What Are All-on-4 Implants Made Of?

October 21, 2020

All-on-4 dental implants are great for those who do not qualify for traditional implants. If you are missing all or most of your teeth and have poor oral health, your dentist will likely recommend All-on-4 implants, a screw-based system that replaces a full arch of teeth. Luckily, these implants require less time and preparation with minimal invasiveness.

teeth with dental implant screw

All-on-4 dental implants are made of three parts:

  1. Implant- The screw that attaches to the jawbone and acts as a root for new teeth.
  2. Abutment– A piece that connects the new tooth with the implant.
  3. Crown- Also called the prosthetic tooth that is visible in the mouth made of zirconium or porcelain.

Today, dentists and patients can choose which type of material this dental implant system will consist of: titanium or zirconia.

All-on-4 Dental Implant Materials

Titanium Implants

These implants have been around since the 1960s and have a proven long-term success rate. Made of durable titanium, this type of implant resists cracks and fractures. Titanium implants are also easier to place since they’re made of two separate pieces, the base, and the tooth restoration. After placing the implants your dentist will have more flexibility when placing the prosthetic teeth because of the second piece, or abutment. Abutments are the middle-man between crowns and implants. Having the ability to make slight tooth angle alterations to the abutment means you’ll get a natural bite alignment.

Zirconia Implants

This type of implant is made from ceramic and is the non-metal alternative to titanium implants. They first appeared in the late 1980s and have gained attention in the holistic dentistry field. Studies show that zirconia tooth implants respond to soft tissue better and are more biocompatible compared to metal implants. With more research, these implants could prove themselves as a reliable and equally effective alternative, especially as patients are becoming more concerned about metal in the body and its effects.

Advantages of Titanium Dental Implants

  • More components and design options.
  • Long-term success rate of 97%.
  • Fracture and crack resistance.
  • Better for full-mouth restorations.

Advantages of Metal-Free Dental Implants

  • No dark coloring showing through gums.
  • No risk for metal allergy complications.
  • Less plaque and infections around the implant site.
  • Corrosion resistance.

Both zirconia and titanium All-on-4 dental implants are safe and FDA approved. They both integrate into the jawbone to establish a sturdy foundation for abutments and crowns. Depending on your needs, your Mile High dentist will choose the appropriate All-on-4 dental implant material for your smile. No matter the material, you’ll see the benefits of full mouth dental implants in no time.

Call us at (303) 974-4537 to learn more about our All-on-4® treatment options and schedule your free dental implant consultation today.


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