All-on-4 Dental Implants Cost Breakdown: Everything You Need to Know

all-on-4 dental implants cost

If you’re choosing the All-on-4 implant treatment, whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, a detailed cost evaluation of each component could prove vital for you in forming the eventual decision.

It can also help you gain comparative insights into similar or traditional dental procedures. Equipping you with the basic financial information to help prepare you for your upcoming consultation with the dentist, who will guide and advise you further along the process. 

A 2011 study reported a 94.8% implant-related success rate in patients using the All-on-4 implants over a 10-year period. This means that this treatment is an efficient and secure investment. Especially in the long term. Getting this treatment could be a better decision for you than regular, conventional methods. If the dentist says you are suitable, you could also bypass the need for procedures like bone grafting and more implants. 

We shall now dive right into breaking down and giving you a clearer picture of All-on-4 implant treatment costs.

So, What Are the All-On-4 Implants?

The idea is to provide a cost-effective, graftless solution for patients with missing teeth (edentulous) using only four dental implants. This approach has drastically reduced the likelihood of needing bone grafting—a surgical procedure where deteriorated bone is replaced with bone from the patient, an animal, or a synthetic substitute.

All-on-4 leverages the placement of two anterior implants and two posterior implants at up to an angle of 45 degrees. This translates into more contact with the bone and a more equal load distribution. This is a permanent treatment and gets its foundational strength from a biological process called osseointegration (the body accepting and fusing strongly with the prosthesis). Picture a screw-retained replacement for the entire upper and/or lower set of teeth with only four dental implants as supports (thus the ‘4’ in ‘All-on-4’). 

The reason why this procedure is so distinctive is because it enables an immediate loading of the prosthesis (the fake teeth), which means you as a patient can go home with a full set of temporary teeth on the same day as the implant surgery. There will be permanent teeth placed, but that comes later.

A Breakdown of the Costs

The total all-on-4 dental implants cost is influenced by a variety of factors, and each contributes at a varying rate, to the final cost that is to be paid by you. Here we have compiled a breakdown of what might affect the cost of All-on-4 dental implants. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and if you want to get the most accurate appraisal, contact an experienced dentist, skilled in All-on-4 implant treatments.

Diagnostic Procedures

Consultation: The initial consultation will be the foundation of the treatment you will be undertaking in the future. You will be discussing a myriad of factors with the dentist. This could include conversations about your oral health, medical history, or your suitability for the All-on-4 implants. This is also the time you may ask them about the costs and available financial plans. 

While there are dental clinics out there that’ll offer you a free initial consultation, there are also others on the other hand, who may charge for this service. This cost majorly depends upon things like the location of the clinic and how skilled the staff are.

Dental Imaging: Basic X-rays are often taken so that the dentist can get a good, preliminary view of your jawbone and teeth structure. A CBCT scan would, on the other hand, give the dentist a detailed three-dimensional view. The reason they do this is to plan the implant placement and ensure the use of existing bone is maximized, potentially avoiding bone grafts. X-rays can be relatively of modest cost. CBCT scans, though, can cost a little more on the higher end. 

The price for a CBCT scan can range quite significantly based on geographic location and the facility. Also, it’s important to remember that your basic dental insurance plans might not cover this (they often don’t), so they could prove to be a significant out-of-pocket expense.

Surgical Procedures

Surgical Complexity: Some complex cases – such as ones where you’d need zygomatic implants – may require tooth extraction. The more teeth that need extraction, the higher the cost will jump. Need for minor bone smoothing or adjustments could also just turn up, even if major bone grafts are not required for your case. These procedures will add to the surgical time and complexity, adding to the cost even further. Also, for more extensive surgeries or for patients who have anxiety, sedation or general anesthesia might become a necessary expense. Additional costs for the anesthesiologist and the medication used significantly increase the overall price. 

When there is insufficient height of bone in the upper jaw area due to the proximity of sinus cavities, you might also just need a sinus lift. The surgeon gently raises the sinus membrane and places bone graft material to create space for the implant. This can further add to the all-on-4 dental implants cost.

Implant Components: These majorly include the abutment, the crown, and the titanium implant. Each of these has its own different customizations and options, which will influence the price. For example, the abutment might be one that the clinic provides as a stock abutment, or you might require a newly customized one that matches the contours of your gum line. An affordable solution for the crown could be a porcelain-metal combination that gives a natural look and matches quite nicely with your natural teeth. The factors to look out for in the case of dental implants are: what the brand and quality of the implant is, where they will fit in the mouth, and the complexity of their surgical placement.

Post-Operative Costs

Medication and Follow-up/Maintenance Visits: After you have gotten the implants, you will still need to visit the dentist often. The reason for this is that the dentist must monitor your healing, ensure proper integration of the implants, and adjust the temporary prosthesis if necessary for them to last for decades. Your dentist might have already added the first few initial visits that will take in the nascent stages of your healing process, however, additional visits might incur further costs. 

Antibiotics and pain-relievers might be prescribed as standard so as to prevent infection and manage any post-surgical pain. Logically, the aftercare incurs costs of its own.

Permanent Prosthesis: After the osseointegration process has ended and the tooth socket is in the perfect condition to hold a new, permanent tooth, you will be called to have the former removed and the latter installed. This new tooth can handle stronger bites and has more power in general. Again, just like with the temporary options, there are multiple options to choose from with varied costs.

Conclusion

The factors that we have discussed today each contribute to an all-on-4 dental implants cost. It should be repeated that it is crucial to have a clear understanding from the get-go that your dental provider will give you about what is included in your initial treatment cost and what additional expenses you might incur throughout the recovery and beyond. This kind of approach will make sure that you will not encounter any surprises and helps keep up both the health of your implants and your financial planning. If you are looking for a consultation with experienced and skilled dentists, contact us at Kelowna Implant Clinic, a premier clinic located in Kelowna, BC, today and revitalize your dental journey!

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