For patients with completely edentulous jaws, functionality can be restored through three possible solutions: removable, semi-fixed, and fixed.

As the name suggests, a removable prosthetic solution involves a complete denture that can be easily removed and placed by the patient. It is typically made of acrylic material and offers mobility, allowing patients to take it out whenever needed. The fabrication of such a prosthesis typically takes a few days.

A semi-fixed prosthetic solution involves a prosthesis that attaches to two locators. This therapy is performed in the lower jaw and the procedure involves placing two implants in the frontal area of the jaw and creating a prosthesis. After implant placement, it is necessary to wait for 4-6 months for the implants to osseointegrate. The implants are then opened and locators are attached to them, serving as connectors between the prosthesis and implants. While this prosthesis can also be removed, when positioned on the implants, it remains fixed in the mouth.

A completely fixed and permanent solution for edentulous patients is the All-on-4 and All-on-6 therapies. These therapies are also performed in two phases. In the first phase, a temporary fixed restoration is placed within 24 hours of implant placement, providing immediate functionality for completely edentulous patients. After osseointegration, a permanent restoration is created, consisting of 12 zirconia ceramic crowns placed on 4 or 6 implants.

If you are unsure which option would be best for you, feel free to contact us and schedule a free specialist examination with our specialist in oral surgery, Dr. Marko Miličić.