Top 10 Factors that Influence the Cost of All-on-4 Dental Implants

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Patients are often confused and frustrated as to why all on 4 dental implants costs vary so much. From the outside perspective, this frustration is warranted! Cost can vary as much as $15k-$35k per arch depending on these factors:

  1. Geographical location – Depending on where you live, the cost of All-on-4 dental implants can vary up to $20,000 per arch. The lower the cost of living usually leads to a lesser price.
  2. Number and type of Implants – Although four implants per arch is the perfect and ideal number, at times additional implants must be placed. This can be due to loss of bone, severe infection or the density of inner bone.
    1. Majority of implants are placed in the maxilla or mandible but in certain cases with severe bone loss, longer implants, which are more invasive must be placed in zygoma bone just below the eye.
  3. The Surgeon’s Experience – Unfortunately many dentists have a desire to begin doing All-on-4 implant procedures, but they also have so little experience that they will often lower the cost to win a case. This is often done without letting the patient know of the level of experience.
  4. Sending out Lab Work – offices that can keep most and in some cases all of the lab work in the office are able to lower price as well due to economies of scale. Most offices have the final device made outside of their office.
  5. Expertise and Dealing Specifically with All-on-4 – This is a big factor in the price, and their inadequacy will usually result in tacking on costly and often times unnecessary warranty fees. Labs that have more experience and provide extra customization charge more to the doctor and therefore the price increases. Some doctors do not disclose that they send their work overseas to other countries with lower cost of labor and no regulation of materials. These devices often look similar to other dental offices but lack the integrity and can fail 3-5 years later.
  6. Cosmetics and Functional Demand varies by Patient – The material used for an all-on-4 dental implant bridge can vary in price significantly .
    1. Titanium Bar is the most commonly fabricated and will usually be cheaper than zirconia because stock denture teeth are used to save money in most cases.
      1. With Denture teeth
      2. With Monolithic polymer
    2. Zirconia is more expensive because it is 100 percent customized to the patients mouth and cosmetic needs, as well as being the most durable bridge
      1. Stained Monolithic
    3. Other Materials not as common – generally these are less expensive than the titanium or zirconia due to the type of mill needed to fabricate titanium or zirconia and are only the substructure attached to implants and need other materials for the teeth and gums.
      1. Trilor substructure
      2. Trinia substructure
      3. Pekkton substructure
    4. The presence of any porcelain for gums and teeth and how it’s veneered or crowned (Porcelain weakens the device but gives it an even more customized appearance)
  7. Two Office specialist approach vs One Office that does both Surgical and Restorative – When two offices are involved the fees are almost always more expensive versus an office that handles the surgical phase as well as the restorative phase.
  8. Level of Anesthesia – This procedure can be done under local anesthetic, I.V Sedation, or General Anesthesia, which increases the price with each level of anesthesia, as well as the location it is rendered in. A hospital setting will be much more expensive than a dental office that brings in an Anesthesiologist.
  9. Overall level of Difficulty and Risk Factors in healing and long term success
    1. Existing implants that are used or removed can increase the price in both scenarios because it creates more work for the doctor and staff to research the implant system or remove the implant/s.
    2. Excessive infection in bone and soft tissue
    3. Excessive bone loss
    4. A maxillary sinus that is positioned more anterior
    5. A mandibular foramen that is more anterior and has branches reaching into anterior chin
    6. Lack of keratinized leather tissue over ridge
  10. Additional advanced techniques required to deliver the all-on-4 dental implant bridge
    1. Teeth Grinders – Often break temporaries and have more failures and some doctors will increase the price in anticipation of the higher likelihood of complications
    2. Smokers – Carry an implant complication risk that is 3 times higher than a healthy patient that does not smoke.
    3. Diabetics – As long as the diabetic is controlled with an A1c of 7 or lower, there is no need for higher fees.
    4. Previous drug abuse – Can make the treatment more complicated depending on the likelihood of rebound
    5. High smile pull – One of the most challenging presentations that often carries with it added surgical procedures and restorative appointments in order to satisfy the patient and produce a bridge that is comfortable and easy to clean.
    6. Skeletal deficiencies – Can increase the price because more visits are often needed to systematically create the skeletal appearance that is pleasing, as well as comfortable for the jaw.

Who would pay the least?

  • Someone living in, or willing to, travel to an area with a lower cost of living and a competitive market (such as Salt Lake City, Utah!)
  • A denture-wearer who hasn’t experienced excessive bone deterioration and still has healthy, leathery tissue
  • Someone who chooses a titanium bar with denture teeth
  • Being awake for the surgery
  • Choosing a single office that does the surgical and restorative work with an in-house lab

The price could be as low as $15,000 per arch!

Who would pay the most?

  • Someone who lives in a city with a high cost of living such as LA, NYC or Miami
  • Someone who needs additional implants or zygoma implants
  • Someone whose teeth are extremely infected
  • Someone who has severe bone loss in the areas where the implants need to be placed
  • Someone with high cosmetic and functional needs
  • Anyone wanting a zirconia bridge with individual porcelain crowns and porcelain gums
  • Choosing to have it done by two offices, an oral surgery and restorative without an in-house lab
  • Choosing to use Full General Anesthesia (generally patients with high anxiety choose this option)
  • Someone requiring removal of existing implants
  • Someone with a  high smile pull
  • Anyone who is a smoker, has diabetes, grinds their teeth, or has a history of drug abuse with a deep bite

The price could be as high as $35,000 per arch!

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3 REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T SETTLE FOR DENTURES

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Dentures VS All-on-4 Dental Implants.

Traditional dentures are now a thing of the past. At Dream Dental Implant Center-Utah’s dental implant specialists, denture-wearing patients are experiencing life-changing results upgrading their traditional dentures with Dentures with Gluedental implants, and regaining their bite functionality, comfort, confidence and quality of life. The truth is that when it comes to dental implant structured devices and traditional dentures, there is no comparison because unlike traditional dentures these devices are built on a foundation of dental implants which fuse to your natural bone, allowing the dental implants to literally become part of your body. Building a prosthetic device on this foundation of implants allows for a more stable, durable, comfortable, and beautiful option for patients who currently wear dentures, or think they may need them. Here are the top 3 reasons you shouldn’t settle for traditional dentures.

  1. Stronger Bite Force Means Less Food Limitations.

Humans have naturally powerful jaws and teeth because of our varied diet. Generally, your bite force with your natural teeth when at their healthiest is STRONG falling somewhere between 200-250 pounds of force. The reality is, traditional dentures are not a viable option if you want to get anywhere near the same level of bite force. With traditional dentures, statistically, your bite force goes down to less than 50 pounds of force. Literally, taking your quality of life from a steak dinner to a bowl of soup. Traditional dentures are just not able to give you the strength you need for the life you want. Upgrading your dentures to an implant supported prosthetic such as an Over Denture increases your bite force to 167-235 pounds of force. Upgrading beyond the Over Denture to an All-on-Four hybrid full bridge increases that bite force even further to nearly 250 pounds of force!

Dentures VS all on 4 dental implants

  1. Less Maintenance Means More Money in Your Pocket.

The sad reality is that once a tooth is extracted, the bone starts to recede, and your gums start to recede as well and lay flatter and flatter. Dentures are made to fit your gums as they are the day they are made, and while they initially will fit okay, as time passes traditional dentures will begin to progressively fit looser and less tight to your gums as your bone and gums recede and flatten out. What this means for you is endless adjustments and relines of your dentures which generally cost a few hundred dollars every one to two years. Upgrading to an implant supported prosthetic, which is fused to the bone and holds bone and gum levels from receding, eliminates the need for adjustments and relines to be done and minimizes the need for costly maintenance payments. Plus, think of all the money you’ll save not having to shell out money to buy messy denture adhesives and soaking solutions!

 

  1. Better Design Means a Better Quality of Life.

Biting with dental implants

Traditional dentures merely sit inside your mouth and are held in place by adhesive, suction and the will of the universe. Seriously. For them to work, the design had to be such that the upper pallet (roof of the mouth) has to be covered….the problem there? That’s where most of your taste buds are! With an implant supported prosthetic device, not only are you able to have the bite force you need to enjoy the foods you love, but the open pallet you’ll have will allow you to actually taste the foods you eat! Implant supported prosthetics, allow you to also forgo that gaging reflex due to the open pallet design, allow you to speak more clearly than with a traditional denture, reduce the instances of pain and mouth infections, and save you the embarrassment of having your teeth suddenly pop out on their own.

Most traditional denture wearers tend to be apprehensive about keeping their dentures in due to all of the potential issues and often stop themselves from smiling and laughing, not feeling as confident as they could. Implant supported prosthetic devices, allow patients to regain that confidence, functionality, and quality of life and most feel for them this is the answer they’ve been looking for to get their life back!

To get in contact with us to learn more about implant supported options, feel free to use the contact form found here.

What is the Titanium Bar?

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Titanium BarImplant supported over-dentures are commonly used by many dental implant specialists. At Dream Dental, we offer a variety of dental implant options, one of which is a titanium bar dental implant. CAD/CAM technology allows us to use a titanium bar that is placed and fit with a fixed or partial denture. Using CAD software, we are able to design an over-denture that is fit precisely to your mouth.

Using a pantograph milling device, the bar is milled without the need for welding or soldering. We are able to create a variety of bar designs and can screw the implant directly to the titanium bar, allowing for proper strength and support. Dream Dental Implant Center prefers the titanium bar as it is easy to maintain and will not cause harm to surrounding tissue.

Several patients have been treated using this implant option with great success. Restorative dentistry procedures are all about long-term prognosis and predictability. Using the CAD/CAM technology, Dream Dental Implant Center in Salt Lake City can provide custom milled titanium alloy bars providing a great fit. With titanium, we are able to provide a durable and stronger option compared to a gold cast bar. If you have limited bone density, or you need alternative options for dental implant procedures, contact our office to learn more about implant supported milled bar over-dentures.

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