All-on-Four Dental Implants

All-on-Four dental implants are a set of full artificial teeth permanently mounted into the jaw bone on implants for a full, natural appearing smile without bone grafting.

All-on-Four Dental Implants

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

3 months

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Implant

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$7000 - $25000

The Specifics


What is an all-on-four dental implant?

All-on-four dental implants are a cosmetic dentistry procedure to permanently improve the appearance of the smile and function of the oral cavity. The four dental implants are screw-like cylinders that are surgically placed into the jaw bone. The protruding titanium posts serve as the bases for the full set of artificial teeth.

The Anatomy of the Tooth

Tooth Anatomy Cross Section Illustration

All-on-four dental implants require two appointments spaced two to six months apart. Temporary teeth, consistent with the natural teeth, are placed over the implants prior to placement of the permanent full set. ll-on-four implants provide a high success rate solution for patients with a significant number of missing teeth. The new teeth can be brushed, flossed, and used in the same way as natural teeth.

What cosmetic concerns does an all-on-four dental implant procedure treat?

  1. Damaged Teeth & Gums: An all-on-four dental implant involves permanently inserting four implants into the jaw bones to serve as the permanent base for a full set of artificial teeth.

Who is the ideal candidate for an all-on-four dental implant procedure?

The ideal candidate for an all-on-four dental implant is missing most or all of their teeth and is currently utilizing dentures. All-on-four dental implants are not recommended for those who have been using dentures for many years as they may have significant bone loss and cheek support already, also those with gum disease or other dental disease may not be a good candidate.

What is the average recovery associated with an all-on-four dental implant procedure?

The healing time following an all-on-four dental implant procedure is generally two weeks, although complete healing can take up to six months. Bruising of the face and neck, pain, and swelling commonly occur. Following the All on 4 procedure a soft diet will be recommended for a few weeks.

What are the potential side effects of an all-on-four dental implant procedure?

Possible side effects associated following an all-on-four dental implant include bone shrinkage of the posterior jaw bone, changes in appearance of the cheeks, redness, swelling, bruising, pain, infection, and tooth and gum sensitivity.

What can someone expect from the results of an all-on-four dental implant procedure?

The results of an all-on-four dental implant procedure are permanent, immediately noticeable improvements to the smile and overall oral aesthetic. Teeth will appear natural, and will not need to be moved or adjusted as they are permanent, implant supported dentures. Good oral hygiene will aid and enhance results.

What is the average cost of an all-on-four dental implant procedure?


An all-on-four dental implant procedure can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $25,000 for a single tooth. The actual cost of an all-on-four dental implant is dependent upon location, dental insurance, oral surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

smileentire smilefour implantsfull setnew teethone daysecure implantsno bone graftlower cost

Cons

bone shrinkagecannot be placed in the molar areadecreased bite force

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


All-on-Four dental implants offer patients a complete smile makeover while only needing to place 4 implants. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after All-on-Four implants.

The Takeaway


An all-on-four dental implant treatment is a cosmetic implant dentistry, full mouth restoration procedure to create a full set of artificial teeth on a fixed bridge secured permanently into the jaw bone.

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  1. Francesco Cairo Periodontal plastic surgery of gingival recessions at single and multiple teeth PubMed.gov; 2017-10-02
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