What are All-on-X Dental Implants?

If you’re missing all of the teeth in one or both arches, you might have researched dentures and dental implants. While dental implants are the more comfortable, natural-looking option, the cost to replace all teeth with implants is high. And, if you have low jawbone density, particularly in the upper jaw, you may need a bone graft prior to implant surgery.

All-on-X is a technique that overcomes these barriers by delivering full teeth replacement with just a few, strategically placed dental implants.

As an added bonus, successful implant placement requires less bone density compared to conventional methods, helping many patients avoid an additional bone grafting procedure (and the healing time that comes with it).

All-on-X vs. All-on-4® Dental Implants

All-on-X and All-on-4® are similar techniques. However, the phrase All-on-4 is trademarked by Nobel Biocare®. The X in All-on-X is in reference to the number of implants involved in the treatment, which may or may not be four, depending on your needs.

The bottom line? The benefits of All-on-4 and All-on-X are the same.

The All-on-X Dental Implant Process

Step 1: Consultation

Every consultation includes:

  • A thorough, 30-minute All-on-X assessment
  • A CT scan of your teeth and jaw

During the visit, an experienced Austell implant dentist will perform an exam and evaluate a CT scan of your teeth, gums and bone. They’ll chat with you about your treatment goals, explain the All-on-X procedure and help you decide if it’s the ideal solution for replacing all of your teeth.

Next, your dentist will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. Finally, we’ll wrap things up by going over your All-on-X/All-on-4 cost, your insurance coverage and our interest-free financing options.

Step 2: Extractions, if Needed

If you need to have any teeth extracted prior to dental implant surgery, we can do it here at Austell Dental Excellence. In fact, with All-on-X, we can extract teeth on the same day that we place your implants.

Step 3: All-on-X Dental Implant Surgery

If you’re feeling anxious about the dental implant procedure, our team can help. In an effort to make the process stress-free, we have:

  • Comfortable, modern treatment rooms
  • The latest technology and safety equipment
  • Complimentary nitrous oxide sedation

When it’s time for the procedure, a professional will administer sedation, if you opted for it, and your dentist will numb the treatment areas with anesthetic. Once you’re comfortable and numb, they’ll place several small, titanium screws into the jawbone.

We know that sounds a little overwhelming, but you won’t feel anything aside from some pressure during the procedure and post-surgical discomfort is generally easy to manage. Because of the angle All-on-X implants are placed and our use of 3D-printed surgical guides, trauma is minimized.

When the procedure is over, we’ll monitor you for a short time period and give you aftercare instructions. You’ll need a responsible adult to drive you home if you received sedation. If you didn’t, we’d still recommend allowing someone else to drive in case you’re experiencing any localized discomfort.

Step 4: High Quality Replacement Teeth

Depending on your situation and treatment plan, you may be able to have your teeth replaced right away. That means you’ll come in for your All-on-X procedure and leave the same day with a functional, beautiful new smile. In other cases, you’ll receive your final restorations after the implants have healed and fused with the jawbone, which takes three to six months.

Your Austell implant dentist will design your restorations on a digital, 3D model of your mouth. You’ll even get to see a simulation of what your future smile will look like. A full arch of replacement teeth will be crafted from natural-looking, high quality materials, typically porcelain. Your prosthetic teeth will then be attached to the dental implants, restoring your smile and confidence.

Full Teeth Replacement Cost With Implants vs. All-on-X

The cost to replace all teeth with implants is significantly higher than full arch replacement with All-on-X. This is because All-on-X uses fewer implants and is a shorter, less invasive procedure.

Additionally, because you’ll avoid or reduce the need for bone grafting, you won’t have to invest time and money into another procedure.

While the exact cost for full teeth replacement with All-on-X varies depending on your individual case, at Austell Dental Excellence, we aim to make getting the care you need accessible. Our practice accepts most insurance and we offer interest-free financing and flexible payment options

How All-on-X Stacks Up Against Other
Full-Mouth Teeth Replacement Options

A longer-lasting, healthier solution than dentures (plus way more comfortable)

Removable dentures can slip and slide in your mouth, cause gum irritation and aren’t always the most comfortable solution. Since the underlying bone is no longer stimulated with dentures, you’ll continue to experience jawbone deterioration, which can impact your oral health and facial structure. Plus, even the most high quality dentures won’t last forever and will likely need to be adjusted or replaced at some point.

All-on-X dental implants, on the other hand, provide a stable foundation to secure your full, fixed bridge, so there’s no movement or irritation and the end result feels like natural teeth. You’ll also retain more jawbone because bone loss won’t occur in the areas where the implants are placed. With proper care, All-on-X can be a permanent teeth replacement option.

Better aesthetics and function than dentures

Certain foods are difficult to eat with dentures, but with All-on-X, you’ll be able to bite and chew comfortably and efficiently. Your replacement teeth will also look more natural with All-on-X implants vs. dentures.

An easier recovery than conventional implant surgery

The All-on-X procedure is less invasive than conventional implant surgery. Patients are often surprised at how fast the recovery process is and how little discomfort they experience as they heal.

A great option for people with low jawbone density and conditions like osteoporosis

All-on-X dental implants are placed in the posterior of the jaw where there tends to be more bone density and are angled in a way that doesn’t require as much quantity of bone to support the implants. This means even patients with osteoporosis or bone loss from sinus problems or oral health issues can often get All-on-X implants without needing additional bone grafting procedures.

Caring for your smile will be easy

Your All-on-X replacement teeth won’t need to be removed and cleaned separately like dentures. Instead, you’ll brush and floss just like you would with natural teeth and continue to see your dentist for checkups every six months.

Key Highlights

  • All-on-X is a technique similar to All-on-4 that allows your dentist to replace all of your upper or lower teeth with just a few dental implants.
  • All-on-X implants don’t require as much jawbone density as conventional implants, so bone grafting can often be avoided.
  • The procedure is less invasive than traditional implant surgery, so you’ll get to enjoy your new smile sooner and with less discomfort.
  • All-on-X dental implants are a healthier, more comfortable, longer-lasting alternative to dentures.

Book a consultation with an Austell implant dentist to explore your full teeth replacement options

As the leaders in dental implants in Austell, GA, our team can help you restore your smile more efficiently and effectively. Ready to find out if All-on-X is the best full-arch or full-mouth teeth replacement option for you? Schedule a complimentary consultation at Austell Dental Excellence by calling us at (678) 672-6321 today!

3845 Medical Park Dr
Austell, GA 30106
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