All-on-4 Dental Implants
Tooth loss is extremely common, especially in adults as they age. In fact, millions of people across the world are missing all their top or bottom teeth. It can be embarrassing, inconvenient, and detrimental to your health. Dentists recommend options for dental restorations that will reduce discomfort, improve aesthetics, and restore healthy function. Unfortunately extensive cosmetic and reconstructive dental work can be expensive. And most health insurance plans only cover a small portion. As a result, countless patients do not get the treatment they need. Instead, they continue to go without most or all their teeth, much to the detriment of their health and confidence. But now there is a better solution! Through dental tourism, you can travel and get All-on-4 dental implants while still saving money. It is never too late to restore your smile, whether you lost your teeth two weeks ago or twenty years ago.
Benefits of Getting Dental Treatment Abroad
The prices for dental treatment and the cost of health insurance are on the rise in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. So instead of having work done at home, many patients go abroad for dental care. And why not? You can save anywhere from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars—getting savings as high as 85% on restorative and cosmetic treatments. Some of the most popular procedures done abroad include veneers, dental crowns, dental implants, and complete smile makeovers.
Unfortunately one of the biggest concerns about getting treatment abroad is the level of care you receive. In the past, it was more difficult to find a reputable practitioner in foreign countries. But today you do not have to sacrifice quality to save money. Dental tourism has progressed by leaps and bounds over the years. Now dental care providers abroad receive extensive training at universities locally and overseas to meet the same high standards as anywhere else. In fact, many clinicians receive their degrees in the U.S. or U.K., and then set up their practices in tourist destinations around the globe. Our dentist in Greece uses the same materials and technologies as your dentists back home. In fact, you might be surprised to find that many dental care offices abroad are even more modern.
Today over 5 million patients a year travel abroad for dental treatment. While the majority of dental health travelers live close to international borders, proximity is not the only way to take advantage of dental tourism. Many patients decide to work for more affordable dental care with their holiday plans or business trips. Doing so, they save on travel and dental care costs.
Are All-on-4 Dental Implants in Greece Right for Me?
Our dentist performs a thorough evaluation of every patient to help select the right treatment for the most predictable outcome. Please email a panoramic x-ray and we can brief you about a treatment plan that will best suit your smile. Planning dental treatment around your vacation plans? We can give you a timeline for your visits so you can schedule tours and sightseeing accordingly. We easily accommodate tight schedules so you can dedicate most of your time to your vacation abroad.
How Much Do All-on-4 Dental Implants in Greece Cost?
In Greece, the All-on-4 procedure is far more affordable compared to conventional dental implant treatment back home. But the cost depends on several factors, including what system the dentist recommends and the materials the patient prefers. Different manufacturers make different implants for various conditions. Some are short and wide, while others are long and narrow. Then the fixed denture or bridge could be made out of a combination of acrylic, ceramic, or zirconia. You also need to account for any procedures required before placement, like extractions or treatment for infection. Here is a breakdown of prices, but for a more precise quote, you must contact Dr. Klironomou Ioanna. Note that your consultation package is free, as well as the anesthesia, impressions, implant uncovering, and care kit for your All-on-4 procedure.
|Cost in €
|Cost in £
|Surgical implant guide
|All on 4 denture
|2 000 €
|1 750 £
|1 750 £
This price example for one jaw can be applied to most patients who choose all on four treatment. However, in some cases, additional treatment (e.g. bone grafting in case of insufficient jaw bone amount) may be necessary or other prosthetics than an overdenture might be suitable for your needs.
What is the All-on-4 Denture?
The first successful All-on-4 procedure was done in 1998 by Dr. Paulo Malo. Since then hundreds of thousands of patients have received treatment using this concept. You do not need a dental implant topped with ceramic crowns or zirconia crowns for every missing tooth. The All-on-4 treatment is a minimally invasive solution that can restore a full arch of teeth using just four implants. The procedure consists of placing titanium dental implants in four strategic locations in the lower or upper jaw. Because of the material’s unique properties, over time the bone fuses to the titanium, and implants perform like the roots of your natural teeth. Unlike traditional dentures that shift and slip around, implants anchor the All-on-4 denture permanently in place. And not only do dental implants secure your restoration, they also help prevent future bone loss and help maintain the shape of your face. This is a quick and stable restoration.
Can the All-on-4 Implant Dentures Replace both Upper and Lower Teeth?
Yes. Should you require it, the All-on-4 treatment can replace all of the teeth on your upper or lower jaw, or both. And if you are traveling for a full mouth reconstruction, our dental surgeon can place implants in both dental arches on the same day to save you time and money.
Am I a Good Candidate for All-on-4 Dental Implants in Greece?
Most patients are good candidates for the All-on-4 implant dentures. Often the biggest concern is whether you have enough bone structure and density to support the implants. Fortunately, the dentist can almost always find a strategic arrangement for the implants with enough support in existing bone, even if you might have lost some volume through degeneration. Good candidates should also have good oral health, overall health, and a strong immune system. The dentist will consider lifestyle habits like tobacco use and existing health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. As long as you are committed to proper dental care and oral hygiene, you should be a viable candidate for All-on-4 treatment.
What is the Procedure for All-on-4 Dental Implants?
The first step in the process is a screening and consultation which includes a full evaluation as well as discussion about potential treatments. If you are traveling for dental care, you can send over your current dental records via email. The dentist uses these scans and x-rays to assess jawbone health and identify necessary anatomic structures. Secondly, If you are a good candidate the dentist will schedule your appointments. The All-on-4 treatment can eliminate the need for sinus augmentation, bone grafting, and other ancillary procedures. So you don’t have to schedule extra surgeries with added healing times in between. The most common treatment plan for All-on-4 dental implants in Greece involves two trips with a five to a seven-month interval in between.
The first trip usually involves one or two visits. First, the dentist makes way for the full denture by extracting any remaining teeth along the dental ridge. Next, the clinician takes impressions to make molds of your upper and lower jaws. Then on the day of implant treatment, you will receive some sedative medication and settle into a private surgical suite for implant placement and fitting for your temporary denture. Because of the low success rate, we do not offer immediate loading implants. Instead, the implants need a minimum of four months to heal. Then you return to Greece for two or three more visits. During this second trip, the dentist will uncover and check the progress of dental implants and secure the permanent All-on-4 denture.
Are All-on-4 Dental Implants Painful?
During the oral surgery, the clinician uses sedative medication and local anesthesia. So you might feel some pressure but should not feel any pain. However, you can expect some post-operation swelling and pain. For this, the dentist can provide some cool compresses and some regular painkillers to use for the first few days after treatment. Many patients can return to work or vacationing the following day, but most patients usually wait two or three days to resume normal activity. If you are on vacation, all the better. Take those next couple of days to give your recovery the best possible start by resting and relaxing.
What is the Recovery Time after the Procedure?
The dentist will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your All-on-4 dental implants in the ensuing weeks and months. Initially, you will want to stick to a diet of soft foods. You should also avoid smoking, excessive drinking, and heavy exercise, as these might compromise your implants. If you are still in Greece, we will schedule a follow-up appointment 10 to 14 days post-operation to check on the healing and make sure there are no signs of infection. If not, you can schedule periodic checks with a dentist back home. After a few weeks, the bonds between the implants and jawbone will strengthen through “osseointegration.” After about a month or two you can return to a normal diet and activity. In about six months the implants fully integrate with the bone and you are ready for your final restoration appointment.
Will the All-on-4 Restoration Look Natural?
Certainly! Your new All-on-4 denture will look and function like a set of natural, healthy teeth. The technicians in our dental lab expertly fabricate each restoration, making sure it looks as natural as possible. Fabricators use the impressions and molds from the dentist to custom-make your denture to fit the unique contours of your mouth. They also meticulously position each prosthetic tooth to compliment your facial structure.
What are the Advantages of All-on-4 Procedure?
Conventional dental implants in Europe often require multiple visits for up to 18 months. You might need bone grafting or sinus augmentation and anywhere from six, eight, or even ten implants per arch. This traditional treatment involves lengthy surgeries, more discomfort, and even longer recovery times. With the All-on-4 dental treatment solution you get:
- A single, less invasive, graft-less surgical procedure
- Full-arch rehabilitation with just four dental implants
- The restoration and full function of teeth in a shorter amount of time
- Permanently fixed denture
- Highly successful outcomes
- Enhanced health and quality of life
- A beautiful, long-lasting smile makeover
What are the Disadvantages of All-on-4 Procedure?
Though All-on-4 does have many advantages, there are also a few drawbacks to consider:
- Not every patient is a good candidate for this oral surgery
- The dentist does not place implants in the molar area, where biting force is the highest
- Jawbone shrinkage can still occur in the posterior (back) portion of the jawbone
- There is always a small risk of implant failure
Choose Klironomou Dental for All-on-4 Dental Implants in Europe
If you are suffering from missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, dental tourism and All-on-4 treatment could be a cost-effective options. Or if you are visiting Greece and require an emergency dentist, feel free to contact us. Our central location at Karaiskou 138, 18536, Piraeus Attica/Athens Greece is in the heart of Piraeus, Greece’s biggest port. It makes dental tourism convenient with easy access to Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, and almost every island of the Aegean. Our dental office is clean, modern, and very professional. We aim to give you the best treatment with the latest technologies along with reassuring warmth and integrity. To learn more about dental tourism and the All-on-4 dental implants please contact us at +30 210 4522 863 or email us.