All-on-4 is a dental prosthesis that sits on four implants. The design offers fixed dentition if you have lost most or all of your teeth.
Traditional dentures are held in the mouth holding onto the bone and muscles, or through the use of denture adhesive. They are removable and often uncomfortable, bulky, and after time become loose and ill fitting. All-on-4 gets its retention primarily from the four titanium implants placed in the jaw bone. It is solid, fixed, and less bulky than a removable denture.
Drs. Nazanin and Mahsa Hakim work with top oral surgeons and labs to assure the highest quality outcome. Prior to the treatment, your oral surgeon will evaluate the quality and quantity of the bone by taking a series of X-rays and CT scans. If you are a good candidate for All-on-4 treatment, we will take a few models of your teeth to create a temporary fixed denture. You will then schedule your appointment for the implant surgery.
On the day of the surgery, your surgeon will place four implants in your jaw and screw the temporary denture onto the implants. You will walk out of the office with a set of teeth while you are healing. The healing process can take up to six months. Once your surgeon confirms the healing is complete, you will return to our office for several appointments to be fitted for your permanent denture.
Is All-on-4 right for you?
You may be a candidate for All-on-4 if you have enough bone structure to hold the implants. It is not appropriate if you are an active smoker or have been treated by certain bone density medication such as Fosamax. Having a good oral hygiene is also very important for long-term health of the implants.
To learn more about All-on-4 implant dentures, or any of the other treatment options available at Union Square Dental Practice, schedule an appointment at our San Francisco dental office!