It might be hard to imagine just how four implants can be used to replace all of the teeth on the top or the bottom of your mouth. With the advances that have been made in dental implant technology, it not only can be done, it is now being done routinely with what is called All On 4.
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Tooth loss is very common among adults, especially as we grow older. More than 38 million people in America are missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth. Dentures are one option for those individuals, but there are problems with dentures – more on this below. Today many people are opting for dental implant restoration. Not only is this like having a brand new set of healthy teeth, it also helps to preserve and prevent further bone loss.
What is a Dental Implant?
An implant is a small titanium screw that fits just exactly the same way that the root of a tooth does. It simply replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. Minor surgery is all that is required to insert the implants. Once the implant is in place, a crown or bridge is attached to give you a highly realistic-looking and fully functional tooth or group of teeth.
All On 4: One full arch of teeth held in place with four dental implants
When you are placing a full arch of teeth, one does not need a dental implant for each of the missing teeth. All you need is four strategically placed implants on the top of your mouth, and four on the bottom, to restore your full smile. That’s what is so optimum about the All On 4 technology.
As the implant is made of titanium, it has the unique ability to fuse to living bone and function just like a natural tooth root. So eventually, the dental implant becomes part of the jawbone and serves as a strong, long-lasting foundation for your new teeth.
Later, as it takes dental implants some time to heal and fuse to your jawbone, you’ll come back in and your team will replace your temporary teeth with a permanent, customized smile designed just for you.
Besides ensuring that your implants are permanently fixed in place, this bone fusion has another important benefit: it prevents future bone loss in the jaw. This helps to maintain a more youthful facial structure—and better oral health. But perhaps the biggest surprise about the All On 4 is how quickly it can transform your life.
The All On 4 treatment concept is a new, exciting alternative for patients considering dentures or who have extensive dental problems that would require years to fix.
All of the diseased teeth in your mouth can be replaced with a beautiful prosthetic set, and the implants not only lock it in, they help to keep the bone in your jaw intact.
All On 4 uses 4 implants placed in the anterior region of the jaw allowing the fitting prosthesis with 12 to 14 teeth to be placed immediately on the day of the surgery.The procedure is done in one visit and permits immediate functioning.
Once the final prosthesis is attached, you become a regular dental patient. Get your routine exams just like you normally would. Smile and eat with confidence that nothing is going to fall out.
“Teeth in a Day” or “Same Day Smile”
You may have seen advertisements or heard the phrase “teeth in a day”. This is a popular term that is sometimes being used to describe this procedure. While this terminology does oversimplify things just a little bit, a patient can literally be transformed on the day of delivery.
For those familiar with All On 4 or “Teeth in a Day”, there are a lot of misconceptions out there. One misconception regarding the All on Four with dental implants treatment is that it can only be performed by the big corporate chains that advertise this treatment option exclusively. This is not true. Your Rolling Oaks Dentist right here in our San Antonio Dental Office works with a surgeon and a dental lab that are able to perform this incredible service for you at the same cost as the big chains.
The benefit to having the procedure done here locally with us is that you will continue to receive the care, attention to detail, service, and follow up that you’re used to. The big chains that offer the All on 4 exclusive service don’t offer routine exams, hygiene services and oral cancer screenings that are still imperative to your dental health. Your Rolling Oaks dentist offers it all.
If you think you’re a candidate for the procedure, or you just want to learn more about it to help someone you know, contact your general dentist to see if it is something they offer. It is truly a life changing treatment option. If you are in San Antonio, our dentists would be happy to help you!
How do you know if the All On 4 is the right option for you?
In addition to the information and testimonials on this page, we offer a free consultation for first-time patients. So if you want to learn more about dental implants and/or All on 4 options, schedule your free consultation and learn all about how dental implants can change your life.
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Benefits of All On 4
- You can get rid of infected gums and teeth once and for all and get an instant smile makeover and immediate bite correction.
- We’re able to place the all-on-four dental implants and the arches of your new teeth in your mouth while you are fully sedated.
- Faster recovery time.
- Restores health and preserves bone.
- 80% of patients qualify for this procedure.
- More affordable.
- One of the best things about the All on Four treatment is how fast everything can be done. Many treatment plans involving dental implants can take up to eighteen months to complete.
Dentures vs. Implants
Conventional removable dentures are sometimes a quick fix for these patients, but constant adjustment and maintenance is often necessary. Most current denture patients will tell you that you just can’t function with the same confidence you once had when your teeth are removable. You can’t eat the foods you once enjoyed. Even if you can eat something, it doesn’t taste the same! You can’t sing or speak with the confidence you once had. It’s just simply not a great solution. There is a solution for patients with extensive dental needs, and it’s called All on Four Dental Implants.
For patients who suffer from severe tooth decay, severe bruxism, chronically abscessed teeth, several missing teeth, etc. the options can often be expensive and time consuming. Some patients have what I call “dental burnout”. They’ve already spent so much time and money on their teeth they don’t know what to do any more. They quit coming to the dentist regularly because it always seems to be bad news. Well, now there IS something that can be done to handle even the worst situations.
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All On 4 Testimonials
“I’m right at the one month mark, as I had my 1st surgery to remove my top teeth & put on my temporary new teeth done on November 17, 2015 and the bottom part to remove my bottom teeth and get my temporary new teeth was done the next day on November 18, 2015. They use pills for sedation, and I never once felt a single thing and hardly even remember being there! Both days I awoke later at home wondering how I’d gotten home without any memory of traveling. The entire process was 100% painless and AWESOME!!! And I haven’t had to have any adjustments at all whatsoever! WOW! I keep getting compliments on my perfect smile!!!”
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“I can not tell you enough how happy I am with my teeth! The first time and towards the end of my life I finally can enjoy a nice smile again. On the “Before” picture you can see the terrible looking teeth I got from another dentist only two years ago. The second picture is my “great All on 4 smile”. And the last one is “oh, it feels so good to bite into an apple again!”
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“I have Sjogrens Syndrome a disease that causes a reduction in saliva. Every tooth that I had left had a crown and those crowns were failing. When I started checking out my options it was clear the all-on-4 dental implants were the best option for me. My teeth were extracted and implants placed while I slept. I came back the next day for my beautiful new teeth. Virtually pain free! I’m so glad I don’t have to have regular dentures. I can bite and chew whatever I want! No gluing my teeth in everyday. These are permanent.”
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“The All on Four procedure was a great decision for my teeth. The very thought of going to the dentist scares me . My gums and teeth were in a terrible shape. After my exam the Dentist was honest and told me that I really only had 3 to 4 teeth that were not too bad. I was feeling nervous for the surgery, but , after a short time I was fine thanks to the caring team of the clinic. After few hours , I was leaving the clinic with my new implants. I would suggest everybody who is thinking about doing this to be courageous enough to do it. You will gain a beautiful smile. Thanks!”
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