Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants
If you are missing or need to have the majority of your teeth removed due to damage, decay, or other factors, dental implants are a fantastic, attractive option for those who are looking to restore their smiles to optimal health, appearance, and function. Dental implants are customized to look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Unlike traditional false teeth, implants make your prosthetic teeth permanent and non-detachable, making your smile and bite permanently affixed within your mouth. In fact, dental implants are the only permanent cosmetic dental solution that promotes the strengthening of your jawbone as well as permanently replacing missing teeth.
How do you know if dental implants are a good option for you, and which type of dental implant is best? With the variety of options, it can be overwhelming to determine what is best for your specific circumstances.
All-on-Six and All-on-X Dental Implants
When looking into dental implants, you’ll see many mentions of “all-on-x” and “all-on-6” implant procedures. These are the most common full-mouth implant options, and while they are very similar, there are some notable differences that we must consider in order to determine what is best for your specific situation.
The implants are named like this because the entire fixed dental arch is placed on a predetermined number of dental implants, based on your specific needs. This is far better for the patient than attempting to add a single implant for each missing tooth. The arch supports all of the teeth, and the arch is attached to the jaw in the best number of places for your mouth. The implants are designed to fuse with the jaw and mimic your natural teeth in appearance and function. In many cases, after years of decline, patients find both appearance and function to be an improvement over their damaged teeth.
In this procedure, we install a predetermined number of implants per arch, based on your specific needs. Installing implants designed by your dentist specifically for your anatomy and implant needs allows for stable force distribution with the prosthetics.
All-on-6 implants can offer a stronger, more stable base for the prosthetic dental arch, potentially resulting in a stronger, longer-lasting more comfortable mouth and smile. Considering biting and chewing mechanics, this added stability and more even pressure distribution may help extend the life of your prosthetic arch. That said, All-on-6 is not always a better option than All-on-X. Patients who don’t have enough bone strength to withstand the pressure All-on-6 or a higher number of dental implants will likely benefit more from a smaller number of implants.
Similarities Between All-on-X Dental Implants
- All dental implant procedures involve the surgical placement of dental implants into the jawbone.
- Both are effective solutions for people who are missing a significant number of teeth.
- Both work with permanent or removable dentures.
- Both are effective solutions to support the jaw’s bone structure following the loss of teeth.
- The procedures for All-on-X dental implants take several hours.
- All implant options are performed under general anesthesia, which can be beneficial to patients who are nervous about dental procedures.
Differences Between All-on-X Dental Implant Types
- The most obvious difference is the number of implants put into the jawbone. The All-on-6 uses a total of six implants, which may provide additional jaw strength for some patients.
- Because there are more implants, All-on-6 dental implants are more expensive than smaller All-on-X implants. Inversely, All-on-X implants consisting of more than 6 implants can cost more.
- The different procedures will typically be installed at different angles in order to best support the teeth and jaw with the number of implants being utilized.
Benefits of Dental Implants
In addition to looking fantastic, dental implants offer a variety of benefits to patients. They provide a high-tech framework that mimics the natural tooth root structure within the jawbone, and as a result, looks, feels, and functions like a real tooth. Additional benefits include:
- Full chewing power. Unlike dentures, dental implants are embedded in the jaw, and many patients can’t tell a difference between natural and implanted teeth. Being able to eat, brush, and floss normally often allows patients to adjust to implants more quickly than dentures.
- Prevent bone loss. In areas where there is no tooth, the jaw bone can deteriorate. In fact, if an implant isn’t placed, the jawbone can lose about 25% of its volume within the first year. This loss can continue year over year, and even be accelerated by dentures.
- Keep existing teeth stable. Gaps from missing teeth can cause remaining teeth to shift and move. This can affect your smile, your bite, and even your ability to chew properly.
- They last. When properly cared for, dental implants can literally last a lifetime.
- Dental implants can help prevent premature aging. Facial sagging can be a side effect of bone loss. The lower portion of the face can start to collapse, shortening the distance between the nose and chin. This can result in an increase in wrinkles, thinning lips, and a smaller jawline, making the patient appear older than they actually are.
Which Dental Implant Type is Best For Me?
There are many reasons why the two procedure options are offered. There is no best option, and the dental implant treatment plan and final results vary from patient to patient as a result. The only way to know which option is ultimately best for you is to consult with an experienced dental implant specialist, like the team here at Art of Dentistry.
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