All on four Dental Implants - Anaheim Hills

All on four (or more)

There are clinical situations where a patient is missing all their teeth in either one or both arches of their mouth; or the health of their existing teeth and periodontal (gum) tissue is so compromised that they all need to be extracted. Historically, the replacement solution was to manufacture a removable denture, which by its nature can be uncomfortable, hard to chew and difficult to keep stable.

The dental All-on-4 (or more) procedure is a popular and very successful dental implant technique used to replace a full arch of missing teeth to overcome the negative issues associated with conventional dentures. It involves placing four or more dental implants in the jawbone to support a fixed dental bridge, which replaces all the missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw.

The procedure typically starts with a comprehensive evaluation, including X-rays and CT scans, to assess bone density and plan the implant placement. During the surgery, which is typically performed by an oral surgeon or periodontist, the dental implants are strategically positioned utilizing a digitally design guide for precise placement to maximize support and stability.

The All-on-4 (or more) technique is beneficial for individuals with significant tooth loss or those who have worn dentures. It offers advantages like reduced treatment time, minimal bone grafting, and faster recovery compared to traditional implant methods. Additionally, it provides a more natural look and improves chewing function and speech.

After the implants are placed, a temporary dental bridge is attached by the restorative dentist, allowing patients to leave with functional and esthetic teeth on the same day. Once the healing process is complete, which can take up to 3 months, a permanent, custom-made bridge is fixed in placed utilizing precisely torqued screws, offering a long-lasting and reliable solution for tooth replacement. However, regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices are essential to maintain the health and longevity of the All-on-4 (or more) restoration.