You might have thought, “Boy, I wish they could improve and expedite the All-On-4 dental implant process.” I mean, who hasn’t thought that?
Well, a new procedure called G4 Implants may have the answer to that wish.
G4 Dental Implants – What Are They?
G4 dental implants are basically All-On-4 implants but with a different name and an apparently lower price tag. The big difference is that G4’s give you permanent implants just hours after the initial surgery, as opposed to the All-On-4 procedure, which requires multiple visits over several months.
G4 dental implants are meant to help those who have experienced gum disease. Back in the 1990s, Portuguese Dentist Paulo Malo first developed and analyzed the AO4 concept, and Dr. Golpa, the man behind G4 implants, was one of the first dentists in the United States to start using this concept. It involves rehabilitating the mouth with four implants inserted into the jawbone. The prosthesis that these four implants support have 12-14 artificial teeth.
Because Golpa, the company behind G4’s, is serving the patient and not share holders, they’re able to offer this procedure for an affordable price. And they’re always improving the idea based on what their patients need.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
If you’ve had gum disease or damage to multiple of your teeth, you may be a candidate for G4 implants. Anyone who needs four or more teeth is a candidate for G4’s, even if you have gum disease, diabetes, or if your teeth shift.
However, the best way to really know if you can get G4 implants is to take the super short “Are You A Candidate?” survey on Golpa’s website.
G4 Implant Solution Procedure
If you decide to go with Golpa’s G4 implants, your first visit will be strictly evaluation. Your general dentist or implant specialist will examine the condition of your oral health, speak with you about your healthstyle, and answer any questions you may have.
They may plan out the procedure, depending on how many specialists and dentists will be involved, how many scans they need of your mouth, and how much the whole procedure will cost. Unfortunately, you won’t get new teeth on this first visit.
The second visit, generally speaking, is when you’ll get the first treatment. This could mean the dentist orders a surgical guide or a scanning jig from a laboratory, and in rare cases they may take an impression of your teeth. After this visit, you still won’t have new teeth.
Finally by the third visit, you may undergo the surgery and get your new smile. However, this can vary a lot because each patient’s situation is different. You might just get more impressions, more tests, more scans, and more planning.
If not during the third visit, they’ll place the implants, attach the prosthesis, and give you aftercare directions for your brand new smile.
As far as aftercare is concerned, you’ll want to treat your new prosthesis like your natural teeth. Brush and floss them daily using the electric toothbrush and the prescription rinse the dentist office will provide to you.
After a week of this, begin using a waterpik after each meal. A waterpik is basically a stream of water that also pulsates, both clearing food from between the teeth and massaging the gums. This prevents food, bacteria, and plaque buildup and reaches where floss cannot.
Food will get lodged inside the small space between your bridge and your gums, so it’s important you clean it out with the waterpik. The foods you should and should not eat after surgery will be in the aftercare instructions from your surgeon.
Proper care of the implants is paramount to their success. If you don’t pay attention to the aftercare instructions, it could ruin your whole smile and cause you to waste a lot of money.
Furthermore, you should have a dental professional clean your new teeth every six months, as you would your natural teeth. The dentist should be familiar with All-On-4’s.
But what happens if you get an infection after the procedure? Although it’s rare, it’s possible. If that happens your dentist can get you a prescription. But because Dr. Golpa has done thousands of these procedures and trained thousands of dentists to do the same, a postoperative infection is highly unlikely.
G4 vs. Competitors
This all sounds great, but how to competitors and alternatives stand up to the G4’s?
Golpa Dental Implants vs. All-On-4
G4 implants are essentially an improvement upon the often used All-On-4 implants. While AO4’s are temporary, lasting between six months and two years, G4’s are permanent and long-lasting. With AO4’s, you’ll return to the dentist several times while wearing your temporary bridge, eventually getting a more long-term prosthesis.
G4 vs Snap-In & Traditional Dentures
The biggest difference between G4’s and traditional dentures is the number of implants needed. While G4’s need only four implants, traditional dentures may require up to eight implants, depending on the type needed and the condition of the jawbone.
More implants means longer surgery, potential for more pain, a much healthier jawbone, and a higher cost.
As for snap-in dentures, those are not permanent, as the name suggests. They can be snapped out by the dentist, which means they’re not as stable or permanent as G4’s.
G4 Implant Cost
Because Golpa places so many G4 dental implants, they get special pricing from their vendors. Plus, all of their offices that perform procedures have an in-house Milling Center and Full Dental Lab. Not using a third party for these services helps them save even more money.
And lastly, this is their speciality. It’s all they do. So because they only offer this service, they can focus on bringing the price down for each patient.
The total cost of the procedure will be over $30,000 with insurance possibly covering a small portion of that.
As far as payment options, here are the types they accept:
- Personal checks (needed two weeks before procedure)
- Credit card
- Cashier’s check or official bank check
- Wire transfer
- Third party financing ((needed two weeks before procedure)
They also have in-house financing — basically, they will lend you the money. The loans they offer have a 8.5% interest rate and require a $25,000 down payment. On the flipside, there’s no payment penalty.
Golpa G4 Implant Reviews
As Golpa themselves say, “The proof is in the patients!” So let’s take a look at what actual customers think of the G4 dental implants.
As far as the results of the G4 dental implants, almost every patient of Dr. Golpa’s is happy. They have a new smile and are glad to show it off.
There were, however, a couple patients who were not happy about the cost. They felt he was too expensive and they didn’t feel cared for.
When Anne heard she had to pay a nonrefundable $500 in order to see Dr. Golpa and for the cost of the CAT scans before knowing if she was eligible for implants, she “balked.”
“Every other reputable implant office [offers] this service including initial CAT scans for free,” she wrote.
Kristine says she was a patient of Dr. Golpa’s for over 10 years. And she started having pain from what she thought was a broken tooth, so she took off work, spent an hour traveling to his office, got X-rays done, and then waited to see Dr. Golpa. But then his assistant came in and said they don’t accept insurance patients and that it would be $1,000 for a porcelain inlay.
“I was beyond upset – the time to tell me this was not when I was sitting in his chair, it should have been when I called to make the [appointment],” she said.
It turned out that the tooth simply needed to be filed down. Another dentist did this for her in about five minutes.
- G4 dental implants are essentially an improved version of All-On-4 implants
- Most people are good candidates for G4 implants and anyone can take the their “Are You A Candidate?” survey
- Only after several visits will you actually get the G4’s placed
- Postoperative care of the implants is crucial to their success
- G4’s are usually more long-term and more affordable than All-On-4 implants, Snap-Ins, and traditional dentures
- G4 implants usually cost $33,000 or more
- Generally speaking, G4 implants are usually very successful