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® 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.