The All-on-X Design
So what is All-on-X? It’s a solution for creating dental implant bridges to replace all your teeth in an arch (the top or bottom of your mouth) using “X” dental implants. What is X? Well, just like in algebra, “X” is a variable. It can stand for any number of dental implants, though 4, 6, or 8 are the most common.
How do you decide what is the right number of dental implants? Rancho Mirage implant dentist Dr. Strober will talk to you about your:
- Functional goals
- Cosmetic goals
- Bone structure
Then together, you will decide what is the right number of dental implants for your bridge. If you want sturdier implant bridges that let you eat all the foods you enjoy, you might get more dental implants.
Cosmetics might also drive you to get more dental implants. Budget implant systems don’t actually replace all your teeth. Humans have 32 teeth (including wisdom teeth), but many so-called full replacements only have 20 teeth. Most of the time, that’s enough, but if you have a wide smile, the black space at the back of your mouth might show.
If you have sturdy bone, you might do just fine with fewer dental implants. However, if you have weaker or smaller bone, more implants might be better for distributing force along your entire bridge.
Finally, having flexibility lets us scale your restoration to your budget. If you can’t afford more implants, you can often get great results for less with fewer dental implants.