Dental implants have long been a popular choice among patients seeking permanent restoration of missing or decaying teeth. However, having them installed can be a painful, time-consuming, and complicated process. Traditionally, it has taken at least two procedures to fully install a complete set of dental implants. After the natural teeth have been extracted, the dentist makes an opening in the jawbone into which a titanium post is installed. After this post has integrated with the jawbone, it acts as the “root” for the new crown that will replace each natural tooth.
Dental implants require some special considerations not applicable to regular dentures, and for that reason not everyone is eligible for them. For the procedure to succeed, the surrounding natural teeth and gums must be in good health, the patient must have sufficient bone in the jaw, and the bone must be strong enough to support the implant. If these requirements aren’t meant, more bone may need to be added via a procedure known as bone grafting (also called bone augmentation).
From beginning to end, the installation of traditional dental implants can take anywhere from a minimum of six months to a year or more to complete. Once the installation is finished, the wearer can look forward to decades of wear with proper care. Implants also afford the wearer a greater sense of security, as they are crafted to remain immobile even while eating, talking, or brushing and flossing. And because they are more stable than removable dentures, they won’t impede your speech, so you can feel free to communicate with confidence.
All-on-4 dental implants offer all of these advantages and more, as they require only four permanent implants for total dental restoration. This means installation is less invasive and time-consuming, because all-on-4 implants require fewer individual installations the cost is typically much lower.
As with traditional implants, installation of the all-on-4 system is usually performed under general anesthesia. First, any remaining teeth will be extracted and any infected tissue removed from the jaw and gums. Next, titanium screws will be placed in the jawbone. But instead of one screw per tooth, a total of only four screws will be used: two for the upper jaw toward the front of your mouth, and two for the lower jaw toward the back of your mouth. These will be strategically positioned to act as anchors to support your dentures.
Because they are made of more durable materials than traditional removable dentures, you can expect your all-on-4 implants to have a higher success rate and a longer life expectancy than cheaper alternatives. They also generally require less maintenance and fewer repairs over time. Best of all, your dental insurance will likely cover a substantial portion of the cost, so you’ll be paying less out of pocket than you would for traditional permanent dentures.
In terms of ease, cost, efficiency, and recovery time, all-on-4 implants offer numerous advantages over traditional permanent dentures. The total price will depend on each patient’s needs, including the system being installed, the materials from which it’s made, and how many teeth must be replaced. To further break down the price comparison, consider that traditional dental implants typically cost around $1700 per implant, plus the cost of the crown. Multiply that by the number of teeth you need to replace, and before long you’re confront an enormous bill. In contrast, because all-on-4 technology involves a total of four implants – plus the upper and lower bridges – you can expect the grand total to be much lower.
The exact cost of all-on-4 implants in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood will vary depending on factors including which dentist you consult and how much work you need done. But here at West Hollywood Holistic and Cosmetic Dental Care, we aim to deliver the best possible service at the best possible value. We work with every budget and with all kinds of insurance coverage. Call us today for more information, or to schedule a FREE consultation, and soon you’ll be on your way to the beautiful new smile you deserve.