All On 4 Dental Implant Costs

Hey there! Dr. David McFadden from The Dental Implant Center in Dallas, Texas here. Today, I want to shed some light on a crucial aspect of the All-On-4 dental implant procedure that often goes overlooked: bone removal. But before we dive in, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about bone smoothing versus bone removal.

All On 4 Dental Implant Costs
All On 4 Dental Implant Costs

Understanding the Difference

First off, let’s talk about alveoloplasty, which involves reshaping and smoothing the dental bone. It’s a pretty straightforward process of sanding down any high spots or irregularities in the bone.

Next, there’s alveoloectomy, the focus of today’s discussion. Unlike bone smoothing, the All-On-4 protocol involves the removal of dental bone to create space for restorative materials. And yes, you read that right – a reciprocating saw, like the one you’d find at a hardware store, is often used for this procedure.

The All-On-4 Protocol: A Controversial Approach

Now, let’s take a closer look at what happens during an All-On-4 procedure. The first step is the removal of all the teeth, whether it’s just a few or all 28. Following that, the bone removal process begins, with implants being placed in areas where the bone has been extensively removed.

Here’s where the problem lies. In the pursuit of providing a fixed solution, the All-On-4 protocol sometimes compromises the patient’s long-term dental health. The bone and gum tissues that a fortunate patient might have should ideally be preserved, but this protocol often removes them entirely.

Unfortunate Consequences

As you can see in the pictures, the bone removal can leave little to no bone remaining. If any of the implants fail in the future, the patient’s dental health is severely compromised. They become what I call a “dental cripple,” left with limited options for restoration.

It’s disheartening to think that some doctors continue to follow this protocol without fully considering its long-term implications. I can guarantee you that none of these doctors would undergo the All-On-4 procedure themselves.

Seeking a Better Solution

So, where do we go from here? Bone grafting is a difficult and costly process, which is why I vehemently oppose the All-On-4 protocol. I want you to see the video one more time to really understand the impact of bone removal and how wrong it seems, even though it has gained acceptance among millions.

Real patient experiences after bone removal are far from ideal. The extent of bone removal during the procedure often leads to significant additional bone and soft tissue loss in the first 18 months. Take a look at the pictures of patients who have gone through the All-On-4 procedure – exposed implants and abutments, plaque buildup, and constant discomfort. This is not the way to live.

A Caring Approach

But don’t worry – not all hope is lost. There are doctors like me who prioritize patient well-being and strive for better outcomes. By preserving both bone and gum tissues from the beginning, we can provide our patients with implant bridges that they can be proud of. We take the necessary time and effort to ensure long-term success.

Take a look at the pictures of patients who have undergone implant bridge treatments. Despite starting with bad teeth, they had good bone and gums, allowing us to achieve amazing results. These patients regain their confidence and maintain their oral health for years to come.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, it is vital that you make informed decisions when it comes to your dental health. If you have teeth before undergoing dental implant treatment, it is crucial that you find a doctor who will prioritize the preservation of your healthy bone and gum tissues.

Remember, your dental health is too important to compromise. Don’t settle for anything less than the best care possible. If you want to learn more about our approach to dental implants and how we prioritize your well-being, head over to Make You Smile for more information.

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