If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you probably have difficulty speaking clearly and smiling with confidence. Your nutrition might also be suffering.
The dentists at Stubbs Dental in Bountiful, UT, are proud to offer the All-on-4® technique, allowing them to secure a lifelike custom denture which just four dental implants.
What makes the All-on-4® treatment concept so revolutionary?
How does the All-on-4 method work?
Strategic Implant Placement
The All-on-4 technique relies on two vertically placed implants and two angled posts.
Are patients typically happy with their results?
High Satisfaction Rates
Replace an Entire Arch of Teeth
All-on-4 is designed to replace an entire dental arch of missing teeth. An implant-supported denture is typically the best tooth replacement option for patients who have experienced widespread tooth loss or have significant dental damage and decay that would require multiple extractions. By choosing this advanced treatment method at our Bountiful practice, you can restore full form and function to your smile.
Who Is Considered a Good Candidate?
Patients missing most or all of their upper or lower teeth may wonder if All-on-4® implants are the best treatment for them. During an in-depth consultation at our Bountiful office, your candidacy for All-on-4® can be determined by our knowledgeable doctors. This streamlined approach to dental implants is appealing to many patients who desire a more convenient method of placing dental implants.
Qualifying Oral Conditions
Typically, there are two types of patients that make suitable candidates for All-on-4®:
- Patients missing all of the teeth in a dental arch (the upper or lower set of teeth), or
- Patients who have some of their teeth, combined with reduced functionality and pain.
All-on-4® is an effective low-maintenance option for patients in that they will not have to undergo continuous, costly procedures to correct their severely damaged or lost teeth. Instead they can have the work completed in a single treatment.
Our doctors have helped many patients with successful implant procedures and can help you determine if All-on-4® is the best choice for you.
Another appealing advantage of the All-on-4® system is that patients who have been told they lack sufficient jawbone density for traditional dental implants, are often suitable All-on-4® candidates since this technique requires less bone density for implant placement.
Our Patient Results
The Initial Consultation
Our Bountiful dentists are committed to determining which procedure will provide maximum benefit for our patients. To find out if All-on-4®, or another procedure, is the best choice for you, your doctor will meet with you for a consultation. During this appointment, your doctor will review your medical and dental history, as well as your 2D and 3D x-ray images to check the viability of your teeth and gums for implant placement. We can also provide examples in a slideshow format and will encourage patients to ask questions to ensure they fully understand the details of the procedure.
Understanding Your Procedure
Using 3D x-ray technology, your doctor will carefully plan your procedure, locating the exact implant location that affords the greatest efficiency and least trauma. On the day of your procedure, you will be given an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Some patients may be placed under general anesthesia by a certified anesthesiologist.
All-on-4® is a major advancement in dental implant technology, reducing healing times and allowing for immediate restoration placement.
Next, the doctor will extract any teeth that need to be removed and create small holes in the jawbone. Through these holes he will insert four or more implants. He will then attach a prosthesis, or temporary natural-looking denture, to the implants. You will leave our Bountiful office with a complete set of securely retained dentures that allow you to chew, speak, and smile with complete confidence.
What's So Great About All-on-4®?
The All-on-4® System: A Dental Implant Solution That Can Make You Smile
Recovery Period and Final Results
While the All-on-4® technique represents a major advancement in dental implant technology, reducing healing times and allowing for immediate restoration placement, it is a surgery. Therefore, it is recommended that patients take one week off from work. Post-surgical pain is typically mild enough to be controlled with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Your doctor will closely monitor your healing, and you will return to our office about two to three weeks after your procedure for a follow-up appointment.
Four to six months after your implant placement, you will return to our Bountiful office to have impressions made for the reinforced hybrid prosthesis, or permanent dentures. Technicians from our partner lab will be present during this appointment to ensure your permanent denture is crafted with the highest level of quality. This denture will look as natural as the first, but will instead be a titanium-supported restoration that is designed to last decades, if not a lifetime.
Additional Benefits of All-on-4®
- Enhanced self-confidence
- Reduced anxiety about their teeth
- Greater convenience and less downtime since it is only one surgery
- Ability to avoid messy adhesives and ill-fitting artificial teeth often associated with traditional dentures
- Enhanced stability and support for their replacement teeth, that can last the rest of their lives
- Halting of the degeneration of jawbone that accompanies long-term tooth root loss
Dr. David Stubbs and Dr. James Willardsen of Stubbs Dental are committed to providing comprehensive dental care for your entire family. We are also proud to be affiliated with the:
- American Dental Association
- Academy of LDS Dentists
- Utah Dental Association
For more information about our services, contact our Bountiful practice online or call (801) 305-4051 today.