“All on 6”, or “all on 4” fixed dental devices mounted on dental implants
This is a procedure where 4 to 6 implants are placed, and then, after the healing period of 4 or 5 months. An impression is made, and a laser scan is done. The crowns are all made with computer design, and they look very real and natural.
All you have to do to clean your bridge is use a water flosser, i.e. waterpik, to clean in the crevice every day, and periodically go to the dentist to have him clean it.
An “all on 6” allows you to have a full set of 14 teeth. But an “all on 4” is shorter, with only 10 teeth, because the less implants can’t support as many teeth.
Dental bridges mounted to implants
Sometimes people want to replace all the teeth on the uppers or lowers with dental implants. Even with our discounted prices, it is very expensive to replace each tooth with individual implants. However, a more economic solution is to place a series of implants that serve as supports to place permanent fixed bridges of crowns. So, instead of 14 implants to replace all 14 upper teeth, we can place 8 implants with some bridges to replace 12 teeth. The result is nearly $6000 less expensive.
For 8 implants and standard porcelain bridges, to replace 12 teeth, the cost would be $13,900 per arch.
Denture supported by implants
Another option that patients choose is to use a denture that is held in place by implants. A denture supported by implants has the advantage that it is immobile and does not move around at all while you talk. If we can place 4 implants in the upper mouth, then we can make a denture that does not require a piece that covers your pallet.
For 4 dental implants with a high quality denture that has been modified with receivers to snap on to the implants, the cost would be: $6035 per arch, $12,070 for full mouth (upper and lower).
Beginning in the 1950’s researchers observed that the metal titanium, and some other materials, formed a very strong bond to surrounding bone, a process termed “osseointegration”. There are now patients who have had implant supported teeth for more than twenty-five years. Twenty years ago, these patients would have had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile