Although Renew Anchored Dentures only performs full-mouth restorations (implant anchored dentures), we often get questions about the difference between our procedure and single dental implant procedures. We also get asked about the cost of dental implants compared to the cost of dentures and implant-anchored dentures.
Dental implants are “medical devices” implanted into living tissue. This living tissue also is home to nerves, blood vessels and sinuses. The placement of dental implants is both art and science. Dental implants are prescribed when someone has a missing tooth or a tooth is failing / terminal. To be clear, Renew does not perform single tooth implant procedures; we provide upper and lower dentures anchored by four implants in both arches.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jawbone, acting as the tooth root. Essentially, a dental implant is a metal post that replaces the root portion of a missing tooth. All titanium implants used in the United States have to meet the same FDA requirements. An artificial tooth (crown) is placed on an extension of the post (abutment) on the dental implant, giving you the look of a real tooth.” (Source)
The surrounding bone heals around the titanium screw creating a strong bond. The process of healing is called osseointegration, the direct attachment or connection between the titanium screw and the jaw bone. Osseointegration typically takes 2- 6 months.
Because the implant osseointegrates with the bone, it also holds the bone in place- preventing bone loss. Often times, people with missing or failing teeth choose fixed-bridge dental procedures. A bridge, created from two or more crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap, secures a false tooth in between. Unfortunately, a fixed bridge often results in bone shrinkage due to the lack of a rooted implant in that area.
Single tooth dental implant treatments range from $1,500 to north of $5,000, if bone grafting is required.
How successful are dental implants? Dental implants are largely regarded as the gold standard for replacing missing teeth due to the way they replicate natural tooth roots which helps preserve the jawbone and gum tissue. Dental implants traditionally have a very high success rate. Documented research and clinical studies indicate success rates of over 95%* — the highest of any tooth-replacement option. (Source: ADA)
Implant Anchored Dentures
Implant-anchored dentures are an alternative for people with many missing or failing teeth or are completely edentulous (no teeth) and wearing traditional dentures. Distinct from single tooth implants, implant-anchored dentures require four titanium posts spaced out across the upper or lower arch. 3D Digital Imaging is used to determine the exact locations of bone, nerves and sinuses, to ensure the best possible placement of the implants and their long-term effectiveness. Doctors surgically place four dental implants into the jaw bone. An abutment is placed on top and a custom denture snaps onto the implant creating a strong, secure smile. Patients go home that same day with a healing set of secure dentures until the implants are completely osseointegrated. Patients are then fitted with their final denture.
Once the implant is surgically placed, an abutment / ball attachment is secured on the implant. This abutment connects to a single tooth (crown), or for those with several missing or failing teeth this abutment snaps onto a denture. The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function, stability and comfort.
How do I care for dental implants with anchored dentures?
Clinical research indicates that implant-supported replacement teeth can last a lifetime. By comparison, typical tooth-supported bridges can last only 5 to 10 years, and partials and dentures are functional for about five years. Caring for your new smile in the long term is just as easy as caring for natural teeth. After removing the anchored dentures, you will need to brush them daily with a soft toothbrush and mild toothpaste. We suggest brushing around the implants in your mouth after removing your dentures, at least once daily. It is also highly recommended that new smile recipients schedule an office visit twice per year to have implants and dentures cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist.
The cost of implant-anchored dentures varies considerably, according to geographical location, the dentist, and type of dentures. Patients who come to Renew Anchored Dentures can expect to have a treatment plan that takes their unique dental situation into account. Because every case is unique, full-mouth restoration costs (related to anchored dentures) vary from patient to patient but are much more affordable when compared to a mouthful of single implants.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone at any age who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. If you are missing even one tooth there could be a systemic problem. Your teeth could be failing, and a loose tooth is an indicator of a problem. Your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive a dental implant. Our doctors have treated patients in young adulthood up into their 90’s. “Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery. Patients with these issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using tobacco can also slow healing.” (Source)
Dental implants have been helping patients restore the function and appearance of missing teeth for over 40 years. Dental implant supported dentures can function properly for the rest of your life when proper oral hygiene is followed and regular dental check-ups are maintained.
If you are interested in dental implants talk to a Renew doctor to see if you are a candidate. Call Renew today to schedule your Free Consultation and to talk to our highly trained doctors to see if dental implants are an option for you.