All-On-4 Dental Implants

Tooth loss is an unfortunate occurrence that can result from various causes. Sometimes it’s caused by accident, occasionally by advanced stages of tooth decay, and sometimes by other oral health factors. Regardless of the underlying reason for tooth loss, it’s a problem that must be addressed to avoid bone deterioration and restore the full functionality of your mouth. All-on-4 dental implants are one of the most innovative and modern treatment options for improving your quality of life and obtaining a beautiful smile.

What Is All-On-4 Dental Implant?

All-on-4 implants consist of four titanium posts placed strategically along your dental arch and linked to a denture base. The All-on-4 procedure is designed to replace an entire arch of teeth to restore the functionality of your bite and the aesthetics of your smile. This restoration method was specifically designed to help you if you suffer from multiple missing teeth, decayed teeth, and limited jawbone density that requires a bone graft.

With the All-on-4 procedure, the posterior implants are tilted 45 degrees toward the back of your mouth and positioned in the anterior maxilla, an area of your jaw with a higher bone density. As a result, this oral surgery does not require the same bone density as other dental implant procedures. While having a full set of teeth supported by a small number of implant fixtures was not novel, using a 45° angle for the posterior implants led to the development of All-On-4 implant surgery.

All-On-4 Dental Implant Procedure

Before your All-on-4 procedure, we will evaluate your oral health by performing various diagnostic tests to measure your bone structure and jaw bone density. We will also use special 3D dental imaging to make an accurate diagnosis, plan the surgical placement and create a treatment plan that enables us to insert the implants in their right position. We’ll also review your medical history, current health issues, and medications to see if you’re an ideal candidate for the treatment. After your initial consultation, you will be scheduled for surgery.

Your All-On-4 dental implant procedure will begin with sedation. So make sure to have someone drive you home after your dental procedure on the day of surgery. During your dental restoration, we will extract any remaining teeth and make small incisions in your soft tissue to shape the four upper and four lower arch sockets, all while you are under full sedation. The individual implants will be inserted through these incisions. Later, a connector is fastened to the implant screws in your jaw. In the final phase, the gums are sutured, and a temporary denture base is placed while the implant sites heal.

A dental implant procedure requires several months of healing time. As this surgical procedure is mostly atraumatic, the recovery time is significantly reduced, and your jawbone and gum tissue should be fully healed after three to six months. Although everyone’s healing process is different, you can expect to rest for at least 72 hours after surgery and use ice packs to minimize swelling. We may also recommend painkillers and antibiotics if necessary. A soft food diet is strongly recommended for the first few months after surgery to alleviate discomfort and prevent placing too much force on the new implants. After completing osseointegration, we will swap your temporary teeth with permanent dentures.

All-On-4 Implant Options

When considering All-on-four treatment, there are several options to choose from:

  • Standard Acrylic or Composite All-on-4 – This implant comprises four dental implants and an acrylic denture. This is the most cost-effective option, averaging around $20-26,000.
  • All-on-4 One Piece Porcelain – This implant is made of titanium with a CrCO or zirconia base and porcelain. The cost of this implant type ranges between $26-28,000.
  • All-on-4 Individual Porcelain Teeth – A metal frame and individual porcelain crowns make up this implant. The cost of this implant type ranges between $30 and $35,000.

All the zirconia teeth, acrylic teeth, and titanium bars are customized to provide the perfect fit and color. However, it’s important to note that no one material or implant option is best for all patients. Rather, it’s more important that we completely understand your oral health before making a recommendation.

How Much Do All-On-4 Dental Implants Cost

The average cost of All-on-four dental implants can range from $20,000 to $25,000 per jaw. Included in this cost are implant posts, abutments, and implant crowns. The final price of your All-on-4 dentures may also be affected by factors such as the number of teeth that need to be extracted, the necessity of a bone graft, the type of materials utilized, and your insurance coverage.

Factors Impacting the Cost of All-On-4 Dental Implants Procedure

Numerous factors can influence the price of All-on-4 treatment, including:

  • If any teeth need to be extracted – The cost of additional procedures, such as tooth extractions, will impact the overall cost of the procedure.
  • Whether sedation or anesthesia is being used – Different levels of sedation and anesthesia can affect how conscious you are during surgery.
  • The type of prosthesis chosen – A full arch implant restoration is a hybrid prosthesis attached to the dental implants.
  • The need for a bone graft – People with missing teeth or who have worn dentures for a long time may not have enough bone to support the implants. As such, the cost of a bone graft may have to be factored into their treatment plan.
  • When sinus lift surgery is required – If there is not enough bone in your upper jaw to support a dental implant, you will need a sinus lift. An implant may penetrate the sinus without sufficient bone volume, causing complications.
Will Insurance Cover All-On-Four Dental Implants?

Because many dental insurance companies only cover a portion of the cost, you should still file and send a dental implant claim to the insurance company. However, some agencies will not let you claim the cost of the oral surgery. This is because dental implants are still classified as cosmetic procedures by many insurance companies despite their health benefits.

The cost of your dental treatment for all-on-4 dental implant surgery depends on your insurance policy. However, as the coverage is minimal in most cases, it’s best to review their policies for specifics, as certain plans will cover this treatment.

Ways to Finance Your Dental Care

Fortunately, there are ways to lower the cost of All-on-4 implants; some of the most beneficial options include the following:

  • Dental loans – With a dental loan, you can pay for expensive treatments up front and then repay the loan in manageable installments over time.
  • Dental saving plans – Dental savings plans are membership plans in which you pay a yearly fee. In exchange, you will receive discounted dental services.
  • Dental Insurance – The best dental insurance plans for you are those that you can afford and that provide at least basic coverage and coverage for some of the dental procedures you may require in the future.
  • Flexible Financing options – Most private third-party lenders make it easy to finance All-on-4 or other implant treatments with 0% or low interest.

In addition, you can also combine dental financing with other payment options, such as flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSAs), and dental insurance benefits.

Are All-On-4 Implants a Good Investment?

All-on-4 is a smart financial move because of the high rate of return and minimum upkeep required. If you take care of your implant, it can last for the rest of your life. But traditional dentures will need to be changed every five to 10 years, no matter how well you care for them. Some of the other benefits include:

  • Minimum clinical intervention – All-on-4 implants involve a few simple appointments: the initial consultation, the implant installation, the healing period, and the final placement of the prosthetic replacement teeth. Routine dental appointments are part of the aftercare process for dental implants, just as they would be if the patient hadn’t gotten them. In addition, there is also less healing time than with traditional implants.
  • Less intensive care – With All-on-4 implants, maintenance is the same as natural teeth. No special tools or maintenance equipment are needed except for observing proper oral hygiene.
  • Increased durability – You can expect your implants to last for years if you are willing to maintain them. In contrast, traditional dentures would likely need to be fixed or replaced numerous times within the same time frame.

The advantages of All-on-4 implants are not limited to monetary gains. All-on-4 implants can help you gain confidence and improve your natural smile. But this confidence is not limited to being able to smile again; it also stems from knowing that your implants are firmly attached to your dental bridge. That means you don’t have to worry about any potential embarrassment associated with denture difficulties, such as them falling out during a meal or conversation. This assurance is what makes All-on-4 implants so beneficial in the end.

The first step in determining the cost of All-on-4 implants is to schedule a consultation, where we will evaluate your specific requirements and long-term goals. Once we’ve determined your candidacy for All-on-4 implants, we can advise you on the best course of action with your smile reconstruction.

At Big Smile Dental we look forward to understanding your dental concerns and finding the best treatment plan to get you smiling, speaking, and eating comfortably and more confidently.