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Jesse C Engle, DMD -  - Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

Presidio Dental

Jesse C Engle, DMD

Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Tucson, AZ

Traditional dentures are an affordable tooth replacement option, but they’re cumbersome and somewhat uncomfortable, too. If you regularly slur your words or have trouble eating, you may want to consider a more permanent solution like All-on-4 dental implants. At Presidio Dental in Tucson, Arizona, Jesse C. Engle, DMD, and the caring team regularly use All-on-4® dental implants to restore their patients’ smiles. To see if you’re a candidate, call the office or click the online scheduling tool and request your consultation today.

All-on-4® Q & A

What are All-on-4® dental implants?

All-on-4® dental implants are a type of implant-supported dental bridge or dentures fused to your jawbone using titanium posts. All-on-4® dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth, but are significantly stronger and can last a lifetime with proper care. The team at Presidio Dental also offers All-on-6® implants, which utilize six titanium posts instead of four.  

What are the benefits of All-on-4® implants?

Traditional full-mouth implants typically use eight implants per arch. All-on-4 implants, on the other hand, only use four. Additionally, All-on-4 ® implants typically don’t require bone grafting. Combined, these factors ensure for a quicker recovery time and lower overall costs. 

All-on-4® implants are an excellent treatment option for people who require a full mouth reconstruction or wear complete dentures.

All-on-4® implants can also:

  • Preserve your jaw bone
  • Make eating more comfortable
  • Restore your facial features

In addition, All-on-4® implants boost your chewing capacity, increasing the force of your bite by approximately 70%. This ensures you can eat your favorite foods without worrying about your dentures becoming loose or falling out. 

What is the procedure for getting All-on-4 implants?

Getting All-on-4® implants requires a minimum of two appointments. 

At your first appointment, your Presidio Dental provider orders a series of cone beam X-rays to get a better look at your jawbone, gums, and teeth. The data obtained during these X-rays help your dentist determine whether you’re a good candidate for treatment. 

If you have a healthy jaw and gum tissue, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. Next, your dentist will implants a series of titanium posts into your bone sockets, four on top and four on the bottom. After placing your posts, your dentist places a series of temporary crowns or dentures on top of them. Once your anesthesia wears off, your dentist sends you home with a list of recovery instructions. 

After your implants fuse to your jaw — a period of approximately six months — you return for your second appointment. At your second appointment, your dentist places your permanent crowns or dentures and performs a final exam. You leave the office with fully functional arches that look and feel like your natural teeth. 

Can All-on-4® implants be combined with healthy teeth?

Yes. If you’re only a few of your teeth, the team at Presidio Dental can create an implant-supported bridge for just part of your arch. This type of treatment is especially beneficial for men and women who grind or clench their teeth. 

An implant-supported dental bridge alleviates pressure and helps to prevent chipping, cracking, or other damage from taking place. 

To see if you qualify for All-on-4® implants, call the office or click the online scheduling tool and make an appointment at Presidio Dental today.