All on 4 Dental Implants
All on 4 Dental Implants

All-on-4 Dental Implants: All You Should Know.

If you are looking for a cost-effective all teeth replacement option, All-on-4 dental implant is the best choice.

The All-on-4 dental implants are a more cost-effective effective dental solution that makes use of fewer dental implants in the jaw when compared to the traditional tooth replacement techniques.

In this article, you will get answers to some questions that might be bothering you about the All-on-4 dental implants.

WHAT ARE ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS?

The all-on-4 dental implant is a registered trademark of Nobel Biocare. It is a teeth replacement technique that makes use of fewer dental implants than traditional replacement techniques. All-on-4 implants have three major traits:

  • Four Implants Per Jaw

With the traditional techniques, a full mouth teeth replacement will require about 10 implants per jaw. The case is different with the All-on-4 dental implants, which uses just four implants. However, there might be a need to use five or six implants on the upper jaw because of lower bone density.

  • Angled Rear Implants For Strength

Unlike the traditional implants which are being inserted vertically, the rear implants of the All-on-4 dental implants are inserted at a 30-45 degree angle. This feature enables patients who have suffered bone loss to be able to opt for the All-on-4 while saving costs and the lengthy process of getting a bone graft.

  • Can Be Fitted in a Day

The fact that All-on-4 dental implant can be fitted in a day has made it to be referred to as ‘teeth in a day’, ‘smile in a day’ or ‘same day teeth’. Aside from the reduced cost and fewer implants it offers, it significantly reduces the length of time a patient has to spend in the dental clinic. This is a huge improvement on traditional implant fitting techniques that require more than six months to complete, accompanied by extensive recovery time at every step of the technique.

Where To Get All-on-4 Dental Implants in the UK

You can get All-on-4 dental implants at Smile Works Dental on Harley Street, London.

You will be required to have an initial consultation with one of our experienced dentists to determine your actual dental needs. Then you will get detailed information on the availability, cost and procedure of fitting the All-on-4 dental implants.

You can walk into our dental clinic at Suite 9, Second Floor, 117A Harley Street, London, W1G 6AT or simply call our hotline 020 71834091 to schedule an appointment.

What Do All-on-4 Dental Implants Cost in the UK?

There are many factors that determine the cost of full mouth dental implants. You will have to get a personalised quote from your dentist.

The cost of All-on-4 Dental Implants in the United Kingdom usually ranges from £4,000 to £8,000 per jaw. The number of implants you need and the Implant material will influence the price of your chosen permanent All-on-4 dentures.

It is important that you do not consider only the price. You should also consider getting a trained and experienced dentist to carry out the procedure.

You can rely on us at Smile Works Dental to professionally fit your permanent All-on-4 dental implants in the UK. Our charges are pocket-friendly and help to save costs. Our dentists are experienced in successfully fitting permanent All-on-4 dental implants.

The Pros and Cons of All-on-4 Dental implants

Advantages

All-on-4 dental implants are more beneficial than traditional implants and dentures. These benefits of the All-on-4 implants include:

  • Shorter time of treatment and recovery.
  • The procedure takes just a day.
  • It is comfortable, durable and stable as it supports the crowns and bridges.
  • It requires no removal.
  • It is permanently fixed.
  • It won’t slip or fall out
  • Patients with jaw bone loss can use it.
  • It is very cost-effective.

Disadvantages

Some of the downsides of the All-on-4 dental implants include:

  • The end results may not be as good as with the traditional dental implants.
  • There might be an issue with spitting & hissing while speaking
  • Some dentists in the UK regard it as a ‘short cut’ to teeth replacement.
  • Not a fully personalised solution
  • An issue with a single implant can affect the whole jaw
  • The gum bridge that was artificially made might feel bulky in your mouth.

All-on-4 Implants: The Fitting Procedure

  • Initial Consultation

The first step in getting your permanent All-on-4 dental implants is an initial consultation with your dentist. Your mouth will be examined, and a CT scan will be carried out to enable your dentist to ascertain your eligibility for the All-on-4 implants. Your existing jaw bone density will also be checked to determine exact location to insert the implants.

It is necessary for your dentist to discuss the alternative teeth replacement options with you so you can make an informed decision.

If you are eligible for the All-on-4 dental implants, then you can proceed to the next step, which is the dental impressions. These dental impressions are then sent to a laboratory where your new dental bridge will be designed to look exactly like natural teeth and also fit you. Some dentists in UK now make use of mouth scanning technology to map out your existing teeth without taking dental impressions.

  • Surgery

If there is a need for teeth extraction before the insertion of your implants, it can still be done on the same day. Teeth extraction will be done under anaesthetic influence. After the extraction, your mouth will be thoroughly washed or cleansed to remove bacteria and any damaged tissue.

Your dentist will then proceed to drill two or more holes in front of your jaw to secure the front implants.

Your mouth will be cleaned up again after the placement of the implants, and the incisions will be stitched up. Dissolvable stitches are often used so that they will dissolve within a week or two.

You will have your new teeth fitted on the same day or the next day. In some cases, your dentist might create a temporary overdenture which will be replaced few months later. Temporary overdentures are made from resin and put less pressure on your dental implants while they heal.

  • Aftercare

You might experience some bruising, general discomfort and swelling for the first few days after surgery. You might decide to take a couple of days off work for you to fully recover and adapt to your new teeth.

Also, there are certain foods you must avoid eating. Your dentist will give you detailed information on the type of foods you can eat and the ones you cannot eat in the first few months after your treatment. You might have to stick to very soft foods in the first few months in order not to disrupt the fusion process of the implants and your jawbone. You will have to avoid smoking and heavy exercise for a while.

There is no special routine for cleaning the implants. You should care for the All-on-4 implants the same way you care for your normal teeth. You should brush and floss daily. You could purchase a water flosser to clean around dental implants.

  • Final Checks

At about 6 to 9 months after the surgery, your dental implants should be able to provide great support for a permanent overdenture. Your new teeth should last for ten years or longer, provided you care for them well.

You will need to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and implants maintenance. Ensure you check whether these check-up visits are included in your treatment cost if not, you will be required to pay separately.

Alternatives to All-on-4 Dental Implants

There are two major alternatives to All-on-4: dentures and traditional full mouth implants.

  • All-on-4 vs Dentures

Dentures are usually used to replace a full jaw of teeth. These false teeth consist of a gum-coloured acrylic base and artificial teeth made from porcelain or resin. They fit over the gums and are kept in place with suction or a dental adhesive. Properly fitting dentures do not necessarily require adhesive.

The supporting bone can shrink over time because of the absence of teeth to keep it secured. This will consequently change the shape and make the implants loose. Hence, they are to be regularly replaced to avoid discomfort.

Removable dentures are customised to specifically fit the patient’s mouth. The upper denture is designed to cover the roof of the mouth while the lower denture has the shape of a horseshoe which makes room for the tongue. Dentures must be removed daily for cleaning which should be overnight.

All-on-4 implants, on the other hand, are permanently fixed and must function like the natural teeth with regards to appearance, chewing and comfort. There is no risk of dislodging or displacement.

Even though the All-on-4 implants are fixed to an artificial gum, only a small area of the natural gum is covered when compared to dentures. Dentures are, no doubt, cost-effective which makes them preferable to other kinds of dental implants. The major disadvantage is that they need to be replaced on an average of five years.

  • All-on-4 vs Conventional Implants

The traditional technique of replacing a full jaw of teeth with implants usually require a combination of single-tooth implants & implant-supported dental bridges. Dental Bridges give room for several ‘teeth’ to be supported by one implant at each jaw end, not per tooth. However, it requires about 8-10 implants per jaw for the replacement of a full set of teeth.

Both the regular implants and the All-on-4 implants require the drilling of sockets in the jaw bone. Fortunately, the All-on-4 requires fewer implants (usually 4 per jaw). This quickens the process and makes it more comfortable for the patient.

Aside from the fact that All-on-4 is less expensive, it comes with reduced treatment time as it can be fitted in a day. Patients have to wait for more than six months for healing in the case with traditional implants.

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