A primary concern for patients when considering any major dental treatment is cost, especially for full-mouth dental implants. However, our patients have been surprised to see how affordable full-mouth and full-arch dental implants pricing can be through our office. This procedure can completely replace a row of upper teeth or lower teeth, or both.
What Are Full Mouth Dental Implants? What Are They Used For?
Full-mouth dental implants (also known as 4-on-1 full arch, full-arch, and teeth-in-a-day) refer to when patients replace an entire row of teeth at once. After the procedure is finished and healing is complete, patients can have one or two rows of fully functioning, highly durable dental implants. Patients can choose to have this procedure on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or on both.
There are several reasons a patient may be looking for full-mouth dental implants. The reasons could be due to traumatic injury, congenital issues, or simply due to poor health or oral disease and infections. Full-mouth dental implants will restore natural, normal function to the mouth, allowing for a return to a normal diet without interference with natural speech. Furthermore, full-mouth dental implants are very aesthetically pleasing and will deliver an attractive smile.
How Much Do Full Mouth Dental Implants Cost?
The price of full-mouth dental implants will vary. Below, we’ll break down the typical cost of different kinds of dental implants, and the best way to get full-mouth dental implants at the most cost-effective price.
Single Tooth Implant
Single-tooth implants cost between $3,000 – $6,000/tooth. This may be a good choice if only a single tooth needs to be replaced, and all other teeth are in healthy condition. However, if you need an entire mouthful of teeth replaced, using single tooth implants is cost prohibitive. Since patients are often looking to resolve multiple missing teeth or whole rows of teeth, full-mouth dental implants are often less-expensive per tooth. Replacing each natural tooth with a single dental implant is not only impractical but also far too expensive to justify.
Multiple Tooth Implant
The price of a multiple tooth implant (which is two implants replacing several teeth) will vary depending on how many teeth are being replaced. In general, patients can expect to pay $8,000 – $30,000 per multiple tooth implant. Again, this cost is not an option for most patients looking to get full-mouth dental implants.
Full Mouth Implants
Full-mouth implants will vary based on many factors, which we will explain below. Usually, full-mouth implants are all-on-X procedures, where instead of having an implant for each tooth, an entire row of teeth is supported by a few implants. The most common procedure of this type is the 4-on-1 full arch procedure, where an entire row of teeth is supported by four dental implants. The treatment protocol is also called “teeth in a day” because the temporary bridge teeth are screwed in on the same day of surgery.
4-on-1 Full Arch dental implants have a national average price of $25,000 – $40,000 per row. Our office offers 4-on-1 full arch dental implants at $14,950 total per row or per upper or lower jaw, which is an all-inclusive price that is backed by our Lowest Price Guarantee and Lifetime Warranty. This price includes treatment with IV sedation anesthesia, and the surgical procedure is performed by a certified oral surgeon, not a regular dentist.
Factors That Can Affect the Final Price of Full Mouth Dental Implants
While our price is an all-inclusive price, other offices may upcharge based on materials used and specific procedures followed. These are often hidden from patients at the beginning. Here are some of the most common factors that alter the end price of full-mouth dental implants:
Some offices will advertise a price for full-mouth dental implants, but only include low-grade materials in that advertised pricing. Since dental implants are meant to be permanent, it’s important to make sure they are made out of durable, long-lasting material, like zirconia. Most offices will charge a premium for zirconia dental implants (which is included in our $14,950/arch pricing). At America’s First Dental Implant Centers, we only use premium materials accepted by the FDA (please call 866-974-1796 to learn more about the materials we use).
Other offices don’t include certain procedural appointments, tests, or exams in the advertised price of full-mouth dental implants. This may include scans required to map the jaw so implant screws can be properly placed, the price of anesthesia for the initial surgery, or follow-up appointments.
Advantages Over Other Dental Implant Options
If you have many missing or damaged teeth, full-mouth dental implants have significant advantages over other dental implant options. Procedures like 4-on-1 full arch dental implants only use four dental implant screws, so they are not only more cost effective, but they are also less invasive and easier to recover from than getting multiple individual dental implants.
Safety and ease of recovery are major considerations, especially if you have other medical or health problems. It’s always best and safest to make the surgery efficient rather than drawn-out as to eliminate unnecessary stress on your body. Our oral surgeons have extensive experience conducting efficient oral surgeries while patients are under IV sedation.
How Long Do Full Mouth Dental Implants Last?
As with all dental implants, full-mouth dental implants are meant to last a lifetime. As long as they were properly placed, and patients follow standard oral hygiene (like brushing and flossing your teeth) and in-office cleanings and maintenance, full-mouth dental implants are permanent. It’s important to choose an oral surgeon for full-mouth dental implants and to follow their instructions in how to best maintain full mouth dental implants after the procedure.
How to Maintain Full Mouth Dental Implants
Maintaining full-mouth dental implants is usually straightforward and simple, just like natural teeth. Patients should brush, floss, and use a mouth rinse every day, and they should be sure to visit a dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. Patients should also avoid excessive alcohol use and should avoid smoking tobacco or other substances, since these habits could jeopardize the health of dental implants. Additionally, other medical problems like diabetes and autoimmune disorders should be regularly monitored under the supervision of a physician.
The majority of dental implant failures occur because of placement problems or the patient failing to adhere to proper oral hygiene practices and post operative instructions after the surgery. The former can be minimized by choosing an oral surgeon who has experience placing dental implants and 4-on-1 full arch full-mouth dental implants on a regular basis. The experience and expertise from oral surgeons have a large impact on successful outcomes.
1. How many implants are needed for a full set of teeth?
Patients typically need four implants per row of teeth, so to replace both rows (both upper and lower jaw) of teeth, eight implants are needed. This is done with 4-on-1 full arch dental implants, which is the most common, and most effective, way to replace a full row of teeth. Four implant screws act as anchors for the prosthetic teeth, allow for a secure fit and bite for patients. Occasionally, six implants are placed if adequate bone is available and someone has a very strong bite or constantly grinds their teeth, which results in heavier forces being applied to the implants.
4-on-1 Full Arch dental implants look and feel and function like natural teeth. Patients who get 4-on-1 full arch implants won’t have to worry about dietary restrictions, and they only need to follow basic hygiene habits to keep them properly maintained.