Tooth loss is a major problem in today’s adult population. It can be a result of many different problems, from gum diseases to dental trauma. In the past, poor-fitting, uncomfortable dentures have been the only solution to this problem. Then, invasive and uncomfortable dental implants provided a far from perfect alternative. Now, Southland Dental Care offers the next best thing after real teeth: All-on-4 dental implants, a simple dental implant procedure that can give you a prosthetic smile that feels real.
All-on-4 is an innovative treatment technique for dental implants that uses just four implants to replace all of the teeth on either your upper or lower jaw. Two implants are placed in the front of your jawbone and two are placed in the back to support a full bridge of 10-14 teeth. This method minimizes discomfort by allowing for flexible implant placement wherever your bone mass is strongest, eliminating the need for a bone graft, and by placing the implants at a 45 degree angle to overcome any additional bone deficiencies or problems in the anatomical structure of your mouth. With All-on-4 implants, you can get your smile back in a simple procedure with limited invasion and discomfort.
These implants are designed for people who need a set of completely new teeth. If you have badly broken down or decayed teeth, compromised teeth from gum disease, or are missing 6 or more teeth on a bridge, All-on-4 implants could be the right solution for you. A history of acid reflux disease, congenitally missing teeth, or trauma could also make you eligible for the treatment. If you want to restore the functionality and aesthetics of your teeth, call Southland Dental Care to get an x-ray and see if you are eligible today!
For many prosthetic tooth solutions, you need dozens of implants, resulting in a costly, complicated, and invasive process. With All-on-4 implants, the reduced number of implants allows for a simple, cost-effective procedure with limited invasion.
To start, you will need to come in for an assessment. We will run x-rays and scans to assess anatomical structures and the extent of bone loss, if any. Afterward, if you are eligible, we will make a mold of your mouth using 3-D imaging and send it to the lab, where our technicians will make a set of prosthetic teeth just for you.
Once your teeth are made, we will perform the surgery to insert your dental implants. We are committed to adjusting your pain medications to allow for a painless and comfortable experience as we insert the prosthetics. At first, we will put in a set of lighter, temporary teeth to allow the implants to integrate with your bone. After a few months, you will be ready to get your new, stronger, permanent teeth.
Unlike other dental implant procedures, All-on-4’s simple process allows you to heal quickly, eliminating long, irritating recovery times. Simply come in to our Los Angeles dentist, get your procedure, and enjoy your new, denture-free life.
Some dental implant processes require multiple long surgeries, bone grafts, and weeks or months of recovery time. With All-on-4 implants, the process is much faster. After your x-ray, you should allow for a few weeks before your implant surgery so that your prosthetic teeth can be created. The surgery typically takes about 2 hours per jaw. You will probably have your temporary teeth for another few months, but this time frame will vary on an individual basis. Once your temporary teeth have been replaced with permanent ones, you will have fully functioning teeth within 24 hours.
Denture care can be a hassle and a chore. It usually requires extensive nightly cleaning, denture removal at night, and even forces you to give up some of your favorite foods. With All-on-4 dental implants, you can say goodbye to all that hassle and go back to living your life to the fullest.
During the period when the implants are integrating into the bone, your teeth with be lighter than your permanent teeth will be. Because of this, eating some foods such as sticky taffy may not be the best idea. Once your permanent teeth are installed, however, your eating restrictions will disappear as All-on-4 implants give you up to 80% of the bite power of natural teeth. Eating habits aside, your new teeth will need no more care than a normal dental routine, with brushing and flossing twice a day and biannual dentist’s appointments. Your implants will behave like natural teeth, and look like them, too!
Aside from being cost effective, low maintenance, and relatively non-invasive, All-on-4 implants help you look natural. Your teeth will be held firmly in place with no need for adhesives or nightly removal, and they won’t affect your speech or smile. This procedure is designed to maximize your comfort and enhance your appearance so you can get back to your life without being inconvenienced by your teeth. You need just one surgery and few follow-up visits, so your new teeth won’t take over your life. It is a simple procedure with a high success rate, and with proper care, there is no reason why your implants shouldn’t last a lifetime.
Southland Dental Care is the ideal Sherman Oaks dentist for all of your Los Angeles All-on-4 needs. Our high-quality, caring dentists have access to all of the best and latest equipment to make your experience pleasant, and they are happy to accommodate all of your needs, from adjusted doses of pain medication to advice on how to care for your teeth. Call Southland Dental Care today for a friendly, professional, and efficient All-on-4 experience!