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When considering dental restoration options, implants often come up as a top choice. Both All-on-4 and traditional dental implants can provide stable and lasting solutions for missing teeth, but what sets them apart? Let’s explore the differences between these two implant types.

Differences between All-on-4 and traditional dental implantsWhat are All-on-4 Dental Implants?

All-on-4 dental implants are a modern innovation in restorative dentistry. This system utilises just four strategically placed implants to support a full arch of prosthetic teeth, either in the upper or lower jaw. The approach is minimally invasive and designed to restore functionality and aesthetics more quickly than traditional implants. All-on-4 was developed in the 1990s and has since become a popular choice for its efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

How Do Traditional Dental Implants Work?

Traditional dental implants are more widely used and well-known. Each missing tooth is replaced with its own implant, which is surgically embedded into the jawbone. Once healed, the implant supports a crown, bridge, or denture. This process can require more implants and a longer treatment time, but it provides a highly customised and flexible restoration option.

Differences in Procedure

  1. Implant Placement: In All-on-4 implants, only four strategically placed implants are used to support a full arch of teeth, two in the front and two in the back of the jaw. Traditional implants typically require six to eight implants for a full arch. This targeted approach can reduce the invasiveness of the surgery and improve healing times.
  2. Bone Density Requirements: All-on-4 implants often require less bone density because of their strategic placement. Traditional implants may need more bone density and, in some cases, bone grafting. This makes All-on-4 a good option for those with lower bone density.
  3. Treatment Timeline: All-on-4 dental implants can often be placed in a single day, with temporary teeth immediately fixed to the implants. Traditional implants require a longer process, including a healing period before the permanent crown can be attached.
  4. Cost and Complexity: All-on-4 is generally a more cost-effective and streamlined procedure compared to traditional implants. Traditional implants can be more complex due to the higher number of implants and potential need for bone grafting.
  5. Prosthetic Attachment: All-on-4 uses a fixed full-arch prosthesis that is securely attached to the implants. Traditional implants may support individual crowns, bridges, or dentures, providing more options but potentially requiring more adjustments.
  6. Recovery and Healing: Patients undergoing All-on-4 typically experience a shorter recovery time due to fewer implants and less surgical intervention. Traditional implants may involve a longer recovery process due to the number of implants and potential bone grafting.
  7. Aesthetic Outcomes: All-on-4 offers an immediate transformation with temporary teeth, providing instant aesthetic improvements. Traditional implants may take longer to deliver similar aesthetic results due to the lengthier treatment process.
  8. Long-term Maintenance: Both procedures require long-term maintenance and care. All-on-4’s fixed prosthesis is easier to maintain than traditional implants, which may involve multiple crowns or bridges needing individual care.

Differences between All-on-4 and traditional dental implants - Tooth DoctorWhich Option is Best for You?

Choosing between All-on-4 and traditional implants depends on individual circumstances such as the extent of tooth loss, bone density, and personal preferences. Consulting with our dental surgeon at Tooth Doctor is an appropriate way to determine which option aligns with your needs.


  1. Are All-on-4 dental implants painful?
    • The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia, so you won’t feel pain during surgery. Some discomfort is normal post-surgery, but it can be managed with medication.
  2. How long do All-on-4 implants last?
    • With proper care, All-on-4 implants can last many years, often providing a lifelong solution.
  3. Is the recovery time shorter with All-on-4 implants?
    • Yes, patients typically experience quicker recovery times with All-on-4 implants compared to traditional implants.
  4. Do traditional implants require more maintenance?
    • Maintenance requirements are similar for both types, including brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups.
  5. Can I eat normally after receiving All-on-4 implants?
    • Yes, once you’ve healed, you can enjoy a wide variety of foods. Your dentist may recommend avoiding hard or sticky foods during the initial healing period.

Dr Anmol PatelWhy Choose Tooth Doctor for Your All-on-4 Implant Treatment?

Opt for All-on-4 Implants at Tooth Doctor and benefit from the expertise of our implant-specialist dentist, Dr Anmol Patel, with extensive experience across numerous General Dental Practices, offers a wealth of knowledge and skill to each case. His history of successful All-on-4 cases showcases his commitment to excellence and patient satisfaction. At Tooth Doctor, you can be confident in receiving high-quality care and exceptional results. Restore your smile and boost your confidence with All-on-4 Implants in Essex and Thurrock today.

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Book an Initial Consultation

In this thorough consultation, Dr Anmol Patel will evaluate your oral health, review your dental history and treatment goals, and decide if All-on-4 implants suit your needs. The consultation costs £125, which will be deducted from your treatment cost should you proceed with the procedure.