ALL-ON-4® DENTAL IMPLANTS
The All-On-4® dental treatment concept
The All-On-4® treatment concept is the best solution in the marketplace for full-arch treatment using tilted implants. There are many imitation treatment concepts in the marketplace that try to compete or compare to the All-On-4® treatment concept but none have the scientific documentation to back up the groundbreaking innovation of the All-On-4®.
Characteristics of the All-On-4® dental implant treatment concept?
The characteristics of the All-On-4® treatment concept are what make it popular for those who seek to restore their smile.
Conventional dental implants can be two to three times more costly. The All-On-4® treatment concept has been refined using technological advances with its full-arch rehabilitation using only four implants. Unlike conventional implants, in which each dental prosthetic requires its own implant, the All-On-4® dental treatment concept replaces an entire arch (16 teeth) with only four implants. Implants are strategically embedded, two straight anterior implants in the front and two implants in the rear that are tilted at 45-degree angles, in order to take advantage of areas that naturally contain more bone. These four implants support a prosthetic bridge, or arch, upon which artificial teeth are attached.
When bone depth is inadequate for a conventional implantation procedure, a bone grafting procedure will be necessary. Bone grafts add cost and recovery time and can be quite invasive. The All-On-4® treatment concept avoids a grafting procedure in most instances since the posterior implants are installed at a 45-degree angle. The healing process from a bone graft can take 3 months or longer. The All-On-4® treatment concept eliminates this entire ordeal for most patients and allows you to leave surgery with a full set of new teeth!
With the All-On-4® dental implant treatment approach, our patients often receive a brand new smile in just a single day. This is the beauty of a streamlined implantation procedure in which only four implants per arch are necessary. Due to the advances in technology teeth are often fabricated while Dr. Khazaie and his dental team of specialists are preparing your mouth and jaw. This leads to returning to full-functionality and a beautiful smile before you leave Willow Pass Dental Care.
The All-On-4® dental implant can often last a lifetime. They won’t accidentally fall out and they look completely natural. More importantly, the All-On-4® treatment concept contributes to improving your health by preventing underlying jaw bone loss or bone absorption.
The Benefits of All-On-4® Dental Implants
What makes the All-On-4® dental implants so appealing for many patients is they offer longevity and resilience without all the labor and expense of conventional dental implants.
Conventional implants require that each replacement tooth is supported by its own implant. For patients undergoing full-mouth rehabilitation, that can mean a total of 32 implants! All-On-4® dental implants reduce the total number of implants required to replace a full mouth of teeth. With the All-On-4® treatment plan, only four implants per arch are necessary to support all 32 teeth. That’s an 800% reduction in implants required! That also means a massive reduction in surgical time, recovery time, and costs.
Furthermore, some patients do not qualify for conventional implants without first undergoing costly and painful bone grafting procedures. With All-On-4® dental implants, this expensive extra step just isn’t necessary, further reducing the life cycle costs.
The All-On-4 Treatment concept offers you many advantages.
Your new replacement teeth require only four dental implants for each jaw. With fewer dental implants required, the cost is lowered. Prices for cosmetic dentistry procedures are determined by several factors such as quality of final restorations, type of anesthesia patient prefers for surgery, whether bone grafting is necessary, and if there are teeth that need to be removed. At Willow Pass Dental Care we work with our patients to help design the best smile within a patients budget. The All-On-4® provides flexibility in price based primarily on the quality and grade of the final restorations. Also, due to the more efficient and less time-consuming nature of the All-On-4® procedure, treatments for full mouth reconstruction often cost significantly less than similar processes executed with conventional individual implants.
The reasons for this are simple. First as previously mentioned, All-On-4® dental implants require fewer implants and, therefore, less surgical intervention, less of the doctor or surgeon’s time, and less recovery time.
Second, All-On-4® dental implants only require four (4) implants per arch or a total of eight (8) implants for complete teeth replacement. In comparison, conventional individual implants for a similar full mouth reconstruction would require a staggering 32 implants or four times as many implants. Furthermore, with a traditional approach, each tooth not only requires it’s very own implant, but it also needs its own crown. Once the costs of performing 32 individual implants have been tallied up, the number far exceeds what one could expect from All-On-4® dental implants. On the flip side, All-On-4® dental implants will also cost much more than the average denture. Dentures require no surgery and can often be mass-produced with minimal customizability. However, dentures do not come close to providing the same benefits that implant-based teeth replacement solutions offer.
Many patients, whether for health reasons or just out of a concern for safety, prefer to reduce and limit invasive surgery as much as possible. All-On-4® dental implants provide a full-mouth replacement solution with as little intervention as possible. Rather than penetrate the tissue and bone of the mouth for each tooth, the All-On-4® treatment dramatically reduces the number of implants necessary. That means less surgery and, as a result, less pain and discomfort. Also, All-On-4® dental implants allow most patients to skip bone grafts altogether.
Dental implants must be firmly anchored into the underlying jawbone and allowed to osseointegrate to be successful. As a result, patients that lack adequate jaw bone depth, density, or overall bone health must first undergo a bone grafting procedure before receiving individual implants. Bone grafts require that bony material to be removed from one part of the patient's body, typically the hips, and placed underneath the soft tissues where jaw bone depth is considered inadequate. The grafted bone is then allowed to heal and osseointegrate to provide a firm foundation for future implants. As one would imagine, a graft procedure is a major surgical intervention in of itself. Recovery from a grafting procedure can take two weeks to as long as three months depending on the severity of the bone loss in the jaw.
With All-On-4® dental implants, patients can often skip bone grafts altogether. With an All-On-4® treatment, four implants per arch are strategically located in areas of the mouth where the bone is naturally more deeper and denser. Two are located in the front of the jaw while two more are located in the rear of the jaw. One of the groundbreaking innovations of the All-On-4® treatment plan was to angle the rear implants to take advantage of naturally deeper and denser bone in the back of the mouth. When combined with an All-On-4® bridge, these four implants provide the support and stability necessary for a full set of brand new teeth.
Your replacement arch can be attached to your dental implants immediately after insertion.
Scientifically proven and documented. The All-on-4® treatment concept is supported by good clinical outcomes from studies over a decade with favorable results. One of the most appealing advantages of opting for All-On-4® dental implants is speed. Many patients can receive surgery and a set of temporary All-On-4® implants in a single day.
In other words, patients can completely reshape and remake their smile in just one appointment! Of course, a follow-up appointment is required for the final restorations and necessary adjustments to ensure a perfect fit. Nonetheless, compared to undergoing full mouth reconstruction utilizing conventional implants, All-On-4® dental implants are much more streamlined and, thus, reduce not only surgery time but also the likelihood of complications resulting from surgery.
Remember, with All-On-4® dental implants the prosthodontist needs to place a total of eight implants at most. These implants can be immediately ready for use. Replacing a full set of teeth with conventional implants requires 32 individual implantation procedures and a lot more time in the dental chair.
All-On-4® dental implants provide some of the best dental aesthetics in the marketplace. Like high-end traditional dentures, the visible All-On-4® prosthetic can be customized to suit each patient’s needs and wants. Utilizing materials such as titanium and acrylic allow for excellent aesthetics at a very affordable price. Opting for more premium materials, such as all-zirconia can provide more durability as well as a very aesthetic appeal. Customized bridgework hand-crafted and designed for each individual patient blurs the line between functional industrial design and high-end custom art.
Cost of All-On-4® Dental Implants vs. Other Tooth Restoration Options
Learn the Positives, Negatives, and Costs
- Traditional dentures allow for easy replacement of all your missing, rotten, or damaged teeth.
- Traditional dentures are less expensive than many other available tooth replacement options.
- Traditional dentures give you excellent flexibility in eating a variety of foods that before were not possible due to missing or damaged teeth.
- Traditional dentures reduce the likelihood of developing jaw problems or adverse changes in your bite.
- Traditional dentures are often inconvenient and require intricate adhesives.
- A full upper denture appliance may block, limit, or partially cover the palate reducing your sense of taste and pleasure in food and eating.
- There is a risk of atrophy in the jaw bone since traditional dentures are not anchored in the jaw bone.
- Contaminated dentures pose a variety of health risks. If traditional dentures are not cleaned properly and on a regular basis, there is the chance of infection or gum disease. Soak, brush and rinse regularly.
- Traditional dentures can be troublesome to control in your mouth.
- Denture breath is always a risk without using a denture adhesive. Proper maintenance will kill 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria.
$800 - $15,000
Learn the Positives, Negatives, and Costs
- Snap-on dentures are more secure than traditional dentures mentioned above, and they are also removable.
- With snap-on dentures, there is no need to extract healthy natural teeth.
- Snap-on dentures fit over any remaining healthy teeth and attach directly to them with a snapping action, creating a secure and comfortable fit.
- If some natural teeth are missing, dental implants can be embedded into the gums and act as a support for the snap-on dentures.
- They are less likely to impede or rub against the gums and create irritation since the snap-on dentures attach to the teeth or dental implants and not the gums.
- Snap-on dentures are less costly than partial or complete denture implants.
- Some existing teeth may require filing into a shape to have a better anchor for the snap-on dentures.
- The fit may not remain as snug over time due to changes in the mouth or gum line. A big negative is this could require a whole new set of snap-on dentures.
- Snap-on dentures often take six months or longer to get a final set.
- Snap-on dentures are substantially large and bulky.
- Snap-on dentures need constant maintenance and replacement. They only last from 2 to 10 years.
$3,000 - $17,000
Traditional Dental Implants
Learn the Positives, Negatives, and Costs
- Traditional dental implants offer durability and permanence. Once the implant procedure is complete, your teeth are permanently affixed to the jaw and do not easily get loose.
- A prosthodontist can make dental implants look and feel like natural teeth.
- Dental implants are much more comfortable because they look and feel just like real teeth with no telltale "clicking" noises that often are a complaint with denture wearers.
- You care for your dental implants the same way you care for your real teeth --- with regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene.
- Dental implants are much more expensive than other newer tooth restoration options. This reason alone is why it is often considered as a last resort.
- Dental implants aren't a quick fix like the All-On-Four dental implants. Traditional dental implants often require a 1 to 2-year process from start to finish.
- Traditional dental implants are not suitable for everybody.
$50,000 - $95,000
All-On-4® Dental Implants
Learn the Positives, Negatives, and Costs
- Restore an entire smile with only four implants.
- Treatment involves only one surgery.
- Get a full set of new teeth in as little as one day.
- Many people regain joy, comfort, and confidence by replacing missing teeth with All-On-Four dental implants.
- Secure placement deep in the jawbone, so implants will not shift or loosen over time like with snap-on dentures.
- There is usually no bone graft that is necessary.
- 90%+ chewing ability is restored
- Lower cost than any other treatment alternative, making it easier to replace teeth with the affordable All-On-Four dental implants.
- A high level of bone is necessary to hold dental implants securely in place.
The All-On-4® dental implant is the most state-of-the-art solution for patients who are missing teeth, whether due to neglect, illness, accident, or disease. This revolutionary dental approach replaces your missing, damaged, or rotten teeth with a full dental bridge. It is a permanent solution supported by as few as four dental implants per arch. The implants are placed at a precise angle to provide the most stability in the bone.
It is a permanent result that is supported by as few as four dental implants per arch. The dental implants are placed at a precise angle to ensure ideal stability in the jaw bone.
This method provides a permanent lasting solution from the first day. You will leave Willow Pass Dental Care with new teeth that will look and function just like natural teeth. You will be able to enjoy smiling, chewing your food, and resume your life with confidence and joy. After 3 to 6 months of healing time, your new permanent teeth are placed.
Why 98% of Patients Would Recommend All-On-4® Dental Implants
Success Rate: Results Speak For Themselves
Patients who have received the All-On-4® treatment concept to replace missing, damaged or otherwise unsatisfactory teeth overwhelmingly recommend the treatment. That’s no surprise as the All-On-4® concept provides the functional and aesthetic benefits of dental implants but at a significantly reduced price and with less surgical intervention. These are two of the many advantages of opting for an All-On-4® teeth-replacement procedure over other alternative teeth-replacement solutions.
The most popular argument for choosing All-On-4® dental implants are the results. It's hard to argue with teeth that are perfect, beautiful, and flawless. All-On-4® Dental Implants provide an ideal smile that patients of Willow Pass Dental Care seek. They want teeth in a day that are affordable and with results that speak for themselves.
If you are struggling with bad teeth, whether as a result of bad genes, an accident, or simply a case of bad luck, All-On-4® dental implants more than likely will be an excellent solution for you! Not only is the All-On-4® a revolutionary step in the field of cosmetic dentistry, but it is also the procedure of choice for patients looking for long-lasting, beautiful results with a single surgical operation.
Top 5 Reasons Patients Overwhelmingly Recommend All-On-4® Treatment
1. The All-On-4® Can Provide You With New Teeth in A Day
Very few surgical procedures can provide as noticeable a visual enhancement as an All-On-4® dental implant procedure. Your smile is more often than not the one feature that people notice first, remember, and will find themselves irresistibly attracted to without fail. That’s why investing in cosmetic dentistry is often the cosmetic procedure of choice for many celebrities, socialites, and people just like yourself. With the All-On-4® treatment plan, even those on a tight budget can now get brand new teeth without waiting months or years by undergoing multiple dental procedures.
2. The All-On-4® Does Not Require Bone Grafts
One of the most significant advantages of the All-On-4® treatment concept is that it solves a problem that has plagued the field of cosmetic dentistry for decades. That problem was how to provide beautiful, functional replacement teeth for older patients who may lack adequate bone depth or density. Conventional dental implants require a certain jaw bone depth and mass to be embedded successfully. In the old days, patients who wanted perfect new teeth or who were looking to replace missing teeth either qualified for conventional implants or had to make do with traditional dentures. Those days are now over!
3. The All-On-4® Provides Lasting Results
Implant-based solutions have inherent structural advantages over other tooth replacement treatments. Traditional dentures, for example, rely on suction to remain in place. This solution of the past, while it works most of the time, doesn’t work all the time, which can result in embarrassing moments. Implanted prosthetics stay in place, remain stable over decades, and last longer with minimal additional maintenance. For lasting results, choose an implant-based solution such as All-On-4® dental implants.
4. The All-On-4® Provides Flawless Aesthetics
The All-On-4® provides some of the best cosmetic aesthetics in the dental field. The visible replacement teeth are custom-crafted, color-matched, and fitted to each patient’s mouths providing a unique, personalized solution for every customer. Materials such as dental grade porcelain or zirconium give replacement teeth natural depth, shine, and character that would be difficult to achieve with pure acrylics. Of course, with precise craftsmanship and attention to detail, even acrylic can be made to look flawlessly natural and remains an economical option for more budget-conscious consumers.
5. The All-On-4® Has Supreme Functionality
All-On-4® Dental Implants are designed to not only look like natural teeth but to work like them too. Implants transfer the forces of biting and chewing into the underlying jaws which lend the All-On-4® a more natural feel and look in the mouth. Furthermore, because the implants are osseointegrated into the jaw bone itself, the entire prosthetics become a standard, functioning extension of your natural teeth and a perfect replacement.
What You Need to Know About The All-On-4 Procedure
The ultimate goal of the All-On-4 procedure is to replace missing, damaged, or otherwise unsatisfactory teeth with implant-supported dental prosthetics. Typically, this can involve either a top or bottom arch or, more commonly, both arches at once. The All-On-4 procedure is a comprehensive rehabilitation and remaking of a patient’s smile to provide dramatically better aesthetics and functionality. It is also referred to as the smile makeover.
A complete smile makeover utilizing All-On-4 implants begins with an initial consultation with Dr. Khazaie to determine the patient’s needs and desires. This first meeting also gives the patient the opportunity to ask questions, discuss concerns, and outline the strategy for how the All-On-4 procedure will benefit the patient.
Following the initial consultation, if the patient is determined to be a good fit for an All-On-4 treatment plan, preparations can begin immediately. Impressions of the mouth may be taken followed by diagnostic imaging tests such as a 3D CT scan and x-rays.
Data about the existing conditions of the patient's mouth will be gathered, analyzed, and used for the creation of immediate, load-bearing prosthetics.
Mock-ups and other pre-surgical models may be produced at this time to provide the patient with a visual of the anticipated outcome of the final product.
With all the data gathered and reviewed, the next step is the All-On-4 surgical procedure itself.
The 5 Phases of an
All-On-4 Dental Implant Procedure
The All-On-4 procedure consists of four distinct phases as described below.
1. Site Work & Extraction
The first step in the surgical portion of an All-On-4 procedure is to prepare the mouth to receive dental implants. This means that the patient is sedated and any remaining existing teeth are extracted, if necessary. The gums and soft tissues are then cleaned. Remnants of debris or diseases are removed. A dental alveoplasty may also be essential for some patients to provide a smoother jawbone surface for the treatment procedure.
2. Implant Insertion
Four dental implants are embedded into the jaw at strategic locations in each arch for a total of eight implants for patients receiving complete mouth reconstruction.
For the upper arch, two implants are located in the front of the mouth in the cortical bone beneath the nose where dental bone is naturally strongest. Another two implants are inserted at an angle, tilted distally, in the back of the mouth. These tilted implants engage the mesial wall of the sinuses for superior spread stability.
For the lower arch, the same implant strategies apply with two implants located towards the front and two in the rear tilted at an angle. Implant insertion location and angles are unique to each patient and are heavily influenced by the data gathered during pre-surgical consultations.
3. Abutment Affixment
Once the implants are anchored in place, multi-unit abutments are affixed to the implants to provide a mounting point for the visible dental prosthetics. These abutments provide a uniform platform to perform the reconstructive prosthetic procedure.
4. Dental Bridge Attachment
Finally, with both the implants and abutments in place, a temporary load-bearing bridge prosthetic is put in place. This bridge is retained with tiny screws. The temporary bridge provides a functional and aesthetic prosthetic placeholder until a final, beautiful set of teeth can be fabricated. Some offices, like Willow Pass Dental Care, possess the equipment to manufacture dental prosthetics in-house, significantly reducing the time between the initial consultation and a final set of perfect teeth.
Finally, with the implants and associated dental prosthetics in place, Dr. Khazaie will perform "touch-up" work to ensure flawless aesthetics and a functional fit. This period of adjustments may include gum recontouring to provide better visual aesthetics or modifications to the fit and bite of the dental prosthetics themselves.
Day of Surgery Checklist
On the day of the All-on-4 implant surgery, it is essential to be prepared. Following is what you will need to bring with you to ensure a successful and comfortable treatment procedure:
- Medical & dental insurance information
- Payment method (credit card, debit card, or check)
- Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
- A driver to ensure that you get home safely
- Painkillers or personal medication as recommended by Dr. Khazaie
It is also important to be aware of what NOT to do before an operation. In general, these are things you should NOT do:
- Do NOT smoke
- Do NOT consume alcohol
- Do NOT eat a large meal
- Do NOT take certain medications, such as blood thinners
- Do NOT undergo surgery if you are ill
- Do NOT wear jewelry or makeup as it will only get in the way
All-On-4® Dental Implant Considerations
While All-On-4 Dental Implants are an excellent and the preferred teeth replacement treatment for most patients, the technique is not without a few minor considerations. Patients should be aware that the best teeth replacement strategy for their individual needs will depend on a variety of factors including the current condition of their teeth, budget, and overall health. The All-On-4 treatment is suitable for most patients, but not for everyone.
4 All-On-4 Considerations
All-On-4’ dental implants are a cost-effective alternative to conventional individual implants when it comes to replacing missing teeth. However, All-On-4 dental implants are still more expensive than traditional dentures. Most dental professionals will agree that the benefits provided by All-On-4 dental implants are by far worth the additional costs. However, each patient is unique. Elderly patients may not wish to undergo implant surgery. Others will find that traditional dentures more than meet their needs.
All-On-4 dental implants can range in price from $10,000 per arch to $50,000 or more depending on the level of finish required and materials selected. Meanwhile, an economical traditional denture can be had for as little as a few hundred dollars. A custom set of dentures crafted from the best materials may run as high as $7,000. The average price of a typical set of dentures, however, only costs between $800 to $2000 per plate.
Because the entire dental prosthesis, or dental bridge, found in an All-On-4 system relies on just four implants, there is little room for error. Each of the four implants must be correctly placed and seamlessly integrated into the underlying jawbone. If even a single implant fails, the prosthesis may likely require refitting. In comparison, traditional dentures which are effectively plug and play, and conventional implants can be individually replaced as needed.
As a result of the high degree of expertise and skills required to execute a successful All-On-4 procedure, finding a qualified dental specialist (Prosthodontist) can be difficult and expensive. Remember, All-On-4 dental implants are a challenging surgical intervention that should not be attempted by a general dentist. While some unscrupulous practitioners may claim to provide All-On-4 treatments, always opt for a true expert to get the best results.
One of the most significant drawbacks of All-On-4 dental implants is its monolithic nature. The entire system is effectively composed of four dental implants and a single dental prosthetic piece known as a bridge upon which all the teeth sit. What this means is that should a single tooth be chipped, damaged, or otherwise in need of repairs, the entire prosthetic must be removed and refitted. This can be troublesome should there be damage to the dental bridge.
How To Prevent All-On-4® Dental Implant Failures
The primary and best way to prevent an All-On-4 Dental Implant failure is to select a prosthodontist with experience in providing All-On-4 dental implants and a track record of successful operations.
Skill, experience, and credentials are crucial to minimizing any potential complications during and after surgery. While the most skilled and experienced providers may be in high demand, it is worth the wait or the extra costs, if necessary. Remember, the cost to remediate or repair failed implants can be as expensive or even more expensive than the cost of an All-On-4 procedure itself.
Other underlying causes of All-On-4 failures include lifestyle choices, such as smoking and alcohol use, and neglecting to follow proper maintenance and care routines. After All-On-4 dental implants have been fitted, doctors will typically provide the patient with postoperative care instructions. These instructions usually include directions for routine hygiene, dealing with postoperative issues including bleeding, swelling, and pain, as well as diet, medications, and necessary follow up visits. It is essential to follow all of the prosthodontists' instructions to minimize the risk of implant failures and to maximize the longevity and beauty of your brand new smile!
All-On-4® Dental Implants Get Exceptional Reviews
Getting a brand new smile is as easy 1-2-3! The All-On-4® dental implant solution receives exceptional reviews when it comes to consumer satisfaction, and it is our honor to offer this cutting-edge service to our patients at Willow Pass Dental Care.
All-On-4® Dental Implants - Willow Pass Dental Care - Concord
The All-on-4® dental implant is an innovative restoration procedure that has revolutionized the way surgeons, and prosthodontists go about replacing a full set of damaged or missing teeth. Standard dentures are unsecured prostheses that bring along inherent limitations. Most often, dentures are painful, inconvenient and unstable which often make chewing foods difficult thereby limiting the foods that you once enjoyed. Today there are better options available. The All-on-4 dental implant treatment replaces your missing teeth with a full dental bridge supported by only four dental implants. With fewer implants needed, overall treatment time and cost is reduced. The unique All-on-4® dental implant concept ensures greater stability in the bone, reducing the need for bone graft surgery to increase bone volume. Typically, a temporary set of teeth can be placed on the same day of surgery. The temporary teeth allow you to lead a normal life immediately after surgery. After a short healing period, your prosthodontist will place the final bridge. The result --- your quality of life is improved! You can begin enjoying your favorite foods once again with renewed confidence.
All-On-4® Dental Implants: An Innovative Full-Mouth Solution
Partial and complete edentulism, or the lack of teeth, as a result of tooth loss is a major problem for many Americans. The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) estimates that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. An astonishing 40 million Americans suffer from complete edentulism and are missing all of their teeth! One-third of all adults over the age of 65 have no natural teeth. As an interesting economic aside, research shows that tooth loss results in $63 billion dollars of lost productivity globally as a result of dental downtime.
On a more personal level, tooth loss can have profoundly adverse effects on the emotional well-being of many individuals. As perhaps one of the most visible signs of aging or a lasting reminder of a traumatic incident or period of illness, missing teeth can engender feelings of sadness, fear, and even depression.
Tooth loss bites.
However, there are solutions to the problem of missing teeth. Surveys show that although untreated edentulism had a negative emotional impact on most subjects, 90 percent those treated for their edentulism with prosthetics reported acceptance of their tooth loss and higher levels of satisfaction. Did you know that it is entirely possible to replace all of the teeth on either your lower or upper jaw with only four total implants? Indeed, All-On-Four dental implants offer a third solution, a middle path if you will, between the two common conventional treatments for tooth loss and missing teeth: individual dental implants and traditional dentures.
All-On-4® Dental Implants vs. Dentures and Traditional Implants
Individual dental implants were once the gold standard for the effective treatment for tooth loss. Individual implants mimic the natural look and function of natural teeth, last a long time, and offer better comfort. The process, however, is incredibly time-consuming, labor intensive, and as a result, prohibitively expensive. Individual dental implants are also not right for everybody. For the titanium screws that are embedded into the jaw to fuse properly with the jaw, there must be sufficient bone already in place.
Traditional dentures are one of the most common and most economical solutions to tooth loss. 5.25 million sets of complete dentures are made every year for those suffering from edentulism. While popular, traditional dentures can be a hygienic nightmare. They are also prone to shifting, breakage, and can cause ulcers on gum tissue, all of which result in daily discomfort. From a medical standpoint, dentures also do not adequately stimulate facial bones. Unlike individual implants and All-On-Fours which are embedded into the jaw bone itself and transfer the weight of each bite into the bone as natural teeth do, traditional dentures merely rest on the gums. This lack of stimulation to the jaw bone actually causes it waste away over time changing a person’s facial structure.
A third and better solution: The All-on-4® Dental Implants
The All-On-4® procedure offers a much simpler, much more affordable alternative to individual dental implants while retaining many of the same strengths, including near-natural aesthetics, longevity, functionality, and comfort. Instead of individually implanting each replacement tooth, the All-On-4® procedure only calls for four strategically placed implants (typically two near the front of the jaw and a second pair placed at an angle near the back). These four implants then support a bridge upon which all of the replacement teeth are permanently attached. Once these titanium implants fuse with a patient’s bone, it essentially becomes a part of his or her mouth and a natural extension of the jaw. Thus, unlike conventional dentures which rest on the gums, All-On-4® dental implants behave like a natural set of complete teeth. Once healing is complete, you can eat, drink, and chew whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you want.
Dental implant costs for the All-On-4® Dental Implants
All-On-4® dental implants will be more expensive than conventional dentures, but significantly less costly than opting for individual implants. Ultimately, total costs will depend on the experience of the dentist you select for this procedure, your overall dental health, the type of implant selected, and the quality of material used for the prosthesis. Also, diagnostic tests may be required (x-rays, CT scan, etc.) and whether or not additional procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift are necessary. One of the great benefits of opting for an All-On-4® procedure compared to conventional individual implants is that bone grafts are not required. This significantly reduces the complexity of the process and recovery time. Depending on the dental clinic you select, the All-On-4® procedure can often be completed in a single day!
How to Care For Your All-On-4 Dental Implants
Just Like Natural Teeth
All-On-4 dental implants are functionally very similar to natural teeth. Many if not most of the same daily care and maintenance routines that work well for natural teeth also work great for dental implants.
Just like natural teeth, routine brushing and flossing are also recommended for All-On-4 dental implants. Just like natural teeth, regular visits to a dental clinic such as Willow Pass Dental Care for professional cleaning, at least once every six months to one year, will also help to prolong the life of your dental implants.
The reason implants and natural teeth are so similar go beyond just form. Not only do implants mimic the visible portion of a natural tooth in the form of a dental crown, but they also mimic the roots. This critical component of the implant assembly, the part that is hidden beneath the gums and embedded into the underlying bone, is what gives All-On-4 dental implants their stability. More importantly, thanks to the use of biocompatible metals and alloys, such as titanium, implants can be osseointegrated into the bone itself.
This is why caring for All-On-4 dental implants is relatively straightforward. Generally, the same good dental hygiene habits and routines that work for natural teeth will also work for dental implants. However, while dental implant may look, act, and feel like natural teeth, some important distinctions that need to be considered.
One Big Difference
While functionally very similar to natural teeth, dental implants and natural teeth do have some differences that impact dental care.
The soft tissues surrounding natural teeth commonly referred to as the gums form a tight seal around the hard surface of the tooth. This seal prevents bacteria and food debris from penetrating the gums and forming challenging to reach infectious pockets below the gums.
When this seal has failed, or bacteria is allowed to penetrate the gums, periodontal diseases can occur. While dental implants mimic the physical structure of a natural tooth, it does not precisely reproduce the tight natural seal between healthy gums and natural teeth. Specific procedures such as gum recontouring can help, however, because the soft tissue seal around a dental implant is generally looser, there is a higher probability of developing a unique form of periodontitis known as peri-implantitis. Like dental periodontitis, peri-implantitis is an infection of the soft tissues around a tooth. In patients with dental implants, untreated peri-implantitis can lead to bone loss around the implant, and eventually, implant failure.
As a result of this critical difference between implanted teeth and natural teeth, it is essential to keep the area around an implant clean and free of both food debris and bacteria. Some doctors recommend removal of as much as 85 percent of all bacteria from the area around the implants daily.
Exceptional cleanliness around the area of dental implants is critical for the long-term success of the implants and good oral health.
6 All-On-4 Care & Cleaning Techniques
Routine dental checkups at Willow Pass Dental Care is essential no matter who you are. However, for patients with All-On-4 dental implants, regular checkups with Dr. Reza Khazaie is highly recommended.
During a routine checkup, will allow Dr. Khazaie the opportunity to remove your All-On-4 implants for proper and thorough cleaning. This also gives Dr. Khazaie the chance to examine the condition of the underlying soft tissues and identify any potential problems before they become a serious concern.
Properly designed and fitted prosthetics should leave a minimal gap between the gums and the dental bridges. Even well-designed and executed prosthetics may still collect tiny bits of debris and bacteria over time. Visiting Willow Pass Dental Care for teeth cleaning will provide the preventative care necessary to prevent potential issues such as peri-implantitis.
Brush 5 minutes with a soft head electric toothbrush. Be sure to brush along the gum line to eliminate plaque and bacteria before they can form pockets beneath the soft tissues.
Flossing is still important. However, patients with All-On-4 dental implants should floss very differently than they would with natural teeth. Floss very gently around implants with a coated floss product if possible.
Regular uncoated string floss can rub off microscopic pieces that become attached to the implants. Over time, these bits of floss can cause irritation, inflammation, or worse, result in an infection.
Very few patients have heard of gum simulators, also called rubber tips. Even fewer know how to use this essential dental tool effectively. All-On-4 patients will want to add this versatile and vital tool to their daily dental hygiene routine.
To use a rubber tip effectively, patients should gently rub the gum stimulator in a circular motion along the gumline. The pointed tip can be used to remove food debris and plaque from between the teeth.
A water pick also known as a water or oral irrigator is an excellent tool for reducing biofilm and plaque around implant sites.
Research shows that a water pick alone isn’t very useful unless it is used in conjunction with daily brushing, flossing, and other recommended cleaning devices.
An interdental brush, sometimes called a proximal brush, is a small, Christmas tree-shaped brush that scrubs off plaque and biofilm in between teeth.
Be sure to get nylon-coated interdentals as uncoated metal brushes can scratch or damage the implant, the All-On-4 prosthesis, and even surrounding soft tissues.
All-On-4 Dental Implant Cre at Willow Pass Dental Care
All-On-4 dental implants and conventional dental implants are designed to last decades if not a lifetime. With proper care and routine visits to Willow Pass Dental Care for preventative cleanings, your new All-On-4 dental implants can last a lifetime.