Millions of people around the world are suffering from tooth loss due to tooth decay, trauma, and periodontal diseases. The most common treatment options for this problem include dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. More and more patients are opting for dental implants as they are more durable and offer a lot of other advantages. This tooth restoration method comes in several types, including a procedure called 3 on 6 dental implants.

3 on 6 dental implants

This option is ideal for those who are experiencing complete tooth loss in one or both arches in the mouth. Want to know more? Read on and find out with Sydney Dental about 3-on-6 implants and decide if it is something for you.

Dental implant

1. What are 3 on 6 dental implants?

3-on-6 dental implants involve 3 separate bridges that are bound to 6 dental implants. This tooth restoration procedure is for patients who want a full-mouth reconstruction as the functionality of teeth will be restored by even bite forces.

3-on-6 dental implants are an ideal fix for losing an entire arch of teeth and can be an alternative to permanent denture with 2 to 4 implants. A 3-on-6 doesn’t require synthetic gums, and hence, brings more aesthetic effects.

2. How do 3 on 6 implants work?

3-on-6 implants function by dividing your arch into 3 separate parts which are bridges. Each of the bridges holds 4 prosthetic crowns and is fused into the jawbone through 2 implant posts. As one arch needs to be covered by 3 bridges, the total number of implants is 6. That explains why this procedure is called 3-on-6 dental implants.

3. What does a 3 on 6 dental implant procedure entail?

It takes a total of 4 steps to complete a 3-on-6 implant treatment, as follows:

3.1. Initial consultation

The first step is a consultative visit to the dentist. They will give you an oral examination, X-rays, and CT scans to determine your current condition and if the treatment is a fit for you.

The cost and payment options as well as the surgery dates are to be discussed with your dental provider during this meeting.

3.2. Dental implant surgery

The implant surgical procedure will typically take place at your second visit. Most of the time, the dentist will give you local anesthesia or numbing medication to eliminate any pain during the treatment. However, general anesthesia or sedation can also be an option for those with anxiety over the surgery.

Healing time is required following the surgery, taking around a couple of weeks to several months. This is to allow your newly placed implants to heal and get fused into your body. The dental provider will give you detachable dentures during this period as your temporary teeth while your gums are healing. The dentist will also take impressions of your oral structure to create tooth restoration to be attached on top of the implants. They may ask you for your preference on the color and the design of your prosthetic crowns.

3 on 6 dental implants
3 on 6 dental implants

3.3. Temporary restoration

When your dental implants are fully healed, the dentist will remove your dentures and attach the abutments then put temporary bridges on top. These bridges are used as a test on the looks and sensation of your new teeth before the dentist finalizes the official porcelain teeth.

The temporary bridges will stay with you for 1 to 2 weeks so you can give feedback to your dentist at the next appointment. If you are not happy with anything like the size, shape, or shade, the dentist will make a record of that and adjust your dental prosthesis accordingly.

3.4. Bridge attachment

Another visit to the dentist is set for you to have temporary bridges taken off and the final ones bound to the dental implants. The dentist will make sure everything meets your expectations before you leave the appointment with a new shiny smile.

4. The good and not-so-good of 3 on 6 implants 

4.1. The pros

The benefits you can obtain from dental implants are numerous, including:


One of the best features from implants in general is they are very long-lasting, possibly a lifetime with good care and maintenance. 

Better communication

The slips of teeth from ill-fitting dentures are gone with implants. No more numbling or slurring in your everyday speech.


3-on-6 dental implants can be easily cleaned and maintained at home with brushing and flossing and won’t require removal for cleanings like dentures. 

More comfort

Unlike removable dentures, as dental implants stay there like a natural part of your body, you may not realize they are even there at times.

Improved eating

Functioning like your original teeth, 3-on-6 dental implants help you chew freely with ease and no pain. No more worries of dentures sliding inside of your mouth while chewing.

More confidence

Your shiny smile can be back with dental implants. That way you’ll be much more confident and comfortable with yourself.

Enhanced oral wellness

Dental implants keep more of your original teeth intact, as no tooth reduction or alteration is required to support the implant. This can boost your oral health in the long run.

Better looks

These implants are similar to your natural teeth to the eyes and touch. As they are attached to your bone, they are permanent. There is also no need for prosthetic gums placed above the bridges, giving extra aesthetic effects.

4.2. The cons

Not for everyone

3-on-6 dental implants are not a good option for some people. It is because the surgery itself requires enough jawbone and good oral health to be successful. Those who don’t meet these requirements may need to undergo extra procedures or treatment before getting these implants.

It takes time

3-on-6 dental implants are a rather complex surgical procedure that involves multiple steps. It also involves long healing periods in between the stages. Therefore, the treatment may take patients several to many months.

In some cases, the patient may need additional procedures, like a bone graft if they don’t have enough jawbone to hold the implants or a sinus lift. These surgical procedures will, as a result, take you more time as a result of the extra visits and healing time.

Financial concerns

3-on-6 implants constitute a large expense for some people. They typically are more expensive than other dental restoration methods like dentures and traditional bridges. 

3 on 6 dental implants
3 on 6 dental implants

5. Who is a good candidate for 3 on 6 implants and who is not?

The candidacy for 3-on-6 dental implants is dependent on the amount and density of bone that the patient has. To determine this, the dental care provider will give you an oral examination and 3D scan at your first visit. The findings from these tests will tell your dentist the options that would be most helpful for your case.

Those whose health is good enough to receive a normal tooth extraction or dental surgery can be a candidate for dental implants. They should also have:

  • Healthy gums;
  • Enough bone for the implants to be bonded to;
  • Decent oral hygiene;
  • Frequent visits to the dentist.

Thorough examination needs to be done before dental implants for patients who:

  • Are chronic smokers;
  • Have out-of-control chronic diseases, like diabetes or heart problems;
  • Are undergoing radiation therapy in the head or neck.

Whatever the case is, always consult with your dentist to see if dental implants are a good fit for you. Dental implants may not be a go-to thing for some people due to certain risk factors, specifically if they: 

  • Are less than 18 years of age, this is because most dentists will only give dental implants to those whose jaw has stopped growing;
  • Smoke or use tobacco;
  • Have substantial loss of the jaw bone;
  • Practice improper oral hygiene;
  • Have deep tooth cavities;
  • Have existing periodontal disease;
  • Suffer from health problems, like bone or autoimmune diseases;

6. The aftercare

Considering 3-on-6 implants are like the real deal, proper care includes brushing, flossing, rinsing on a daily basis and periodic oral visits. You can help your dental work – and remaining natural teeth – last longer if you:

  • Commit to thorough oral hygiene. Try to keep your dental implants, false teeth, and gum tissue clean just like your original teeth by bruising, flossing, and rinsing on a daily basis;
  • Pay regular visits to the dentist. Have checkups with the dental provider to make sure your implants are functioning properly and healthy. Also receive in-clinic cleanings as advised by the dentist;
  • Avoid poor dental habits. Avoid chewing on hard foods, like ice or hard candy because these can cause breakage to your restoration like crows or even your original teeth. Also refrain from tobacco and products containing caffeine to prevent staining of teeth. If you have bruxism, meaning you grind or clench teeth, seek medical attention.

7. A word from Sydney Dental

Hopefully after this read you’ve had a good idea of what 3-on-6 dental implants are, the procedure, the pros and cons, how to maintain the results, as well as if it is something you need for the time being. If you are still unsure of which treatment to go with for a new unforgettably stunning smile in your particular case, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are at 499-501 Ba Hat St, Ward 8, District 10, HCMC looking forward to your visit. You may also call us at (028) 3504 9440 for a free no-obligation comprehensive consultation. Your pretty, shiny smile is 100% guaranteed at Sydney Dental!

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