This option is very popular because it is a permanent solution to replace all teeth in an entire arch. The bridge is screwed onto 6 implants and is very strong and stable. This option is slightly smaller in size than the Hybrid Denture because of its strength. It however will still slightly overlap the ridge to help keep its strength and cosmetic appearance. Because of how it is attached to the implants it can only be removed in a dental office.. This option also requires proper bone reduction and tissue preparation and therefore the surgical procedure needs to be planned in advance in order to do proper and adequate bone reduction to accommodate the space needed for the materials.
Benefits of All-On-6:
This option is very similar to the Hybrid Denture process and can be confusing depending on the situation, but we will simplify it as best we can. People who are already missing their teeth have the easiest process to go through. We take impressions and make a denture guide for the implants to help guide the placement of the implants. This takes a couple of weeks to make, but then we place the implants and can usually attach the denture to the implants and it is able to be used as a provisional prosthesis. The rule of thumb for provisionals is Spoon, Fork, Knife. Food to be eaten with the prosthesis for the first month should be able to be eaten with a spoon. The second month food can be eaten with a fork then the third month foods that can be cut with a knife. Not all people can have this provisional attached at time of surgery based on different scenarios of bone structure, bone angle, and bone strength. The final prosthesis will be made after 3-4 months of healing.
For people who need their teeth extracted and will be needing a prosthesis we will take an impression for their healing denture which will also act as an implant guide. After the surgery when possible the denture will be attached to the implants and be used as a provisional as described above. These patients have a slightly smaller chance of having their dentures attached depending on the surgery and bone structure. The entire process from start to finish can take between 4-8 months for the final prosthesis to be attached depending on each situation. This is something that will be determined before or at the time of surgery.
This option includes the surgical placement of the implants, the Zirconia Bridge, the extractions and most bone grafting procedures needed.