Dental implants are not new, although they do keep evolving as materials and technology advance. Traditional implants were followed by mini implants, and have a new incarnation today. Implant-supported full arch restorations are now available at drastically reduced pricing than original implants. A single implant to replace one missing tooth will cost a few thousand dollars, making a full arch of teeth cost-prohibitive.
The number of implants required to support dentures in the past was eight. This procedure only uses four to six implants, lowering the cost. Another component of this procedure that lowers cost is the two posterior implants farther back in the mouth. These are tilted at a forty-five degree angle to eliminate the need for a bone graft.
Bone grafts are common with traditional implants because denture wearers typically suffer from bone loss prior to getting implants. Preventing that step saves the cost of another procedure and simplifies the implant procedure. Two anterior implants are placed near the front of the mouth.
Dentists have to be specially trained for this procedure so keep that in mind when selecting a dentist. Dentists who participate in continuing education, like the professionals at Westvale Dental Care, will be able to offer implant-supported full arch restorations as an option to their patients.
The process for the implants is the same as traditional implants. It begins with a consultation and a complete oral examination to determine if implants are appropriate. A three-dimensional image is taken of the mouth. This will indicate the best placement for the four implants.
Surgery is required to place the implants into the jawbone. Temporary covers and acrylic teeth are used to allow ample healing time. It generally takes six to eight weeks for the area to heal and the implant to fuse with the bone. Once healed, the temporary teeth are replaced with a permanent fixed denture.
This implant procedure is a major investment and costs much more than regular dentures. Most people feel the cost is worth it because the result is better oral health. There is no risk of infection by particles grinding at the roof of the mouth when stuck between the denture plate the palate. No adhesives are needed, and the denture does not have to come out to be cleaned.