All on 4 in Cartagena de Indias

The Ultimate Guide to All on 4 in Cartagena de Indias

Last fact-checked: 20 February 2020

Replacing all your teeth with dental implants is an affordable option in Colombia. Innovative All-on-4®s in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia’s pretty colonial city next to the Caribbean, will save you a fortune compared to the prices in countries like the US and Canada. Plus, you get to enjoy a fantastic vacation in a destination that’s been dubbed one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Can I Really Replace All My Teeth With Dental Implants?

Yes, but with the All-on-4 procedure, you don’t replace each individual tooth with an implant. Instead, just four implants are placed into your jaw (either upper or lower) and a complete arch of teeth is attached to these sturdy foundations. They are permanent, secure and don’t move, wobble, slip or fall out. This gives them a huge advantage over dentures.

I Have Bone Loss in My Jaw. Am I Suitable for All-on-4s?

The beauty of the All-on-4 treatment is that even if you have been deemed unsuitable for traditional, single tooth-replacement implants because of bone loss, you may be a good candidate for All-on-4 implants. You will still need some viable bone in your jaw for the implants to have something to attach to, but many patients who do have bone loss find that they can have the All-on-4 implants placed without the prior need of a bone graft.

All-on-4 treatment differs from traditional implants and works for patients with bone loss as the implants used are longer than traditional ones. Plus, rather than being inserted into the jaw at a 90-degree angle, they are placed at 45 degrees, which creates a larger surface area for the bone to integrate with the implant.

What Else is Different About the All-on-4 Treatment Compared to Traditional Implants? 

Although it may seem daunting replacing all your teeth, particularly if you do have some of your own teeth left, the procedure differs from the rather drawn-out process of traditional dental implants because you can have the complete procedure carried out in just one session. So, any remaining teeth can be removed, implants inserted and new teeth attached all in one procedure, which takes around two hours.

Nobody is a fan of sitting in the dentist’s chair and undergoing a major procedure, so this quick turnaround time for All-on-4s is a big bonus, particularly for the more dental-phobic patients.

How Is All-on-4 Treatment Carried Out?

While the actual procedure is carried out in one session, there is a great deal of planning required beforehand. The first step will be to email up-to-date digital x-rays to your chosen dentist in Cartagena for an initial assessment to make sure that your jaw bone is sufficient for the procedure. If it is, then you can begin making arrangements for your trip.

On your first visit to the dentist in Cartagena, you will be given a thorough consultation, examination and assessment. Further x-rays and/or scans will be taken by your dentist who will then draw up a detailed treatment plan for the optimum placement of the implants. Impressions of your mouth will be taken; these will be sent to a laboratory where your new teeth are manufactured. On your planned treatment day, these will be available for your dentist to attach to the newly-inserted dental implants.

Treatment Day: The All-on-4 is carried out under a local anesthetic or conscious sedation. Once you are comfortable and the area is numb, the dentist will remove any remaining teeth and make small incisions in the gum at the points where the implants are being placed. A small hole is drilled into the jaw at each of these points and the implants put in place. Your new teeth are then attached and you’ll be ready to go.

It is worth noting that if you have extractions (or have done so in the last three months), your gums will need time to heal. To get around this issue, the replacement teeth you are given will be temporary and much lighter than the permanent ones. This means you will need to go back to have the permanent teeth fitted at a later date. If this is timing problematical, then it’s a good idea to have all your teeth removed by your home town dentist at least three months prior to arriving in Cartagena.

Why Choose Cartagena for Your All-on-4?

Easily Accessible: Americans and Canadians who don’t want to endure a long-haul flight to other dental tourism hotspots (like certain countries in Europe and Southeast Asia) will find Colombia is a much better option, especially as there are now direct flights to Cartagena. Another option is to fly to Bogota, the capital, and take a domestic flight to Cartagena.

Modern Facilities: Cartagena has all the amenities you would expect and require as a tourist. You will discover any number of good hotels and restaurants; shopping facilities and the city is attractive, safe and a pleasure to walk around, particularly in the Old Town.

As far as dental facilities are concerned, you will find excellent clinics fully-equipped for international tourists. English-speaking staff and state-of-the-art technology (including digital x-rays, CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture) and 3D/CT scans) ensure that patients receive accurate diagnoses and satisfactory treatment outcomes.

Some of the dental clinics in Cartagena worth checking out include:

Centro de Implantes de la Costa by Julio Oliver

Sonrisa Perfecta Dental

Value-for-Money Prices

If you’ve looked at the prices for All-on-4s at home, then you’ll be aware at how expensive the procedure is. You will save thousands as the All-on-4 costs in Cartagena are around a quarter to a third of the price back home. 

Compare the All-on-4 prices in Cartagena 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 – Cartagena

7,000

9,500

5,400

6,500

9,200

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Is an All-on-4 a Good Procedure to Have in Cartagena as a Dental Tourist? 

  1. Yes. The All-on-4 procedure was pioneered by Dr. Paulo Malo, an implantologist from Portugal. It is now carried out to his specifications and is offered by many specialist clinics across the globe.
  1. Even though the treatment is a major procedure, there is surprisingly little downtime after surgery. You may have a little tenderness, swelling and bruising but it shouldn’t be enough to stop you enjoying your vacation, or at least spending some time recuperating in a relaxed setting. In any event, you should take things easy and stick to low-key activities in the days after your surgery.
  1. Cartagena is an alluring, laid-back city and behind its city walls is an old town with colorful colonial architecture, cobbled streets and tree-lined squares. The best way to explore is by foot; take your time seeing the sights. And don’t forget to do a little shopping and stopping while admiring the scenery. Visit the iconic Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas fortress, the Palace of Inquisition, which is a museum and Las Bovedas, the former dungeons which now house souvenir shops. Cartagena has plenty of attractions and there’s always the beaches if you just want to sit around and soak up some sun and sea.

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

Choose a dentist from our listings. Our Customer Care Team is always on hand to assist you if you need any further information, a free quote, hotel bookings or insurance. Turn your dreams of new teeth into a reality with an affordable All-on-4 in Cartagena.

Sources:

35 Beautiful Cities You Must See in Your Lifetime. The Telegraph. 18 November 2018.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/galleries/most-beautiful-cities-in-the-world/cartagena/" target="_blank

Krans, Brian. Bone Graft. Healthline. 6 November 2018.

https://www.healthline.com/health/bone-graft" target="_blank

About Prof Paulo Malo. Nobel Biocare. Website accessed 30 January 2019.

https://www.nobelbiocare.com/dk/en/education/our-speakers/m-o/paulo-malo.html" target="_blank

Bell, Chris. 20 Must-Visit Attractions in Cartagena, Colombia. Culture Trip. 3 December 2018.

https://theculturetrip.com/south-america/colombia/articles/20-must-visit-attractions-in-cartagena-colombia/" target="_blank

Pulling a Tooth (Tooth Extraction). WebMD. 15 August 2018

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