Full mouth implants is the process of replacing all missing teeth with dental implants. In this treatment, implants are placed in both upper and lower jaws. After inserting the implants, you can either get permanent fixed teeth or a removable denture on the implants. The implants hold the fixed teeth (dental bridge) or a full denture in its position in the mouth.
Minimum 4 implants are required in each jaw for fixed teeth, and minimum 2 implants are required in each jaw for a removable denture.
A cheaper alternative of full mouth implants is a denture for whole mouth without the implants. But a denture without implants has no support in mouth from any natural tooth or implant. Therefore, it does not stay in a fixed position in mouth while talking, eating and chewing. This hurts gums and causes wounds and bruises in the mouth.
Full mouth implants can have 2 types of teeth on the implants:
A fixed tooth (tooth crown) is permanently placed on an implant unlike a denture which is removed daily. Fixed teeth are expensive than a denture.
Minimum 4 implants are required to hold 10 teeth in a jaw.
A denture placed on the implants is removable unlike fixed teeth on implants. Minimum 2 implants are required to hold a denture in a jaw.
A denture is cheaper than fixed teeth.
There are 4 options for implants in whole mouth with fixed teeth:
The total number of fixed teeth in the mouth depends on the implants placed in the jaw. For example, 4 implants in a jaw can hold maximum 10 fixed teeth in a jaw, while 8 implants in a jaw can hold 14 fixed teeth.
20 implants with 28 fixed teeth (4 implants in each jaw) costs more than 8 implants with 20 fixed teeth (4 implants in each jaw).
See the cost of implants for whole mouth here.
There are 2 options for full mouth implants with a denture:
In this, 4 implants are inserted in each jaw to place a denture on the implants. 4 implants in each jaw hold the denture better than 2 implants in each jaw.
In this, 2 implants are inserted in each jaw to place a denture on the implants. 2 implants in each jaw have less strength than 4 implants in each jaw.
Implant surgery is done in two parts. Implants are placed in the first part and a dental bridge is placed on the implants in the second part.
First Visit: The first visit is of 4-5 days. In this visit, on the first day, the doctor first takes a 3D image or an x-ray of the mouth, and then plans the treatment. Implants are placed on the second day.
Implants Placement Surgery: In this surgery, implants are placed in the jaw. It takes 45-60 minutes to insert one implant. After the surgery, you can resume your daily work after 2-3 days. Dental bridge is not yet placed in this surgery because the jaw bone needs time to heal completely.
Healing / Waiting Time: The healing / waiting time is of 2 months. A temporary dental bridge made of acrylic tooth crowns is placed over the implants as a temporary replacement of a permanently fixed dental bridge.
During this time, you can eat, chew all types of food but temporary acrylic tooth crowns are
weaker than permanently fixed zirconia tooth crowns, so you should eat only eat soft food and avoid biting hard food items.
Second Visit: The second visit is of 3-4 days. In this, a fixed dental bridge is permanently placed over the implants. No healing time is required after this.
Example, the cost calculation of 20 tooth crowns with 4 implants in each jaw (total 8 implants) is:
Bone graft and sinus lift surgery is done on a part of the jaw that has less bone to hold the implant. It adds artificial bone in the part of the jaw that holds the implant.
A denture on implants costs less than fixed teeth on implants because the cost of a denture is less than the fixed teeth and less number of implants are required to hold a denture than fixed teeth.
See the cost of implants with fixed teeth here.
See the cost of a denture on implants here.
Implants are very expensive in location_name, but you can save a lot of money by traveling to an affordable location outside of location_country for 4-5 days for the dental treatment.
For example, at our_clinic, the cost of implants for whole mouth with fixed teeth is $ 3880 which is 10 times lower than the average cost of $ 39150 in location_name. So, you can save a lot of money, and at the same time enjoy a free holiday trip.
Read more about dental tourism here.