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If you’ve been researching All on 4 Dental Implants, there’s a very good chance you’re wondering why there is such a wide disparity for the All on 4 cost.

Licensed dentists have all the necessary qualifications… So if they’re offering the services you need, often people will assume it must be perfectly reasonable to choose a dentist based on price.

But in order to make an informed decision on your All on 4 procedure, you need to understand a bit more about the factors that go into pricing, because they can have a major impact on the results and longevity of your implants.

With that in mind, there are three primary factors to look for, that can impact price… and the outcome of your procedure:

  • The right education to maximise your comfort and the longevity of your implant
  • The right materials for a durable, natural-looking implant
  • And the dentist’s range of experience with implant procedures.

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All on 4 Cost Factor #1:
Your Implant Expert’s All on 4 Education

For the most part, dentistry school covers the same material, no matter where you go. This provides dentists with knowledge to perform general dentistry.

But what most people don’t realise is that the post-graduate education for performing advanced procedures can vary greatly (even for procedures with a surgical component–like performing dental implants).

There are essentially 2 ways to become trained to perform dental implants:

  • Dentists can take a short course, that runs over several days…
  • …Or they can take an intensive postgraduate course, that includes courses of clinical, theoretical, practical education, and a wide range of first-hand case experience.

While both courses of study qualify a dentist to perform dental implants, the nature of the short-form course is that there is only so much time to cover the material.

Therefore they tend to focus only on the basic techniques of the procedure. What often gets left out of that course of study is something called Treatment Planning.

Treatment Planning and the Impact on Patient Outcomes

Treatment Planning is the process of evaluating all of the factors that could impact the implant procedure, the way your dentist approaches it, and how they plan to manage or minimise any complications, based on your individual patient history.

It’s a significant part of the training dentist’s receive in the post-graduate implant courses, because there are so many factors to consider…

  • The spacing of your teeth
  • How their position could impact or interfere with the implant
  • Your gum health
  • Jaw conformation and space for the implant
  • Critical structures and nerves in relation to the ideal placement of the implant
  • Location and depth of sinus cavities in relation to the necessary implant
  • Bone structure and quality
  • Type of implant to ensure secure, comfortable results

One of the more challenging aspects of the procedure is ensuring the implant is fully placed into the bone. Sometimes the ideal position in the bone is not ideal positioning for the implant. If the implant and bone end up misaligned, the teeth can look unnatural, gums can recede and the dark grey metal of the implant become visible around the gum.

By considering all of these factors (and many more), your dentist assembles a treatment plan that minimises risk of complications, ensures the implant placement doesn’t cause chronic discomfort or pain, and that it is going to last, so you don’t have to have the procedure redone.

Treatment planning is a necessary step for ALL patients to avoid complications from this surgical procedure such as:

  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of feeling in your tongue and lips
  • Complications affecting the blood supply to your gums and natural teeth
  • And chronic sinus issues from misplaced implants
  • Receding gums

So how do you know if an All on 4 dentist has taken the full course of study in treatment planning?

  • Ask them when and where they did their initial Implant Education and how long the course was.
  • Take a look at their website.How many dental implant or All-on-4 related courses do you see listed there?
  • Google the school or course provider. Read up on the length of the course and what they cover.

It may sound like a lot of work, but investing the time into finding the right dentist is worth it, even if it means a slightly higher All on 4 cost, as long as it avoids you having to invest in repair work in the future, or suffering irreversible side effects from misplaced implants.

All on 4 Cost Factor #2:
The Materials Make the Implant

After education, the next (and most tangible) All On 4 cost factor are the materials themselves.

You’ll often find that the lower end quotes for implant procedures result in cheaper materials used throughout the procedure.

Two of the first questions you should ask your dentist are:

  • Who manufactures their implants and crowns
  • and where they are produced.

To ensure the highest quality implants (and the longevity of your investment), you want to look for brand-name implants from reputable manufacturers.

Quality Affects Implant Stability and Longevity.

When an implant becomes loose, the movement can cause a fracture of the implant itself or bone loss surrounding the implant due to trauma. Obviously, this can be quite painful, if it is not discovered quickly.

If an implant fails or becomes loose, it must have to be surgically removed and will require a replacement implant, ultimately doubling the cost of your initial procedure.

Similar concerns apply to the production of the dental crown or bridge.

Low cost All on 4 dental implant providers and overseas laboratories may use inferior materials, which can lead to discoloration and complications with the size and fit (which can impact comfort and implant stability over time).

So you want to make sure that Australian consumer safety regulations are in place to guarantee a high quality implant and avoid a very costly problem later on.

Some reputable brands to look for:

Biomet i3, Nobel Biocare and Astratech are three of the world’s leading manufacturers of All-on-4, Zygoma, and T3 implants.

These manufacturers operate worldwide and comply with Australian safety and quality regulations.

If your dentist uses any of these manufacturers, you can rest assured they’re using the best.

When evaluating crowns, we recommend verifying the reputation of the laboratory producing them for quality, as well as compliance with Australian standards for safety and durability.

A Google search can also help turn up information on reputation.

How Else Can You Know if Your Dentist is Using Quality Products?

Your dentist’s guarantee. Look for a guarantee around the 5-year mark.

Why 5 years?

Because if something is going to go wrong, whether due to movement in the implant, placement, the body’s healing processes etc, it is most likely to happen in the first five years, barring major changes in your physical health.

After that, it’s all about how you take care of them, just like your natural teeth.

All on 4 Cost Factor #3:
Your Dentist’s Experience

Experience may be the most important checkpoint on the list.

Experience plays just a big a role as education when it comes to identifying the right treatment plan… And being able to execute it accurately.

Consider for a moment…

  • The General Family Dentist, who also offer implants for the occasional patient
  • Or the Implant Expert who focuses on implant procedures and oral surgeries

9 times out of 10, the Expert who focus on implant procedures, sees many more implant patients throughout the year, making their experiences with wide variety of treatment plans and patient needs sometimes more valuable than their formal education.

While the Expert might seem a bit more expensive than your average general dentist… they can be a bargain, when the job done RIGHT the first time, thanks to their experience.

What do you need to ask to be sure YOU get a true Implant Expert?

  • Find out how many implants they install every year
  • Find out how long they’ve been practicing implant denitstry
  • And ask how many patients they perform All-on-4 or other implant procedures on every month
A Word About Medical Tourism and Cost

Medical Tourism has become increasingly popular over the past several years, and many people have taken to the idea of taking care of medical or dental procedures on holiday, in a location where their money “goes a bit further.”

There are certainly some clinics oversees that are worth a look, if the idea of having your implants done on holiday appeals to you.

We’ve already covered the 3 primary factors you need to consider when choosing an Implant Expert. Those apply anywhere, so you can use them to vet prospective clinics overseas as well.

Assuming those criteria all check out, there are a few unique considerations when evaluating medical tourism options.

  1. How do they handle initial consultations and treatment planning?
    Domestically, your initial consultation determines whether you’re a candidate for implants and your treatment planning session to take images, and identify considerations for treatment typically happen in separate appointments from your actual procedure.
  2. What happens if you need additional treatment before your procedure?
    If you have any bone loss and need to undergo bone grafting before your procedure, can they handle that in house?
  3. What about follow up?
    Do they recommend you stay abroad long enough to return for a follow up visit, or follow-up with a dentist at home? How does this impact the cost of the procedure, and the value of having it done abroad?
  4. What if something goes wrong once you return home?
    In the event that an implant becomes loose, cracks, or a crown breaks, what is their policy? Even if it is guaranteed, are you willing to absorb the cost of the trip back to have them repair the work? Will they work with a local dentist for the repairs, to save you the expense and inconvenience of another overseas trip?

If Medical Tourism is an option you’re strongly considering, ask these questions to be informed to make sure the costs really do work out (and to avoid costly surprises).

A Final Word About Evaluating Cost for All-on-Four Procedures

No matter where you chose to have your All on 4 procedure performed, as long as you know the right questions to ask, and are comfortable with your dentists answers, you can minimise your risks and ensure a worthwhile investment in you dental health.

To recap:

  • You want to be sure your Implant Expert has the knowledge to plan the treatment properly.
  • You want to know that they’re using quality materials that will stand the test of time.
  • You want to know that they have the experience to select the highest quality materials, and install them properly.
  • And you want to know that you’re getting quality work, that you’ll only pay for once.

If you follow the questions and guidelines above, you should have no trouble finding the right dentist to perform your implant surgery, and avoiding painful problems down the road.

The solution: All-On-Four Dental Implants

What are All On Four implants?

All-on-4 is an advanced dental implant technique where whole arches of permanent teeth are supported by just 4 implants.

Why All On Four?

All-on-Four implants provide the most natural-feeling alternative to dentures for those suffering with loose or missing teeth.

With All-On-4 you can receive your implants and your brand new set of permanent replacement teeth in just 24 hours, not the 3-4 months that conventional implants often require.

That means you can…

  • Stop feeling self conscious about your speech…
  • And start smiling again!
  • Eat all of your favorite foods, without discomfort…
  • …Or fear of dislodging your dentures.
  • Feel great (and younger) when you look in the mirror…

And rest easy, knowing you’ve preserved your remaining jaw bone structure, and reduced your risk for future gum problems and infection.

How does it work?

The All-On-Four procedure involves placing implants into the anterior maxilla, a region of the jaw with higher bone density.

This allows the implants to be angled at up to 45 degrees, which increases support and can help overcome some bone deficiencies while lessening the need for bone grafting procedures.

Because of this, All-On-4 provides the highest success rate for dental implants.

About the All-on-4 Procedure

Not sure if you’re a candidate for
All-On-4 dental implants?

Take our quick online suitability quiz to find out
if you are suitable for the all on 4 procedure.

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Find out if you are suitable for the all on 4

If you’re tired of trying to hide your smile, it’s time to schedule your FREE 30-minute consultation with Bexley Dental.

During your 30-minute consultation, Dr. Spyrakis will examine your teeth, gums, bone, and smile using an OPG panoramic scan–a $140 value.
You’ll discuss your personal needs and treatment outcomes directly with Dr. Spyrakis, so he can create a personalised treatment plan specifically for you.

Every consultation includes:

  • A thorough 30-minute consultation with Dr. Theo Spryakis
  • A free 3D Panoramic scan of your teeth and jaw – A $140 value
  • And a recommended treatment plan to restore your smile, and get you back in the picture

To schedule your free consultation, simply pick up the phone
and call us at (02) 9567 4151 today.

What is the cost of All-On-4?

  • BASIC
    • Complimentary 30-minute consultation
    • 3D head and neck scan
    • 4 Nobel Biocare (Nobel Speedy) medical grade titanium dental implants
    • Fixed short term acrylic reinforced teeth
    • 1 year guarantee on teeth* and 5 year guarantee on implants**
    • Additional fee applies for sedationist
    $18,000 
    Per single arch
  • DELUXE
    • Complimentary 30-minute consultation
    • 3D head and neck scan
    • 4 x Nobel Biocare (Nobel Speedy) medical grade titanium dental implants
    • Hybrid titanium reinforced acrylic prosthesis with high quality, acrylic teeth
    • 4 free 6monthly cleans after treatment
    • Lifetime guarantee on titanium bar**
    • Additional fees apply for seditionist
    $30,000
    Per single arch

*Provisional acrylic teeth in the Basic Package are a short-term solution only, they require upgrade to premium or deluxe package prosthesis after guarantee period.
**Guarantees are subject to attendance of regular 6 monthly check-up and cleans at Bexley Dental.

Interested in learning more about Bexley Dental’s Approach to All on 4 Implants?

Simply pick up the phone and call us at
(02) 9567 4151 today.

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