Posted on: 23 August 2019
Are you missing all your teeth and have been looking into dental implants? If so, you may be surprised to find out how expensive they can be. Thankfully, you don't need an implant for each tooth that you are missing. Here are some affordable dental implant options that only require a few implants that are placed in just the right spot.
Two Implant-Supported Dentures
You can actually have a full set of teeth attached to your top or bottom jaw by using only two implants. The implant will be located near the front of your mouth, which allows the full set of teeth to be snapped right on to them. You will save money by only needing two implants placed in each jawbone, which significantly cuts down on the surgical procedure.
The full set of fake teeth will rest on your gums, but since they are only supported by two implants, some people find them to be uncomfortable. Only having two points that stimulate the jawbone can also lead to other parts receding and shrinking due to a lack of support. It can also cause your gums to become sore
Four Implant-Supported Dentures
The next progression of implant-supported dentures will be using four implants to support the fake teeth. You'll find that the additional two anchor points give the dentures much more support. This is great for people that have a harder bite since there are two additional support points in the rear of your mouth where you do most of your chewing.
This variation of the supported denture also gives your jaw more stimulation. Those four implants are going to be evenly distributed so that it puts the pressure across the jawbone in an even way.
Six Implant-Supported Dentures
The advantage of using six implants to support the dentures is that you can add more molars near the rear. While dentures supported with fewer implants may look great, you may have problems chewing food with parts of your mouth where your teeth once were.
Your dentist will determine which type of implant-supported dentures will work best for you. They'll take scans of your jawbone and see if it has enough density to support two, four, or six implants. It's also possible to use a different procedure for your top and bottom jaw, which depends on the current condition of your jawbone.
Reach out to your dentist for more information about using fewer implants to save money.Share