In dentistry, one of the newest, most popular procedures is all-on-four dental implants.
Many people who have lost their smiles are now accessing life-changing treatments, thanks to all-on-4 dental implants, which can revolutionise their smiles and their lives.
The impact of successful treatment can be difficult to understand for those lucky enough to have a full set of natural teeth, but for those without who regain them, their lives can change forever.
So, what are all-on-four dental implants? And how do they work?
What are all-on-four dental implants?
All-on-4 dental implants easily and simply replace the upper or lower jaw’s teeth, using only four or six titanium implants to attach a one-piece full-jaw prosthetic bridge securely to the jawbone.
The prosthesis attaches to the bridge, which replaces the natural teeth.
Sometimes referred to as all-on-six dental implants, they only differ from all-on-four dental implants by the number of titanium implants used, hence the number in the name.
How long does it take to fit all-on-four implants?
All-on-4 implants can be fitted in a day by some dental clinics, hence them also being referred to as smile-in-a-day treatments.
However, it is done on a case-by-case basis and those with complex dental histories may find that clinics near them will not be able to fulfil the procedure in a single day.
This may include patients who:
- Have been told they need sinus lifts and bone grafts
- Lack the amount of bone needed to implant
- Suffered from severe gum disease
- Have pre-existing dental work, including crowns and bridges
If the timeline of receiving all-on-4 implants needs to be shorter, or you would rather skip temporary dentures, bone grafts, and sinus lifts, there is a true smile-in-a-day solution.
Some clinics across the country have revolutionised all-on-four dental implants by altering the position and technique for implantation, meaning that a smile-in-a-day is a distinct possibility.
These advanced alternatives to all-on-4 dental implants include placing implants in the Pterygoid, Zygomatic & nasalus areas of the mouth, which vastly reduces the need for bone grafts, sinus lifts, and temporary dentures in around 95% of cases!
How much do all-on-four implants cost?
Across the dental industry, prices for all-on-4 dental implants will differ.
This is likely to be because of a collection of factors, including:
- The type/s of dentistry the clinic offers
- On-site vs out of house laboratories
- The area you live in.
The area you live in
As we know, the area of the country you live in can vastly affect the prices of all things, from groceries to private medical expenses. All-on-four dental implants will be no different.
If you are looking for treatment at a lower cost, you could consider treatment in areas that are cheaper overall, including the North West, the North East, etc., however, it is worth researching even in the pricier areas, as each clinic is different.
On-site vs out of house laboratories
Clinics with on-site laboratories sometimes have the flexibility of pricing as they are able to create and alter prostheses without sending them away and using third-party services.
This can also reduce the waiting time between alterations and fixing in the permanent prosthesis.
The types of dentistry on offer
Some clinics are Jacks of all trades, they offer everything from general dentistry to orthodontics, periodontics and dental implants.
These clinics need a wide range of equipment and staff to offer a range of treatments.
To cover this range of treatments, specialities, and equipment, some clinics will charge more for procedures.
To find lower-priced treatments, you could look for clinics that specialise in the area of dental implants, as they will have more experience and may be able to charge less for the same treatments.
Find a clinic for your all-on-four dental implants
While it may take some research to find them, there are dental professionals and clinics across the UK that offer all-on-four dental implants in one day.
These clinics specialise in dental implants and have a deep passion for changing the lives of their patients, through the use of all-on-four dental implants.
To find a clinic that can restore your beautiful smile, contact EvoDental today to find out if you are suitable for all-on-Four dental implants, by giving them a call today on 0800 470 2993 or filling in their enquiry form.