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How Much Do All-on-4 Dental Implants Cost?

There are millions of Americans that are missing most or all of their teeth. There are several options for replacing missing teeth, including:

  • Dentures
  • Bridges
  • Dental implants
  • All-on-4

Many patients choose dentures or bridges because they are the most affordable. Some patients choose dental implants because they want a more permanent solution- but implants can be expensive.

ZircTeeth offers a hybrid solution: All-on-4 dental implants. This combines the affordability of dentures with the security of dental implants. In this article, we'll explain more about the All-on-4 system, including the cost.

What Are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

Dental implants are considered the "gold standard" of tooth replacement. They look, feel, and function more like natural teeth than other tooth replacement options. A dental implant consists of three parts:

  • Implant body: tiny screw placed in the jawbone, acts as a tooth root to secure a prosthetic tooth in place
  • Abutment: secures the prosthesis to the implant body

Dental prosthesis: a crown for a single-tooth implant, or can be a full arch for those who are missing all of their teeth on the top or bottom.

All-on-4 dental implants are a revolutionary, comfortable, aesthetically-pleasing system of replacing a full arch of missing teeth with only 4 dental implants. Two are placed in the front and two in the back of the jaw. The two that are in the back are angled at 45°, which provides the stability required for normal bite force.

The Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants

All-on-4 dental implants offer several benefits:

  • More like natural teeth

    Dental restorations such as dentures and bridges often look artificial, and if they are removable, often slip and slide around in the mouth. However, All-on-4 dental implants uses dental implants to secure the prosthesis in place. This creates a restoration that looks, feels, and functions more like natural teeth.

  • Fewer restrictions

    When you are missing most or all of your teeth, activities such as speaking and eating can be challenging. While dentures and dental bridges can help, there are still certain foods that should be avoided and certain words that you may struggle to pronounce. All-on-4 dental implants are secured to the jaw, so you don't have to worry about them slipping around. This means that you can eat what you like and you shouldn't have any trouble speaking clearly. However, it is important to note that you do have an adjustment period.

  • Easy procedure and healing

    Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure. However, depending on your situation, it might not be as intense as you expect. In many cases, All-on-4 is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you can leave the clinic with a full set of teeth on the same day as implant placement. You will need to come back after osseointegration to have the permanent prosthetic placed, but by providing you with a temporary prosthetic, you can get back to your normal routine quicker. You will need to be careful and stick to softer foods during the healing process to avoid causing the implants to shift.

  • Improves confidence

    You may not give much thought to how much your teeth affect your confidence until you lose them. When you replace your missing teeth with a dental restoration that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth, you'll see an improvement in your self-esteem.

How Much Do All-on-4 Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of All-on-4 dental implants ranges from around $12,000 to $25,000 per arch, or $24,000 to $50,000. There are several factors that impact the cost of All-on-4 dental implants:

  • Location of the dentist
  • Experience/expertise of the dentist
  • Materials used in the implant and prosthetic
  • Additional procedures such as gum disease treatment, extractions, bone grafting, etc

Some dental insurance providers will cover a portion of treatment, while others consider dental implants a cosmetic solution. Our office staff will work with your provider to determine coverage. If you do not have insurance or your coverage is inadequate, we offer financing options to help.

Who Needs This Treatment?

All-on-4 is usually recommended for patients who are missing all teeth on one or both arches. This is because it is more cost-effective than replacing each tooth with a single dental implant and looks, feels, and functions more naturally than dentures. This may also be recommended for those who have been wearing dentures for some time and are looking for a more stable solution.

Typically, only patients with adequate healthy jawbones qualify for dental implants- but with All-on-4, some jawbone loss may be acceptable. In fact, some patients require jawbone reduction to create space for the prosthesis.

Need to Know What to Expect for the Recovery Process?

Recovery from dental implant placement can take several months to a year because there are several steps involved. However, recovery is much easier with All-on-4 because the artificial teeth can be placed on the same day as the dental implants. This allows patients to get back to their normal habits in about a week, as opposed to waiting for several months.

However, it is important to note that you should still be careful what you eat because you can cause the implants to shift if you eat foods that are too hard, crunchy, chewy, or tough. The team at ZircTeeth can help you understand what you should expect during the entire process.

If you think you might qualify for All-on-4, schedule your consultation with Dr. Eskandar and the team at ZircTeeth today. We will perform a comprehensive exam with imaging and determine the best way to restore your smile. We have three convenient locations to choose from: Manchester, Boston, and Malden.

Dental Implants FAQs

Dr. Eskandar and the team at ZircTeeth understand that you may have some questions when it comes to replacing teeth with All-on-4 dental implants. We are happy to discuss these with you at any time. Below, we've answered some of the most common questions that we hear from our patients.
Since All-on-4 dental implants are secured in place with implant screws, you can treat this dental restoration just like your natural teeth. Simply brush twice daily, floss at least once, and use an alcohol-free mouthwash. Every 6 months, you should visit the dentist to have a comprehensive exam and cleaning. At this time, the dentist will remove the prosthesis to clean it and check your implants, gums, and jawbone.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, with proper care and maintenance. The All-on-4 prosthetic may need to be replaced after about 20 years but may last longer, depending on your oral hygiene practices and lifestyle habits.
Yes, All-on-4 dental implants look, feel, and function more like natural teeth than other dental restorations.
The All-on-4 prosthesis is secured in place with dental implants. This means that you do not have the food restrictions that you would with conventional dentures. You will need to stick to a soft foods diet during the healing process, but once the jawbone has healed around and fused with the implant screws, you can eat anything you like.

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