Are you unhappy with your smile?
Improving your smile has functional and aesthetic benefits.
Full mouth implant reconstruction can change your life and rebuild your confidence with a newly enhanced smile. Read on to learn more about full mouth dental implants, the process, and the cost.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are advanced pieces of dental technology. They are cylinders or posts that are precisely positioned in the jaw in place of missing teeth. Implants may be made of titanium or zirconia. Both materials are safe, effective, and durable.
Once placed, dental implants bond with your bone to form a sturdy base for a dental restoration. The implants stimulate and keep the jawbone healthy to prevent bone loss. An attachment called an abutment connects the implant with a crown, bridge, or denture.
Dental implants create a strong base to support replacement teeth. They allow new teeth to look, feel, and function naturally.
Understanding Full Mouth Dental Implants
During a full mouth reconstruction process, your dentist rebuilds and restores all of your teeth. This is done using cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. The end result is a healthy, beautifully functioning smile.
What They Are
If you need to replace several teeth, a full arch, or your entire set of teeth, full mouth dental implants provide a sturdy replacement option.
Dental implants topped with crowns, implant-supported bridges, or implant-retained dentures are designed to look and function like natural teeth. The streamlined design is more comfortable and stable than traditional bridges or dentures on their own.
Full mouth dental implant procedures bring a number of benefits including:
- Permanent replacement – Once secured in the jaw, your dental implants are a permanent part of your mouth.
- Sturdy and durable – Since the implants fuse with the bone, they are firmly secured in place just like natural tooth roots. They can withstand the functions of natural teeth in terms of eating and chewing.
- Bone preservation – By replacing the tooth root and becoming part of the jaw, implants maintain the health of the bone and keep it from deteriorating.
- Successful – Implant rejection is rare. Over time, the implants become part of the body and are rarely rejected as foreign materials.
- Easy oral care – Simply brush twice per day with a non-abrasive toothpaste and floss once daily to keep your mouth healthy. With dental implants, you do not have to remove your restorations to clean around or under them.
Types of Full Mouth Implants
Depending on your budget and needs, full mouth reconstruction can be performed in a couple of ways. Individual implants and crowns can be used to replace single teeth. Implant-retained dentures require fewer implants for support. The dental implants are precisely placed along the arch to anchor the denture to the jaw.
Full mouth dental implant reconstruction is a multi-step process that requires more than one appointment. Every patient is different. Treatment plans are customized based on the patient’s needs.
Extractions may be necessary first to remove decayed or damaged teeth. Implants also require quality bone structure. If the patient does not have adequate bone to support the implant, a bone graft may be needed.
After the jawbone has been prepped and has healed, the implants can be placed. The tiny posts are surgically placed in the jaw replacing the tooth roots. The number of implants placed depends on the use of crowns or dentures. If individual implants and crowns are being used, multiple dental implants will be placed.
For implant-retained dentures, four precisely spaced implants will be positioned in the jaw. This ensures the denture is stable, yet comfortably secured in the mouth.
In most cases, the implants are given time to heal before the crown or denture is placed. This allows for osseointegration as the bone accepts and fuses with the implants. The abutment and dental restoration are later attached to complete your newly restored beautiful smile.
Cost of Full Mouth Dental Implants
The advantages of dental implants speak for themselves. Understandably, the advanced design and permanent result bring a more expensive price tag. The average cost for a single implant is $3,000-$4,500. When compared to other restorations, implants are usually more expensive upfront.
However, because implants last a lifetime and other restorations need to be replaced, implants end up being a cost-effective tooth replacement option for missing teeth.
Dental Savings Program for Dental Implants
If you are interested in dental implants, check with your insurance company. Due to the long-term benefits of implants, some dental plans have started to provide some coverage for the procedure.
In addition, Radiant Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers a dental savings program. This program provides patients with access to quality dental care at discounted prices. For example, members can save 15% on dental implants with this savings plan. We also work with most major insurance companies and accept financing through CareCredit.