Difference Between All on 4 and Traditional Dental Implants

May 2, 2016

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dentist in LouisvilleWhen you’re suffering from tooth loss, you’ve probably considered dental implants because they offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. However, advancements in implant dentistry now allow for multiple options, making it difficult to determine which is the best avenue to peruse. Now, you can choose All on 4 implants or traditional implants for those who are missing all of their teeth on one or both jaws. But, which is the right option? As your implant dentist in Louisville, we have everything you need to know about both types of implants.

All on 4 vs. Traditional Implants

All on 4 implants and traditional implants both use a surgical procedure to insert titanium posts into the jaw bone. However, there are differences between the types of posts used and the placement. With All on 4, only 4 implants are used to hold the prosthetic teeth in place, instead needing as many as 8 posts like with traditional implants. This allows for a less invasive procedure that is often more cost effective and requires a shorter recovery time. However, even though only 4 posts are used, the implants offer the same benefits and security as when more posts are used.

Since only 4 posts are used, the placement of the implant is slightly different as well. Two posterior posts are used to place the implants at a slight angle, which is needed to allow for longer posts to be used to support the front of the arch. This is done because bone density is often greater in the front, allowing for a higher success rate.

Unlike traditional implants, you can often receive All on 4 implants in just one day, instead of requiring multiple appointments like that of traditional implants. With traditional implants, the amount of posts used requires a patient to have adequate bone density, which often requires bone grafting. As a result, the length and cost of treatment increases. However, with All on 4, less posts are used so there isn’t often a need for bone grafting, making the procedure faster and more affordable.

All on 4 Dental Implants in Louisville

While All on 4 implants are the affordable and convenient option for those missing all of their teeth on one or both jaws, you will need an evaluation to determine if you’re a candidate. Most often, All on 4 implants are recommended for those who are missing all of their teeth on one or both jaws. The implants are most beneficial for those who aren’t a candidate for traditional implants due to decreased bone density. In addition, those who are on a budget and can’t afford traditional implants, often benefit from All on 4 implants.

Your Implant Dentist in Louisville

Remmers Dental is your trusted implant dentist in Louisville for dental implants.  We offer a variety of dental implant procedures, including All on 4 implants. We will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the most appropriate implants to meet your needs. Call our office today at (502) 495-3443 to schedule a consultation.

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