In the United States, over 178 million Americans miss at least one adult tooth, and as many as 40 million adults miss all their teeth. While missing teeth can contribute to poor self-esteem, poor nutrition and overall health can also contribute to poor self-esteem. Traditional dentures are still a very common tooth replacement option. However, many people opt for a more permanent choice with dental implants.
At Soundview Family Dental, we understand that our patients are looking for implant options and the all-on-4 treatment offers a more cost-effective option than individual implants. But what is the average cost of all-on-4 dental implants?
How do all-on-4 dental implants work?
Individual dental implants have three parts: titanium screw, abutment, and crown. All-on-4 implants work with the same three parts. However, instead of a screw for each missing tooth, there are four screws strategically placed to support one denture-like crown that replaces a full arch of teeth. This option reduces the amount of surgically placed screws necessary to support a full arch of teeth, and the combined crown reduces the need for multiple crowns. This option is also beneficial for those with areas of less bone density as the placement of the support screws takes advantage of areas with higher bone density.
How much do all-on-4 dental implants cost?
The cost of all-on-4 dental implants depends on various factors and will vary from person to person. Some factors that can affect the cost include:
- The number of x-rays and CT scans necessary to plan the treatment
- Whether you require tooth extraction before implant placement
- Whether bone grafts are necessary to provide implant support
- The qualifications and experience of the oral surgeon
- The type of sedation used during the procedure
In addition to these factors, the final cost of all-on-4 dental implants also depends on the material used to create the artificial teeth for the implants.
Standard acrylic or composite All-On-4
The most affordable all-on-4 implant option is the standard acrylic or composite implant. This all-on-4 implant features four implants and an acrylic or composite denture built on a titanium frame. The cost of this all-on-4 ranges between $20,000 to $26,000. While this has a lower upfront cost, this implant option is not as strong, may not last as long, and the teeth may not look as natural.
All-On-4 one-piece porcelain
This all-on-four option uses either titanium, CrCO, or zirconia as a base bar with teeth made of porcelain, similar to the traditional crowns used to replace a single missing tooth without an implant. The average cost for this type of all-on-4 ranges between $26,000 and $28,000. This implant option tends to look more natural and has greater longevity. However, if the base bar of this implant breaks, a repair can be costly, averaging around $15,000 or more.
All-On-4 individual porcelain teeth
This is the most expensive option when it comes to all-on-4 implants. However, in many cases, that extra expense is worth it in the long run. This implant is made from a metal frame with individual porcelain crowns for each missing tooth. It creates a very natural look and a strong foundation, giving it better longevity. In addition, should any tooth sustain damage, it can be repaired separately, as each tooth is an individual crown. This often means the implant can last many more years than other options. The average cost for this implant option is between $30,000 and $35,000. While you will pay more upfront, this option may save you money in the long run.
Does dental insurance cover All-On-4 dental implants?
Dental insurance plans vary between what they cover and what they do not. Unfortunately, all-on-4 implants are often considered elective procedures, so they are not usually covered. However, certain parts of the all-on-4 implant procedures can be covered in many cases, such as anesthesia or extractions. It is best to check with your individual insurance provider to see what they will cover and what you will be responsible for.
Let us help you restore your smile with dental implants.
At Soundview Family Dental, we understand how important it may be to you to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Our caring team will work with you to determine the best possible tooth replacement option that fits your needs and budget, including all-on-4 dental implants. To learn more about how we can help restore your smile and function, visit us online or call the office at (425) 563-6360 today to schedule a consultation and examination.