All-on-4 dental implants are designed to completely replace either a lower or upper set of teeth, and they function as a permanent and natural-looking alternative to having dentures installed. Normally each dental implant would have a titanium screw inserted into the jawbone, and a single false tooth would be placed over the implant. With all-on-4 implants, a dental surgeon can insert just four titanium posts to anchor an entire upper or lower set of teeth. Once the four implants are installed, an entire upper or lower set of teeth can be placed over them, so that you once again have a natural-looking smile and full functionality.
On the upside, an entire set of teeth can be replaced in a single surgery, and the implants will be very secure in your mouth, so there'll be no shifting as there would be with dentures. Since there are only four implants being installed, the procedure will cost much less than it would if a single implant were installed for each missing tooth. On the downside, it will be necessary for a patient to have a high level of bone available, so the implants can be held in place. There won't be any opportunity to test how the teeth look or feel prior to the procedure. In some cases, it might be inconvenient for a patient, but implants cannot be installed to replace molars, so some other procedure would be necessary.
For most patients, a typical recovery time after having all-on-4 dental implants installed would be much less than the three to eight months necessary for conventional implants. When you have an all-on-4 dental implant system installed, it typically fuses more readily to the bone, and that requires less recovery time than traditional implants.
The cost for having all-on-4 dental implants installed will vary, depending on a number of factors such as the material used in the crowns, the number of teeth which are being replaced, and how much of the cost will be absorbed by your dental carrier. Before proceeding with all-on-4 implants, find out how much your insurance will cover. When you have acrylic or composite replacement teeth installed, you can expect to pay between $20,000 and $30,000 for a full set of upper or lower teeth. When having porcelain teeth installed, that figure will jump to between $25,000 and $35,000.
When having all-on-4 implants installed, you can expect that the oral surgeon will install four titanium posts into the jawbone, so as to provide anchors for the set of teeth which will be placed there. While you are waiting for the titanium posts to fuse with the jawbone, your dentist will probably provide you with a temporary oral device which will serve as replacement teeth until your permanent set have been prepared. Once the laboratory has prepared a permanent denture and your implants have fused with the jawbone, your permanent teeth can be installed, and you can get back to having a normal smile, and normal chewing and speaking.
If you have any questions at all about all-on-4 dental implants, please do call us today at ZircTeeth. We'll be glad to answer all your queries, and we can also set you up for an initial consultation where we'll be able to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for all-on-4 implants.