Dental implants or dentures? Why not both?

man ready for his dental implantsPeople who are faced with losing all their teeth, have a choice in the 21st century. Dentures are not the only way to replace a full arch of lost teeth. In Hampshire, dental implants can replace them too. Often the deciding factor in making the choice is money. Although the cost of dental implants has come down as improvements in techniques and implant design has advanced, it still costs about £2,500 per implant.

However, with dental implants in Hampshire there are a couple of ways to reduce the cost of replacing all one’s teeth with dental implants, and both are available from dentists such as Dental Implants Hampshire. Let’s take a look at these 2 techniques now:

All-on-4

This brilliant dental implant technique has evolved over time, pioneered by such people as Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo. It involves supporting a full arch of teeth on between 4 and 6 carefully angled dental implants. It can be used for people whose bone density has been reduced through tooth loss, and avoids the need for bone grafts by positioning the implants in areas of the jaw with greater bone density. The implants hold a bridge of about 12 teeth. Usually more implants are needed in the upper jaw, to counter the effect of gravity. People can usually leave the clinic with their new teeth in place instead of having to wait for osseointegration to take place.

Denture stabilisation

This treatment works slightly differently. Two or more mini implants are inserted directly through the gum into the bone below. They then have snap-on ball or bar attachments inserted into their abutments. The dentures then snap on to the implants. Patients can choose between having their current dentures customised to fit onto the implants, or getting a whole new set of dentures. This treatment is often quicker than getting normal implants because there is no need to open up the gum before inserting the implants. The cost is a great compromise, although the mini-implants may need to be replaced after 10–15 years. This is a great treatment for people who have been struggling with ill-fitting dentures, or for those who cannot afford to go the whole hog with dental implants in Hampshire.

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