This prosthesis is called a hybrid because it is essentially made up of two materials: the acrylic teeth and gums, and an underlying titanium framework. While standard denture teeth are used in this prosthesis, an acrylic hybrid will feel significantly stronger than a regular denture because it is tightly secured to several implants. It is not removable by the patient but the dentist can remove as needed. This is relatively cost-effective choice for patients who want teeth that feel natural and allow them to bite harder.
One or a Few Missing Teeth
To replace one missing tooth is fairly straightforward. You will need 3 things: an implant, an abutment, and a crown. The total cost can range from $2,800-3,600. Depending on how much bone there is in the area of the missing tooth, you might also need a bone graft to prepare the area for the implant. You can read about the specifics on this link about dental implant costs.
In this option, two implants are placed in the anterior region of the lower jaw. After a 3 month healing period, your regular denture is made to “snap-in” to the implants. This treatment offers better retention of the denture. However, it is does not offer better biting force or relief from sore gums. The denture still relies on covering a large surface area of your gums for support.
This type of treatment is only done for the lower jaw.
Permanent dentures are different because they are directly screwed onto the implants and not removable by the patient. They have a slim profile and do not cover the gums. They can be made of a variety of materials depending on individual patient factors and preferences. These are also commonly called “Permanent Dentures”, “Fixed Bridges”, or “All-on-Four.”
Implant Dentures are appliances that replace an entire set of missing teeth and use implants for stability.
Regular dentures rely on your gums for stability. Even in the best-case-scenario, stability with "regular dentures" is dramatically less than if implants were to be used. Dentures in the lower jaw are typically more problematic as they move around and never feel “quite right.”
By using implants, the new set of teeth can be anchored securely to greatly improve the patient’s ability to eat, speak, and laugh freely without fear that their dentures will come loose.
There are two basic types of implant dentures: Overdentures and Permanent Dentures:
Finding real information about dental implants can be overwhelming. Here you'll find useful information on each dental implant option along with the price that the options costs.
To replace a full row of teeth, you first have a choice to make: Do you want something that stays in and feels like your natural teeth? Or are you okay with having a removable appliance? Both are good options, but the removable appliances are a little more affordable.
The permanent implant (non-removable) treatment comes in 2 basic options: Acrylic/Titanium or Ceramic. The Acrylic/Titanium option costs $20,000 per jaw. The Ceramic option costs $25,000 per jaw. You can click here to find out more about each one.
*For those looking for a more affordable implant option, we offer a durable acrylic option for $15,000 per arch. This is a set of same-day teeth made with acrylic with fiberglass reinforcement. This is not as durable as the other options and will need to be upgraded in the future. But, it can be a good solution for someone who wants the Acrylic/Titanium or Ceramic options in the future, but needs a solution now.
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This option is essentially the same as the 2-implant overdenture except that there are more implants involved. The denture “snaps-in” and is removable by the patient. Although the function of the implant is mainly to retain the denture (keep if from falling out) there is a little bit of extra bite-force gained from the additional implants. The denture still relies on covering a large surface area of your gums for support.
This type of treatment is available for the upper and lower jaw.
Overdentures are just like regular dentures that “snap-in” to dental implants. They are removable by the patient. They are made of acrylic and they still have the regular extensions and borders like regular dentures. This means they still cover your palate and may still apply pressure to the gums. With some designs these extensions can be minimized. (See: The Bar Overdenture )
Not not all implant denture treatments are equal. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Also, one type may be recommended over another depending several patient related factors such as cosmetic preferences and amount of bone available for dental implants.
A full row of teeth (Not Removable)
This prosthesis is machine-milled from a block of zirconium. After milling it is colored, stained, and glazed to attempt to capture a more natural appearance. Zirconia is the strongest material available in dentistry today, so this prosthesis is as durable as it gets. The compromise is that it lacks the translucency of natural teeth. Also, being difficult to color, it often results in a “too white” or mono-colored appearance.
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A full row of teeth (Removable)
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