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What is the Difference Between Traditional Implants and All-on-Four Implants?

What is the Difference Between

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be considering dental implants as an option for restoring your smile. Dental implants are a popular choice because they look and feel like natural teeth, and they can last for many years with proper care. But what is the difference between traditional dental implants and all-on-four dental implants? Let’s take a closer look!

What are traditional dental implants?

Traditional dental implants are placed in the jawbone, and a single implant can support one tooth. To support larger restorations, such as a bridge or denture, multiple implants will need to be placed. To place a denture, a minimum of six dental implants per arch are usually needed. This means that a minimum of 12 implants are needed for a full mouth replacement.

Traditional Implants (Top) vs. All-on-Four Implants (Bottom)
Traditional Implants (Top) vs. All-on-Four Implants (Bottom)

Traditional implants also need a certain amount of bone mass to be present in the jaw in order to be placed. In cases where there is not enough bone mass, bone augmentation procedures may be performed before the implants can be placed. There are two types of bone augmentation procedures: bone grafts and sinus lifts.

Traditional implants require a longer healing time because they must fuse to the bone before the artificial tooth (crown) can be placed. The amount of healing time can also be increased when bone augmentation procedures are needed. On average, each procedure takes about 3-6 months to heal.

What are all-on-four implants?

All-on-four dental implants are placed in the jawbone and can support an entire arch of teeth (upper or lower). All-on-four implants are placed in the jawbone at an angle that allows them to support an entire arch of teeth with only four implants.

Unlike traditional implants, all-on-four implants also do not require a minimum amount of bone mass to be present. Instead, they are strategically placed into areas with more bone mass and their angulation helps them maintain contact with the bone. This makes them a good option for patients who have had teeth missing for a long time and have lost bone mass as a result.

All-on-four implants have a shorter healing time because they do not need to fuse to the bone before the artificial teeth (crowns) can be placed. They also tend to heal faster since bone augmentation procedures are not needed. On average, all-on-four implants take about two to three months to heal.

Finally, all-on-four implants tend to be more cost effective for replacing an entire mouthful of teeth. This is because fewer implants are needed and there are no bone augmentation procedures required. However, the total cost of your procedure will depend on numerous factors, so you should discuss this with your dentist before deciding on one type of implant over the other.

Which is Right for You?

Both traditional dental implants and all-on-four dental implants are made of titanium, a strong and durable material that is well tolerated by the body. Titanium fuses to the bone, which helps to keep the implant in place. Additionally, both types of implants provide a durable and long-lasting tooth replacement option.

With that being said, there are certain situations where one type may be better for you than another. Generally speaking, traditional dental implants may be the best choice if you are missing one or a few teeth. All-on-four dental implants may be the best choice if you are missing all of your teeth in an arch (upper or lower). However, there are a few things you will need to consider to determine what type of implant is best for you. These include: 

  • The number of teeth you are missing
  • The severity of bone loss
  • Budget
  • Your personal preference

If you are considering dental implants, be sure to consult with your dentist to discuss which type is best for you. They will be able to assess your individual situation and make a recommendation based on your needs. With proper care, dental implants can last for many years, so be sure to choose the type that is best for you!

In Conclusion

In this blog, we discussed the difference between traditional dental implants and all-on-four dental implants. We also went over some factors to consider when choosing which type of implant is right for you. No matter which type of dental implant you choose, you can be confident that you are making a great choice for your smile! Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can help you regain your confidence. So, what are you waiting for? Schedule a consultation with your dentist today to discuss dental implants!

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Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.

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