All on 4 Dental Implant Guide
Tooth loss is typically attributed to advanced age, but poor maintenance, disease, and trauma can also result in the need to replace one or several teeth. Dental implants are an ideal way to restore your smile and improve your overall oral health.
Advancements in dental technology have made it easier than ever to achieve a full-mouth transformation without having to resort to ill-fitting dentures.
If you need a full upper or lower arch of teeth replaced, All on 4 dental implants might be right for you.
What are dental implants?
Unlike crowns or veneers that are fitted to existing teeth, singular dental implants replace an entire tooth from root to crown. Once the damaged or diseased tooth is removed, its root is replaced by a small titanium screw, which will fuse to the jawbone and permanently anchor a prosthetic, natural-looking tooth.
Dental implants have the added benefit of preventing bone deterioration, which occurs when there is no longer a root—natural or prosthetic—embedded in the jawbone.
How does All on 4 differ from singular dental implants?
Singular dental implants are ideal for patients who only need one or two teeth replaced. For patients who need a full upper or lower arch of teeth replaced, All on 4 dental implants offer a less invasive and more cost-effective solution.
The All on 4 procedure creates a permanent full-arch prosthesis by using four dental implants to anchor a bridge of 12 to 14 teeth. Once the implants fuse to the jawbone, the bridge will look and act like natural teeth.
What happens during an All on 4 dental implant procedure?
All on 4 dental implant procedure starts with local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference. Next, the dentist or oral surgeon will prepare the mouth for implants by removing the remaining teeth, along with any diseased or infected tissue from the gums and jaw.
This step is followed by the implantation process, in which titanium screws are inserted into the jawbone—two near the front of the mouth and two near the back, to evenly distribute force placed on the prosthesis.
A temporary prosthesis will be used until the implants heal, and then a permanent, customized prosthesis will be installed and adjusted to the patient’s bite.
Who is eligible for All on 4 dental implants?
Patients who are missing all or most of their upper or lower teeth are ideal candidates for All on 4 dental implants, but there are some disqualifying factors. Patients who have been missing teeth for several years might not have sufficient jawbone support for implants, although bone-grafting procedures are an option in many cases.
Additionally, patients with diabetes and those who use tobacco products are also advised against getting dental implants.
How much do All on 4 dental implants cost?
The cost of All on 4 dental implants varies depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, the material used for the prosthetic teeth, and how much your dental insurance will cover. But in general, acrylic All on 4 implants cost between $13,000 and $35,000 (before insurance) per arch, while more realistic-looking porcelain implants can cost up to an additional $5,000 more per arch.
At San Diego Dental Specialty Center, our All on 4 implant cost is currently on special for $14,500 per arch.
All on 4 dental implants can restore your smile—and your confidence!
If you’re looking for the best All on 4 San Diego has to offer, San Diego Dental Specialty Center is here to help. Come on in for comprehensive evaluation.
We’ll answer all your questions about the procedure and any others you may have about how we can help restore your smile and give you back your confidence.
Give us a call today at 619) 263-6683 or fill out our contact form to schedule your consultation today.