June 10, 2022

All-on-4 vs. Traditional Dental Implants: which one is the best for you?

Dental implants are permanent artificial teeth surgically placed into your jawbone to compensate for missing or broken teeth. They provide restorative dental solutions to patients with one or more missing teeth that look and feel like natural teeth. But well, if you are reading this article, your dentist has probably recommended dental implant surgery. And we are sure you have bombarded Google with questions and gathered all the information you need about dental implants.

But what type do I choose: Traditional or the new-gen All-on-4 dental implants? This is one of the most commonly asked questions in our practice. So if you wonder what type of implant is the best for you, you have come to the right place. This article will take you through the differences between Traditional and All-on-4 dental implant surgeries to make the best decision for yourself or your loved one. 

Removable V/S Permanent

All-on-4 dental implants are a complete set of teeth implants that can replace the entire upper or lower set of teeth in the mouth. This implant will stay in the mouth permanently and look natural as real teeth. The All-on-4 dental implant technique will give you permanent teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Whereas traditional dentures are removable, causing an excess build-up of plaque, which can lead to an increased risk of cavities and gum diseases.

Number of sets

All-on-four dental implants use four implants to support an upper or a lower arch of dentures within the mouth. In the case of supporting both arches, a total of eight implants are used in this system.

In comparison, traditional dental implants use six or more implants, meaning most patients will need 12 or more traditional dental implants to support an upper and lower set of dentures.

While traditional dental implant surgery requires up to 10 implants to hold your new teeth in place, you only need four implants per jaw with All-on-4.


Traditional, removable dentures can replace all your teeth at a lower cost, but with that low cost comes serious disadvantages. Without implant support, these dentures will irritate the gums and cause bone loss over time. Maintenance of these dentures in place will come with continuous frustrations and challenges. All-on-4 dental implants may cost a bit more, but they have many advantages over traditional implants.

Number of missing teeth

Both All-on-4 and traditional dental implants help replace multiple teeth. But traditional implants may also be used to replace individual teeth, unlike All-on-4. In most cases, conventional dental implants are paired with different restorations, like dental bridges, crowns, and dentures to replace individual teeth, multiple teeth, or a complete set of teeth. An All-on-4 is a total replacement and does not require any pre-surgeries.

Placement and its benefits

Traditional dental implants are placed straight within the jawbone, whereas All-on-4 implants are strategically placed at an angle at the back of the jaw. Placing the implant at an angle helps maximize the implant's contact with the bone and helps many All-on-4 patients avoid the need for bone grafting, which is often needed in traditional dental implant treatment.

Treatment duration

Traditional dental implant treatment takes longer than All-on-4 treatment. This is because there are several pre-surgeries like sinus augmentation, bone grafting etc. that may be needed to rebuild the jawbone before traditional dental implants can be placed.

Choosing the right treatment

Both All-on-4 implants and traditional dental implants are remarkable treatments to restore dental function to those who suffer from severe tooth loss. Thus, the treatment you choose will depend on your unique needs. We can help you choose the right treatment for yourself.

Give us a call or visit us in NYC and get a free consultation worth $750. Let us help you restore your teeth and regain that beautiful smile back. 


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