The all-on-4 dental implants are a system developed as a revolutionary approach for patients who have lost many teeth, or are about to lose all their teeth. It is basically a dental bridge fitted onto 4 dental implants and it has been increasingly popular as an alternative for dentures. With the help of the all-on-4 dental implants system, you get the full functions of your mouth restored and thus are able to eat and chew whatever you like or crave.
Common Dental Implants in All on 4 Types
As with single dental implants - there are many types of implant materials used in the all on 4 systems. These are:
Porcelain - can mimic the look and feel of natural teeth and doesn't absorb stains, odors, or bacteria: with a staged approach, you can achieve more natural results. The abutment of the porcelain dental implant is made from titanium or zirconium and the crown from porcelain. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns with an all porcelain collar can eliminate the underlying metal or gold margin at the gum line as gums recede over time.
Titanium - is most appropriate when the other jaw has a denture, natural teeth or a bridge; tooth wear to opposing teeth is kept to a minimum; the advantage is that the tissues, like the gum, can be reproduced very naturally. The abutment of the titanium dental implant is made from titanium and the crown from porcelain. Porcelain-fused-to-titanium crowns with an all porcelain collar won’t expose the titanium margin at the gum line as gums recede over time.
Ceramic - the biggest advantage is the guarantee of the most natural and state-of-the-art all-on-4 structure, made of tooth colored material which makes every smile very attractive. The abutment of the ceramic dental implant is made from ceramic and the crown from the same fabric. The one-piece zirconium implant has no prosthetic connections, where bacteria can grow, and therefore the gum health improves.
Gold - less tooth structure needs to be removed with this noble metal structure and withstands biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest. But the main drawback is the metallic color. The abutment of the gold dental implant is made from gold and the crown from the same material, while the implant is usually from titanium. Patients with strong bites and those with habits such as grinding or clenching might be better served with a gold crown. For aesthetic purpose, porcelain-fused-to-gold crowns with an all porcelain collar can eliminate the underlying metal or gold margin at the gum line as gums recede over time.
Note: If your jaw bone structure does not allow you to get dental implants or dental implants systems you can benefit from sinus lifting or box technique.
The All on 4 Procedure
Unlike uncomfortable dentures, the all-on-4 structure is fixed in place in your mouth using four dental implants. The all-on-4 technique attaches a set of beautiful new teeth to the dental implants and they can only be removed by your dentist.
The first step of the procedure is the removal of the failing teeth, if required. Without needing time to heel, the next step is the immediate placement of a minimum of four dental implants. A further step is fixing high-quality temporary teeth. This way the patients can be free from their dentures on the day of implant placement. Finally, once the healing period is over and the implants have integrated with the bone, making it safe for the high-quality, durable permanent fixed bridge is to be fitted.
Just a few years ago the permanent solution for an arch of missing teeth requested six or more dental implants and, usually, the patient needed a year or more of healing. During the entire treatment the patient was forced to wear denture in order to go on with the daily activities. With the all-on-4 same day procedure, you can have an interim set of implant-supported teeth the same day.
Cost of All-On-4 Dental Implants
The costs of the all-on-4 dental implants may vary from region to region. While in USA, Australia, Western Europe or UK are very high for this dental procedure, in Eastern Europe in countries like Poland or Hungary or in Asia in countries like Thailand the costs are cut in half. For example, in UK the price for all-on-4 dental implant per jaw is 20,000 USD, in Poland the price is 7,900 USD and in Thailand is 9,999 USD.