In the earlier days of dental implants, it was only those that were “well off” that could afford to replace their missing teeth using this type of dental treatment. Thankfully, as the world of dentistry progressed, doors open for those who needed an affordable approach so that they didn’t blow their budget.
3 on 6 Dental Implants is what paved the way for implants at more affordable prices that could suit just about anyone’s budget. They work by placing 6 implants that 3 different bridges are connected to allow for naturally appearing replacement of multiple missing teeth. It wasn’t until Dr. Randy Roberts, DDS, brought 3 on 6 Dental Implants into existence during the year 2015 that the world had a truly budget-friendly approach. A remarkable invention to say the least.
He set out to provide patients with the opportunity to eliminate the discomfort, lack of convenience, and pricey costs. Needless to say, he succeeded and many of our patients opt for 3 on 6 Dental Implants over other tooth restoration options. It helps that he targeted the need for patients to replace an entire arch on either the top or the bottom, especially since full-mouth restoration has been overlooked for quite some time while other needs were fulfilled.
Curious about what else 3 on 6 Dental Implants entail? Keep reading our dental guide to these types of implants, which will provide you with everything that you could want or need to know.
The 3 on 6 Dental Implant Procedure in Detail
When you’re undergoing a procedure as intensive as dental implant surgery, it’s natural to want to know what’s in store for you. 3 on 6 implants can be embraced in as little as 4 steps when it comes to the treatment plan that’s followed. See below.
The initial consultation to determine whether you’re a candidate.
Your dentist will take scans of your mouth to tell how much bone there is where your 3 on 6 implants are going to be placed, as well as other contributing factors. During this appointment, your dentist will confirm if this is an option for you and what can be expected during treatment.
Think of this as your introductory session. Where all of the fine details are brought to light for your surgical dentist, and all of your questions are answered. Followed up with the creation of your treatment plan to restore your smile to the level it used to be on.
Now is the time for your dental implant surgery since everything is lined out.
Once all of the finer details have been mapped out, and you have received confirmation that this is the right way to replace your missing teeth, the hard work begins. During the surgery, your dentist will drill a pilot hole into the jawbone and insert the posts (a.k.a. implants) for the bridge(s) to be attached to.
You will be given a local anesthetic during this procedure unless sedation dentistry is something that you asked your dentist to provide. Other forms of sedation can be used, such as laughing gas or IV sedation, but only with a dentist qualified to administer such sedatives.
After the healing of your implants, you can have temporary implants placed.
Usually, about 2-4 weeks later is when your temporary 3 on 6 implants will be placed, basically when your implants are fully healed from the surgery. If healing caps need to be placed, this is also when it will be done. This temporary bridge serves as the foundation for your implants as it allows you to test it out, just as you would when buying a car.
Expect your dentist to schedule a follow-up appointment for you a couple of weeks after the temporary tooth restoration has been done. This is to monitor the progress and make any necessary adjustments. The time you wear this temporary dental appliance is critical, as it gives your dentist insight into what must be done when it comes time for the permanent implants.
Once an adequate amount of time has passed, you can proceed with your final bridge.
3-6 months is a great rough estimate of how much time has to pass before placing your final 3 on 6 dental implants. Basically, it ensures you are fully healed and have adequate time to test things out before making the results permanent. From here, it’s all on you to practice good oral hygiene and attend your regular dental checkups 2 times per year to protect your implants.
How Much Do 3 on 6 Dental Implants Cost?
The price at our dental office in Houston for 3 on 6 implants is $10,000 per arch, but the national average that you’ll see most often is $15,000 per arch. This includes the procedure as a whole, with all relevant dental work being covered in this cost.
Keep in mind that your dentist may have additional charges, so it’s important to map out the numbers during your initial consultation. It’s better to do that than be left in the dark without a flashlight.
Will Insurance Cover These Types of Implants?
Some dental insurance companies have been known to cover up to 80% of the cost of 3 6 dental implants, but it is less common. Dental implants are considered a form of cosmetic dentistry that isn’t necessary to promote good health, medically speaking. Hence why a lot of insurance companies can get away without covering dental implant surgery.
Also, Medicare doesn’t cover dental implants, so you will either need a Medicare add-on policy for dental services like this or you will need to embrace another way of funding. To make sure whether you are covered for the 3 on 6 procedure, ask your dentist or insurance company for clarification.
3 on 6 Dental Implants Financing Options
Lending Club and CareCredit® continue to remain the most popular forms of financing among our patients who end up pursuing full-mouth restoration, or less extensive dental implant treatment plans consisting of fewer teeth. These are 2 lenders that specialize in funding dental and medical procedures, so the likeliness for approval is higher than lenders who don’t have experience with these kinds of loans.
You can also participate in a Dental Savings Plan (like the one we offer here at Best Dental for all of our patients). In exchange for an annual fee, you will be covered for your 2 checkups as well as receive a significant discount on any other procedures performed while you have your plan active.
Schedule Your Appointment for Your Dental Implant Consultation!
Just call our team at (281) 762-0637 or send in the form located on this page to schedule your dental implant consultation and have the chance to meet one of the most reputed dental teams in the Houston area. It’s not just us saying that either, since the opening of our office we have received numerous awards, maintained a 5-star rating on reviews by clients, and received other media coverage.
Frequently Asked Questions About 3 on 6 Dental Implants
Full mouth restoration isn’t the simplest dental procedure that we complete within our office, which means patients often come to us with a few questions beforehand. Here are the most popular ones among our patients who chose us for dental implant surgery.
Are 3 on 6 Dental Implants the best option for missing teeth?
They are the leading solution in today’s world and have proven to be worthy of the spot as a top contender when it comes to full mouth restoration procedures. Over the years of their existence, we have seen the procedure become more advanced and improve upon the quality of results it produces.
As far as the failure rate with 3 on 6 Dental Implants, what is it?
5%-10% is the rate of complications patients have with dental implants today, and it’s the rate we have to use for 3-On-6 Dental Implants until further research is conducted and documented. This is pretty low, and most failure of dental implants is simply due to poor installation which can be easily prevented by choosing a highly-skilled and knowledgeable dentist for your dental implant surgery.
Have 3 on 6 Dental Implants been proven in research studies?
Unfortunately, the dental industry takes some time to begin documenting new types of procedures, and the information currently available for 3-On-6 Dental Implants is limited due to a low number of clinical trials and research studies that have been done. However, we can say that the failure rate is minimal from what we have seen among our dental patients.
How painful is it to get 3-On-6 Dental Implants?
Not as painful as many people anticipate. That’s the simple answer, as your dentist will use either a local anesthetic or another form of sedation to ensure your comfort during the procedure. You might experience some soreness after the anesthetic wears off, but this is after the procedure. For those with dental anxiety or extreme sensitivity to pain, sedation dentistry might be worth considering.
Is it better to get dentures or implants?
By far, dental implants are much more durable, functional, and longer-lasting than dentures have proven to be. Not to mention, it embraces osseointegration which is where the bone fuses with the implant just as it would with a natural tooth. This ensures minimal (or no) bone loss and healthier gums than dentures have been able to provide patients with.
What is the lifespan of 3 on 6 Dental Implants?
In most cases, we see a lifespan of 15-20 years, if not a lifetime among our patients. This is a lot longer than crowns, dentures, and partials. Hence why it is usually a little bit more expensive to get 3-On-6 Dental Implants than it is to get a set of removable dentures that could fall out at any time.
Which is better, 36 Dental Implants or All-On-4 Dental Implants?
If you determine this based upon the strength of the implants and how solid the support is, 3 on 6 definitely blows All-On-4 out of the water. The reason for this is the extra 2 implants that 3 on 6 Implants use, which makes it a much more reliable solution.