What Items Family Dentists typically include in an All in Four Implants’ budget?

Fourth in a series of blogs relating to the All on Four Implants topic.

In this fourth article of our series on All on Four implants, we will discuss the different expenses you could incur when undergoing these procedures. As a matter of fact, your dentist will present to you options on various materials, their cost-benefit analysis, their professional recommendations, and other considerations. Still, it will be up to you to decide how to proceed. Given that this dental implant technique does not come cheap, it is best to know the total cost you will be facing in advance. So, your dentist will have to work on a preliminary (or definitive) budget tailored to your financial situation.

 The five basic steps

In previous blogs How does your dentist plan for your All on Four Implants to minimize problems? Third in a series of blogs relating to the All on Four Implants topic., we have summarized in the following five steps the standard procedure for your dental surgeon to evaluate whether All on Four implant would be a suitable solution to your dental needs:

  1. A visual inspection of your dental set.
  2. A suitability questionnaire to inquire about your overall health.
  3. Some noninvasive tests and measurements.
  4. A preliminary surgical plan.
  5. A preliminary budget.

We will discuss in this article what you should expect to find in the preliminary budget.


 The preliminary budget

The budget will include several line items. Here we present the two most relevant.

Line Item 1. Tooth Bridge and custom-made teeth.

All-in Four dental implant tooth bridges can be manufactured from different materials. Additionally, the artificial teeth which are affixed onto the bridge can also be manufactured from other materials, whether individually or “inline.” The type of material selected will determine the cost.

The two most important factors to consider when choosing the characteristics of the bridge and teeth are durability and aesthetics. More expensive tooth bridges are generally manufactured from more durable materials and have higher levels of aesthetic customization but are also generally more complex to manufacture (thus, they will be more expensive).

Options for bridges and the teeth that get affixed onto them, listed in order of increasing cost, include:

  • High-strength acrylic bridge (and acrylic teeth)
  • Titanium bridge and acrylic teeth
  • Titanium bridge and zirconia teet
  • Titanium bridge and ceramic teeth

The warranty on each of the above options will be dependent on the quality of materials utilized. High strength acrylic bridges have a limited warranty (usually limited to one year) while titanium bridges have a lifetime warranty for the foundation; acrylic teeth typically have a few years of warranty while zirconia and ceramic teeth carry a lifetime warranty.

As it comes down to the more expensive options, you should also be aware that teeth can be customized one by one to give your implant a much more natural and aesthetically pleasing look.

 Line Item 2. Professional Fees.

Statistical studies suggest that a critical factor in the success rate of All on Four implants is the number of years of experience that the dentist has accumulated in performing full implant tooth replacement procedures. You should know that All on Four implants can have a success rate of up to 98%, making it one of the most successful dental treatments. Still, these high percentages are usually present in treatments performed by the most experienced dentists.

Since experience matters and great skill is involved in ensuring that dental implants achieve natural-looking results that can stand the test of time, it is important that when choosing your All-in-Four dentist, you receive evidence of a proven track record in this subject. And since experience matters, the professional fees line item will most likely depend on said proven experience. 

And you should also be aware that your case could be more complicated -technically speaking- than another and thus require more hours of work by your dentist.

Bottom line: experienced dentists who have spent years perfecting their craft are likely to command higher professional fees.

Finally, it is usually a standard practice at a dental clinic to include all surgical materials and medicines in the professional fees so that you don’t worry about whether they are being frugal or not with the use of materials during your procedure.

Our Specialists will be interested in studying your surgical case and preparing a budget for you.

If you have experienced severe teeth loss and are looking to solve this issue, the All on Four dental implant might be an excellent option for you. After doing your research, visit a dental surgeon to let them guide you in deciding whether to proceed with this treatment. Once you have decided to go ahead, our specialists will discuss the surgical plan with you to ensure your treatment will be successful. And they will let you know the expected all-in costs after discussing a preliminary budget with you.

At Woodshore Family Dentistry, we believe in staying current with technical changes. Woodshore Family Dentistry has experienced dentists that can help you solve your missing teeth-related issues. Do you have any questions about All on Four Implants? Call Woodshore Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment with a dentist.

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