like this should last a lifetime.
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 will be used to retain the denture by way of locator attachments which allow the dentures to be “snapped-onto” the implants.
Should You Replace All your teeth with Mouth Full Implant Options?
How much do you value your natural teeth and can they be saved? How much will that cost and how long will the repairs to keep your teeth cost? Compare to your alternatives here to replace all your teeth with full implant alternatives. There may also be an in between where some teeth can be saved and some teeth can be replaced with tooth implants. For example, maybe your front 6 teeth can be replaced with an implant bridge and your back teeth can be saved with a few fillings and crowns. The costs of saving and replacing teeth with implants should be weighed carefully. Also consider how long each solution will last, and maintenance costs too. Clearly some full implant options perform and look differently too. Most of the time the result will look nicer when you replace all your teeth. Replacing all your teeth anew with implants wipes the slate clean and the implant specialist can create a new beautiful smile for you, but only you can decide what option is best for you. Make sure you understand the differences in the various full implant solutions because 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. You need to educate yourself and set a reasonable expectation prior to embarking on full mouth treatment.
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 also not as expensive as replacing all your teeth with individual implants. 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.