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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. Also know as All-On-4® 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.
All-On-4 full implant bridges start from $21,000 per arch, or a full set of teeth for $40,000.
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 for an upper implant-retained denture on four dental implants.
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 only use TGA-approved dental implant systems. The dental implant system you choose influences overall treatment costs, as each system component is priced differently.
We offer dental implant packages using two well-known implant systems and share comparable success rates amongst patients:
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.
Perth Dental Implant Centre is proud to be recognised as an All-On-4® Centre of Excellence by Nobel BioCare, home of the All-On-4® treatment concept. One of a handful of All-On-4® Centres of Excellence across Australia, this designation demonstrates our surgical experience and completed training in All-On-4® techniques using genuine Nobel BioCare dental implants.
Dr Norcross has completed clinical residencies at Malo Clinic in Melbourne and Portugal learning advanced All-On-4® techniques to restore smile within 5 days of surgery. All-On-4® dental implants are currently the #1 recognised brand world-wide.
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.
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 between dentists. Each dentist has their own method for placing full mouth dental implants and can largely depend on their access to the right lab technology. 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 reinforced with a precision-milled titanium frame that is perfectly fitted and attached to your first set of teeth.
At Perth Dental Implant Centre, we place an acrylic bridge that has been reinforced with a milled titanium bar within five days of 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 choosing a dentist to place your implants, confirm what your implant bridge will be made of and how long it is intended to last before needing a replacement. Choosing an immediate final bridge that’s been reinforced with titanium instead of a plain acrylic bridge can save you the cost of replacing teeth within the first 3 to 6 months of surgery.
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. The bridge is also reinforced with a milled titanium frame.
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. The bridge is also reinforced with a milled titanium frame.
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. Four weeks 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. Every six month thereafter, you’ll attend a check-up and professional clean and polish.
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. Call 1300 108 133 to book at our Kelmscott or East Vic Park clinic.
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.
The cost of full mouth dental implants using the All-on-4® protocol in Perth starts from $21,000* per arch or $40,000* for both arches. This includes:
*Anaesthetist and hospital fees vary and are not included in this price.
To determine your suitability for treatment, a 3D bone scan is done during your consultation to confirm there is enough jaw bone to support dental implants. A treatment consultation costs $65, a 3D bone scan costs $205.
All-On-4® costs vary because of several factors including the skill, training and experience of the dentist placing your implants; and person designing 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 full mouth 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 teeth replacement options and materials to suit your aesthetic and financial needs. Replacement teeth materials have different strengths, durability, aesthetic features and longevity.
4. Type and quality of dental implants
Perth Dental Implant Centre can place any implant system you choose. However, for full arch replacement we offer pricing packages using two high quality implant systems: MIS Implants and Nobel BioCare.
5. Treatment plan inclusions
All treatment plans include clinical radiographs, follow-up appointments and a check-up of your new teeth four weeks after treatment. If you choose to upgrade your teeth after 3 to 6 months of your mouth healing post-surgery, we’ll include this item in your treatment plan.
All-On-4® refers to a surgical protocol and dental implant system were developed by Nobel BioCare as a convenient and cost-effective alternative for replacing a whole arch of teeth with fewer implants, instead of using an implant per tooth.
The technique involves placing two implants in the front of the mouth and two implants at the back of the mouth at a 45 degree angle to avoid the sinuses and nerves, and reduce or avoid the need for a bone grafting procedure.
As pioneers of this advanced surgical technique, Nobel BioCare owns the All-On-4® protocol and the Swiss-made dental implants specifically designed for it.
Perth Dental Implant Centre only uses TGA-approved dental implant systems and offers implant pricing packages to replace one tooth, several teeth and a full arch of teeth.
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.