DENTURES held in by IMPLANTS!
Implant Dentures for Patients with No Teeth or For Patients Needing All of Their Teeth Removed
There are a lot of options available for patients missing all of their teeth and some other dentists will offer other/additional options. The 2 options we offer typically lead to good outcomes while not being the most expensive options. There's a LOT of information on this web page. If you read it all, you'll really be informed.
You will see that costs are listed for each option. Please realize that:
·Dental insurance may pay for a portion of the listed costs. But, in all honesty, we typically find out that the patient has to pay the majority of the cost.
·Financing is available through Care Credit and you can find out more about Care Credit by clicking the “Financing” tab on this website.
·A no charge consultation is available and this would allow us to arrive at a specific cost for you.
I recommend reading this information several times and making a list of questions that you have and then meeting with me and discussing your questions with me. Please feel free to contact my office to set up a no charge consult appointment with me where we can discuss your long term goals of having a functioning, attractive set of teeth.
The TWO Options That We Offer
Both of these options provide a removable implant denture that snaps on and off of the implants. The difference between these 2 options is that Option 1 uses a traditional, larger size implant and Option 2 uses a smaller, mini size implant.
Both of these options share these features:
·This type of implant denture does come in and out of the mouth on a daily basis because it snaps on and off of the implants.
·Daily maintenance by the patient and annual maintenance by the dentist are fairly easy since this type of implant denture is removable
-Maintenance appointments are required annually, sometimes more often. At the maintenance appointment, the denture is cleaned, the implants are cleaned, the denture is evaluated to see if a reline or remake is required, and the health of the bone and gums around the implants is checked.
-Since this type of implant denture rests on the gums, occasional sore spots will occur, requiring adjustment of the denture.
·Since this type of implant denture rests on the gums, occasional relining (refitting with a new layer of acrylic inside the denture) will be required as your gums shrink over time.
·If you already have a denture, you may not need a new one because sometimes we can re-fit your existing denture to the snap on / snap off implants.
Option 1. REMOVABLE SNAP ON / SNAP OFF DENTURE using traditional LARGER size implants (snapped on and off of the implants by the patient)
One nice thing about this option is that it helps you “get your foot in the implant door”. Later, if you want to upgrade to an implant denture that doesn't come in and out, you can add a few more implants to your jaw and make an implant denture that doesn't come in and out on a daily basis. In other words, the implants you initially placed for the snap on / snap off denture can usually (not always) be reconfigured to allow for the placement of the different parts needed to upgrade to an implant denture that doesn't come in and out.
This photo below shows the implants in the lower jaw
This photo below shows the underside of the lower implant denture with 2 snaps in it
The costs listed below wouldn't include any bone grafts, extractions, special computerized 3 dimensional x-rays if needed, or new dentures that may be necessary.
·If you already have a LOWER denture that bites properly for implants and is in good enough shape to be fitted to implants, the cost for placing the 2 implants and fitting the LOWER denture you already have to the implants would be around $4660 (less if your insurance pays for some of the treatment).
·If you already have an UPPER denture that bites properly for implants and is in good enough shape to be fitted to implants, the cost for placing the 4 implants and fitting the UPPER denture you already have to the implants would be around $8660 (less if your insurance pays for some of the treatment). *** When I see you, I can tell you why 4 implants are the minimum required for the upper denture.
·All kinds of other scenarios exist and we'd have to see you to let you know your cost.
Option 2. REMOVABLE SNAP ON / SNAP OFF DENTURE using smaller size MINI implants (snapped on and off of the implants by the patient)
Mini implants became available more recently than the traditional larger sized implants used in the other options on this web page.
Mini implants are used mostly for patients that don't have enough bone for traditional (larger size) implants and can't afford the surgery that would be necessary to grow bone. The cost savings with Mini implants is for this group of patients.
Another group of patients that Mini implants make sense for are those patients that can afford surgery to grow bone, but have medical/health issues the make the surgery to grow bone inadvisable.
The final group of patients that Mini implants make sense for are those patients that find Mini implants more psychologically appealing for whatever reason.
Mini implants do have an important limitation relative to the traditional (larger size) implants used in Option 1 described on this page. As described in Option 1 above, the traditional (larger size) implants can be reconfigured (by changing some parts) to allow different tasks. For example, the configuration of a traditional (larger size) implant can be changed from the “snap on / snap off” configuration (Option 1 above) to a configuration for an implant denture that doesn't come in and out, but mini implants can't be reconfigured for that task.
In the illustration below, you will see that the mini implant is narrower in diameter and is a one-piece construction. The mini implant and the snap (the ball) that sits on top of it are all one piece. You will see that the traditional (larger size) implant is wider in diameter and has nothing sitting on top of it. If you could see a bird's-eye view of the traditional (larger size) implant, you would see that it has a hollow threaded screw hole in the middle of it that accepts screws (this means different attachments can be screwed into it if the patient wants to change from the Option 1 implant denture to an implant denture that doesn't come in and out). The mini implant is too narrow in diameter to accept screws.
In the illustration below, you can see some of the different attachments that can be screwed into the traditional (larger size) implant to reconfigure it for different tasks.
This photo below shows the mini implants in the lower jaw