By now you surely have heard of a revolutionary dental implant treatment known as All on 4®, what you probably don’t know is that All on 4® is a registered trademark of a company called Nobel Biocare, located in Sweden.
Because All on 4® is not an invention but rather a surgical and prosthetic protocol, some unscrupulous dentists in Costa Rica and other parts of the world, are using the name All on 4®, to mislead patients into thinking they are receiving genuine Nobel Biocare implants in their treatments when in fact they are getting generic implants.
Now this would not be much of an issue if the implants used by these dentists were of equal quality to the ones manufactured by Nobel Biocare, unfortunately, they are not, and this causes a series of problems for the patient, mainly in the body’s ability to adapt to the implant and the lifespan of the implant itself.
A longitudinal study conducted at the Malo Clinic in Lisbon Portugal followed the lives of 245 patients who had received the All on 4® treatment protocol using Nobel Biocare implants. Each patient received 4 implants, therefore, there were a total of 980 implants. Results showed that a total of 21 implants failed in 13 patients during the study which spanned more than 10 years.
At the 5-year mark, patient-related success was 94.8% and implant-related success was 98.1%, at the 10-year mark of the study, patient-related success was 93.8% while implant related success was 94.8 %. The prosthesis survival rate was 99.2% with up to 10 years of follow-up.
All of this means that the use of genuine Nobel Biocare increases the success rate and lifespan of the treatment for most patients when generic implants are used because they tend to be lower quality the success rate in patients and the lifespan of the prosthesis significantly decrease.
Generic brand implants are cheaper and this is the reason why many dentists opt to use them, however, a lot of the time those savings are not passed onto the patient. Cheaper materials compromise the quality of the treatment, and can potentially put the health of the patient at risk.
That is why the Flikier Dental Institute in San Jose, Costa Rica only uses the original implant and prostheses fabricated by Nobel Biocare, additionally, all the dentists at the institute have received extensive training from the manufacture and leaders in the treatment protocol, making them the most qualified dental professionals in the country.
Quality of patient care is one of the cornerstones of the Flikier Dental Institute, and while we strive to provide affordable dental treatments to all our patients, we will never compromise quality to do so. All on 4® is not only an acceptable alternative for fixed restoration treatment in edentulous patients, it is fast becoming the preferred one due to its success rate, but in order to guarantee this success, original implants and prostheses must be utilized.
If you wish to receive more information on All on 4® and how to receive the best treatment in Costa Rica at an unbeatable price, contact the Flikier Dental Institute.