Dental implants are a versatile application in cosmetic dentistry. They’re structures that replace the root as well as the crown, making them the most effective and functional treatment for tooth loss. And all-on-4 dental implants are one of many types of dental implants.
All-on-4 dental implants differ from traditional implants. Both, in terms of applications and results, the two types of implants work to achieve different results for different cases. Here’s everything you must know about the all-on-4 dental implants.
What are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are a dental restoration treatment that reverses tooth loss and restores lost dental functions. It can replace a full jaw of teeth at once and within one treatment session. It is also known as the one-day smile for its short treatment time.
Structure of All-on-4 Dental Implants
With every dental implant, you get the root and the structure above the root. Each type of dental implant has a different composition.
1- The Root
All-on-4 dental implants have a unique root application. On the lower jaw, you’d get only 4 dental implants. On the upper jaw, you’d get 5-6 dental implants. This is because the upper jaw performs more movement and endured more pressure.
The root distribution in the all-on-4 dental implants is basically 2-3 in the front half of the jaw.
And 2 roots on the last half of the jaw. So you have one root on the left end of the jaw and one root on the right end of the jaw.
2- Placement of the Root
The placement of the roots in the front half is vertical. But the roots in the rear end are implanted at an angle of 30° to 45°. This provides them with more support and anchor.
3- The Dentures
All-on-4 dental implants use a special kind of dentures. Unlike other dental implants, all-on-4 do not use crowns. We have to remove all your teeth, hence why this procedure is only good for people with damaged and missing teeth.
The dentures go on the hybrid of the root and are screwed there for good.
The Procedure of All-on-4 Dental Implants
During treatment, our dentists at Dentakay will first evaluate your mouth. We’ll run ordinary tests to assess the well-being of your gums and oral tissue. Next, we’ll perform x-rays to study the anatomy of your mouth and build your treatment plan accordingly.
- Check if you have enough bone density. Most suffering tooth loss for years end up losing bone density.
- If you have sufficient bone density, we proceed with treatment. If not, you opt for bone grafting beforehand.
- Drilling through the gums down to the jawbone to implant the 4 or 6 roots per jaw.
- Placing the abutment
- Securing your customized dentures
Are All-on-4 Dental Implants Worth It?
Whether dental implants are worth it or not is something you decide for yourself. But to help you build a realistic approach here are some facts about the treatment.
This depends on why you’re getting them. All-on-4 dental implants have unique benefits that include, for instance, immediate placement. It’s your one-day smile procedure. All-on-4 dental implants restore all your missing teeth at once.
At Dentakay, we use modern software and tools to personalize your all-on-4 dentures. This includes using our smile design strategies and filming you talk, smile, and laugh to fully capture and understand your movements. We also use technologies to study your bite to craft ultimately comfortable all-on-4 dental implants for you.
Fixed and Stable
Because all-on-4 dental implants aren’t like your dentures, they don’t move. They’re secure enough for you to eat what you want with no restrictions.
The all-on-4 dental implants are also designed in a way that doesn’t allow food to get trapped under them. They are not removable and only your dentist can remove them.
All-on-4 dental implants have a longevity of 10 to 15 years. A recent study indicates that all-on-4 dental implants have a long-term survival rate of 95%. Of course, the more care you take of them the longer they will last. So make sure your brush your teeth regularly. Although the all-on-4 dental implants aren’t prone to cavities, your gum tissue is at risk. And any negligence from your side will lead to infections that will damage your results. The root lasts a lifetime, however.
Who Should Get All-on-4?
All-on-4 implants are ideal for full mouth restoration. So, if you’re missing just a few teeth, it is best to consider traditional implants.
If you compare the cost of dental implants to that of all-on-4 for full-mouth restoration, it could be slightly more expensive. So, the all-on-4 is the more cost-efficient option of the two.
What Do All-on-4 Dental Implants Feel Like?
We have interviewed our all-on-4 dental implant patients at Dentakay and this is what they reported about the treatment:
- They feel very normal, almost like natural teeth
- Easy to brush, in fact brushing them is easier than regular teeth
- Easier to follow an oral hygiene routine, no need to floss
- They’re light in the mouth
- You can’t feel the implants
- No need for diet restrictions, you can eat anything you want
What are All-on-4 Implants Made of?
The implant bridge or roots are made of titanium. This material fuses very well with the jawbone and lasts for good. You’ll never have to change it unless some trauma affects your gums or jawbone.
The dentures in the all-on-4 dental implants can be made from a host of materials. You have:
- Zirconia: this feels very natural and looks very natural. It’s a modern material in the line and lasts the longest because of its highest durability.
- Acrylic: this is the very first material used for all-on-4 dental implants. It is practical and more affordable than zirconia and porcelain. But they are easy to fix if any breaks happen
- Porcelain: Porcelain is another good option for all-on-4 implants, but it is difficult to repair if damaged. It is durable but slightly prone to pigmentation
All-on-4 Dental Implants Before and After
For pictures of all-on-4 dental implants before and after visit our gallery.
Cost of All-on-4 Dental Implants
In the USA the average cost of -all-on-4 implants can be around $55,000 to $60,000. In Turkey, you’re looking at $3,000 to $4,500 for the same treatment with paralleling standards. As for the UK, all-on-4 costs around $7,000 to $10,000. All these costs are per jaw. So, if you want to do both your jaws double the treatment price.
If you can’t afford the treatment in your home country, then book a flight to Turkey for affordable high-quality treatment. Luxury services that make you feel like royalty are all on the house. Hit two birds with one stone and come on vacation in Istanbul while you get your million-dollar smile for much less.
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