All-on-Four Implant Dentures in Lake Forest, CA
One of the best advances in modern dentistry is in the realm of replacing missing teeth. While in the old days, your primary option was dentures where durability was poor and fit was hit-or-miss, now you can choose from a whole host of full and partial dentures, dental bridges, implants, and crowns. However, some cases exist where we can combine the best aspects of different restorations to create a highly-effective, attractive, and cost-effective treatment.
The All-on-Four implant-supported denture is just such a hybrid for replacing your teeth. This treatment technique combines the stability and support of dental implants with the whole-mouth approach of dentures.
If you replaced half your teeth with implants, it would require multiple surgeries, and the costs would be astronomical. But with an entire row of teeth supported on four implants, the costs are measured, but the resulting artificial teeth are almost as stable and reliable as natural teeth.
For Patients Who Need New Teeth
When it comes to the All-on-4 system, the idea is to replace an entire arch, or row, of missing teeth. It works by attaching a precise set of artificial teeth to dental implants surgically placed beneath the surface of your gums. These artificial teeth attach to the implant posts and are not intended to be removed.
To be an acceptable candidate for this procedure, you should meet the following conditions:
- You are missing most or all of your teeth in one row.
- If you have remaining teeth, they're too weak to support any restorations.
- You are suffering from severe prevalent tooth decay.
- You have advanced gum disease severe enough to cause tooth loss.
One priority is that you should replace missing teeth as quickly as possible after losing them. The All-on-Four system is a good choice because you can replace recently extracted teeth almost immediately. In most cases, after we place the implant portion, we attach your restorations using abutments. So you don't have to wait months before having a whole new row of teeth!
The All-on-Four Process at Healthy Living Dentistry
The process for the All-on-Four implant denture can be broken into several steps. While a dentist may make the process look easy, planning is essential for the implants to be in the proper place.
First, we will perform a comprehensive examination and discuss your medical history, any conditions you may have currently, and if you already have conventional dentures.
Then our Lake Forest dental team will scan your mouth and check that your bone can support the implants. We also will plan your implants around these images so we don't interfere with your bone, sinuses, and nerves near the implant sites. This planning also will ensure your dentures will fill out your facial structure and look completely natural.
When this planning is complete, we will use the digital impressions to have your dentures fabricated. Again, we use the highest quality procedures and materials so that your artificial teeth resemble your natural teeth as much as possible. Because you don't remove your dentures, you will care for your artificial teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day and maintaining routine dental exams and teeth cleanings with Dr. Roy Kim, DDS.
Finally, the moment of truth has arrived; we've done the planning, and the restorations are ordered, so now it's time to place the implant bases surgically. During surgery, your dentist will use anesthesia to numb your jaw and then place the implants directly into your jawbone to secure your new set of teeth in place.
Implant-Supported Dentures Support Bone Health
The four implants which secure your denture in your mouth are also sufficient to promote jaw bone health. With your natural teeth, the force from chewing stimulates bone regeneration in your jaw. When you lose teeth, degeneration often progresses due to the lack of stimulation. Your new titanium implant posts stand in for your natural tooth roots and keep your bone from diminishing.
Contact Our Lake Forest Dentist Office to Get Started!
Dr. Kim and the whole team at Healthy Living Dentistry are proud to offer All-on-Four implant-supported dentures for patients in the Irvine, CA area. To learn if you're a candidate for this leading-edge restoration, we invite you to call us at (949) 830-2003 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim and begin the process where a durable, implant-supported denture could restore your smile all at one time.