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 …