Can You Have a Full Mouth of Dental Implants?

by | May 20, 2022 | Dental Services

Have you been wearing dentures for years and are unhappy with how they look, feel, and fit within your mouth? Have you battled dental decay for years and finally decided to remove your natural teeth but want a permanent tooth replacement solution?

At Soundview Family Dental, we understand how important your smile is to you, and we work with you to find the perfect tooth replacement solution, such as dental implants. But can you get a full mouth of dental implants? How much does it cost to get a full mouth of dental implants?

 

What are full mouth dental implants?

Full mouth dental implants can include implanted-supported dentures or all-on-4 implants. Both options involve the placement of implant screws into the jawbone, where they will eventually fuse and act similarly to a natural tooth root. In the case of implant-supported dentures, the oral surgeon uses 6-8 implants to support a permanent denture attachment. Once placed, the implants require a few months to fuse to the bone before the permanent denture can be put into place.

 

Who are the best candidates for this procedure?

While full mouth dentures offer a natural-looking tooth replacement, they are not ideal for everyone. Whether you have just lost your teeth or have been wearing traditional dentures for some time, there are some things your dentist must consider when qualifying you for dental implants. These can include:

  • Good overall health: You must be in good general health and able to undergo implant surgery. Your surgeon will discuss underlying medical conditions that can hinder implant placement and recovery.
  • Healthy gums: If your tooth loss was due to gum disease, it would be important to address it before implant consideration.
  • Healthy jawbone: Your jawbone must be in good health and able to support the implants. In some cases, bone grafting before the procedure can help to stabilize the jawbone and provide additional support.

 

Benefits of full mouth dental implants

While the obvious benefit of choosing full mouth dental implants is the restoration of your smile, this tooth replacement option offers many additional benefits, including:

  • Secure, permanent tooth replacement
  • Ability to bite and chew more naturally than with traditional dentures
  • No additional maintenance. Unlike traditional dentures that must be removed and soaked, full mouth implants are cared for with daily brushing, similar to natural teeth.
  • Bone preservation. Your natural tooth roots stimulate your jawbone, keeping it healthy. When you lose your teeth, this lack of stimulation can cause bone recession which, in turn, leads to a collapse of the facial structure and a change in your smile. Implants continue to stimulate the bone, keeping it strong and healthy.

 

How does it work?

When you choose full mouth implants, the procedure begins with the implant placement. The oral surgeon makes incisions into the gum to expose the jawbone. Once exposed, a small drill creates the hole where each implant is placed. Depending on your type of implant (full mouth denture or all-on-4), the surgeon attaches either a temporary healing cap to each implant or an abutment that will connect to a temporary denture. Once all the implants are in place, the surgeon repositions the gums and sutures the incisions closed.

 

Recovery after the procedure

After the procedure, you can expect to have some discomfort and soreness around each implant location. However, this should only last a few days. At this point, you are waiting for the implants to fuse with the bone. This process can take a few months. Once complete, however, you will return to have your permanent tooth arch put into place. If you do not have a temporary arch, the surgeon will remove the healing caps from each implant and replace them with the abutment. Once in place, the final set of teeth is attached, and your smile is complete.

 

How much does it cost to get a full mouth of dental implants?

The cost of full mouth dental implants can vary based on a number of factors, such as your geographic location, the experience of your oral surgeon, and the number of implants necessary to support your tooth restoration. The cost will also increase if bone grafting is necessary to stabilize the jawbone. On average, the cost of full mouth dentures can range between $20,000 and $70,000.

 

Keep your beautiful smile with dental implants.

At Soundview Family Dental, we understand how life-altering tooth loss can be. We work with every patient to find the best tooth replacement option available that meets their needs and budget. Full mouth dental implants offer a permanent solution that gives you back a beautiful smile and functions just like natural teeth.

To learn more about your dental implant options, contact us online or call the office at (425) 563-6360 today to schedule an appointment.

Eric Kitts

Eric Kitts

Eric Kitts has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years. Dr. Kitts is the owner and lead dentist at Soundview Family Dental in Edmonds, WA. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his DDS from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Dr. Kitts treats each and every one of his patients with exceptional gentleness, care, integrity, and compassion, and this has made him one of Seattle Met’s top dentists for many years running. Dr. Kitts and his wife enjoy spending time with their two sons, skiing, camping, and cheering on the Seahawks.