All on 4 in Medellin

The Ultimate Guide to All on 4 in Medellin

Last fact-checked: 20 February 2020

Replace your teeth or dentures for less with an All-on-4 in Medellin, Colombia. This procedure uses just four dental implants to hold a complete arch of teeth, providing a secure and stable replacement that won’t slip or fall out. The price at home may be prohibitive; however, having the same treatment for around a third of the price in Colombia presents a much more affordable proposition that’s seriously worth contemplating.

What is the All-on-4® Procedure?

If you’ve lost most or all of your teeth, then this innovative procedure may be for you. An All-on-4 can, unlike traditional dental implants, be carried out on patients who have suffered bone loss. The procedure involves a specialized placement technique meaning those with less jawbone to work with may still be suitable candidates—without having to undergo a bone graft.

The All-on-4 procedure differs from traditional implants because it uses extra-long implants inserted into the rear of the jaw. Plus, they are positioned at a 45, rather than 90-degree angles, creating a larger surface area for the bone and implant to fuse together. Furthermore, you can have any remaining teeth extracted, implants inserted and new teeth attached all at the same time—which is why it’s sometimes called ‘Same Day Teeth’.

Pioneered by Portuguese implantologist Dr. Paulo Malo, the procedure is now carried out successfully throughout the world, according to his protocol.

What Is Involved in the All-on-4 Treatment? 

Careful planning is the key to success with this treatment. Even though the actual procedure is carried out in just one session, you will need several visits to the dentist, which can be summarized as:

1: Consultation & Assessment

Once you’ve booked your appointment through Dental Departures, email digital x-rays that you have had taken at home to your chosen dentist in Medellin. They will then be able to provide an initial assessment as to whether you are likely to be suitable. The dentist will be able to see how much bone is viable, so it is important to have up-to-date x-rays. If you are deemed suitable then you can start planning your trip.

Once you have arrived in Medellin, you can visit the dentist for an in-depth consultation and examination. More x-rays and scans will be taken, partly to aid diagnosis but also these will serve as a template for the treatment planning; the dentist needs to know exactly where the implants will be placed. During this same first visit, impressions of your mouth will be taken and sent to the laboratory where your new teeth are made. This way, your new pearly whites will be ready on the day of your procedure to pop straight in once your implants have been placed.

2: Treatment Day

The All-on-4 procedure typically takes two hours per jaw. It can be carried out under local anesthetic, or conscious sedation. Once your chosen anesthetic has been administered, the dentist will remove any remaining teeth before making small incisions in the gum at the points where the implants are to be inserted. A drill is used to make holes in the jaw at each of these points, and then the dental implants are placed. Once all four implants are in position, your new teeth are attached and the procedure is complete.

Why Should I Choose Medellin for the All-on-Four Procedure?

One of the advantages of being a dental tourist is the vacation aspect of your trip. If you love traveling and seeing new parts of the world, then we’re sure Medellin will be a city you’d like to see.

After years of bad press due to political instability, coupled with the drug war, Medellin is now a much-transformed city now dubbed hip and happening by the travel industry. If you plan to stay in town, you’ll find plenty of interesting museums, historical buildings, several excellent parks (which you can read about in more detail further down) and a buzzing nightlife scene. To make the most of some of the region’s best countryside, which surrounds in all directions, we suggest mountain biking, ATV rides, hiking tours and, if you’re brave enough, paragliding!

As far as dental care is concerned, you will find good, modern facilities dotted around the city, all of which are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, like 3D/CT scanning, digital x-rays and CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture). Although Spanish is the country’s main language, our listed clinics have English-speaking dentists and staff so you don’t need to worry about potential communication problems.

Some of the top dental clinics in Medellin include:

International Smiles

Oralimagen

Dental Cosmetic Center

Finally, the low prices are one of the major reasons for getting your All-on-4 in Medellin—and Dental Departures guarantee the lowest.

What is the Cost of All-on-4s in Medellin?

Save thousands on all-on-4 prices in Medellin compared with dentists in your home country:

 

US $

CAN $

UK £

EURO €

AUS $

All-on-4s cost – at home

20,000

26,500

15,500

17,400

27,700

All-on-4s cost – Medellin

7,700

10,200

6,000

6,700

10,700

Are All-on-4s a Good Procedure to have in Medellin as a Dental Tourist?

The beauty of the All-on-4 procedure is that it can be completed in just one session. Save from a few trips to the dentist before and after the procedure, you should have plenty of time to experience a lot of what Medellin has to offer.

Many people experience little in the way of downtime after their procedure. Some bruising or swelling may be evident for some while others have no after-effects at all. Thus, the procedure shouldn’t impact too much on your vacation itinerary. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that it is a surgical procedure that uses anesthetic, so best to take it easy and not get involved in high-adrenaline activities too soon after your surgery.

Medellin has plenty to explore in the city. Museums are plentiful, including the Antioquia Museum which houses works by local artists Fernando Botero and Pedro Nel Gomez; the interactive Water Museum in the Barefoot Park; the San Pedro Cemetery Museum which hosts concerts, theatre and other shows; and the Memory House Museum, a somber and reflective collection of the violence that marred Colombia for more than half a century.

The mild climate in Medellin affords pleasant weather for getting out and about in the city’s parks, including the Barefoot Park which encourages you to stimulate your feet by walking around shoeless; the Parque El Salado which has walking trails, a creek, ponds and zip-lining; the Botanical Gardens where you’ll find iguanas wandering around; and Parque Arvi, an ecological nature reserve with trails and great views from the cable cars.

Medellin has some interesting neighborhoods to check out, including upmarket El Poblado with its high-end shopping and eclectic nightlife; El Centro, Medellin’s downtown district, and Barrio Santo Domingo, which presents great views of the city.

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How Do I Arrange a Trip to Medellin for an All-on-4?

Find a dentist by searching our listings. Speak to our Customer Care Team to book an appointment, get a free quote or ask any questions about an All-on-4 in Medellin. Dental Departures also provides other services to make your trip go as smoothly as possible, such as insurance, finance and hotel booking.

Sources:

All on 4 Dental Implants. Malo Clinic. Website accessed 8 January 2019. https://maloclinics.com/en/implantology" target="_blank

About Prof Paulo Malo. Nobel Biocare. Website accessed: 8 January 2019. https://www.nobelbiocare.com/dk/en/education/our-speakers/m-o/paulo-malo.html" target="_blank

Radhika. 10 Reasons to Visit Medellin in Colombia. The Evening Standard. 18 January 2018.

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/medellin-colombia-reasons-to-visit-where-to-stay-eat-a3741736.html" target="_blank

Lee, David. The Ultimate List of Things to Do in Medellin. Nomadic Matt. 29 November 2018.

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Bell, Chris. The Coolest Neighbourhoods in Medellin. Culture Trip. 3 September 2017.

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