All on 4 in Spain

The Ultimate Guide to All on 4 in Spain

An alternative to dentures for patients with few or no teeth, a complete arch of teeth is now replaceable with just four dental implants, known as All-on-4. In Spain , the procedure is much more affordable to the UK and Irish with prices around a third of those at home, making this expensive procedure feasible to many more patients.

What is the All-on-4 procedure?

The All-on-4 procedure is for patients with no teeth (or unviable ones that ought to be removed) and was perfected by Dr Paulo Malo in 1988. With just four dental implants placed in the jawbone, a full arch of prosthetic teeth can be placed on the day of surgery.

The feature that differentiates the All-on-4 from traditional implants is the placement of the anterior implants. They are tilted at a 45-degree angle, rather than the traditional 90-degrees, which provides greater stability and often negates the need for bone grafting because the tilt makes use of all the existing bone.

A fixed, temporary bridge can be attached to the implants immediately, which is why the procedure is often known as “Same Day Smiles” or “Teeth in a Day”.

 

What does the All-on-4 treatment entail?

There are several stages involved in the treatment, from initial consultation to the fixing of the permanent bridge.

1: Initial Consultation & Assessment

The dentist makes a thorough examination and appropriate scans and x-rays will show if there is any bone loss. If your dentist makes the assessment that you are a suitable candidate for the All-on-4 procedure, and you agree to advance, impressions of your mouth will be taken to send to the lab making your new teeth. If you still have teeth, they will need to be extracted. Sometimes, this can be carried out at the same time as your implant procedure, but only when your dentist is certain there is sufficient bone and gum support. If not, you may have to wait several months to allow your mouth to heal and the gum and bone to grow back before you can undergo the All-on-4 procedure.

2: Treatment Day

The procedure takes around two hours per jaw. It may be performed under local anaesthetic or sedation. If you have remaining teeth, these will be extracted and the sites cleansed before the implants – two in the back and two in the front – are placed. Your new permanent arch of teeth is placed immediately, or a lighter, temporary bridge if you had extractions.

3: Permanent Restoration

Once your bone and gums have been given time to heal after the extractions (typically, after a few months) you will return to have your permanent bridge fitted.

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Why should I get All-on-4 implants in Spain?

  • Save money

In Spain, All-on-4 prices are considerably lower than in the UK and Ireland. Although you will find regional differences in costs – an All-on-4 in London or Dublin is likely to be more expensive than an All-on-4 in Manchester – prices in Spain outshine them all.

  • Expertise

  • Spain is a member of the European Union and is governed by EU regulations, which means patients are certain of receiving good standards of care.

  • Spanish dentists must be registered with the General Council of Colleges of Dentistry in Madrid to practice. Many dentists have further training in Spain and abroad to provide specialist care like implant dentistry, and have memberships with international professional organizations such as the International Congress of Oral Implantology.

  • Dentists provide private treatment, and so they are always in competition with each other, which keeps standards high and prices low.

  • Contemporary, Hi-Tech Clinics

Dental clinics that provide treatments for international patients are generally state-of-the-art with all modern diagnostic and therapeutic technologies available, including panoramic x-rays and CT/3D scanning. Some clinics, as Crooke & Laguna Malaga offer extremely specialised treatments, such as zygomatic implants while others, such as Apadent Dental Care offer CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture) for same-day prosthodontics.

  • Easily Accessible

Spain is easy to visit for the British, Irish and other Europeans. Low-cost air carriers offer numerous flights from major cities to locations throughout mainland Spain, as well as the Balearic and Canary Islands. Spain also receives international flights to its larger cities from around the world.

What is the cost in Spain of All-on-4s?

The table below shows Spain’s all-on-4 prices compared to other countries:

 

UK £

EUR €

US $

CAN $

AUS $

NZ $

All-on-4s cost – at home

16,000

19,000

20,000

27,000

27,000

29,000

All-on-4s cost – Spain

5,000

6,000

6,400

8,000

8,000

9,000

Are All-on-4s a good procedure to have in Spain as a medical tourist?

Yes. Apart from the money you’ll save in Spain compared to the All-on-4 cost UK and Irish dentists charge, the procedure is a great treatment to have if you combine it with a holiday. The procedure is usually carried out in a day, and downtime after treatment is minimal. Nevertheless, it must be noticed that swelling, and possibly some bruising, may occur around the jaw and face, but some people experience minimal swelling, others substantially more. You should probably take it easy for a few days after surgery, but after that you can go sightseeing and shopping to your heart’s content.

Spain has plenty of options for a holiday, and with many of our dentists are located in popular destinations you are bound to find plenty to do. Here are some location ideas:

Barcelona:

This architecturally beautiful city sits on the coast. Therefore, you get the best of both worlds with the sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches at your doorstep and the city’s ancient labyrinthine, medieval streets to explore. Featuring towering, centuries-old, gothic cathedrals as well as the quirky, modernist architecture of Gaudi and his contemporaries, if the city takes your breath away in the daylight, it becomes nearly magical after sundown as basement bars, rooftop restaurants and everything in between provide endless wining, dining and entertainment.

Marbella:

Fondly known as ‘Marbs’, and with tons of glitzy shops and restaurants centred around Puerto Banus, the swankiest marina on the Costa del Sol, this is a fantastic spot for people-watching. The great and the good come here during the summer and if luxury yachts, sports cars and spotting celebs excite you there is much to be in awe of.

Almeria:

Mass tourism has not come to Almeria but this handsome port town boasts a spectacular Moorish Fortress, palm-fringed plazas and a vibrant atmosphere with bustling restaurants, boutique shopping and laidback bars.

The surrounding region of Almeria offers uncrowded beaches and traditional fishing villages as well as one of the few deserts in Europe. The Tabernas desert was the location for many a Spaghetti Western films, including Sergio Leone’s “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”. The film set is still reasonably preserved and there is a pool and restaurant but the entertainment are the twice-daily Wild West shootouts – and standing in the saloon with Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack playing through the speakers!

Discover more about the affordable All-on-4 clinics Spain offers international patients. Check out our listings, or contact our Customer Care Team if you have any questions or wish to book an appointment.

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