• All on 4 for Dental Implants

ALL-ON-4® DENTAL IMPLANTS

Have you ever considered a full dental implant as a replacement for all your lost teeth? If yes is your answer then you must have certainly considered ways on how you can save some money on your treatment. You can have all-on-4 dental implants and save your money. This dental implant is not just cost-effective; it also requires fewer implants to be inserted in the jaw compared to the conventional traditional methods.

In this article, you will learn about the cost of the all-on-4 procedures in the UK, what it involves, its safety, and where it can be found. We will also proceed to enlighten you more on the difference between the implants and dentures, how you can lower your cost for this treatment and the suitable alternatives to all-on-4 implants in the UK.

After reading this article, you should be able to decide on the dental treatment that is suitable for you.

You can visit our dental clinic in Harley Street, London, for your implants. You can also call us on 020 71830755 to book an appointment today.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. All-on-4 dental implants; what are they?
  2. How these implants are fitted
  3. Where can all-on-4 dental implants be gotten?
  4. What is the cost of all-on-4 dental implants in the UK?
  5. Alternatives for all-on-4 dental implants
  1. Reviews and studies on all-on-4 dental implants

All-On-4 Dental Implants; What Are They?

All-on-4 is a registered trademark of Nobel Biocare. It is a technique for using fewer implants than the traditional methods to replace lost teeth. This technique has three characteristics, and they are as follows:

A jaw needs only four implants

The conventional methods require about 8-10 implants to be inserted in each jaw, but this is not so for the all-on-4 technique. This technique needs just for four implants for each jaw, and in some cases, the upper jaw may need five or six because of the density of the lower bone.

The implants are angled rear for maximum strength

These implants are not inserted vertically like the traditional methods; the rear implants are inserted at 30-40 degree angle. This makes it suitable for patients who have lost the supporting bone of the teeth even without them undergoing the lengthy and expensive bone graft procedure.

They can be implanted and fitted in a day

This last trait is responsible for the all-on-4 dental implants being nicknamed as “smile in a day”, “teeth in a day” or “same day teeth”. It is an excellent improvement on the traditional method which usually uses more than six months to be completed and even a more extended period for recovery after each step of the process has been undergone.

How These Implants Are Fitted

The first consultation

The fitting of these implants begins with a consultation with the dentist of your choice. This dentist, probably the one in Harley Street, London will examine your mouth and do a CT scan to evaluate your eligibility for this type of implant. This examination includes the evaluation of the dentistry of your existing jawbone so that the point where the implants will be inserted can be determined.

Before making a treatment plan, your dentist will have a discussion with you about the other treatment options that are available. The progress of your treatment will now be dependent on the treatment option of your choice.

If you have been found eligible and you want to proceed with the treatment, your dentist will go ahead to take some impressions of your mouth which will be sent to a laboratory where your new bridge will be designed and customised to look just like your natural teeth. In some dental clinics, a mouth scanning technology will be used to get a picture of your existing teeth without having to take an impression with putty.

Depending on the case, your dentist may also need to take some x-rays to help him plan your treatment better.

You can book an appointment to visit our dentist Harley street London today. Call 020 71830755 for more information.

Surgery

If your case demands your teeth be extracted before the implants get inserted, it will be done on the same day.

You will be given a sedative by our dentist so that you will be able to relax during the procedure. An anaesthetic will also be administered to you so that you will go through the process without feeling any pain. If you would love to have a general anaesthetic for your treatment, do well to discuss it with the dentist during your first consultation.

After the remaining teeth have been removed, your dentist will clean your mouth thoroughly so that all the damaged tissues and bacteria can be removed.

Your dentist will then go ahead to drill two holes or more which will hold the implants at the front of your jaw. Two holes too will also be drilled at the rear with one on each side of the mouth. These holes are usually angled so that greater support will be provided to the back of the bridge.

After the implants have been put in place, your dentist will clean your mouth again and stitch up all the incisions that were made. The dentist will most likely use dissolvable stitches which will disappear after one or two weeks.

Your new teeth can either be fitted on that day or the following day. Some dentists may even prefer to provide a temporary overdenture which is used during this stage and then replaced with the new teeth after a few months. They are usually made from resin (a lighter material which may not last for too long) so that less pressure will be applied to the implants until they become completely healed.

Aftercare

Bruising, swelling and discomforts, in general, are often experienced by some patients a few days after the surgery has been performed. Because of this, it is advisable to take some days off work so that you will recover fully and adapt to the use of your new teeth.

Your dentist will guide you through the type of foods you should eat or abstain from for some months after your treatment has been completed. During the first few months, you will have to eat very soft foods so that the process of your implants fussing with your bone will not be disturbed. You may also be required to abstain from smoking and doing heavy exercise for a period.

You will have to clean these implants like they are your normal teeth. You will also have to brush at least once a day. You will be shown by our dentist Harley street London the new way to floss with the special tools which will be provided. You may also push in a little amount of money to get a water flosser which has some special attachments to help you clean your implants perfectly.

Final checks and fitting

Your implants should be ready to hold your permanent overdenture 6-9 months after your surgery. This permanent overdenture is usually produced from porcelain and other materials which are long-lasting and of high quality.

If you take proper care of your new set of teeth, they should serve you comfortably for ten years or more.

After everything has been done, and the treatment has been completed, you will need to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and maintenance. Before you leave the clinic, make sure you make enquiries if your aftercare is included in the cost of your treatment or if they will have to be paid for separately.

How Can All-On-4 Dental Implants Be Gotten?

People may be eligible for the full mouth dental implants as provided by the government, but this is usually very rare. If this must happen, the person must meet up to the following conditions:

  • Prosthetics teeth are medically necessary for you (this should be either because all your teeth were lost through cancer or trauma)
  • There are some tangible reasons why you cannot use the traditional dentures
  • These dentures are provided by your dentist

Even with all this, we can still not assure you to get the replacement of your full set of teeth through this means.

Another option is going for a dentist who privately offers all-on-4treatments. This may be a bit stressful since this treatment is not offered by every dentist.

After finding a dentist for this treatment, you will have to discuss with the dentist about the treatment and get a suitable treatment plan. In case the dentist feels the treatment is not so suitable with your case, you will then discuss a suitable alternative.

Feel free to walk into our dental clinic in Harley Street, London, for your dental implants. Book an appointment here.

What Is The Cost Of All-On-4 Dental Implants In The Uk?

The cost of these dental implants differs from dentist to dentist. To know the exact price, you will have to ask your dentist for a quote personalised for you. All-on-4 dental implants should cost about £4,000 - £8,000 for each jaw in a private clinic in the UK. The amount you will pay for the implants is mainly dependent on the number of implants you need and the material that is used to produce your permanent all-on-4 dentures.

Before settling for the price of any dentist, you should go around many clinics which offer all-on-4 dental implants in your area. Since prices of this implant vary from one dentist to the other, you may find a dentist whose costs are lower than the others. However, your choice of the clinic to get your implants should not be dependent on the price only. You should lookout for a professional dentist who is experienced in carrying out the processes that are required of him.

If you think the cost of getting an all-on-4 dental implant is too high for you in the UK, you may consider going abroad to get your treatment. You can visit countries like turkey, Poland, Hungary, Spain and Thailand which have earned for themselves reputations for the excellent dental care they offer and their low cost. Many British families travel outside the country yearly to access cheaper dental care. It may also be an excellent time to enjoy your vacation.

Alternatives For All-On-4 Dental Implants

If you want a full replacement for your teeth either in just one jaw or the both and you do not want to use the all-on-4 dental implants, you can try the traditional full mouth implants or dentures. We have prepared for you their advantages and disadvantages.

Traditional full mouth implants

The combination of the implant-supported dental bridge and the single tooth implants is the conventional way of replacing the jaw-full of teeth. With the bridge, one implant at each of the end will be fixed to provide support for several teeth. With this procedure, each jaw usually needs about 8 to 10 implants for a full replacement.

Though both techniques demand the jawbone be drilled to create sockets, the all-on-4 implants require the use of fewer implants, which means that fewer drillings will be made. This will make the process a faster and more comfortable one for the patient. The cost of the dental implant will also be lower because lesser time and materials are used for the treatment.

Apart from the difference in the price, the all-on-4 dental implants are better than the traditional full mouth implants because of the reduced time of treatment. With all-on-4 dental implants, the dentures can be fitted immediately, but the traditional method demands that the patient waits for six months or longer for healing to be completed. Temporary dentures are usually fixed on the day of the surgery, and the permanent ones are fixed after some months.

Dentures

Removable dentures have been used as a replacement of a full jaw of teeth. These dentures are also called false teeth, and they are made of an acrylic base with its colour similar to that of the gums and resin or porcelain made teeth.

Dentures are designed to be fitted over the gums and held to it by suction or dental adhesive (fixative). When dentures fit correctly, there is usually no need for fixatives.

However, dentures that were once well-fitting can become loose because of the shrinking of the bones and change its shape because of the absence of teeth for it to support. When this happens, the dentures usually need to be relined or replaced so that the dentures will not cause discomforts and sores to the wearer.

Removable dentures are usually customised to fit perfectly over the gums of the patient. The roof of the mouth is usually covered by upper dentures, and the lower denture has the lower one has the shape of a horseshoe so that tongue can be free. Dentures are not to be worn overnight, and they should be cleaned daily.

The difference between dentures and all-on-4 implants is that dentures are removable while the all-on-4 implants are fixed in place and look just like the normal teeth. They do not give discomfort when chewing is done neither do they slip out of place at when the patient eats or speaks.

Dentures cover more area of the gum than the prosthetic teeth which are attached to an artificial gum that only covers a little part of the original gum. The prosthetic teeth are barely visible when the patient smiles because the joint is hidden far behind the lips.

If the cost is to be considered, dentures will be more appreciated because they are far more cost-effective than every other kind of implant though they usually need replacement after about five years.

In the table below, you will find a summary of the characteristics of all-on-4 implants and its alternatives.

Characteristics All-on-4 implants Traditional implants Dentures

Placement

Prosthetic teeth are attached to 4-6 implants made of titanium in the jaw bone

Prosthetic teeth are attached to 8-10 implants made of titanium in the jaw bone

Placed on the gums, fixatives may be needed

Eligibility

Can be used by patients with bone loss

A bone graft may be required

Can be used by most patients

Eating

They are fixed and are just like the natural teeth; after healing is completed, everything can be eaten

They are fixed and are just like the natural teeth; after healing is achieved, everything can be eaten

may shift when chewing is done; there are some restrictions on certain foods

Longevity

Ten years or more

10 – 15 years

Needs replacement after every 5 years

Bone loss

Implants help keep the bone

Implants help preserve the bone

Bone loss cannot be controlled; this will always make the denture loosen

Parts of the mouth covered

Attached to artificial gums with minimum contact with the real gums

The crowns are fixed directly to the real gums

Many parts of the gum and roof of the mouth are covered by the acrylic plate

Appearance

Gum joint is hidden deeply behind the lips; looks just like the natural teeth

Just like the natural teeth, no need for artificial gum

Looks like the natural teeth, the face may sag after a while because of bone loss

Cleaning

Daily cleaned like the normal teeth

Daily cleaned like the normal teeth

Must be removed overnight and cleaned daily

Cost for each jaw

£4,000- £14,000

£8,000 - £21,000

£400 - £2,500

You can visit us at Harley Street, London, to get replacements for your missing teeth. Book an appointment with us today.

ALL-ON-4 IMPLANTS: THEIR ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

After comparing the all-on-4 dental implants to the other alternatives in the market, we can list their advantages and disadvantages as follows:

Advantages

The all-on-4 dental implants are better than the removable dentures and the traditional implants because:

  • Shorter time is needed for treatment and recovery
  • Extraction and implantation can be done on the same day
  • They do not need to be removed for cleaning as they are fixed in place
  • They do not shift, slip or fall out
  • Patients with bone loss can use it
  • The crowns and bridges are supported by a stable and comfortable structure
  • They are cost-effective

Disadvantages

Despite all the advantages of all-on-4 dental implants, patients may still prefer its alternatives because of the following disadvantages:

  • The results of the traditional implants may be better than the one from all-on-4 implants
  • Some patients complain of problems while hissing, spitting or speaking
  • They are not fully customised
  • They are seen by some dentists as a short cut for the proper replacement of teeth
  • If a single implant fails, the whole jaw can be affected
  • The mouth may feel bulky because of the artificial gum bridge

Before choosing the most suitable way to get your teeth replaced, do well to take all these into consideration.

Reviews And Studies On All-On-4 Dental Implants

We have had patients who have been so concerned about the safety and durability of the all-on-4 implants. We can say that its technology is new and so far, it can be said to last for 10 years. There are possibilities for the results to be good as 94.8% of the implants and 99.2% of the prostheses last longer than 10 years.

It is possible for these implants to last for as long as 15 to 20 years or even more especially if you have been caring for them just like your dentist instructed.

VISIT US

You can visit us for your all-on-4 dental implants and other dental treatment. Book an appointment and visit our dentist in Harley Street, London. You can also call us on 020 71830755 if you need more information.