Dental Implants are small titanium “fixtures” that take the place of the natural root of the tooth and are gently implanted into the bone, using local anesthesia, these very tiny titanium roots actually bond or integrate with a patient’s bone, more securely than natural root would. Often an osseointegrated dental implant placed by your dentist is more stable than a natural tooth’s root. Upon these implants, we can build permanent teeth, custom designed and shaded to aesthetically suit each patient’s distinctive facial requirements.
Missing teeth have unique demands. The challenge is to replace your missing teeth with appearance and function, without harming your remaining teeth or gum tissue. Below are some common questions & answers about dental implants, please feel free to contact us to learn more about a dental implant consultation or take the time to request an appointment online.
The All-on-4 treatment concept offers patients many advantages. In most cases, unsecured, traditional dentures have limited success when used by patients who have lost all of their teeth. Typically, patients who have lost all of their teeth have had limited success using unsecured, traditional dentures. At times, unstable traditional dentures can make chewing difficult and painful, keeping you from eating many of the foods you once enjoyed. However, modern dentistry has solutions to suit a variety of needs. The All-on-4 treatment concept is an ingenious solution for those needing full dentures.
The All-on-4 treatment process is short and simple.
1. Initial consultation with Dr. Cooper
2. Surgical procedure
3. Placement of temporary prosthesis
4. Permanent teeth placement
How does the All-on-4 treatment concept compare to traditional methods?
All-on-4 Dental Implant procedures utilize only 4 implants, whereas traditional implants utilize anywhere from 5 to 8 implants in one arch. Because the posterior implants of the All-on-4 procedure are placed at an angle, it allows for increased support by using the natural support of your bone. Also, traditional implants often require bone grafting, a process that can take 6 months or more. The All-on-4 Dental protocol requires no bone grafting for most patients, with a success rate that is equal to or better than traditional implants. All-on-4 Dental Implants save you from unnecessary surgery and discomfort, as well as time and money.
What is the success rate of the All-on-4 treatment concept?
Published studies show a 98.2% success rate using All-on-4 Dental Implants on the lower arch, and a 97-98% success rate using them on the upper arch.
Will my teeth look natural?
All-on-4 uses the latest concepts in smile design to create your new smile and takes your facial features, skin tone, age, and personality into consideration when creating your new permanent set of teeth to ensure that they are congruent with your features. It is important that they are the right size, shape, color, and proportion. A common mistake made by dentists who are inexperienced with the subtleties of the prosthetic demands, is to show a line, when smiling, where the artificial gums meet your natural gums. Our team evaluates this during the surgical planning “to try to achieve a junction that is not visible during smiling or speech so you have the most natural outcome possible. Prior to the fabrication of your final set of new teeth, we make sure that you are pleased with the size, shape, color, proportion, and comfort of your new teeth. Many patients comment that their new teeth are more beautiful than their permanent teeth ever were.
Who is the ideal candidate for the All-on-4 treatment concept?
The ideal candidate for the All-on-4 procedure is someone in good health with little bone deterioration that currently wears dentures or will need dentures in the future. If you are concerned about any health issues, we will contact your physician to discuss your medical condition and obtain medical clearance for the procedure. It is rare for a medical condition to interfere.