Fixed, permanent teeth like the ones you used to have!

What are all-on-4 dental implants?

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    Patient with no teeth before treatment with all-on-four teeth.

All-on-four dental implants are fixed teeth which anchor onto 4 or more dental implants. These are permanent, fixed teeth and you can not remove them by yourself. All-on-four dental implants consist of two steps. The first is a few dental implants which are placed inside your jawbone. Next is an implant-retained porcelain or zirconia set of teeth which is permanently anchored onto these dental implants. Schedule a consultation with an implant specialist next to you to learn more about all-on-four dental implants.

Are all-on-4 implants the same as dentures?

Absolutely not! All-on-four teeth are completely different than dentures and overdentures. The major difference is that all-on-four teeth are fixed inside of your mouth whereas dentures go in and out. All-on-four teeth are far superior to dentures and they are more comparable to your natural teeth as opposed to removable false teeth. Here are some of the reasons why so many people choose all-on-4 teeth over traditional dentures:

Fixed, permanent teeth

All-on-four teeth are fixed inside of your mouth. The teeth connect to your dental implants and they are permanently locked in their place. Only your dentist can remove these teeth using specialized instruments. These are fixed teeth and you can’t remove them from your own mouth the same way you remove dentures. As a result, all-on-four teeth feel much feel and function like your natural teeth.

High-quality teeth

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All-on-four teeth are made from high-quality and natural-looking porcelain or zirconia

All-on-four teeth are made from either porcelain or zirconia. These teeth are extremely durable, natural-looking, and beautiful. Porcelain and zirconia teeth last a lifetime and they don’t wear flat with repeated use. On the other hand, denture teeth are made from acrylic. Acrylic teeth become flat over time and they lose their chewing efficiency pretty quickly.

Superior chewing efficiency

All-on-4 teeth give you near the same chewing efficiency as natural teeth do. In contrast, dentures only offer about 25 to 40% chewing efficiency when compared to natural teeth. This is mostly because dentures are not fixed, which means they move when chewing. This explains why most denture wearers avoid eating hard foods. With all-on-four teeth, you can pretty much eat whatever you like without worrying about your teeth moving or falling out!

Long-term preservation of jawbone & facial muscles

A final added benefit of all-on-four teeth is the preservation of your jawbone and facial muscles. Fixed teeth maintain your facial muscle position and prevent them from collapsing. Dentures are loose and removable, therefore they do nothing to preserve you jawbone or maintain your facial muscles. As a result, all-on-four teeth makes you look younger, with less wrinkles on your face.

Confidence

Having fixed teeth in your mouth gives you much more confidence. Having teeth that stay in your mouth is a great feeling, especially after struggling with your teeth over many years. You will feel better, look younger, and exude more confidence with your new all-on-four teeth in your mouth.

How are all-on-four dental implants made?

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All-on-four teeth are attached to four or more individual dental implants

All-on-four teeth involves two steps: one is a dental implant process and the other is a restorative process. Here’s what you need to know about each step:

Surgical process

Your surgery is typically one visit during which all of your dental implants are placed inside your mouth. Your dentist will place these implants in areas with the highest bone density, typically the chin and nose area. This allows your dentist to bypass the need for extensive bone grafting procedures. After receiving your implants, you need to wait a few months for them to heal. You will have the option of wearing removable or permanent teeth (teeth-in-a-day) during this healing period.

Restorative process

Once your implants have healed, your dentist will start making your final set of teeth. Permanent teeth are made from either porcelain or ceramic. Both porcelain and ceramic teeth provide for a beautiful and strong smile. Your dentist will help you decide which material is a better option for your needs. Once ready, your permanent teeth will be secured onto your dental implants using a few screws. Your teeth are now permanently locked in and you can’t remove them from your mouth by yourself. You can now chew, talk, and speak as if you had you original teeth back with your new all-on-four teeth!

What are the benefits of all-on-four teeth?

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All-on-four dental implants feel like your original teeth as opposed to a denture

All-on-four teeth are an affordable alternative to full mouth dental implants. All-on-4 teeth are as close to having your original teeth back. There are numerous benefits to electing to receive all-on-4 teeth, such as:

Excellent results

All-on-four teeth are fixed, permanent teeth which stay in your mouth at all times. These teeth are made from porcelain or ceramic which provides for excellent chewing ability, speech, and aesthetics. You can eat, speak and function as if you had your original teeth back. Additionally, placing a dew dental implants help preserve your valuable jawbone and protects your facial muscles. The dental implants will absorb the bulk of your bite pressure which significantly reduces the stress applied to your jawbone. Fixed teeth keep your lips and chin muscles in their current position and prevent wrinkles from developing. By preserving your jawbone and facial muscles, you will maintain a fuller face while feeling much younger at the same time!

Minimal maintainence

All-on-four teeth replace all of your teeth with dental implants and porcelain or ceramic teeth. You no longer have to worry about developing annoying cavities, gum disease, or dental infection. Maintaining all-on-four teeth is also very simple. We recommend that you use a waterpik or rinse daily to maintain your new smile. It’s that simple!

Permanent teeth in minimal time

All-on-four teeth has simplified the whole tooth replacement process. Treatment usually takes just a few months in contrast to full mouth dental implants which usually exceed one year, sometimes two or more! You might even be able to receive your temporary teeth on the same day as you get your dental implant, a process referred to as teeth-in-a-day.

Relatively affordable

Don’t get us wrong, all-on-4 teeth are not inexpensive by any means. Prices for all-on-four teeth range between $15,000 to over $35,000 per arch. This is a significant investment for just about anyone. However, you must consider the fact that you’re getting the equivalent of 12 to 14 dental implants with the all-on-four technique. If you choose to get individual dental implants you will realize that the cost is nearly double that of all-on-four teeth. You must also take into account replacement costs of dentures when comparing the two. Having to struggle with dentures and replacing your false teeth for the rest of your life is not a pleasant experience for most. A one time investment in fixing all of your teeth could actually cost less than redoing crowns, root canals, deep cleanings, etc. if you’re just not getting the results that you should be.

Am I a good candidate for all-on-4 teeth?

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All-on-4 technology was developed to avoid extensive bone augmentation techniques.

Luckily, 99% of people are candidates for all-on-four treatment! This is because the all-on-4 technology was developed to avoid extensive bone augmentation. Your dentist will place the 4 required dental implants in your chin and nose region, areas which typically have sufficient bone for implant placement. Almost all patients have enough bone for dental implants in these regions. As a result, most people qualify for all-on-four treatment without the need for extensive surgeries in advance.

What is the process for all-on-four dental implants?

There are two steps involved in all-on-4 treatment. The first step is placing dental implants and the next is fabricating a permanent set of teeth.

All-on-4 implant surgery

The majority of all-on-four treatments rely on 4 dental implants to support your teeth. Occasionally, a 5th and 6th dental implant may be necessary to support your bite pressure. Your dental implants will all be placed at the same time during one single surgery. If there are broken or loose teeth, these will also be addressed at the time of surgery. You have to wait about 3 to 4 months for the dental implants to integrate with your jawbone before receiving your final teeth. You will be given the option to wear removable dentures or fixed temporaries, also known as teeth-in-a-day, during the healing period.

All-on-4 prosthesis

You can start making the final set of teeth once your implants have healed. Your final teeth need to be made very carefully to look and function exactly as you would want them to. Usually it takes several visits to make your final set of teeth. Your dentist will evaluate your bite, check your lip position, establish your vertical dimension of occlusion, and basically make sure that your new teeth are perfect for you and your smile. Once you and your dentist are both satisfied with your new teeth, they will be processed to finish. Your final set of teeth are screwed onto the existing dental implants and remain permanently inside of your mouth.

How much do all-on-four treatment cost?

All-on-four teeth are not inexpensive by any means. After all, a single dental implant costs between $2,500 to $5000 per tooth. You can imagine how much replacing 12 to 14 teeth with dental implants would cost! It turns out, all-on-four teeth are actually a bargain when compared to full mouth dental implants. Whereas most dentists charge $25,000 to $40,000+ per arch for full mouth dental implants, they typically charge $15,000 to $25,000 per arch for all-on-four teeth. There are a few reasons why all-on-four teeth cost less than full mouth dental implants:

Less extensive preparation

Most all-on-four treatments can be performed without the need for major bone grafting. On the other hand, full mouth dental implants almost always require extensive bone augmentation beforehand. Full mouth dental implants usually require sinus graft, extensive bone grafting, possible tissue grafts, and other complex preparatory surgeries required to buildup your bone and gum tissue. These procedures add significantly to your cost and extend treatment times. On the other hand, most all-on-four treatments do not require bone grafting or other complex augmentation treatment.

Fewer implants

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Full mouth implants require an average of 8 to 12 dental implants per arch

The all-on-four method was developed to simply the process of replacing all of your teeth. Typically, you require just 4 dental implant posts to replace all of your teeth. On the other hand, full mouth dental implants typically require between 8 to 12 implant posts per arch. This explains why all-on-four teeth is so much simpler as compared to full mouth dental implants.

Faster results

Most all-on-four treatments are completed in less than 9 months. In contrast, full mouth dental implants typically take one to two years to complete. This means that with all-on-four teeth you get your permanent teeth a year sooner on average. That’s a lot of yummy meals that you could be missing out on if you don’t go with the all-on-four option!

All-on-4 dental implants in San Clemente, Orange County:

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During your consultation, your dentist will present all your treatment options

Call us today to learn more about all-on-4 teeth and other implant related procedures. Schedule your complimentary implant consult by calling (949)481-2540 or book your appointment online. Dr. Jazayeri will evaluate your jawbone to determine if you’re a good candidate for all-on-4 treatment. We will present all your treatment options and answer any questions you may have. Additionally, we will review your treatment costs and present you with flexible financing options. Don’t wait any longer! Book your implant consult with us today and get the smile of your dreams back with all-on-4 teeth! You can also fill out the form below to submit your questions or schedule your complimentary all-on-four consultation:

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Definition of Dental Implant Terminology

Abutment

An abutment is a dental implant component which connects the implant post to the implant crown. Abutments are typically made from metal, although full ceramic options are available as well.

All-on-four dental implants

A full set of prosthetic teeth which is completely supported by four or more dental implants. All-on-four teeth replace all of your missing teeth in each arch with fixed, permanent teeth made from porcelain or zirconia.

Bone Graft

Bone substance used to preserve and restore jaw bone during dental implant treatment. Bone graft comes in many varieties including synthetic bone cadaver bone, animal bone and your own bone.

Ceramic Implant Post

A dental implant post which is made from zirconia instead of traditional titanium alloy. Zirconia dental implant posts are a good option for those allergic to metals or suffering from autoimmune conditions where they don’t react well to titanium.

Crown (Implant crown)

A crown is an artificial tooth, consisting of porcelain or ceramic, which covers the implant to resemble a tooth. Crowns function and look like your natural teeth.

CT Scan (or CBCT scan)

A 3-D image of your jaw structure used in implant dentistry. CT scans capture vital structures and your bone thickness to better assist your dentist in correctly positioning your implant posts.

Dental Implant

An artificial tooth which fully replaces your missing tooth. Dental implants typically consist of three parts: Implant post, abutment and crown.

Denture

Removable teeth which replace your missing teeth and supporting gum tissue. There are many different types of dentures based on how many teeth you are missing and where these teeth are located.

Full mouth dental implants

A complex process to replace all of your teeth with dental implants. Full mouth dental implants requires building up your bone and replacing your teeth with 8 to 12 dental implants. The end results is fixed, permanent crowns and bridges fully supported by dental implants.

Healing Cap (Permucosal extension)

An implant part which temporarily attaches to your implant post. Healing caps are typically placed during second stage surgery. They remain in place for a few weeks and allow your gums to properly form around the implant in anticipation of your final crown.

Immediate load

A process by which an implant post receives a temporary crown or denture the same day as it is placed. Immediate load is only recommended for teeth-in-a-day or missing front teeth in those who qualify.

Immediate placement

A process by which your dentist removes your bad tooth and places the implant post in one day. Immediate load is recommended for teeth which don’t have extensive bone loss or infection.

Implant dentistry

A branch of dentistry which focuses on restoring your missing teeth with dental implants or implant supported prosthesis. Typically performed by experienced general dentists, periodontists and oral surgeons.

Implant post

A screw-like device which is placed in your jaw bone. Implant posts are usually made from titanium or zircoina. Implant posts are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures.

Osseointergation

A process by which the implant post fuses and locks into your jaw bone. Osseointegration usually takes between 3 to 9 months, depending on the quality of your jaw bone and overall health.

Overdentures

A set of dentures anchored in place via 2 to 4 implant posts or an implant bar. Overdentures are still removable dentures, however, they are more stable since they are supported by a few implant posts.

Second stage surgery

A minor procedure performed after your dental implants complete their osseointegration. Your dentist exposes the implant posts, placed healing caps on them and sutures your gums to allow them to heal properly.

Teeth-in-a-day

A process by which your bad teeth are removed and a set of teeth are inserted into your mouth all on the same day. Teeth-in-a-day is temporarily placed screwed in place while your dental implants continue to heal so that you are not walking around toothless during the recovery period.

Oceansight Dental & Implants

General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Office of Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672


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