If you need to replace a full arch of teeth, Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin can restore your smile using the All-on-4® dental implant treatment at his Salt Lake City, UT, office. This procedure serves to maximize results and minimize overall costs. This advanced restorative treatment option can be a more affordable alternative to individual traditional dental implants. With just four implants, you can enjoy many of the same benefits, including a stable base for permanent restorations and a fully functional smile.
With traditional dental implants, you may need as many as eight implants to replace an entire dental arch. Additionally, traditional implants require adequate bone tissue and a lengthy recovery period of three to six months at which time there will be spaces left where the implants are healing under your gums. Only after this recovery period is complete can you have the teeth or dentures attached to the implants.
With just four implants, you can enjoy many of the same benefits, including a stabilized, permanent restoration and a fully functional smile.
All-on-4 implants, on the other hand, can replace a full arch of teeth and support a full denture with as little as four implants. They are sometimes advertised as same-day-teeth or teeth-in-a-day because implants can be immediately loaded with a denture to avoid having to go without teeth during the healing phase. As a result, All-on-4 dental implants can support a full denture with fewer implants and fewer office visits. The All-on-4® method places implants at strategic places along the jaw to support a soft-chew diet while the implants are undergoing osseointegreation. In addition, this method does not require the same amount of bone tissue as traditional implants and are a great option for patients that have lost a lot of bone due to atrophy or periodontal disease.
One of the greatest benefits of the All-on-4 dental implant method is that it is more cost-effective than traditional implants along an entire arch. This is because there is no need for preliminary procedures such as bone grafting. There are also fewer appointments involved and fewer implants are needed. For patients who already have dentures, Dr. Hopkin can typically modify them to attach to the new implants. This eliminates the need for new dentures during the healing phase, which can save patients even more money.
All-on-4 treatment is often more beneficial for patients who are not healthy enough to undergo preliminary procedures. This revolutionary treatment can provide the same stability and improved functionality as a full arch of traditional dental implants in far less time. Many patients prefer the All-on-4 method because they do not have to wait up to six months to heal after their surgery. In almost all cases, we can immediately load the implants with your dentures. This gives you a fully functional and beautiful smile much sooner than traditional implants would allow.
In addition to the cost-effectiveness, the benefits of having an implant retained All on four prosthesis far outway those of a traditional denture. Chewing efficiency with dentures is about 20% of what it is with your natural dentition. With All-on-4 treatment, the efficiency of your chewing increases up to 90%! There is no longer the embarrassment associated speech problems or having to go without your denture or partial. There is no more pain or discomfort with ill-fitting dentures or partials and you can finally have confidence knowing you can eat whatever you’d like with your final set of teeth.
If you are missing all or the majority of your teeth in your upper or lower jaw, or your current teeth are failing, you could qualify for All-on-4 implants. They are a good treatment option for patients who lack the jawbone tissue required for traditional implants and who are not healthy enough to undergo multiple surgeries. Because of their affordability, we also recommend All-on-4 treatment for patients who cannot afford replacing all their teeth with traditional dental implants. In short, the All-on-4 procedure is a great alternative for patients who want the stability and functionality of traditional implants without the excessive cost, additional procedures, and lengthy recovery period that comes with traditional implants.
All-on-4 dental treatment is an excellent alternative to dentures or full arch individual implants. They offer many of the same benefits at a more affordable cost than replacing an arch with individual implants. And it offers significantly better benefits for denture wearers. To find out if this advanced treatment option is right for you, call our office at (801) 277-3942 or contact Hopkin Oral Surgery online today to schedule your consultation.