Why you should avoid the cheapest All-on-4 dental implants in Australia

When it comes to All-on-4 dental implants (and let’s be honest, most things in life), you get what you pay for. And if you’ve been trying to find the cheapest All-on-4 dental implants in Australia, we’d like to warn you: the cheapest option usually sees you paying for it over the long term — in more ways than just financial.

Here’s the bottom line: All-on-4 is a major, permanent and irreversible procedure. When you commit to this type of treatment, you want to ensure you’re in the most experienced and qualified hands.

So, when looking for an All-on-4 provider, ‘cheapest’ is certainly not something you should include in your search.

Still not convinced? We’re about to share a few things that could change your mind…

We’ve been providing All-on-4 dental implants to our patients for over two decades. And during that time, we’ve seen first-hand how bad things can get when people opt for the cheapest All-on-4 provider. Because often, we’ve been the ones helping to remake their All-on-4 smile.


Real-life examples of why you should avoid the cheapest All-on-4 dental implants

Below, you’ll find a few of the real-life All-on-4 cases that Dr Dunn has helped to restore. These patients had previously received treatment from inexperienced clinicians offering cheap All-on-4 treatment. While Dr Dunn was able to restore these smiles, a remake is not always possible. And even if an experienced dentist is able to repair what’s there, the All-on-4 remake is often compromised.

Of course, we’re not sharing these cases to scare you. We just want to emphasise that not all All-on-4 providers are made equal — and we want to empower you with the knowledge to make an informed decision. Remember, if All-on-4 problems do arise, it pays to have a highly qualified health practitioner by your side.

At Macquarie Street Centre, we believe everyone deserves a smile that lasts a lifetime. We offer a range of All-on-4 finance options so you can get a high-quality, natural-looking smile on a payment plan that works for your budget.


All-on-4 Remake Case Study #1

This patient had serious concerns about his upper and lower All-on-4 tooth bridges. He knew they were failing and he was also disappointed that they did not look like natural teeth.

This case failed because the implants were not properly planned and, therefore, poorly placed. The patient was unable to bite together properly and the All-on-4 tooth bridge was compromised. The material that was used to construct the teeth and gums was also of poor quality, so it broke easily, stained easily and looked unnatural.

A failed All-on-4 tooth bridge from the upper jaw
Choosing the cheapest place to get All-on-4 implants often means lower quality material will be used. You can see in this image where the material of the tooth and gums has fallen off the bridge.

 

Improperly placed All-on-4 implants in the upper jaw with a poorly designed tooth bridge in the lower jaw
Poor pre-planning by a cheaper All-on-4 provider meant that this patient’s implants were not placed properly. The tooth bridge also looked unnatural and stained easily due to the lower quality materials used.

 

A patient’s teeth after an All-on-4 remake at Macquarie Street Centre
After a successful All-on-4 remake by Dr Dunn, this patient now has properly placed implants and a much more natural-looking set of teeth.

 

All-on-4 Remake Case Study #2

Correct implant placement is crucial for the success of the All-on-4 tooth bridge. In this case, the implants were placed incorrectly by an inexperienced clinician at a cheaper All-on-4 provider. This resulted in the upper tooth bridge cracking down the front and the back teeth breaking off altogether.

The poor design of this tooth bridge also made it very difficult for the patient to keep it clean. This meant food would often get stuck underneath the bridge, putting the patient at risk of gum inflammation and infection and therefore - failed implants.

Before 

A failed All-on-4 tooth bridge with a crack down the front
A cheaper All-on-4 provider placed this patient’s implants incorrectly, which lead the tooth bridge to crack down the front.

 

A failed All-on-4 tooth bridge with the back teeth broken off
The back teeth of this patient’s tooth bridge broke off due to poor implant placement. This is a grave example of the risks involved when choosing the cheapest place to get All-on-4 dental implants.

 

A patient’s new smile after an All-on-4 remake with Dr Dunn
Thankfully, Dr Dunn was able to restore this patient’s smile with an All-on-4 remake. They now have a beautiful and durable set of replacement teeth that look just like the real thing.

 

All-on-4 Remake Case Study #3

This patient complained to their dentist that their All-on-4 teeth didn’t look like natural teeth, stained easily and had worn down quickly.

Her dentist then referred her to Dr Dunn, who was able to replace the low-quality tooth bridge with a Classic All-on-4 tooth bridge, made from much higher quality materials. The new design also made her teeth look narrower and more feminine. The metal framework underneath the gums and teeth also made the tooth bridge stronger and easier to clean.

 Before

A stained and worn down All-on-4 tooth bridge
This patient was sent to Dr Dunn for an All-on-4 remake after complaining that her tooth bridge had worn down, stained easily and did not look natural.

 

A more natural-looking All-on-4 smile after a remake by Dr Dunn
Dr Dunn was able to restore this patient’s smile with a Classic All-on-4 tooth bridge, providing a much more feminine and natural-looking result.

 

What to look for when choosing your All-on-4 provider

There are a number of important things you should look for in an All-on-4 provider other than the cost of treatment.

But unfortunately, you can’t just rely on All-on-4 reviews to find a trusted provider. You’ll need to ask your potential All-on-4 provider some questions to get a better idea of their expertise and credibility, such as:

  • How many All-on-4 procedures has the clinician performed?
  • How long have they been doing dental implant treatment?
  • What training have they undertaken in this procedure?
  • What’s the longest patient follow-up they have?
    Note: This is even more important than the number of cases performed as you want to assess the long-term outcomes.
  • What implants will the surgeon be using?
    Note: Some implants have decades of research, others have very little. At our Sydney dental centre, we only use premium implants from suppliers like Nobel Biocare as they have proven track records and clinical studies supporting their efficacy.

To help you make a more informed decision, we’ve put together a complete checklist of questions to ask before choosing your All-on-4 provider. You can find it in our All-on-4 guide — hit the button below to download your copy for free!


What factors can affect the cost of All-on-4?

There are a few key factors that can affect the cost of All-on-4, including:

Dentist experience

The clinician’s expertise will impact the cost of the All-on-4 treatment. Generally speaking, treatment from a highly qualified and experienced dentist will be more expensive. And a cheaper price may indicate a less experienced dentist.

Inclusions in the price

When searching for the cheapest All-on-4 dental implants in Australia, you may have noticed that the price of All-on-4 can vary greatly. You may have also seen some very low prices from Australian All-on-4 providers — even as low as some overseas providers. But bear in mind, these lower prices often don’t include the final tooth options and all other items may be charged separately. So, they may not actually be that competitive once you add up all the extras. Be sure to always ask your provider what inclusions are covered in the price quoted.

Materials used

The cheapest option for All-on-4 generally depends on the type of teeth you choose. Most starting teeth are made from acrylic, but you can opt for more customised tooth bridges made from premium materials such as zirconia and porcelain. These types of tooth bridges last longer and provide a more natural result — but they do come at a higher price.

Beware: some clinicians may cut corners and cut down on price by using less reputable dental implants and materials for the teeth, or by working with less experienced prosthetists to make the teeth. This often means you’ll get a less natural-looking and lower quality outcome.

Dr Dunn uses premium All-on-4 implants from Nobel Biocare
At Macquarie Street Centre, we only used the highest quality materials and premium implants from suppliers like Nobel Biocare as they are clinically proven to be effective and durable.

 

All-on-4 is a major investment — you want to do it right the first time

We understand that many patients are anxious about the cost of All-on-4. And often they try to find the cheapest All-on-4 dental implants without knowing the potential risks this may carry. Before choosing your All-on-4 provider, we encourage you to be wary of cheaper prices and always seek a second opinion.

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