What are Full Mouth Teeth Implant Alternatives? Should I Remove All my Teeth and Replace with Implants?
Implant Crowns and Bridges
Individual implant supported crowns and bridges are beautiful, thin and feel the most natural.
All on 4 Dental Implants
All on 4 Dental Implants is a permanent and complete one-piece upper or lower full mouth dental implant bridge.
Implant Dentures are removable bridges that “snap onto” implants for retention and support.
What is the Best way to replace All Teeth with Implants?
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. 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.
Should You Replace All your teeth with a Mouth Full of Implanted Teeth?
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 Dental Implants. 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.
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. 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.
All on 4 Full Mouth Implant Bridge
The All on 4 is permanent and stays in the mouth. The All on 4 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. 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 4 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. Well, dentures are plastic.
One last important issue with All on 4 teeth:
they are made two different ways: 1) out of acrylic like dentures that are screwed onto the implants permanently. These All on 4 teeth are also called Hybrid Dentures because they are literally dentures that have been altered to connect to implants instead of being fitted to the gums. Many office still offer Hybrid All on 4 dentures. Nothing wrong with them if you know what your are getting. Hybrid All on 4 feel like plastic and are not as durable Zirconia bridges. Zirconia one piece All on 4 Bridges look beautiful are thinner and are far more durable. Be sure you know what kind of All on 4 bridge you are getting. The Zirconia bridges called “Prettau” and “Bruxzir” are made by high quality expensive labs. The machines that make the Zirconia bridges cost millions of dollars and not Implant Centers with in-house labs make Zirconia All on 4 teeth.
Removable Implant Dentures or Dentures With Implants
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.