All-on-4® Dental Implant System
The field of dentistry has made quantum leaps into the realm of dental restoration keeping in step with the needs of the ever growing baby boomer population. One of the most exciting advances is called All-on-4, a restoration technique which permanently restores both the upper and lower teeth in one or two sessions. At Bio Dental in Encino, Dr. Shawn Matian is seeing more and more seniors who are discovering they can once again have a beautiful smile with a full set of strong functioning teeth.
Is All-on-4 right for me?
Seniors and younger people who are struggling with the inconvenience of wearing dentures or who are not good candidates for individual dental implants can once again experience life with a full set of permanently attached teeth. If you are in good health and need full restorations, then this might be a game changing procedure for you.
Dr. Shawn Matian sees patients every day with badly broken and decayed teeth as well as patients with teeth weakened by gum disease. They now have another option besides wearing dentures or having dental implant surgery. Best of all, it is much faster than traditional dental implants and for those with inadequate bone mass, this method is a viable option.
How does All-on-4 work?
The concept is taken from the life changing development of dental implant technology. In traditional implants, Dr. Matian may place up to 10 implants per arch (upper or lower) with each implant supporting one tooth. The All-on-4 technique strategically places 4 implant posts per arch which then permanently anchor a full arch of durable, beautiful teeth.
With this remarkable system, patients arrive at the Bio Dental Clinic in Encino and within hours, return home with a functioning set of teeth. Decayed teeth are removed during the procedure which makes it truly a one day process.
Multiple benefits of All-on-4
All-on-4 implants provide much more than cosmetic benefits, although those are usually pretty spectacular. These teeth are permanently affixed and are cared for exactly as natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. Patients are advised to come into the Encino clinic for cleanings and generally to treat these teeth as if they were their own teeth.
Having a healthy and functioning set of teeth preserves overall health since a full range of foods can be eaten. People with decayed teeth and gum disease tend to restrict their diets to soft foods which do not require much chewing. This contributes to bone loss from lack of stimulation of the bones supporting the teeth. In fact the implants themselves stimulate the production of bone and stop the process of bone re-absorption.
With All-on-4 implants patients find that eating becomes pleasurable again. They can eat foods that require the ability to bite and chew with force including raw fruits and vegetables; a decidedly healthier option.
The natural action of biting and chewing also contributes to maintaining proper facial structure since the underlying bone continues to support the jaw in a youthful way. Facial structure is codependent on all parts working together. Bone is created through the force of chewing; when that is gone the bone will atrophy creating a collapsed look in the lower face.
Maintaining a functioning full set of teeth has many social benefits such as being confident when eating with friends, laughing, kissing; all without having any attention on one’s teeth.
On the day of the procedure, Dr. Matian first of all ensures his patients are comfortable and ready to proceed with the agreed upon plan. If patients need time to settle, they can rest assured they won’t be rushed into surgery.
Oral medication is given to relax and keep patients comfortable. Most don’t remember the procedure itself, and are delighted to discover is was easier than expected.
There may be extractions needed before the implants can be inserted. This will all be done during the procedure so there is no need for frequent trips to his Encino clinic.
If two arches are being done they may be scheduled over two days depending on whether or not extractions must be done. If so the second day is exactly the same as the first session. Each arch takes about 2/5 hours in surgery and patients will need to be driven to and from their procedure.
Patients will be sent home with a full set of functioning temporary teeth. Once healing is complete, the permanent teeth will be affixed to the implants. These will fit better and are more aesthetic than the temporary teeth since they are customized to the patient after the swelling and healing has fully resolved.
Patients will be given a prescription for pain management as well as an antibiotic to combat any infection. Most patients find the process less painful than they expected and find they only need their medication for a few days.
Food choices during the first 6 to 8 weeks must only include soft foods. This will ensure the implants heal properly. Implants fail when they are knocked out of place during the crucial first weeks of integration and it doesn’t take much force to do just that. Avoiding this only requires that patients strictly follow Dr. Matian’s post operative instructions which will include recommendations on foods to avoid.
All on 4 is a procedure that takes time; the healing process varies from patient to patient. The average time is about 6 months. A few quick visits to the Encino clinic will be needed to check how well the posts are healing. Of course anytime there is a problem, patients are encouraged to call the office. The process is complete when the post has fully integrated into the natural bone at which time the permanent teeth can be affixed.
Happily ever after...
This remarkable technique has been years in development and has given thousands of people renewed vigor for life. Eating is integral to socially connecting with friends and family, especially in the working world. Having the ability to interact with others without fear of embarrassment is a life changing event for many people.
Replacing broken or infected teeth with the permanent solution of All on 4 gives Dr. Matian great happiness and is one of the most popular procedures at his state of the art Encino clinic.