How Many Dental Implants for All on 4 Dentures

All on 4 denturesThere are two major factors that will affect the number of dental implants one will need for denture. First, the density and the condition of the jawbone will have an effect on the quantity of implants that our dental surgeons will place in the jaw.

The second factor that will influence the quantity of dental implants is whether one wishes to have a conventional acrylic denture or use an all porcelain denture instead. The porcelain fixed bridge is an alternative to the acrylic denture. It is more expensive because of larger number of implants required, as well as the material used in and higher number of hours required for fabrication of this type of denture.

Esthetically, however, the porcelain bridge looks more natural. Moreover, this type of dentures is also more comfortable than the acrylic one. While our Acrylic Denture Packages with our dentists in Costa Rica start at $11,999, MedVacation’s all inclusive denture package for porcelain bridge is priced at around $16,000. A comparable porcelain denture in the United States will cost over $30,000.

The cost of All on 4 upper or bottom denture package is $11,999. The patient may need only two or three dental implants for denture, if the jawbone is in a good condition.

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Advantages and Limitations of Mini Dental Implants

Mini Dental Implants in Costa Rica

Mini dental implants have several advantages. First, mini implants can be loaded immediately. Because of that, you may only need one trip to your dentist’s office. Placing mini implants is a less traumatic procedure. Unlike regular implant that typically requires a surgery, a mini implant requires a less invasive procedure. Consequently, the implant site heals much faster. Second, mini implants are less expensive than traditional implants. The cost of mini implant is generally one third of a regular rootform implant.

Mini implants also have limitations. First, mini implants cannot be placed in the jaw where there is bone loss or not enough vertical bone. If the patient has been without teeth for a long time, there may be bone loss that will preclude our dental surgeons from using mini implants. In other words, there may not be enough bone to support your mini implants.

Second, some patients may not have enough vertical bone because of the proximity of the maxillary sinuses or the mandibular canal. The sinuses may be quite large in some people, and they may extend too far forward to allow placement of mini implants. The mandibular canal contains the nerves which supplies feeling to the lower teeth and lips. Improperly placed mini implants may cause permanent damage to the nerves.

Third, mini implants typically cannot be placed at the extraction site, if your dentist needs to extract your teeth immediately before placing your implant(s).

Finally, the force exerted by daily biting, chewing and teeth grinding may increase failure rate of mini implants and make standard dental implant a better option.