All-on-4 Dental Implants: Frequently Asked Questions
What are All-on-4 dental implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are a procedure in which 4 or more dental implants are strategically placed in the jawbone. Four implants are a minimum for this procedure, but some patients may need more, and the number of implants depends on the patient’s dental anatomy.
All-on-4 dental implant procedure is the go-to procedure for patients in the Temecula region with multiple missing or failing teeth in the upper or lower arch. Patients in Temecula Valley and the surrounding areas who have reached the terminal dentition stage, making their teeth non-salvageable, first have to undergo extraction prior to implant placement. However, both procedures can be performed the same day.
After a period of recovery, during which the patient wears a provisional dental bridge, a final, custom-made dental bridge is attached to the implants. The final bridge is a permanent and fixed solution. We work with a leading expert to bring our patients in the Temecula area high-quality fixed dental implant bridges.
Do All-on-4 dental implants look natural?
All-on-4 dental implants are considered to be the next best thing to natural teeth for patients in the Temecula region who are missing all teeth in either arch or both arches. Together with a custom-made fixed bridge, All-on-4 dental implants are a convenient solution not only because they enable patients to restore like-natural functionality and regain up to 90 percent of their original chewing efficiency but also because they restore the appearance and excellent aesthetics.
What to expect after All-on-4?
This is a question we often get from patients who visit our Temecula practice and we are proud to say that we have impressive experience and an exceptionally high success rate in the domain of All-on-4 dental implants. The recovery process is relatively rapid and simple. Patients can expect to get a lasting solution that will help them restore the functionality of their jaw and teeth without disrupting their facial features and their natural smile.
And if you are interested in hearing about other options for the replacement of one or several missing teeth, such as conventional individual dental implants or mini dental implants, their more affordable alternative, Dr. Tsvetov, who is Temecula’s leading oral surgeon and dental implant specialist will gladly walk you through each.
Is getting All-on-4 dental implants worth it?
All-on-4 dental implants is among the most cost-effective dental restoration options for the whole arch: it is less expensive than individual dental implants which replace a single tooth, yet considerably more reliable and longer-lasting than dentures. Patients can avail themselves of a wide range of benefits:
- Absolute stability: because a fixed bridge is attached to the implants, there is no need to remove them nightly or worry about inconvenient mishaps such as shifting, which can happen with dentures.
- Simple and easy care and maintenance routine: these teeth can be brushed and flossed similar to the natural teeth
- Absolute comfort: these implants and the permanent bridge attached to them do not press down on the gums.
- All-on-4 dental implants and the permanent fixed dental bridge attached to them feel natural, as they can almost fully restore a patient’s chewing capacity.
- This is a solution that promotes a person’s psychological wellbeing as well: it restores the patient’s facial features and like-natural teeth and helps them regain their like-natural smile and confidence. No one will be able to tell they are not your natural teeth.
- All-on-4 dental implants prevent bone deterioration and complications such as resorption
- We offer a broad scope of anesthesia options to our patients in an effort to make them feel as comfortable as possible throughout the All-on-4 procedure.
- The patient can enjoy a diverse, healthy diet without having to avoid or deny themselves certain foods, which is often the case with patients who wear dentures.
All these benefits make All-on-4 dental implants a cost-effective long-term solution for patients who are willing to commit to maintaining appropriate aftercare and daily hygiene. There is variability in terms of the cost of All-on-4 dental implants in Temecula, and Dr. Tsvetov will break down the cost of the procedure for you to help you understand the key factors that determine costs and fees associated with the procedure and how you can get best value for money.
Who is not suitable for All-on-4 dental implants?
Age is not a limiting factor. If a patient is a good candidate for single or multiple dental implants, they will be a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implants. Dr. Tsvetov will evaluate your outcome during your free consultation. Namely, All-on-4 dental implants is a suitable solution for patients of good general and dental and oral health, as this means they are capable of healing properly.
This is why completing an assessment of your overall health, doing an in-depth review of your medical history, and checking your current medication regimen are integral elements of your free consultation with Dr. Tsvetov at our Temecula office.
It is essential for patients to have sufficient healthy bone tissue volume to accommodate the implants and enable their optimal function. Patients may still be suitable candidates for the procedure even if this is not the case, but it will be less straightforward. Additional procedures such as zygomatic cheekbone implant or grafting before implant placement may be necessary.
To determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure and if this is the best long-term option for you, Dr. Tsvetov will conduct a detailed examination during this initial evaluation appointment. It is worth noting that even if you have an underlying condition, all is not lost, as long as the condition is being managed properly and kept under control.
Can All-on-4 dental implants be done in one day?
Although All-on-4 dental implants can technically be done in a day and this procedure is often referred to as teeth in a day, the whole process from start to finish is done in two stages, and it takes approximately 6 months to complete.
Dental implant placement alone takes about 30 minutes per implant when the procedure is straightforward and the jawbone is healthy and available in adequate supply. Temecula’s leading oral surgeon Dr. Tsvetov can perform the placement of all four implants in just four hours. The procedure may take a bit longer when additional interventions such as bone grafting or the sinus lift are needed.
How long can All-on-4 implants last?
Patients looking for a permanent solution for the replacement of missing teeth in the whole upper or lower arch or both arches always ask if All-on-4 dental implants fit the bill. Like all dental implants, high-quality All-on-4 dental implants can be a permanent solution for patients with missing teeth, as long as appropriate aftercare is followed and maintained.
All-on-4 dental implants can last a minimum of 25 years, as long as patients remain vigilant about their appointments with the oral surgeon and maintain diligent care and hygiene routine. Patients who brush and floss regularly can reduce the risk of bone loss and improve the patient’s outcome considerably. Implant failure can be caused by inflammation and bone loss.
We always remind our patients in Temecula and other parts of Riverside County to inform Dr. Tsvetov as soon as possible if anything changes in terms of their overall health and the medications they are on, as these changes may also jeopardize implant function by causing the jawbone to deteriorate.
All-on-4 implants can be a permanent solution if the patient is vigilant about follow-up appointments and oral and dental hygiene and in good general health. This is the only way to avoid inflammation and bone loss and prevent implant failure.