If you require full-mouth restoration, choosing between dentures and full implants can be a difficult decision to make, especially if you’d rather not get dentures but want to avoid the cost of full implants. All-on-4®️ is a comfortable middle ground between the two options, providing a permanent solution for those who want the stability of implants at a lower price.
Modern Age Dentistry — with locations in West Hills, Ojai, and Los Angeles, California— can provide you with the information and guidance you need to proceed with full mouth restorations like dental implants and All-on-4 full-arch implants. Our skilled dentist, Dr. Ali Saeghi, is experienced with All-on-4, and can help you decide whether it's right for you.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is a technique designed to reduce the number of implants used in full mouth restoration. The implants support a full arch of replacement teeth, and the implants are installed at an angle, rather than vertically, which is especially helpful for people who have experienced bone loss in their jaws.
The difference between implants, dentures, and All-on-4
While they all serve a similar purpose — replacing a full set of damaged or missing teeth — full implants, dentures, and All-on-4 are different.
Full implants vs. All-on-4
While both use metal implants inserted into your jawbone, All-on-4 uses far fewer. A typical set of full implants can use 8-10 implants per jaw, which can put a strain on your mouth and body. Full implants can also take anywhere from six months to a year to complete because your jaw has to heal in between procedures.
All-on-4 puts less pressure on your jaw because only four implants are used per jaw, placed on an angle — those four posts support a full set of upper or lower prosthetic teeth — and the entire procedure can be done in a single day. It's faster than full dental implants, and the angling of the implants means that even people with extreme bone loss can benefit from this system.
Full dental implants can cost upwards of $20,000; All-on-4 is a more affordable alternative for those who want natural-looking teeth without the financial strain.
Dentures vs. All-on-4
Dentures are the lower-cost option for a set of artificial teeth and gums that are molded to your mouth. They rest against your gums and adhere using suction rather than being permanently fixed, and you must remove them every night for cleaning.
When the roots of your teeth aren’t present, your jaw shrinks over time. This means dentures must be replaced every few years to avoid slippage. Over time, those costs add up.
Dentures also require you to avoid certain foods, and might not look or feel like normal teeth. For people who want more natural-feeling teeth but cannot undergo full implants due to cost or bone loss, All-on-4 is a suitable alternative. The All-on-4 replacement teeth are fixed with implanted “roots,” so they protect your jaw and don't require removal or come with dietary restrictions.
The benefits of All-on-4
All-on-4 is an option for nearly everyone, and this system comes with a number of benefits.
- Fewer implant posts required
- Function as normal teeth
- Shorter recovery time
- Same-day smile
- Angled implants that don't require bone grafting
- Less expensive than full dental implants
If you're interested in learning more about All-on-4, set up a consultation with dentists who are experienced with this remarkable option and can help you determine if it's right for you. Call Modern Age Dentistry at one of our California offices or book an appointment online.