What are All On 4 Dental Implants?
Many people today have a problem with their dental health. It may be just a tooth decay or serious dental condition affecting the teeth and gums. But, some dental issues can significantly affect one’s capacity to eat and communicate well — for instance, someone with edentulism or toothlessness. If you have missing teeth, hopeless teeth or dentures, there are many different types of dental implant options available for you. One of the options your dentist may advise you is the All-On 4 dental implants. But what exactly are these implants and are they the best choice for you? Here is some information that can guide you.
To understand them, you need first to understand what an implant is. Like any other implant, a dental implant is a small screw inserted into your jawbone in the place where a tooth is missing. Dr. Norkiewicz will first place the implant then attach a fake tooth on the screw. Now when it comes to all on 4 dental implants, you get four implants to support a whole arch of teeth, also known as Teeth In A Day. So instead of using a different implant for every missing tooth, you use four implants both on top and bottom jaws. Much like a chair has four legs and support the weight of an individual person.
How does All-On-4 Work?
Four titanium implants are inserted on each jaw. Then a fixed set of fake teeth which resemble your natural teeth are attached to the implants. The implants are fixed through surgery, but the patient should have gone at least to two appointments to enable the dentist to develop a treatment plan and get ready for the case. Some patients are not candidates for implant treatment that is why we suggest you consult with your dentist first.
All On 4 vs Traditional Dental Implants
One key difference between the traditional implants and all on four is that while the traditional implants require many single implants, sometimes up to 10 per arch, to support an entire arch. The all on four use only 4 implants for the same space. Also, with traditional dental implants, the surgery is much more complicated, and it may take a lot of time for a person to heal and go back to eating normally. They also feel like real teeth compared to wearing traditional dentures.
Approximately, What is the Cost of All On Four?
There is no fixed cost of these implants. It varies from dental clinic to dental clinic and also depending on the type of material used. For example, for an acrylic dental implant restoration, you may be charged between $20000 and $30000. And if the material used is porcelain, you will pay an additional of $5000 per jaw, so the total cost may range between $25000 to $35000. The number of fake teeth one needs also affects the total price. Of course, if a person is to be attached twelve teeth, for instance, they will not pay the same as a person who will only need six teeth. Dental insurance does help cover the cost of this implant treatment.
Benefits of This Treatment
One of the biggest advantages is that the patients get all their missing teeth fixed on the same day. Other benefits include:
• Reduced cost. Compared to full arch restoration options, all on 4 offers a cheaper alternative.
• The surgery is minor in comparison and makes healing and recovery to be fast as well.
• This procedure eliminates the need for bone grafting, which is invasive and uncomfortable.
Am I a Good Candidate for All On Four?
If you especially suffer from teeth loss or you need to have all your teeth removed in the upper and lower jaws, this procedure is the best choice for you. Not only are they cost effective but they increase the oral health of patients by reducing the rate of dental issues like periodontitis. Additionally, people who also have experienced bone loss qualify for these implant restorations as well. Also, since the procedure involves a minor surgery, it is best for people who are anxious about dental procedures. Additionally either one arch or both arches can be completed at one time.
All on 4 dental implants offer a great solution to people suffering from missing teeth and other dental problems in their full mouth. But like any other treatment, there are side effects which may occur. That includes swelling, nausea, dry lips and sore throat. However, the adverse effects are manageable. If you are thinking of getting these dental implant restorations, we advise that you first consult with Dr Dennis Norkiewicz first. You can request an appointment here or call us at 301-424-2030.