What is All-on-4? Here’s what you need to know

Dr Daniel Adamo
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If you’ve been looking into replacing your missing teeth or finally getting rid of your uncomfortable dentures, you’ve likely come across a treatment called All-on-4.

You may have even seen that All-on-4 provides you with a whole new smile in just a few days.

It sounds almost too good to be true, right?

Thankfully, we can assure you that All-on-4 is every bit as quick and effective as it claims — and we’ve seen just how life-changing it can be for our patients.

But you may still be wondering what is All-on-4 exactly and how does it work?

This article will give you more insight into All-on-4 and what you can expect from this treatment.

What is All-on-4?

All-on-4 is a dental implant treatment for those who have lost or are about to lose all of their teeth. With All-on-4, a permanently fixed tooth bridge with up to 12 teeth is held in place by (at least) four implants that are inserted into your upper or lower jaw (or both). 

The tooth bridge can be fitted to the dental implants in as little as 2 to 3 days after surgery. This means that you can effectively rebuild your smile and restore function in just a few days.

All-on-4 tooth bridge
Your All-on-4 tooth bridge is hand-crafted to look and feel just like your natural teeth. Plus, it can be connected to your implants in as little as 3 days after surgery.

With a 95-97% success rate (read on PubMed), All-on-4 is also clinically proven to be one of the most successful dental treatments — so you can enjoy complete peace of mind.

The best part? All-on-4 rarely requires bone grafting

All-on-4 uses a special technique for implant placement which, in most cases, allows us to replace at least 12 teeth without the need to add bone to your jaw — even if you have bone loss.

The All-on-4 technique was created by Nobel Biocare and uses four titanium implants: two straight anterior (front) implants and two angled posterior (back) implants.

The back implants are placed at a 45-degree angle to overcome bone deficiencies and utilise more bone density to support the tooth bridge. Over time, new bone growth attaches to the titanium implants, helping to further improve their strength and stability.

Without bone grafting, you’ll benefit from a shorter treatment time, a less painful procedure and less costs overall.

What is All-on-4
All-on-4 provides you with a set of permanently fixed teeth, secured in place by four dental implants in each jaw, including two straight implants

What are the benefits of All-on-4?

  • Get a whole new smile in just days
    No time to be without teeth? No worries! With All-on-4, you can completely restore your smile in as little as 2 to 3 days.
  • A permanent fix
    Forget about loose, uncomfortable dentures — All-on-4 provides you with a permanently fixed set of up to 12 teeth.
  • Regain complete function
    All-on-4 dental implants function just like your natural teeth so you can enjoy the ability to eat, speak, laugh and smile freely again.
  • Beautiful, natural-looking teeth
    Hand-crafted to look just like the real thing, All-on-4 dental implants will give you a beautiful, natural smile.
  • A new lease on life
    No longer feel embarrassed or ashamed of your teeth. With All-on-4, you don’t just get your smile back — you get your life back.

Completely restore your smile in just 2 to 3 days

Get our price guide to find out more about All-on-4 and the costs involved.

How much does All-on-4 cost?

Trying to understand how much All-on-4 costs can be confusing. If you’ve been researching the cost of All-on-4 dental implants, you’ve likely seen a lot of prices online that are thousands of dollars apart.

The truth is there is no simple answer to the question: How much does All-on-4 cost?

But there are a few key factors that will determine the price of your All-on-4 treatment. We’ve dedicated an entire article to this topic to help you decipher what may affect your All-on-4 cost — check it out here.

Did you know you may also be able to access your superannuation to cover the costs of your All-on-4 treatment? Learn more about this process here.

Patient discusses All-on-4 implants at Dental Implants on Miller
The best way to get an accurate idea of how much your All-on-4 treatment will cost is to come in for your free consultation. Dr Adamo will create your personalised treatment plan and clearly outline all of the costs involved.

How long does it take to get new teeth with All-on-4?

After you come in for your initial consultation, you can expect to have your new set of All-on-4 teeth in around 2 to 4 weeks.

How long is the All-on-4 implants surgery?

It generally takes between 3 to 4 hours to secure the All-on-4 dental implants in each jaw. During the surgery, all of your old teeth will be completely removed (if you still have them) so we can insert the implants.

How long after All-on-4 surgery can my new teeth be inserted?

In as little as 3 days! You’ll come back into our practice 2 to 3 days after your All-on-4 surgery to have your new tooth bridge inserted. First, you will receive the Elements tooth bridge which must be worn for around 6 months while your jawbone and gums heal. If you decide to upgrade to the Vitality or Prestige package, you will be able to switch over to your new tooth bridge after the first 6 months.

How long will All-on-4 implants last?

In theory, your All-on-4 dental implants should remain embedded in your jaw for as long as your jaw bone remains healthy. 

Many patients have lived with their implants for over 30 to 40 years. In fact, the very first patient to receive dental implants — Mr Gösta Larsson from Sweden — lived his entire life with all of his implants functioning, until he passed away more than 40 years after his surgery.

It’s important to note that on rare occasions, dental implants can be rejected by the body. But in these cases, new implants can typically be placed after a healing period.

The longevity of your All-on-4 tooth bridge depends on the materials chosen. Acrylic teeth (like our Elements set) are made with softer materials similar to dentures and may need to be replaced every 5 or so years. Zirconia teeth (like our Prestige set) are made from highly durable materials and, with the right care, could last a lifetime.

How do you clean All-on-4 dental implants?

For a smile to last a lifetime, you need to ensure proper care of your All-on-4 dental implants and tooth bridges. This includes:

  • Brushing your All-on-4 teeth twice daily, taking extra care to brush right up to the gum line

  • Using a water flosser to keep your gums healthy and get rid of any food between your teeth

  • Using a gum stimulator to gently trace around your gum line, helping to dislodge any food that may be stuck at the base of your gums

  • Booking regular check-ups with your dentist so they can monitor your oral health and your All-on-4 implants
After All-on-4 dental implants
Walk out with a whole new smile just 2 to 3 days after your All-on-4 implant surgery. With the right care, your All-on-4 dental implants can last a lifetime.

Will I be awake during All-on-4 surgery?

At Dental Implants on Miller, you’ll be under twilight sedation (also known as IV sedation) while we carry out your All-on-4 surgery. Twilight sedation relaxes the body’s central nervous system, sending you into a calm, sleep-like state. With this type of sleep dentistry, you will remain conscious and responsive but you’ll be less reactive to what’s happening around you.

After your treatment, you will spend around an hour or two in our state-of-the-art recovery rooms as the anaesthesia wears off. Due to the amnesic effect of sedation, you may have very little or no memory of your procedure at all. Keep in mind that you will need a family member, partner or friend to escort you home after surgery as you won’t be able to drive.


How painful is All-on-4 treatment?

Thanks to sedation dentistry, you’ll barely feel or be aware of anything during your All-on-4 surgery. Twilight sedation also helps to suppress your pain receptors so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure.

As with any surgery, you can expect some discomfort, swelling and/or bruising in the days following your All-on-4 procedure. We will issue you with prescription painkillers to help you minimise any discomfort during this time.

How do I know if All-on-4 is suitable for me?

Most healthy people will be good candidates for All-on-4 treatment. All-on-4 is suitable for most cases where a patient is seeking to replace all of their teeth. This includes cases where a patient is/has:

  • Missing all or most of their teeth
  • Broken, deteriorate or decayed teeth that cannot be fixed
  • Loose teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Extensive jaw bone loss
  • Dentures but is looking for a more secure, permanent fix

The best way to determine if All-on-4 dental implants are right for you is to book in your free consultation with Dr Adamo. During this consultation, Dr Adamo will assess your oral health, take x-rays to check your jaw bone and gums, and discuss the most appropriate treatment options for you.


Completely restore your smile in just 2 to 3 days

Get our price guide to find out more about All-on-4 and the costs involved.

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