The root cause behind the need for the extraction of all teeth is primarily a chronic disease of the parodontium. It is a frequent problem, unfortunately, but the up side of the matter is that we can offer more than a removable full denture when finding a solution to the issue. A removable denture can be made much more stable with the use of dental implants as anchors. Lower prostheses are more problematic but they can be strengthened with two implants and can be perfectly used for mastication. It is important to note that bone grafting is unnecessary in most cases – we only need a good plan and a CT scan. Thanks to a patent-like contact, the prosthesis is stable enough for eating and speaking without adhesion and its cleaning is very easy.
Tip: even an existing and non-functioning full prosthesis can be rebuilt in a way that the part connecting to the implants is built into the denture, thus facilitating its proper, immediate use.
Even an entire prosthesis can be eliminated by increasing the number of implants and using a screw-on bridge. This is a fixed substitution that never has to be removed, it has the highest level of comfort and approximates the feel of own teeth the most. The greatest stability of the bridge can be guaranteed by 8 implants below and 10 above that can be topped by 14 beautiful crowns.
There is another excellent solution for rebuilding fixed teeth, the so-called All-On 4 technique. As prompted by its name, even 4 implants can be sufficient but the final bridge will only have 12 crowns. By using slanting implants in the back of the mouth and avoiding important anatomical structures, no bone grafting is needed thus treatment cost is much lower. All-On 4 will not, however, offer a solution to everybody: important criteria need to be met that can be decided upon by a CT scan. All-On 4 can be a great solution in cases when back teeth have been missing for a long while thus excluding the option of implants and the patient would not be happy with a removable denture.
Tip: substitution of lost teeth is very important. An implant can perform its task very well in the long run both as a supplement to traditional methods or in itself.