Can I Replace All My Teeth With Dental Implants in 2023?

Yes, it is possible to replace all your teeth with dental implants, but there are several factors to consider before making this decision. Dental implants are a common and effective way to replace missing teeth, but the feasibility of replacing all your teeth with implants depends on a variety of factors, including your oral health, bone density, budget, and overall health. Here are some important points to consider:

Oral Health

Your oral health is a crucial factor in determining whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. Your gums and jawbone must be healthy enough to support the implants. If you have issues such as gum disease or significant bone loss, you might need additional treatments before implant placement.

Bone Density

Dental implants rely on a strong and healthy jawbone to provide stability and support. If your bone density is insufficient, bone grafting or other procedures may be required to build up the bone before implant placement.

Budget

Dental implants can be expensive, especially if you are considering replacing all your teeth. The cost can vary depending on the number of implants needed, any additional treatments required, and the location of the dental practice. We can review costs with you and suggest options that fit within your budget.

Overall Health

Your general health plays a role in your candidacy for dental implants. Certain medical conditions and medications can affect the success of the implant procedure. We evaluate your overall health before recommending dental implants.

Treatment Timeline

The process of replacing all your teeth with dental implants is not immediate. It typically involves multiple stages, including implant placement, healing, and attachment of the crowns. If you choose individual implants for every tooth, the implant placement and healing time will be longer. While you can go this route, there are more practical solutions.

Options for Replacing All Your Teeth with Dental Implants

All-On-X Dental Implants

All-On-X implants support a full arch of replacement teeth on between four and eight implants. The All-On-X procedure can be used to replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Some patients can get their replacement teeth on the same day as the implant placement. We can help determine whether teeth-in-a-day are appropriate.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant dentures are similar to traditional dentures but are secured to between two and six implants that permanently fix the prosthetic on your jawbone. This supports your full bite forces and eliminates slipping and shifting of the denture.

Upper Jaw

An implant-supported upper arch is more comfortable than a removable denture because it securely holds the prosthesis in place while you speak and chew. The upper jawbone is softer and more sensitive to hot and cold than the lower jawbone. An implant-supported arch does not impede your sensitivity to food and beverage temperature.

Lower Jaw

Many patients find removable dentures on their lower jaw to cause discomfort because there is no palate on the lower jaw and, therefore, no suction to hold the denture in place. Instead, an implant-supported lower denture has a more natural feeling, aesthetic, and function. Best of all, the implants support your bite force so that you can return to a restriction-free diet.

Bone Resorption & Grafting

For a dental implant placement to be successful, there must be sufficient bone mass in the spot where the implant is going. Healthy bones continuously go through resorption and ossification, removing old bone and adding new bone (respectively). When you lose a tooth, your jawbone begins resorption, but ossification stops. If a tooth stays missing, the bone resorption can decrease your jawbone’s mass by 25% in the first year.

When there isn’t sufficient bone mass or support from the jawbone to place an implant, bone grafting or APRF (Advanced Platelet Rich Fibrin) is essential. This provides new support for the implant where resorption has taken place by increasing the bone mass with bone from another source. In a single-tooth implant procedure, jawbone grafting is common, but the same is not true for full-mouth implant tooth replacements.

Snap-On Dentures

Snap-on dentures are similar to implant-retained dentures but are removable for cleaning and sleeping. It is easy to snap it in and out of the mouth but fits securely. The implants also stimulate the jaw for healthy bone growth.

What Option is Best for You?

If you are not sure which option is best for you to replace all missing teeth, you aren’t alone. The various types of dental implants can be confusing. An appointment with one of our specialists at The Denture Center is the first step in determining what kind of implants are best suited to your needs, preferences, and overall health.

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