Is All on 4 Dental Implants a Good Decision?
So you are tired of rotten, missing teeth and high dental bills? And emergency trips to the dentist are getting old? Here is the place to explore the pros and cons of replacing all your teeth problems once and for all with implant teeth. All on 4 is the most practical and popular way to replace all your teeth with permanent implants. There are other options to replace a full mouth of teeth with implants you need to explore before making a final decision. Snap in dentures is much less expensive alternative to all on 4 that many people really enjoy.
Full Implant Options Are Confusing
Because there are many different ways to replace all your teeth with implants, it can be confusing. And you cannot take a new set of teeth for a test drive before buying them. The decision is a big one and you need to educate yourself before deciding what to do. It is a large financial investment. You want to be satisfied with the result. And the entire process and procedure is terrifying.
Dr. Gary Adams has done thousands of implant procedures including all lot of full mouth implant reconstruction. Dr. Adams maintains a small specialty implant center where he does implant reconstruction, sedation dentistry and TMJ treatment in the Washington, DC metro area. Dr Adams sees patients mostly from around DC, Maryland and Virginia. But some people travel from across the USA and abroad. Today we share some of the docs personal and professional insight and advice you will find very helpful. Whether you are looking for education or a consultation, enjoy the read and please give us feed back.
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The reviews for All on 4 implant teeth are generally good
But you need to learn about the different ways to replace teeth with implants before deciding what to do. People who have suffered with poor fitting dentures will be especially happy with full mouth permanent implant options. On the other hand, people who compare all on 4 to a good set of natural teeth may be disappointed. But they may be thrilled. The point is, there are differences between natural teeth vs implants. And huge differences with various fixed implant solutions. You to know what you are getting yourself into of you may have regrets. New Teeth are not like cars. You cannot take them for a test drive.
Differences between natural teeth and all on 4 you need to know:
- All on 4 is a one-piece set of teeth installed installed into the mouth. It feels different than natural teeth to the tongue. The teeth are smoother and thicker than natural teeth.
- Implant teeth do not have nerves, so the do not feel cold. That is probably a good thing. Implants can apply more pressure without pain than natural teeth. That is probably good until something breaks. This is where getting acrylic plastic teeth vs zirconia is a serious consideration. Get the zirconia upgrade because it does not break.
- Cleaning happens with a tooth brush, waterpik and special brushes and floss. Hygiene and maintenance is different.
- There are differences but one is not necessarily better than the other. Just know what you are getting yourself into.
How Long do Full Implants Last?
Also, how long will your investment last and what will maintenance costs be like in the future. There are some problems with all on 4 that should be considered. Additionally, there are many different kinds of all on four implant solutions. If you are considering replacing your teeth, you should read this article to better educate yourself.
Some teeth are made of smooth durable zirconia and other teeth are made of plastic. Educate yourself on these options to avoid regrets, costly repairs and remakes.
What is All on 4 Implants?
All on 4 Implant procedure by definition is removal of all your natural teeth and complete replacement of an upper or lower set of teeth with a permanent one-piece implant bridge supported by 4 or more dental implants. All on 4 complications and problems do happen. Not every all on 4 case goes perfectly and as planned. Also not every implant dentist is created equal. Some dentists are more skilled and capable of performing better full mouth implant cases. Full mouth implant dentistry is much more complex than replacing one tooth with a dental implant. Most dentists cannot completely perform this service. The skill of fitting the implant teeth is equally complex, if not more difficult than the implant and oral surgery. Full mouth cases are best done by one dentist who has advanced training in implant surgery and full mouth crown and bridge reconstruction. This is termed a “dental implant center.” Most dental implant centers feature a team of dentists.
Very Important All on 4 Advice from Dr. Adams
You should also educate yourself on the different kinds of teeth used for All on 4. Long story short, only accept zirconia teeth. And do not do traditional acrylic teeth. Also even though we call it “all on 4,” it is much better to use 5 or 6 implants per full set of teeth. It is stronger 4 is the bare minimum. And do yourself a favor and do not go anywhere where they claim to be able to totally finish your case in one day. At least not until you read this article: Why All on 4 should not be completed in one day?
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Dr Adams vs Clear Choice Implants
- We are not a national chain or franchise like Clear Choice. Dr Adams provides individual attention to each and every implant case
- Dr Adams handles the entire case involving implant surgery and fitting of the implant teeth. With one doctor doing the entire case there will never be a miscommunication.
- We use many natural and holistic dental products such as platelet rich fibrin and oxygen and ozone therapy to promote bone growth and healing.
- Dr. Adams will consider all implant options not just All on 4. Dr Adams also does gum treatments, fillings, conventional dentures and a full range of dental services. Dr. Adams will never try to talk you into taking out all your teeth when there is a better option. We will present all options you have to fix your teeth.
- We will file your insurance and get your benefits.
One of Dr. Adams most popular services is DNA appliance therapy for sleep apnea and TMJ. Dr Adams approaches implant dentistry with a holistic dentistry approach. On difference is using PRF treatments and dental ozone and oxygen therapies. The use of different types of PRF preparations improves bone healing around implants, shortens implant recovery time, decreases pain and swelling after implant surgery.
All on 4 Implant Bridge failure – if one implant goes bad what happens?
All on 4 dental implant reviews have generally been good, but there are some concerns about All on 4 that need to be considered prior to removing and replacing all your teeth with a full mouth implant bridge.
All on 4 Procedure Pros and Cons:
If one of the four implants fails after the teeth have been made, the entire All on 4 implants will need to be remade. The bridge will need to be remade because 4 implants is the bare minimum needed to support a full set of upper or lower implant teeth. Additionally, it is impossible to replace a dental implant by doing an after the fact surgery and have the implant heal in the same position as the lost implant. Since the implant position is different, the All on 4 implant bridge will no long connect precisely in the same way as before. This will cause a major problem because the All on 4 implant bridge is very expensive to remake and it will take several visits to re-make. The failed implant will also take a period of months to be replaced and heal also. The loss could take 5-12 months to fix. While All on 4 dental implants complications do occur, if the case is done by a qualified dental implant expert, most cases turn out very nice and meet the expectation of the patient.
Why All on Four Implants Needs 5 to 6 dental implants and not just 4
The best way to avoid this kind of All on 4 problem is to place 5-6 implants for a full mouth implant bridge. If 5-6 implants are placed, an implant failure may not be a problem or cause the entire case to fail. For the implant dentist, patients can get very frustrated with this kind of failure. Patients can do anything from writing online negative reviews about All on 4 Dental Implants to filing law suits for suspected malpractice. Where there is a doctor with a wallet, there is the threat of a lawsuit. 1 or 2 extra dental implants in this situation becomes an inexpensive insurance policy of sorts against complete All on 4 failure. All on 4 cases have failed if not enough implants are placed, but the reviews have been great when 5 or 6 implants are used and the case is done by a qualified implant expert.
In general, if an all on 4 case is done by a qualified implant specialist, the case usually turns out great. All on 4 implant reviews are good but as stated complications do arise. All on four cases should be planned with the most likely failure in mind and a plan in place if there is an all on 4 implant complication.
All on 4 teeth can fracture and break
This rarely happens if the all on 4 teeth are made of an up to date material like zirconia. This was a major problem with older hybridge or hybrid all on 4 implant teeth made of plastic acrylic. Zirconia materials such as Bruxzir and Prettau are strong and rarely break. All on 4 dental implant complications including bridge breakage can happen but most of the time only with older acrylic hybrid denture models.
A Tooth Can Fall off the All on 4.
All on 4 Implant Techniques – Bridges are made in one of two different ways:
- Titanium with acrylic teeth and gums cured on top of the titanium substructure. This design is the classic design called a hybrid denture and one laboratory calls their version – Hybridge Denture or Hybridge Implant Bridge. It is basically a denture made on top of a piece of titanium that screws onto the implants permanently. The design is very permanent and stable. One problem with this design teeth can separate from the titanium framework. The All on 4 bridge can be repaired by sending it back to the lab for repair. The repairs are typically inexpensive but the repair can take days and leave the patient without any teeth for a few days.
- The second design and the newer and better option is a full mouth solid zirconia bridge. In this design the bridge and teeth are one solid piece made by a 3D design and printer. This kind of full mouth implant bridge is called a Prettau Bridge. Another competing technology is called Bruxzir. The product is one solid zirconia milling and has superior looks and strength. Very rarely do these full mouth zirconia implant all on 4 teeth break. This later design is typically a little more expensive. Both are more expensive than implant dentures – the least expensive full mouth implant option.
Cost of All on Four? How much is All on 4?
Depending on the region of the country, the quality of dental implants and the all on 4 bridge material used ( Prettau vs Hybrid Denture ), The Cost of All on 4 can range from $40,000 – $60,000. If you are quoted a cost lower than $40,000 you are either in Mexico or using an implant and materials you do not want in your mouth. All on 4 dental implants complications can be minimized if the case is done by a dentist with a lot of full mouth dental implant experience.
Consider all on 4 price, the cases are usually very worth the investment. Generally, all on 4 implant reviews are excellent if the case is done by a qualified dental implant expert. But remember All on four complications can happen and cases should be planned with potential points of problems in mind. For example if the patient clenches you may want to add an additional implant to help carry heavier biting forces. And if there is weaker bone, extra grafting of bone may be considered to strengthen weaker implants.
The high cost of full implant cases can be difficult to afford, but when multiple teeth are hurting and your smile is suffering, the cost may begin to seem like the easy way out. When faced with expensive treatment on natural teeth such as several root canal re-treatments removing failing root canals and replacing your teeth with a durable long-lasting full implant case seems like a great idea. What happens if you do not get a root canal? Is a dental implant an alternative to a root canal?
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