Thanks to modern dental care and all the alternatives we now have to simply pull out teeth, more people are spending more years with their natural teeth still in their mouth. These teeth may have fillings, replacement crowns, or they may have gone through root canals, but the roots are still the original models.
But there are still times when teeth need to come out completely, and there are times when the best solution is still to remove all the original teeth and replace them with full-mouth dentures. But thanks to that modern dental care, dentures aren’t your only solution even at this point.
Dental implants have been making major strides in recent years thanks to dropping prices and advancing technology. Porcelain crowns are very close to enamel in terms of strength, color, and shape, and the titanium screws that root the crowns in place can bond to your bones and make the implant effectively permanent. If you need a full mouth dental implant, there are several options available.
One Implant, One Tooth
This is the most expensive option since it involves putting 28 implants in your mouth all at once. Most implant dentists would agree that this is more effort than your mouth needs unless you’ve been replacing your teeth with implants gradually over the years.
Four Implants, One Appliance
This is the most likely option you’ll get if you decide to get a full mouth dental implant. Four implants set at different points can anchor a full arch, and this approach is often called “all on four.” The advantage over dentures is that you can set the appliance on your gums permanently, and so you can use more solid materials for the appliances.
Mini Implants And Modified Dentures
You can get a full mouth dental implant even if you’ve used a full set of dentures for years. The bone arches that support your teeth may have shrunk in that time, but mini dental implants don’t need as much bone to stay rooted in your mouth. The downside is that mini implants aren’t strong enough to hold a permanent crown or appliance in place, but you can modify your dentures to work with mini implants and take advantage of the extra stability they offer.
Full mouth dental implants prove that even if you have to lose all your natural teeth, dentures aren’t the only option you have left. Whether you get four implants or a full set for individual teeth, dental implants can keep you smiling no matter what may come.
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