Choosing The All on 4 Procedure
If you currently have removable dentures and want something more permanent, or if you do not have the bone density in your jaw for a normal dental implants procedure, you may be able to qualify for an all on 4 procedure to improve your smile.
A recent study revealed that a whopping 74% of adults in the U.S. felt an unattractive smile could hurt a person’s chance for a successful career, and an all on 4 technique can help you obtain the smile you’ve always wanted.
What is the all on 4 procedure? This is a surgical and prosthetic dental procedure that was developed in the 1990′s bio Portuguese dentist Paulo Malo. As opposed to traditional implant procedure, only four implants are placed on each jawbone, supporting 12 to 14 teeth.
Why this procedure? This same day procedure is best for those suffering tooth loss or decay. Tooth decay is four times more common in young adults than asthma, and gum disease is often the leading cause for tooth decay. All on 4 dental implants can prevent further bone loss and provide a stable platform for prosthetic teeth.
For a regular implant procedure, a bone graft is often needed for patients who do not have the sufficient amount of bone mass to support the implants. This can take three to six months to heal, and complications may arise. Yet with all on 4, the implants act as support columns and do not require a bone graft.
- These implant dentures can be cleaned like natural teeth
- No messy adhesive glues are needed
- No more “teeth in a glass” at the end of the day
- You won’t notice they’re there — they are very comfortable
- Enjoy biting into tougher foods
- Provide a better fix to restoring facial features (less sagging)
Procedure Basics: The all on 4 procedure will take roughly two and a half hours per arch, and you can still undergo the surgery if you only need the implants on either the top or the bottom jaw. Once the surgery is over, there are not many complications that arise, and the success rate for this technique is around 98%. One thing to keep in mind is that you will first need the implants to heal (your bone must grow around the implants). After the healing process, then you will receive your permanent prosthetic teeth.
Costs: An all on 4 dentist will charge different fees depending what work needs to be done before the implants are installed. Around 80% of dentists are general practitioners, while the rest are dental specialists who limit their practices to a specific dental specialty area — so be sure to find an implant dentist for this surgery.
The cost for removing any remaining teeth and placing the four dental implants into your mouth will cost anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000.
After your jaw heals, a prosthetic bridge is made and fitted to your mouth, which will cost between $10,000 and $17,500, depending on the materials used for the bridge and the prosthetic teeth. Overall, an all on 4 procedure could potentially cost $57,000 — though well worth it for a permanent set of teeth.
Consult your family dentist first to see if you are in good health and financial standings to qualify for this procedure.