Schwartz Dentistry

All-on-4 Dental Implants in Boca Raton, Florida

When you have a full set of healthy pearly whites, tasks such as eating, speaking, and even smiling come naturally and easy. However, when you start losing teeth, whether due to the natural aging process, damage/decay, lack of oral hygiene, or any other reason, these tasks and more become challenging.

Due to the advancements in dental technology, we have options for replacing missing teeth. Some of these options look as good as natural teeth. Dr. Schwartz at Wolf-Schwartz Dentistry offers a variety of tooth replacement options. He is one of two dentists in the Boca Raton area that has received Implantologist certification from the American Board of Implantology. One of the most popular options is All-on-4 Dental Implants.

In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about All-on-4 dental implants.

All-on-4 Dental Implants Procedure: What to Expect

All-on-4 dental implants is a tooth replacement solution designed to replace a full arch of missing teeth with just 4 dental implants. This procedure is also referred to as “teeth in a day” because the entire procedure from implant placement to prosthesis placement can be completed in one day.

All-on-4 Dental Implants: Step-by-Step

The first step to any procedure at Wolf-Schwartz Dentistry is the initial consultation. This is when Dr. Schwartz and the team will determine the best option for your tooth replacement. He will perform a comprehensive examination, which includes recording your oral and overall health history, discussing your goals/expectations, images/x-rays, and more.
If necessary, prep procedures can be scheduled. These may include tooth extraction, gum disease treatment, bone grafts, and more. If these are necessary, you may need to take the time to heal before the implants can be placed.
If you do not need prep procedures, the procedure can move forward. This will involve the strategic placement of 4 dental implants in the jaw: two in the back and two in the front. The rear implants will be angled, which offers stronger bite force support.
Typically, recovery from dental implant replacement can take up to 6 months- sometimes more if your body heals slowly. However, All-on-4 dental implants allow the dentist to place a temporary prosthesis at the same time as the implants. This means that you won’t have to be without teeth while you heal.

Pre-Surgical Considerations for All-on-4 Treatment

As a general rule, dental implants are suitable for most patients. However, there are a few exceptions. When determining your eligibility for All-on-4 dental implants, Dr. Schwartz will consider the following:

Gum and jawbone health

In order to reduce the risk of implant failure, your gums and jawbone need to be healthy. If you have jawbone deterioration or gum disease, you may not immediately qualify for implants. However, procedures such as bone grafts and gum disease treatment can resolve these issues.

Age/facial development

While there is no upper age limit for dental implants, it’s important to note that we do not recommend this option for our pediatric patients. This is because their jawbone has not finished growing and placing an implant too early can impede jawbone development and cause problems in the future.

Current medications

If you are taking any medications, it’s important to understand the risks and side effects of those medications. Some can cause complications with anesthesia, while others may impact your body’s ability to heal. Discuss your medications with Dr. Schwartz before scheduling your surgery.

Other factors

Certain medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes, osteoporosis, and more can impact your eligibility for this and other oral surgeries. Also, tobacco use can impact your body’s ability to heal from surgery. Therefore, if you smoke or use smokeless tobacco products, it is recommended that you refrain from using these while healing.


While you will have a full set of teeth when you leave the office, you’ll need to stick with soft foods for up to a few months. This will help you avoid causing the implants to shift. If the implants do shift, you may experience pain/inflammation and possibly implant failure, which will require the removal of the implants. In some cases, they can be placed again in the future- but sometimes you’ll have to choose a different solution, depending on the damage to the jawbone.

Advantages of All-on-4 Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement. However, single implants can be costly if replacing a full arch of missing teeth. All-on-4 dental implants offers a variety of advantages including:

Permanent Solution for Missing

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, as long as you are working with a qualified dentist, and you practice proper care and maintenance.

Immediate Results

Traditional dental implants must heal completely before a prosthesis can be placed on them. However, due to the strategic placement of implants for All-on-4, the prosthesis can be placed on the same day. That’s why this procedure is often referred to as “teeth in a day”.

Reduced Recovery Time

Since the entire process can be completed in one day, your recovery time is significantly reduced. Typically, the implants themselves take up to 6 months to heal. If you are getting traditional implants, this is when the abutment will be placed, which requires a few more weeks to heal. Then, the crown can be placed. However, with All-on-4 dental implants, the temporary prosthesis will be removed, and the permanent prosthesis placed at this time.

Reduced Cost

If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you can spend $60,000 to $90,000+ to replace each tooth with a single implant. However, All-on-4 only requires 4 dental implants, which allows you to get a full arch of teeth for $12,000 or a full set for $24,000. However, it’s important to note that if you need additional procedures, this cost will increase based on those fees.

Comparing All-on-4 Implants to Traditional Implants

The two most common ways to replace missing teeth are traditional dental implants, which is designed to replace a single missing tooth, or All-on-4 dental implants, which supports a full arch of missing teeth with just 4 dental implants:

Type of Implant

Traditional Implants

All-on-4 Dental Implants

Procedure Steps


Prep procedures

Implant placement


Abutment placement


Crown placement


Prep procedures

Implant placement

Temporary prosthesis replacement


Permanent prosthesis replacement


$60,000 to $90,000+

$12,000 for a single arch

$24,000 for both arches

Success Rate

95% to 98% success rate95% to 98% success rate

Long-term Outcomes

Most people have positive long-term outcomesMost people have positive long-term outcomes


Soft foods for several weeks to months

Soft-bristled toothbrush, non-abrasive toothpaste

Avoid brushing the implant site directly

Soft foods for a few weeks to months

Gently brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush


Titanium or zirconia implants

Porcelain, metal, Porcelain-fused-to-metal, zirconia, composite resin crown

Titanium or zirconia implants

Porcelain or composite resin prosthesis


Recovery can take up to a year or more, depending on your body’s healing abilityRecovery usually takes up to 6 months, depending on your body’s ability to heal


Lasts a lifetime with proper care and maintenanceLasts a lifetime with proper care and maintenance

How long does it take?

Can take a year or more, depending on your requirements and how your body healsCan be completed in a day with a temporary prosthesis- will need to return in a few months for the permanent prosthesis

Aftercare and Maintenance of All-on-4 Implants

There are no special considerations with aftercare and maintenance of All-on-4 dental implants. Simply brush at least twice daily and floss at least once to avoid bacteria and plaque buildup. Its also important to visit the dentist every 6 months, or as recommended, for an exam and cleaning. The dentist will remove the prosthesis and examine it as well for any cracks or other damage.

All-on-4: The Ideal Full-Mouth Restoration

If you are missing most or all of your teeth, schedule your consultation today with Dr. Schwartz at Wolf-Schwartz Dentistry in Boca Raton. He is one of two certified implantologists in the area. He has the experience and expertise to improve your chances of a successful restoration.

All-on-4 Dental Implants FAQs

Dr. Schwartz and the team at Wolf-Schwartz Dentistry will be happy to work with you to address your questions or concerns. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about implants:

Dental implants require oral surgery- so some discomfort during the procedure and during healing is expected. However, the pain will not be unbearable and should be easily controlled with OTC pain relievers.

Yes, dental implants have been proven safe for most patients. However, you must discuss your medical conditions and medications with your dentist to determine whether or not it is safe for you.

Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, where they act as an artificial tooth root to support the tooth replacement. This provides a stable base and also a more natural look.

Dairy products are good for you and can facilitate healing. However, you may want to avoid these immediately following the procedure because they can cause irritation and nausea/vomiting, which can cause or contribute to dental implant failure.

Dental Implants At Schwartz dentistry, Boca Raton, FL


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