Cost is often a consideration when it comes to restoring your smile after tooth loss, but it’s important to consider the overall picture when comparing your options. Focusing on the initial price tag might be short-sighted and cost you more money in the long run. Be careful to weigh a variety of factors in determining your best path to affordable dentures, and talk with an oral surgeon about All-on-4 to get the facts about the costs associated with this treatment method.
All-on-4: A More Durable And Convenient Option
All-on-4 uses the innovative technology of dental implants to give patients a more durable and stable appliance to restore smiles. Because bone tissue can bond with the titanium used in dental implants, these devices become a fixture in the jaw several months after the oral surgeon places them. After this osseointegration process is complete, they can replicate the roots of biological teeth. This is an important structural feature of All-on-4 because it prevents the jawbone atrophy that typically follows tooth loss.
That jawbone atrophy causes a conventional appliance to become more loose over time, and ultimately it will need to be refitted or replaced. In contrast, All-on-4 dental implants can last for decades when the patient takes proper care of them. Additionally, dental implants eliminate the need for messy, inconvenient denture adhesives.
Long-Term Costs Of All-on-4 Vs. Conventional Dentures
Patients may mistakenly think that conventional appliances are the more affordable dentures if they consider only the initial costs associated with each treatment option. However, the bone loss that occurs when a patient chooses conventional dentures means that those appliances need to be refitted as the shape of the jaw changes. This is an additional cost for the patient, who at some point is likely to need to get a new appliance at his or her own expense. These costs add up over time.
Keep in mind that the denture adhesives that are necessary with conventional dentures also incur out-of-pocket costs for the patient. This should also be factored into the comparison of long-term costs between standard dentures and All-on-4 dental implants.
The most affordable dentures will be those that are more reliable over the years. We encourage you to talk to us about the long-term costs associated with All-on-4 in contrast to standard dentures. We also accept a variety of payment options to help you fit the initial expense of All-on-4 into your budget.