All-On-4 Dental Implants vs. Traditional Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best option when it comes to replacing missing or damaged teeth.

There’s no need for patients to hide their smiles forever or not be able to enjoy eating properly, they can find great and efficient results in dental implants.

These two types of procedures have many differences. The main one is the number of implants that each one requires. Traditional dental implants need up to 10 implants while the All-on-4 only needs 4 implants per jaw. But this is not the only difference between the procedures.

Let’s take a quick look at some more differences below:
Traditional Dental Implants All-On-4 Dental Implants
Require between four to eight individual implants. Require four implants.
Require multiple surgeries with a long recovery between each one. Quick and efficient. The implants can be installed in a day.
The implants are removable. Implants are not removable and offer a permanent solution.
The implants are inserted by screw into the jaw. Once the implants are in place, the jaw must heal and integrate the implants into the bone. The implants support a full arch of replacement teeth and are installed at an angle which is especially helpful for people who have experienced bone loss in their jaws. 
May require at least two surgeries to install. The artificial roots and replacement teeth are installed all on the same day.
Bone grafting may be required. This is more common with traditional dental implant surgery and can add to the total treatment time. Bone grafting is rarely required. The dentist selects the bulkiest areas of the jaw to place the implants.  Bone grafting requires removing small fragments of bone from one area of your jaw and transferring them to the areas receiving the implants. 
Recovery time may be longer due to the different surgeries that the implant requires. You can expect a recovery time after receiving All-on-4 dental implants of approximately one week. 

You will find pros and cons in all tooth replacement options.

Base your decision on your individual goals, needs, financial consideration, and the advice of professionals.

At Northern Colorado Dental Specialty and Dental Implant Center, we are dedicated to getting your care right the first time so you can confidently enjoy your life. Through a dental exam, our professionals will provide patients with thorough information about the different dental implants and the best option for each individual patient.

Our team of specialty dental experts is unparalleled in Fort Collins and in the Northern Colorado area. Call +1 970-825-0000, or visit us at 1221 E Elizabeth St Unit 4, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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