Full-Mouth Dental Implants
While a single dental implant may replace a broken or lost tooth, it also can serve as an anchor for multiple replacement teeth. Full-mouth dental implants are what they sound like: a long-lasting replacement for most or all of a patient’s teeth.
Full Dental Implants vs. Dentures
With dentures, not only is there a risk of bone loss in the jaws, but the patient is opened up to potentially embarrassing situations at every meal. Advantages of dental implants include:
- Full-mouth dental implants are anchored to the jawbone with titanium, and the bone actually fuses to the implant through a process called osseointegration, reducing the risk of bone loss.
- Dentures will wear out over time and need to be replaced.
- Dental implants restore function to a point that is equal to a patient’s original teeth. Eating with dentures, patients worry about what’s on the menu. Eating with full-mouth implants means eating what you want instead of eating what you can.
A single dental implant is easy to imagine – it replaces the root of a tooth with the titanium implant with a crown on top. Full-mouth dental implants work differently. When replacing a mouth full of teeth, two or more titanium implants provide an anchor for the secure mounting of replacement teeth, preventing slipping and bone loss.
Cost of Full-mouth Dental Implants
No two patients have the same mouth, and the cost of full-mouth dental implants will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation appointment, you will be given a cost estimate based on your customized treatment plan. Also, keep in mind:
- The cost of full-mouth dental implants is not the cost of 32 individual dental implants. Each titanium implant can provide support for multiple replacement teeth.
- Full-mouth dental implants may be partially covered under select dental insurance policies.
- When properly cared for, dental implants represent a potentially lifelong replacement for missing teeth, making them a wise investment for the future.
- There are several affordable financing options specifically designed for oral healthcare. The one we work with the most is CareCredit (https://www.carecredit.com). If financing is desired, we will help you through the process during your consultation appointment.
Choosing a fixed bridge to replace a single tooth can lead to damage of adjacent teeth, potentially requiring the replacement of multiple teeth in the long run. A single dental implant can provide a true replacement for a missing tooth and prevent the need for future dental work. Similarly, full-mouth implants take the guesswork out of the future of your oral health. Whether you need one tooth replaced, several teeth replaced, or all of them, Dr. McLain is available for a consultation appointment to formulate the ideal treatment plan for you.