It may be hard to believe but as we age, tooth loss is extremely common. Now, because of recent advances in the technology of dental implants, just four implants can replace all teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth. More than 35 million Americans are missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth. Many people opt for all on 4 dental implants instead of living with the hassle and discomfort of dentures.
What are All on Four Implants?
You should know what a dental implant is in order to fully understand this dental restoration procedure for missing teeth. An implant replaces the root of a missing tooth with a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone. Only minor surgery is required to place the implant. A crown is then attached to the implant with an abutment to give you a highly functional and realistic prosthetic tooth.
With the all on 4, you don’t need an implant for every single missing tooth. Only four dental implants are needed on the top and/or bottom of your mouth to restore your smile. That’s why so many patients love the all-on-four option. The implants are made of titanium and they fuse to the jawbone and function as part of it. Because of this, the dental implants serve as a long-lasting and strong foundation for your new teeth and become part of your jawbone.
The bone fusion ensures that your all on 4 implants are secured in place but this isn’t the only important benefit; it also prevents further jawbone deterioration. Your facial structure will be maintained and your mouth will be healthier. However, the biggest surprise with the all on four is how your life will quickly transform. Your smile will be radiant and you will no longer have to worry about dentures slipping or falling out. Not to mention, you will be able to eat anything you want again. How great does that sound?
All on 4 Dental Implant Procedure
During the procedure, you are sedated and the all on four implants will be placed. Once the dental implants fuse to your jawbone and heal, you will come back and Dr. Choi will attach your new teeth to the implants. Your new smile is permanent and customized just for you.
If you have missing or failing teeth, dental implants can transform your smile and allow you to regain functionality of your full mouth. All on 4 dental implants can restore your facial structure and teeth as well as your quality of life and self-confidence.
North Texas Dental Surgery proudly offers the technologically-advanced and innovation all on four implant technique. The optimal solution for those who have missing teeth or wear dentures is the all on 4 procedure. The proven procedure is cost-effective and it will result in a fully-functional, healthy smile for life.
Benefits of All on Four Dental Implants
All on 4 dental implants offer the following benefits:
• Fully-functional teeth in a short time span
• Improved appearance
• Eat any foods
• Long-lasting smile
• Improved oral health
• Easy to care for teeth
Discover how replacing your missing teeth with All on 4 implants can benefit you.
Your dentures can be permanently replaced with as little as four dental implants and an implant-supported bridge. You will experience greater overall comfort, stability and a dramatic improvement in chewing power.
Take 20 years off of your smile with all on 4 implants. Your facial structure and jawbone will be preserved from further deterioration caused by a lack of teeth roots and missing teeth. This in turn will decrease wrinkles, helping you look younger.
Eat Whatever You Want, Whenever You Want, Wherever You Want
Instead of having to avoid foods at home or in public, you will once again be able to enjoy your favorite foods. The all on 4 implant procedure improves your eating habits overall.
A non-removable, implant-supported retained bridge will create a permanent set of new teeth with all on 4 dental implants. Your teeth will never have to be removed for cleaning and they can last a lifetime.
Improved Quality of Life
Your new teeth will function and feel just like real teeth with all on four dental implants. Your confidence and comfort will be greater when eating, smiling and speaking. You will have a renewed outlook on life because of how great your new teeth make you look and feel.
Improved Overall Oral Health
Your chances for developing periodontal disease are reduced with all on 4 implants as they create a healthier mouth and body. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and others have been linked to periodontal disease along with heart attacks and strokes. Restoring your mouth with dental implants to a more natural condition can help ward off periodontal disease. Your overall health will be enhanced by dental implants with routine oral hygiene.
Ease of Care
A major benefit of all on 4 dental implants is how easy they are to care for. Your new set of teeth will stay healthy and clean with regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, as well as daily brushing and flossing.
All on 4 Dental Implant Treatment
For those suffering from periodontal disease, bone loss or tooth loss (all of which can lead to quality of life and self-esteem issues, as well as poor oral and overall health), the all on 4 implant treatment was developed. The all on four dental implant treatment is an efficient solution and will save you time and money, and improve your oral health and overall well-being.
Dental Implant Procedure Cons
More traditional therapy for dental implants can require some or all of the following:
• Multiple visits
• Six or more implants per arch
• Extended healing time of months and possibly years
Why Should You Choose All on 4 Dental Implants?
All on four implants have advantages over more traditional denture implant methods because they:
• Stop further bone deterioration
• Cheaper than conventional implants
• Reduced healing time
• High rate of success and proven to be effective
• Are permanent and can last a lifetime
All on 4 Dentist
Dr. Choi has placed countless implants and has restored numerous smiles with amazing success. You will have permanent teeth, save money and heal faster with the all on four clinic at North Texas Dental Surgery. Your confidence will return and you’ll be able to smile again with a new outlook on life.
All on Four Dental Implants: An Excellent Solution for Missing Teeth
People who have loose dentures or do nothing about failing or missing teeth often experience a decline in overall health as well as embarrassment, pain and annoying denture adhesives. The traditional implant treatment requires placing six or more implants per arch. With the all on 4 procedure, patients save time and money, have reduced healing time and alleviate the emotional stress of their physical appearance.
For those who need to restore their upper and/or lower teeth, or for those who are currently wearing dentures or have failing teeth or no teeth, the all on 4 dental implant procedure may be something you should consider. The treatment uses four dental implants per arch with implant-supported replacement teeth. They can save you time and money, reduce your healing time and give you something to smile about.
How Much Do All on 4 Dental Implants Cost?
All on four dental implants are expensive; there is no question about that. However, they are meant to last a lifetime and will improve your overall quality of life compared to traditional dentures. The first thing most patients ask about is how much all on 4 dental implants cost. If bone grafting is needed and the patient wants individual porcelain teeth, the cost can range from $20,000 to $50,000 per arch. We will explore the variables that can effect the cost of all on four implants.
All on 4 Dental Implant Options and How They Impact the Cost
The traditional composite or acrylic, all on 4 denture.
The traditional all on 4 treatment consists of four dental implants with an acrylic denture with a titanium frame. This treatment plan usually costs $20,000 to $25,000 but can vary from one surgeon to another. Please call us at (214) 592-0692 to schedule a consultation appointment so we can give you an price estimate.
The all on 4 made with porcelain teeth on one-piece.
For patients who want a more aesthetic appearance, this might be an option to consider. The teeth are custom made from porcelain. The base is usually made from zirconia or titanium. This can increase the cost by about $5,000 per arch.
The benefit of this option is that it looks better than acrylic and can possibly hold up better, as well. There is always the possibility that damage can occur though and breaks, depending on where they occur, can be rather expensive to fix.
The all on 4 made with individual porcelain teeth.
This is the highest upgrade option available. Individual crowns are made for the top of the metal frame. The teeth are made the same was as a dental crown and what is nice is that they can be fixed relatively easily if something were to break, and it costs roughly the same as a dental crown to fix.
A major drawback with the other types of all on four require the removal of the denture because it has to be sent to a lab. With individual porcelain teeth, this is not the case.
The average cost of this type of all on 4 upgrade is $28,000 to $35,000 per arch. Please call us at (214) 592-0692 to schedule a consultation appointment so we can give you an price estimate.
Costs of All on Four Broken Down
The cost of all on four dental implants can include the following:
• Bone grafting
• Sinus augmentation
• Dental implants
• Temporary dentures
• Permanent denture or individual teeth
• Surgical procedure
• Restorative procedure
• And more
Dental insurance may help with the cost of all on 4 implants but do not count on it for much because most have a maximum coverage of $1,000 to $2,000 per year.
All on 4 Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most commonly asked questions about all on 4 dental implants. We encourage you to give us a call at (214) 592-0692 for a consultation appointment where we can answer all of your questions, 1-on-1 and provide you with specific information and recommendations regarding your case.
What are all on 4 dental implants?
All on 4 implants are fabricated teeth that are permanently placed on dental implants which are surgically inserted into your jawbone. They not only look and feel like natural teeth but also function like them, as well.
What are the benefits of all on 4 implants?
All on four dental implants:
• Are permanent
• Are easily cared for with daily brushing
• Never need to be removed
• Never need adhesives or creams
• Are always comfortable
• Allow you to taste your food
• Increase your chewing power
• Allow you to eat anything you want
• Prevent further bone deterioration
• Restore your facial features
How are all on 4 Dental Implants different from traditional dentures?
All on 4 implants are a permanent solution for damaged or missing teeth. They are secured permanently into your jawbone so they function, look and feel like real teeth.
How do all on 4 dental implants compare to traditional implants?
Traditional dental implants with an overdenture use anywhere from six to eight implants per arch. All on 4 dental implants use only four implants per arch. The all on four implant treatment usually does not require bone grafting which is quite common with traditional dental implants. This is why all on 4 implants save money and time.
How long is the all on 4 dental implant surgery?
The surgery for all on 4 implants usually takes around 2 ½ hours per arch.
What is the success rate with all on 4 dental implants?
Studies have shown a success rate of 98% when using all on four implants.
Who is the ideal candidate for all on 4 dental implants?
The ideal candidate for all on four implants is a patient who wears dentures or is missing all or most of their teeth. As long as the patient is in good overall health, age is not a limiting factor.
Will my all on 4 implants look natural?
Most definitely. This implant technique will give you a permanent smile that functions, looks and feels just like natural teeth. In fact, unless you tell someone, no one will ever know that you have implants.
Why don’t I get my permanent set of teeth the day my implants are placed?
Because of healing time, it is not possible to place the prosthetic teeth the same day. A temporary set of teeth will be worn until the healing process is complete. Your permanent teeth will be placed about six months after the implant surgery.
What if I only need implants on my bottom arch? What if someday I need all on 4 dental implants on both top and bottom?
The beauty of all on 4 dental implants is that they can be placed on just the upper or lower arch, as well as both. Dr. Choi will evaluate your case and recommend the procedure best fit for you. If you need all on four implants for both upper and lower arches, he may suggest having them done at the same time. Not only will this provide you with better results but will also save you time and money. Dr. Choi will customize a solution that best meets your financial situation and health needs.
How do you clean all on 4 dental implants?
Dental implants should be cleaned like natural teeth so daily brushing and flossing are recommended. The team at North Texas Dental Surgery will go over instructions for oral hygiene with you and recommend the best plan to fit your needs.