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Full mouth dental implants are the most natural-looking and functioning solution for missing, decayed or badly damaged teeth.
Full mouth dental implants support a new set of upper or lower teeth using just four to six dental implants. They’re the closest thing to natural teeth, providing superior durability, functionality and aesthetics.
At Perth Dental Implant Centre, our highly accredited and experienced dentist Dr David Norcross, can restore your smile with full mouth dental implants. To discuss your tooth replacement options, book a consultation at your nearest clinic in Kelmscott or East Victoria Park.
A full mouth bridge is a full arch of teeth fixed on to dental implants. A bridge can replace all missing teeth in your upper or lower jaw fixed on just four dental implants, or up to six implants if you have soft jaw bone.
Unlike an implant-retained denture, full mouth implant bridges are secured to the jaw bone and can only be removed by a dentist.
In earlier times, a dental implant would be placed on each crown and involve extensive and costly surgery with long treatment and recovery times. With modern advances in dental technology and techniques, an entire arch of teeth in the upper or lower jaw can now be replaced using just four to six implants.
Receiving dental implants is a surgical procedure that involves general surgical risks. Treatment and maintenance costs for dental implants are higher than costs associated with dentures. However, there are plenty of benefits to choosing full mouth dental implants over full dentures, including:
Once dental implants are placed, they can usually last a very long time as long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine. A full mouth implant bridge requires ongoing cleaning and maintenance including six-monthly check-ups, possible repairs or even replacement teeth after a number of years if they become damaged or discoloured.
Full implant bridges start from $18,000 per arch, or a full set of teeth for $34,000.
For a healthy patient, full mouth dental implants are generally the preferred solution to replacing all missing teeth.
However, implant-retained dentures can also be a suitable treatment option. Here’s how they compare:
*This option is to convert an existing lower denture into an implant-retained lower denture. A brand new implant-retained lower denture costs from $10,000.
Compare the pros and cons to each treatment option in our blog Dentures vs Implant-Retained Dentures vs Full Mouth Implant Bridges.
At Perth Dental Implant Centre, we can place any TGA-approved dental implant system that a patient chooses. The dental implant system you choose influences overall treatment costs, as each system component is priced differently.
We offer full mouth dental implant packages using two well-known implant systems that are TGA-approved and share comparable success rates amongst patients:
Dr David Norcross has adapted his surgical techniques to be able to provide implant treatment using either implant system, restoring all missing teeth within five days of surgery. Both systems use high-grade titanium dental implants and abutments attached to a bridge. View our implant package options.
All-on-4® is a technique developed by Professor Paulo Malo for Nobel BioCare, a swiss dental implant company. The term All-On-4® refers to a full set of teeth attached to four dental implants, and both the protocol and the dental implants themselves are registered trademarks of Nobel BioCare.
The protocol involves placing dental implants in a way that can avoid or reduce the need for a bone grafting procedure. New teeth can be attached within days following surgery, providing a quick solution to replacing all missing teeth.
During surgery, two dental implants are placed at the front of the mouth and two dental implants at the back of the mouth at a 45 degree angle, carefully avoiding nerves and sinuses. A titanium-reinforced acrylic bridge is tried on two days after surgery and then fitted on the fifth day, restoring the smile quickly and efficiently.
Dr Norcross has spent time learning the All-On-4® protocol at the Malo Clinic in Melbourne and offers a number of implant package options for patients to choose from. All-On-4® dental implants are a well-recognised brand amongst patients and for this reason, they tend to cost more than other dental implant systems.
Want to learn more about it? Read our blog What is All-On-4®.
MIS Implants is a highly reputable dental implant company that was founded in 1995 and quickly grew a strong presence in the value segment for dental implants. MIS now has a presence in over 65 countries including Australia and in 2016, they were acquired by Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technology.
Dr Norcross is a lecturer and mentor for MIS Implants and the Dental Implantology Academy (DIA), the largest private dental training institution in Australasia.
Perth Dental Implant Centre’s long-standing relationship with MIS Implants combined with the high volume of implants placed each year has given way to lower costs. This has allowed our clinic to pass savings onto our patients without compromising on treatment quality.
Tooth material is a major factor in treatment cost when it comes to full mouth dental implants, and is one of the reasons that prices can vary so much. At Perth Dental Implant Centre, we offer a number of bridge material options that differ in durability, strength and aesthetics.
Dental implant posts and abutments are made from high-grade titanium, while tooth bridges are made up of one of three combinations of material:
Acrylic, zirconia and porcelain each have unique qualities that make them appealing choices for full mouth implant bridges.
Titanium is an extremely strong, durable and biocompatible material that has been safely and successfully used for dental implants since 1965. Full mouth implant bridges at Perth Dental Implant Centre are made using a precision-milled titanium frame that is perfectly fitted and attached to teeth.
An acrylic bridge is reinforced by a milled titanium frame and placed on to dental implants immediately after implant surgery. It is sometimes referred to as an immediate final bridge and is strong enough to last between 2 and 5 years or more, before needing to be replaced. When it’s time to replace your teeth, you can choose from a new acrylic bridge or upgrade to zirconia bridge which can last between 5 to 15 years.
Monolithic zirconia is a much stronger, more durable and natural-looking material than acrylic. A zirconia bridge is milled from a single block (monolithic) of zirconia offering added strength and will resist staining from food and drinks. While more expensive than acrylic, a zirconia bridge generally requires less maintenance and will typically last between 10 and 15 years.
A “layered” zirconia bridge is where porcelain is layered over the top of zirconia teeth. This option offers the most natural appearance because of its ability to mimic the translucent quality of real teeth.
Our highly qualified team is dedicated to providing you with quality implant care and will be with you through every stage of your treatment.
We begin with a consultation to discuss your treatment goals and process, and then follow with a comprehensive examination. In your examination, we take clinical photographs, x-rays, a 3D cone beam scan and digital impressions of your mouth. These records allow us to determine your suitability for treatment. You’ll also decide on the shade of your new teeth during this stage.
On the day of surgery, Dr Norcross begins by removing any unwanted teeth before carefully placing the dental implants into the jawbone. If bone grafting is needed to support your implant bridge, it will be done during surgery. Special abutments attach to the implants and the gums are sealed with stitches. Impressions are taken to mark the position of the implants for making a bridge. Finally healing caps are placed over the implants.
After a couple of days, you’re able to try on your bridge. This is where we check your bite, aesthetics and make a record of any adjustments for the lab technician to finalise your bridge.
Five days after surgery, your bridge is fitted and your mouth is left to heal around the dental implants, which usually takes between three and six months. In this appointment you’ll be shown how to clean your new teeth.
We like to give our patients the best possible start to long-term implant health. Six months after your bridge has been fitted, you’ll attend a review appointment. During this appointment, Dr Norcross checks your implants, bridge and general oral health, answers any questions you may have, and provides you with a professional clean and polish of your implant bridge.
In the week after receiving your dental implants, your jaw bone begins to soften around the implants as your mouth begins to heal. An acrylic bridge is reinforced with a milled titanium frame and attached to dental implants during this initial process. As your mouth continues to heal, the bridge is adjusted.
A titanium-reinforced acrylic bridge may last between two and five years on average before needing to be replaced. When your implant bridge needs replacing, you can choose from three material options:
For patients with strong biting forces or grinding habits, we recommend you consider upgrading to a stronger, longer-lasting zirconia bridge. Zirconia or porcelain-layered zirconia has superior durability, strength and a translucent quality that mimics natural teeth and will usually last longer than acrylic, between 10 and 15 years on average.
If you think full mouth dental implants could be right for you, or you want to learn more about our treatment options, book an initial consultation with Dr David Norcross at your nearest Perth clinic.
Perth Dental Implant Centre operates out of two clinics, Kelmscott Dental and EVP Dental. To book a consultation in Kelmscott, please call (08) 9495 7999 or call (08) 9470 3944 for East Victoria Park.
Titanium dental implants have a very high success rate and can last a very long time with careful planning, precision surgery and ongoing follow-up care. The experience of the dentist placing your implants and teeth material also influences treatment longevity.
A zirconia bridge may need to be replaced after 5 to 15 years, while a titanium-reinforced acrylic bridge may last between 2 to 5 years before needing to be replaced. However, it’s possible for both acrylic and zirconia bridges to last longer than these averages. You can help your bridge and implants to last longer by following good oral hygiene.
Dental implant prices for full mouth implants are determined by the type of implants and bridge you choose, whether you’re having any extractions, sedation, bone grafting, a sinus lift and other factors. Full mouth dental implant costs at Perth Dental Implant Centre start from $18,000 per jaw or $34,000 for both lower and upper jaws using MIS implants, or from $20,000 per jaw or $38,000 for both using Nobel Biocare dental implants.
Full mouth implant bridge costs vary due to several factors including the skill, training and experience of the dentist placing your implants; and professionaldesigning your new teeth; the quality of teeth and dental implants; and treatment plan inclusions.
1. Skill, training and experience of the dentist
Head dentist, Dr David Norcross has dedicated his career to restoring smiles using dental implants, and has completed a number of advanced courses in implant and restorative dentistry.
2. Skill, training and experience of the dental technician
All of our implant bridges are custom-designed by highly experienced dental technicians. Perth Dental Implant Centre uses both local and interstate labs to design full mouth bridges that are high in quality, durability and aesthetics that complement your face, age and personality.
3. The type and quality of replacement teeth
Our dental implant packages offer a number of tooth material options to suit your aesthetic and financial needs. Replacement teeth materials have different strengths, aesthetic features and longevity.
4. Type and quality of dental implants
Perth Dental Implant Centre can place any implant system you choose. However, we offer pricing packages using two high quality implant systems: MIS Implants and All-On-4® (Nobel BioCare).
5. Treatment plan inclusions
All treatment plans include follow-up appointments and a check-up of your new bridge six months after treatment. If you choose to upgrade to a longer-lasting zirconia bridge after 3 to 6 months of your mouth healing post-surgery, we’ll include this item in the treatment plan.
At Perth Dental Implant Centre, we can place any implant system that has been approved for use by the TGA. Our implant pricing packages feature two implant systems:
1. MIS Implants
MIS is a highly reputable implant company that has a global presence in over 65 countries including Australia. In 2016, MIS was acquired by the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technology, Dentsply Sirona. Dr Norcross is a lecturer and mentor for MIS Implants and the Dental Implantology Academy (DIA), the largest private dental training institution in Australasia.
2. Nobel BioCare (All-On-4®)
Nobel BioCare is a Swiss implant company which funded studies by Professor Paulo Malo who subsequently developed the first All-On-4® technique. This technique refers to a full set of teeth attached to four dental implants. With greater advances in dental technology over the past 20 years, many dentists have successfully adapted upon this technique using a number of implant systems.
All-On-4® dental implants were first developed by Nobel BioCare as a more convenient and cost-effective alternative for replacing a whole arch of teeth with fewer implants, instead of using an implant per tooth. This technique has since been adapted and developed upon by many dentists globally, using a number of dental implant systems with comparable success.
As pioneers of the technique, Nobel BioCare has a trademark on both the All-On-4® protocol and the Swiss-made implants used for it. The cost of these implant systems largely informs the price of All-On-4® treatment.
Perth Dental Implant Centre can use any TGA-approved dental implant system and offers implant pricing packages using both Nobel BioCare and MIS Implants. Both systems offer similar quality, work the same way and have comparable success rates. Full mouth implant treatment using MIS Implants cost less than treatment using Nobel BioCare’s dental implants. This is the major difference between the two brands.
Read our blog on What is All-On-4® and what are the alternatives?
Zirconia bridges are milled from solid blocks of pure zirconia, a high-quality tooth material that’s known for its strength and aesthetics. Zirconia bridges take between 2 to 4 weeks to manufacture.
In the week following dental implant surgery, the jaw bone begins to soften around the implants, starting a healing process known as osseointegration. A tooth bridge needs to be attached to implants in the first 7 days of surgery, while the bone is still rigid enough to hold it in place. This is why an acrylic bridge is placed first. Our acrylic bridges are reinforced with a titanium bar for extra strength and durability.
Once jaw bone and dental implants properly fuse together over 3 to 6 months, new impressions can be taken if you wish to upgrade to a zirconia bridge, otherwise there is no rush as your titanium-reinforced acrylic bridge can last between 2 and 5 years on average, or longer in some cases.
When it’s time to replace your bridge, you can choose from another titanium-reinforced acrylic bridge or a zirconia bridge, which may last between 10 to 15 years on average, or longer.
Dental implant surgery is normally carried out under local anaesthesia to numb the mouth, preventing any pain, however we also offer oral sedation and sleep dentistry (IV sedation) if you prefer to be sedated during surgery. Alternatively, you can undergo implant treatment under general anaesthesia at Southbank Day Surgery.
Fixed implant bridges are natural looking and are made using a combination of bridge materials. Perth Dental Implant Centres provides single tooth implants and small fixed implant bridges using the following tooth material options:
These tooth bridges attach to high-grade titanium dental implants.
Fixed implant bridges that replace all missing teeth are made of titanium-reinforced acrylic, zirconia or porcelain-layered zirconia. An acrylic bridge that’s been reinforced with titanium is also known as an immediate final bridge and is placed immediately after implant surgery. These acrylic bridges can last between 2 and 5 years before needing to be replaced.
A fixed implant bridge is a row of prosthetic teeth (known as a bridge) supported and stabilised by dental implants placed in the jaw bone. Dental implants behave like tooth roots helping to preserve jaw bone and facial structure and supporting surrounding natural teeth. A fixed implant bridge is permanently attached to your implants can only be removed by your dentist.