We all know that when you’re missing teeth, it can affect how comfortable you feel with your smile. But did you know that those empty gaps also impact you physically?
Over time, your mouth shifts to try to compensate for any natural teeth that are no longer there. Your jaw bone can deteriorate and your teeth begin to gradually move and elongate to cover the gap. All of these small movements can have a major effect on your oral health.
But implants can be expensive, and you don’t need dentures yet. Now, though, there’s an in-between solution to prevent you from needing a full-mouth restoration in the future. All on four dental implants are a new, innovative way to save you money and fix your oral problems faster than traditional implants.
So what are these amazing dental fixes, and how much do All on 4 dental implants cost? Here’s everything you need to know about these alternatives to previous denture implants.
What Are All on 4 Dental Implants?
The technique of replacing teeth through All-on-4 dentures is a trademarked service through Nobel Biocare. With this method, you get multiple advantages over individual implants or full mouth dental implants, such as:
- Fewer implants intrusively placed in your jaw. In a traditional treatment, full dental implants would require somewhere between 8 and 10 placements in each part of the jaw. With the All-on-4 method, there are, as the name implies, only four placements necessary. Occasionally, a patient’s bone density in the upper jaw will require an extra placement or two.
- Angled implants requiring less bone augmentation. Full denture implants aren’t possible for everyone. They require there to be at least a minimum amount of bone density in the jaw to handle all the implant site placements. With the All-on-4, though, the rear implants are inserted at an angle instead of vertically. This means less bone density is needed, so if you have bone loss, you can still be eligible for the All-on-4.
- Faster treatment time. Because multiple implants can be intrusive and require extensive surgery and recovery time, getting a full-mouth denture set can take a while. With All-on-4 dental implants, you can get the full results in as little as a day.
The entire process is easier on your body, less complex for the dentist, and requires less time to complete. It’s no wonder the All-on-4 is quickly becoming the preferred implant method of choice.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of All-on-4 Implants
Your dentist will help you decide if the All-on-4 implants are the right decision for your oral health issues. As with any procedure, there are advantages and disadvantages.
These implants give you the benefit of a much shorter treatment and recovery time, since your dentist can place the implants in your mouth the same day your other teeth are extracted.
All-on-4 implants are also fixed in place, making it unnecessary to remove them to clean them. They won’t slip or fall out when you’re eating, and you can have the surgery even if you have partial bone loss in your jaw.
Because they’re so much simpler than traditional implants, they’re also less expensive than techniques where you’d need 8 to 10 implants to get the same results.
With so many benefits, the question, “How long do All on 4 implants last” is the next concern. There’s no need to worry about this, though. Data shows that, if you take care of them properly, they can last more than 20 years. You’ll likely never need to have the implant itself replaced, but the denture does get daily wear and tear and may need to be kept up with.
With that said, there occasional disadvantages to the All-in-4, depending on the patient. For instance, if one implant fails and you ignore it, the problem can spread to the whole jaw.
You might have spitting and hissing issues when you talk as you get used to the implants. The bridge can feel bulky at first, too.
Finally, the All-on-4 should never be used in place of properly fixing teeth. If it’s possible to save your natural tooth, that should always be the first solution.
Candidates for All-on-4 Implants
The best candidates for this technique are people who have teeth that can’t be restored any other way. They may have been neglected for a while or decayed outside of their control. If that sounds like you and you’re self-conscious about your smile but don’t want to deal with the hassle of dentures, All-on-4 implants may be your answer.
Talk to your dentist about the benefits of All-on-4 implants and if they are right for you. If so, you can have a new set of teeth and a smile to show off proudly within an hour after scheduling your appointment and having the prep work done!
If you’re still debating between implants and dentures, consider these differences:
- Dentures are removable and stay in place with suction or dental adhesives; All-on-4 implants stay in one place.
- If you choose dentures, over time, the supporting bone in your jaw will shrink. Since there are no teeth holding it in place, the dentures will loosen and need to be adjusted or replaced.
- All-on-4 implants act like natural teeth and you can chew and talk like normal. Removable dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth but can be removed and it’s possible for them to slip out if you’re eating something chewy or sticky.
Remember, if you’re looking at a cost standpoint, dentures are cheaper. However, they will have to be replaced every five years, while the All-on-4 can last twenty years or longer.
Call Today to See if All-on-4 Implants Are For You
Not all dental providers are trained in the All-on-4 implant method. It’s an innovative technique that requires extensive hands-on training and extra knowledge.
Dr. Lin is proud to be one of the few providers certified in this specialized technique. If you are considering All-on-4 implants as your dental solution, contact our office today to see how we can help you!