There are a few different ways of dealing with total tooth loss and restoring your smile. The main options are:
- -Implant Anchored Dentures
- -Fixed Bridgework
If you are about to, or have lost all of your teeth, then dentures are in your future. It’s not anything we like to think about, but luckily there are a few ways you can get your smile back. In the UK, a full set of dentures costs around £200 when supplied by the NHS, but you will need to replace them every 5-7 years. In addition, many people experience a number of drawbacks when using traditional dentures, such as:
- Initial difficulties with speech.
- Poor fit and discomfort. Standard dentures won’t fit everybody, and because the gum changes over time this causes irritation.
- Developing sores and ulcers from time to time.
- One or both dentures moving around while talking, laughing or eating. This causes discomfort, embarrassment and irritation.
- Some foods are off limits. Dentures can’t cope with foods that are too hard, sticky or chewy, as chewing with a denture is only about 25% as efficient as your real teeth.
- Reduction of taste. This is because the upper denture will often cover the palate, and this can reduce your ability to taste foods.
- Daily removal of the denture for cleaning.
Alternatives to traditional dentures
There are two main alternative options when looking to move away from a traditional ‘stick in’ denture to restore the full mouth.
Implant Anchored Dentures
A lot of the issues that have been highlighted above can be repaired by via a simple procedure known as Implant Anchored Dentures. For this, we create four dental implants and fix them into the jawbone. These implants are then used to hold the denture in place in the gum. This is a great and cost effective way of overcoming a lot of the common problems people encounter when wearing dentures.
The drawback of this procedure is that the dentures are quite obviously dentures, and will not look like genuine teeth. They will also require removal for cleaning, and will need some small annual maintenance work.
In order to achieve the most efficient and natural looking full mouth restoration it is necessary to make and fit two complete bridges. These comprise of 14 teeth each and are held in placed by 18 dental implants. The dental bridges are then cemented to the implants. They look natural, feel comfortable, and don’t need removing for cleaning or maintenance. Unlike dentures, Fixed Bridgework is permanent.
Going down this road not only gives you the opportunity to restore your teeth, but to give you the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted.
What are they made of?
At Dentist4uk we use a material called Zirconium to make you beautiful new crowns that blend perfectly into your natural teeth. You won’t be able to tell the difference between the real and the artificial teeth, even if you examine them close up! Zirconium is also much harder than natural teeth, so it will last a lifetime.
How much will a Full Mouth Reconstruction cost?
If you’re happy with a simple denture solution then the cost is easy to predict, but if you would prefer Implant Anchored Dentures or Fixed Bridgework then the costs can vary. This is due to a number of factors that we can’t predict, mainly the condition that your jawbones are in.
In some cases, where there has been bone loss as well as tooth loss, you may need to augment the remaining bone in order to stimulate the growth of new bone, Having Dental Augmentation will add to your dental costs, but different people will need different levels of treatment, so there is no way to predict the exact cost.
Request a personal quotation.
We are always happy to provide a personal estimate based on your existing dental status. In order to do this we need to see a panoramic x-ray or a CT scan. You can visit our dental clinic in London for a consultation to establish this, or you can email a copy of your own panoramic x-ray to us at firstname.lastname@example.org