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All On 4 Dental Implants

All On 4 Dental Implants

When you have teeth missing it can be embarrassing and make you feel self-conscious. Missing teeth can be replaced in various ways and there will be things to consider before you decide which method is for you. This might be the cost or other aspects of treatment but one alternative, All-on-4 is a very successful and popular solution. This method of replacing missing teeth is also sometimes called teeth in a day. This is because the implants are inserted and completed in the same day. It is natural that you would have questions about the procedure and dentist St. Albans can help you with telling you all you need to know.

All-on-4 dental implants. What are they?

The all four tooth replacement method is an alternative to other methods of replacing teeth and comes under the trademark of Nobel Biocare. it has several really attractive components.

Firstly you will benefit from having fewer dental implants her arch of your jaw. The traditional methods of placing implants well require 8 to 10 implants to be placed in either the upper or lower jaw. With the all on for method the upper or lower arch of artificial teeth can be supported by as few as four implants. if the patient has been identified to have a low bone density it is possible that five or six implants may be needed.

The rear implants used in all on 4 will be angled in order to give added an optimum strength. They will be inserted at an angle of about 30 to 45 degrees. this makes them suitable even for patients who have being found to have bone loss allowing them to avoid the lengthy and expensive process of bone grafting.

All over in a day

Because the all on for dental implants are fitted the same day they are often also called teeth in her day or even sometimes, smile in a day. other employees processes can take months to be completed six street with poses for healing to take place at various stages. All on 4 dental implants can be done in just a day.

Can anybody have all on four implants

In order to find out whether you would be in a good position to have the all on full procedure you need to visit your dentist. everybody is different and it will only be by assessment by a qualified professional that your suitability can be ascertained. If you have lost all or most of your teeth and you were looking for something more affordable than traditional implants then all on four could well be for you.

some of the reasons people choose all on 4 are

  • Wanting to end the embarrassment they feel about the teeth
  • That they're looking for an alternative to wearing traditional dentures
  • But their teeth cannot be restored by other means

How the procedure for all on for is accomplished

the first time that you see the dentist he or she will give you a full examination and discuss what it is you're looking for. your dentist will examine your mouth and your teeth and might in some instances recommend that you have a CT scan as well. this will help them to discover exactly whether you are a suitable candidate full the procedure and it will also help them to understand how much bone density you have and plan exactly where an implant might be positioned.

Before you make any decisions your professional will talk to you about any other alternatives that there are so that you have the full details of what is available to you. if after your examination and any scans to assess bone density have been done and reported then if you are going ahead with all on four treatments impressions of your teeth will be taken and sent to a specialised dental laboratory who will make the new bridge to look like natural teeth and to match any teeth that you still have.

Having the surgery

at this point the implants will be inserted into your gums and any teeth already in your mouth that need to be extracted will be taken out. you may be offered a sedative to help you relax during the procedure and a local anaesthetic will be used for the dentist to carry out the procedure. if you think you really would prefer to have a general anaesthetic you should make this clear to your dentist when you first meet them.

after the teeth that require extraction have been taken out the mouth will be thoroughly cleaned to ensure that any tissue that is damaged and all bacteria have been removed. the dentist will then drill holes one on each side at the back of the jaw Aston angles so that the implants inserted can offer enhanced support. once the implants are in then the mouse will be cleaned once again and stitching will take place with stitches that will dissolve on their own within a week to a fortnight.

Your resin overdenture will then be fitted on the same day, or sometimes on the day after. these are temporary and the material used will be light and not as durable so that they will exact less pressure on the implants that have been inserted while they are healing. once they have been fully healed the permanent crown will be fitted and this is usually a few months later.

The time after your implant

In the days following your all on 4 implant insertion patients do report some swelling bruising and general discomfort and many people choose to take a few days off work and riff rain from any strenuous activity during this time. it will also be necessary to eat a softer diet while you allow the implants to settle in. you should care for your implants in the same way as you do your natural teeth and you will also be shown how to use some special flushing tools. You could also consider buying a water flosser to help you keep your implants and bridge clean.

Final checks and fitting

In about six to nine months after you have had your implant surgery the implants will be strong enough fewer permanent overdenture, that will usually be made of either porcelain or another type of very durable material, to be fitted. you will need to keep coming for regular cheque ups and maintenance and you should also cheque whether these visits are included in the cost of treatments or need to be paid for separately. once your implants have been completed they should last, with proper maintenance, for a decade or more.

The pros and cons of having All on 4

There are a lot of advantages to the alarm for procedure over regular implants and these include:


  • Being fixed permanently without the need to remove to clean
  • The time taken to complete treatment and recovery is faster
  • Alarm for represents excellent value for money
  • The implants will be placed in the jaw on the same day as teeth are extracted
  • The implants will not move and will not fall out
  • These implants make a great option for people with bone density loss
  • They are comfortable and look and feel like natural teeth


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where there are pros there will always also be cons:
  • Some people report having problems with talking initially.
  • some feel that results do not equal that of traditional implants
  • sometimes the artificial gum may feel bulky
  • The failure of even a single implant can cause problems for the whole

Yes, some of the most common problems that are reported with the all on four procedur

Before you undergo any treatment you need to understand everything about the treatment and that includes any possible complications there might be. these might be

  • Issues with speech, as it can take a little while to get used to having the new prosthesis within your mouth. For most people this is accomplished in time but for others the problem will remain.
  • It is possible that the implant can fail this can happen for several reasons such as the patients suffering from diabetes or from other poor management issues. for this reason it is essential that a patient is very careful to maintain scrupulous aftercare.
  • • Infection is another reason why an implant can fail. It is possible for food to be stuck underneath the denture and this can cause infection as well as gum disease so patients need to be sure that they are following a very strict routine of cleaning.
  • What are the other alternatives for replacing teeth?

    As well as the All on 4 implant procedure there are another two ways in which teeth can be replaced in one or other of the jaws or in both. these consist of dental implants or dentures.

    Dentures versus All on 4

    Also known as false teeth, dentures have been a very long accepted way of replacing missing teeth either with a partial or a full denture. dentists will be made to be coloured the same as a gun and will usually be acrylic with porcelain or resin teeth. they are kept in place usually with a dental add he save or by suction. Well-made and well fitted dentures will not need any extra dental adhesive added to them. The fact is that bone shrinks with age and if there are no teeth within them the gums shape will change and dentures will become loose. the denture will then need to be replaced. with an upper jaw denture that denture will cover the top of the mouth and in the lower jewel the denture will be a horseshoe shape which will allow room for the tongue to move. most dentures required to be taken out each night and cleaned..

    With all on for implants they will look and act exactly like natural teeth would. because they are fixed in place they won't slip when you talk or when you eat and there will be only a small portion of the gum covered unlike they would be with the fuller coverage of dentures.

    Comparing the cost of both, dentures will be cheaper but will also need to be replaced every five years or so.

    All on 4 versus the regular implant

    it is possible to replace all the teeth with implants by putting implants in the jaw that will then support a dental bridge or bridges. but in the case of a bridge the teeth are being supported by implants at each end of and arch instead of using one implant per tooth. usually around 8 to 10 implants will be used in each dental arch.

    Although regular implants and all on 4 implants both involve the drilling of sockets into the jaw bone there are fewer of these required for the all on for procedure which makes the procedure easier and more comfortable. It also means a reduction in cost because the time of treatment is less.

    if a patient has low bone density the mini dental implant might be used as an alternative. the treatment time however is the biggest advantage with all on fall because the teeth affected on the same day instead of waiting for healing to occur over six months as would be needed with regular implants.


    You will find us at:

    54 The Quadrant, St Albans, AL4 9RD

    See the comparison table below for more details:

    Features All-on-4 Trad. Implants Removal Dentures
    Placement Affixed into the jawbone on four to six implants made of titanium in the jawbone Affixed in the jaw to eight to ten implants made of titanium Rests on gum. Adhesive might be needed
    Eligibility Good where there is bone loss Bone graft might be needed Can be widely used
    Eating Acts like natural teeth. Few to no restrictions after healing Fixed, acts like natural teeth. Few restrictions after healing Might move while eating. Requires avoiding certain food
    Longevity Ten years or more 10 – 15 years Last about 5 years before replacement is needed
    Bone loss Help Prevent bone loss Helps to prevent further bone loss Bone loss progression inevitable that will cause loose dentures
    Coverage in mouth Placed in gums like teeth Crowns are attached cover the gums and extend over the roof of the mouth
    Appearance Looks like natural teeth. Indistinguishable from natural teeth Well fitted looks like natural teeth Loss of bone might lead to sagging of the face.
    Cleaning Clean as natural teeth Clean as natural teeth Should be taken out at night for cleaning
    Cost per jaw £5,000 - £14,000 £8,000 - £21,000 £400 - £2,500

    What is the cost of an All-on-Four dental implant?

    The cost of an All-on-Four dental implant is around £5,000 - £14,000 per jaw. The price, of course, depends on the dentist you visit, the number of implants you need and the material you choose for your permanent all-on-4. You can always ask around and get good recommendations before making your choice, as prices can vary from one dentist to another.

    All-on-4 is a great choice for anyone who is missing all their teeth and is not a good candidate for regular dentures. The best part is that you can get it all in one day, as you will not have to wait for months to get a permanent prosthetic. Contact our Dentist St. Albans today for more information, help and a suitable treatment option.