Immediate All On 4 Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Hey there! Dr. David McFadden here, coming to you from the Dental Implant Center in Dallas, Texas. Today, we’re going to dive into a topic that often causes confusion: All-On-4 dental implants and implant bridges. It’s essential to understand the differences between these two treatments before making a decision. So, let’s break it down together!

Immediate All On 4 Dental Implants
Immediate All On 4 Dental Implants

All-On-4 versus Implant Bridges: The Real Story

The Misconception

Many implant doctors mislabel All-On-4 as “implant bridges,” but that’s not entirely accurate. While the prosthesis used in All-On-4 can be considered a bridge, it’s more like a denture on stilts. Although it’s made of zirconium, it doesn’t resemble a traditional implant bridge. It’s crucial to have a clear understanding of this distinction.

Lips Retracted Photography: Seeing the Whole Picture

Lips Retracted

Now, let’s talk about “lips retracted” photography. When browsing dental websites or galleries, it’s essential to see the outcome of a treatment with the lips fully retracted. Unfortunately, some dental centers use smoke and mirrors to hide the foundation beneath those dazzling white smiles. But here’s the truth: the foundation matters, and we’re about to show you why.

Case Study: All-On-4 Treatment

The Outcome

Let’s start with a gentleman who opted for an All-On-4 treatment at another implant center due to its lower price. At first glance, his teeth appear white, straight, and aesthetically pleasing. However, when we retract the lips, the truth is revealed.

Exposed Implants and Gum Recession

Exposed Implants

Underneath that surface glamour, we discover exposed implants and gum recession. The use of angled implants and abutments is the deal-breaker here. These practices cause tissue recession and lead to gum and bone loss over time. Additionally, the teeth appear bulky and lack separation, while the gums are an unnatural pink shade.

Temporary Cement Issues

On the lower arch, you’ll notice a white material, temporary cement bought from a drugstore. Within a month, this gentleman experienced uncemented zirconium restorations. Now, he has to go through the hassle of removing, re-gluing, and hoping they last throughout the day. This is not the ideal situation.

Case Study: Implant Bridges

Making the Right Choice

Implant Bridges

In contrast, let’s look at a patient who decided to invest in true Implant Bridges. She chose a treatment that replicates the look, feel, function, and ease of cleaning of natural teeth. With meticulous care over a few months, her smile was transformed.

A Foundation You Can Trust


When we retract the lips, we see the real beauty of Implant Bridges. These zirconium bridges sit directly on the implants without the need for angled abutments, correcting abutments, or excessive bone removal. The result is a natural-looking smile with pink tissue that matches her own healthy gums.

Providing Lasting Results

Our goal is to give patients the last restoration they will ever need. We want them to maintain their smile effortlessly. While achieving a beautiful smile is important, it’s only the beginning. The foundation, bone preservation, and favorable contours are what truly make a difference in the success of a treatment.

Making the Right Decision for You

Now that you understand the difference between All-On-4 and Implant Bridges, it’s time to make an informed decision. Keep in mind that if you prioritize the lowest price, implant bridges may not be the right choice for you. However, if you seek a restoration that looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth, providing long-term satisfaction, then Implant Bridges are the superior option.

Remember, your dental health is a significant investment. Take the time to research, educate yourself, and seek multiple opinions. Ultimately, you should choose the treatment that aligns with your goals and gives you the smile you deserve.

Thank you for joining me today, and remember, we’re here to make you smile!

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