A modern approach to Dental Implants.
Tired of your Dentures?
Suffering from tooth loss?
Temporary Teeth are a relic of the past.
In order to fully understand this revolutionary technique for replacing teeth, you should first understand what a dental implant is. An implant is a small screw that fits inside your jawbone replacing the root-part of a missing tooth. The All-on-four treatment concept gives you a full arch of teeth; top or bottom with only 4 implants. The first 2 are placed at the front of the mouth and the back two are placed at a 45 degree angle, to avoid anatomy such as the maxillary sinus’s or the mandibular nerve. This method can be used to replace a denture with fixed teeth or replace an entire arch of failing teeth. Some advantages of this method include reduced treatment time, reducing or eliminating the amount of bone grafting or sinus grafting, in most cases the All-on-four (AO4) approach allows the patient to wear a fixed temporary during healing and reduced costs compared to other methods of replacing teeth with implants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the best candidates?
The ideal candidates for Same Day Implants™ are those who are about to lose an arch of their teeth or current denture victims.
How long is the surgery?
The surgery takes 3 hours per arch under IV conscious sedation (twilight zone) and you usually get a fixed set of teeth in one day.
What type of maintenance is required?
As with anything, maintenance is necessary for long-term health. It is important to protect your investment. You will need implant maintenance cleanings every 6 months. You will also need to use a water pick and other tools to help keep your teeth and implants clean and healthy.
Many times I’ve been told that I’m not a candidate for a fixed bridge or implant due to bone loss. Am I a candidate for an implant with the All-On-4™ procedure?
95% of the patients who have been told they are not candidates for traditional implant options are candidates for this procedure. This procedure uses the frontal part of the jaw and in most cases, it requires only minimal bone grafting that can be done in the same surgery.
How long has this procedure been performed and what are the success rates?
This procedure was first documented in the early 2000’s and has dramatically grown in popularity over the past 10 years due to all the advantages versus conventional implant therapy. The success rates of this procedure have been shown to be over 97%. Patients who are smokers, have a history of periodontal disease or other risk factors may have a slightly lower success rate. Your dentist or periodontist will discuss these risk factors at your consultation.
How much does the procedure cost?
Every Patient is different depending on bone quantity and density, but on average, this procedure costs half the price of conventional methods, without any waiting period and the benefit of a Temporarily Fixed Bridge if bone quality allows it. In our office we have different options to choose from, starting at $22,500 per arch.
What makes this procedure different?
Considering the fact that the frontal part of the jaw has the more dense bone, instead of the conventional method of placing the implant straight into the bone (which can require sinus lift and bone grafting) and minimum 6 to 9 months waiting time to heal, this technique differentiates by placing the back implants at an angle. Not only do you benefit from the dense bone in the frontal part of the jaw, but we can place a longer implant with a much less invasive procedure, without entering into the sinus cavity on the upper arch. This also allows us to place a fixed temporary to the implant the day of surgery in most situations.
What types of food can I eat while I am healing?
Once the implants are placed, in most situations a temporary restoration is fixated to the implants and the final restoration can be made 3-6 months afterwards. Crunchy foods should be avoided during the initial 3-6 months of healing to avoid damage to the healing implants. Since the roof of the mouth is not covered, food and drinks will taste as normal as possible.