Tooth loss is typically attributed to trauma, gum disease, advanced age or oral care. It can result in the need to replace one or several teeth. Dental implants are an ideal way to restore your missing teeth and improve your overall oral health.
Recent advancements in dental technology have made it easier than ever to achieve a full-mouth transformation without having to resort to ill-fitting dentures. If you need a full upper or lower arch of teeth replaced, All-On-4® dental implants might be right for you.
What are dental implants?
Unlike veneers and crowns that are fitted to existing teeth, singular dental implants replace an entire tooth from root to crown. Once the damaged or diseased tooth is removed, its root is replaced by a small titanium screw, which will fuse to the jawbone and permanently anchor a prosthetic, natural-looking tooth. Dental implants have the added advantage of preventing bone deterioration, which occurs when there is no longer a root or prosthetic embedded in the jawbone.
How does All-On-4® differ from single dental implants?
Single dental implants are ideal for patients who only need one or two teeth replaced. For patients who need a full upper or lower arch of teeth replaced, All-On-4® dental implants offer a less invasive and more cost-effective solution. The All-On-4® procedure creates a permanent full-arch prosthesis by using four dental implants to anchor a bridge of 12 to 14 teeth. Once the implants fuse to the jawbone, the bridge will act like natural teeth.
What happens during an All-On-4® dental implant procedure?
All-On-4® dental implant procedure starts with IV sedation (twilight sleep). Next, the dentist will prepare the mouth for implants by removing the remaining teeth, along with any diseased or infected tissue from the gums and jaw. This step is followed by the implantation process, where titanium screws are inserted into the front and back of the jawbone to evenly distribute force placed on the prosthesis. A temporary prosthesis will be used until the implants heal and then a permanent, customized prosthesis will be installed and adjusted to the patient’s bite.
Who is eligible for All-On-4® dental implants?
Patients who are missing all or most of their upper or lower teeth are ideal candidates for All-On-4® dental implants, but there are some disqualifying factors. Patients who have been missing teeth for several years might not have sufficient jawbone support for implants, although bone-grafting procedures are an option in many cases. Additionally, patients with diabetes and those who use tobacco products are also advised against getting dental implants.
How much do All-On-4® dental implants cost?
The cost of All-On-4® dental implants varies depending on:
- How many teeth need to be replaced
- The material used for the prosthetic teeth
- The type of implants being used
- How much, if any, your dental insurance will cover
In general, acrylic All-On-4® implants cost between $20,000 and $40,000 (before insurance) per arch, while more realistic-looking porcelain implants can cost up to an additional $5,000 more per arch.
All-On-4® dental implants can restore your smile and your confidence!
If you’re looking for the best All-On-4® Kern County has to offer, Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Tehachapi is here to help. Tehachapi dentist, Dr. Sanchez will provide you with a comprehensive evaluation. We’ll answer all your questions about the procedure and discuss how we can help restore your smile and give you back your confidence. Give us a call today at (661) 822-3727 or fill out our appointment form to schedule your consultation today.