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All-On-4 Implants for a Permanent Solution

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All-On-4 Implants

Does the fear of loose-fitting dentures slipping or falling out keep you from enjoying life? Hate dealing with messy adhesives? Have you ever had to hunt them down because you forgot where you put them? Or maybe you had to replace them due to breakage? All-On-4 implants let you avoid all that.

With All-On-4, you get a permanent solution that mimics real teeth. When done right, they look and feel natural.

But deciding on All-On-4 restorations is a big investment, and you want to be sure you can rely on the process and results. Many dentists offer implant-supported restorations, but not all of them have what it takes to give you the results you desire.

At Ocean View Dental, our friendly dental team has the knowledge, experience, and training you can trust when it comes to your permanent solution.

The Hassles of Traditional Removable Dentures

If you wear removable dentures or know someone who does, you likely know many of the associated hassles.

Common complaints include:

  • They don’t look or feel real
  • They require frequent, thorough cleaning
  • Expensive, messy adhesives (which also make cleaning more difficult)
  • They must be removed at night
  • Certain foods are off-limits
  • They can break if you drop them
  • They can become ill-fitting, which can cause clacking noises, slippage, and pain.

But there are also many considerations denture-wearers are often unaware of.

For instance, since traditional dentures do nothing to replace your tooth roots, bone loss occurs in your jaw. This bone loss changes the shape of your face and jaw. These changes are what cause dentures to become loose, and often patients must replace their dentures every five or six years to achieve a good fit. This is also what gives denture wearers an aged look due to the sunken-in appearance of the face.

Another consideration is that food particles can get easily trapped between your dentures and gums, which puts you at a much higher risk of gum disease.

Moreover, many patients change their diet, usually due to ill-fitting dentures, and this can lead to poor nutrition.

What are All-On-4 implants?

With All-On-4, permanent restorations are anchored in place with dental implants. But rather than requiring the traditional six to eight dental implants per arch, today’s technology allows for a process called All-On-4. This advanced treatment involves placing the implants at special angles, meaning you can enjoy fixed restorations with only four dental implants per arch.

A dental implant is a titanium post surgically implanted into your jawbone. While the surgery is considered minor and carries few risks, proper placement and success rates are important considerations.

To ensure the best result with dental implants, you want to choose a doctor highly experienced and trained in implantology. Many dentists boast of their training and experience with placing dental implants, but often their training only involved a weekend class. The truth is, only two types of doctors specialize in implantology—periodontists and oral surgeons.

At Ocean View Dental, we are proud to have Board-Certified Periodontist Dr. Pichak Kelk on our team. When Dr. Kelk places your implants, you can trust her experience, which included an additional three years of training in periodontology and implantology after completing dental school.

Once your implants are firmly placed within your jawbone, your All-On-4 full-arch restoration is secured permanently onto the implants for a strong, stable, beautiful smile.

What are the benefits of All-On-4 implants?

When considering your oral health, a major benefit is that dental implants mimic the job of your tooth roots. Therefore, each time you chew or bite, the implants stimulate your bone tissue and keep it healthy. Because of this, you do not have to worry about the bone loss that occurs with traditional removable dentures.

Also, the restoration does not simply rest on your gums. Instead, it is anchored directly into the jawbone, offering tremendous stability and strength.

Other benefits include:

  • They feel, act, and look like natural teeth
  • No more gum pain
  • Care is easy—brush and floss like natural teeth
  • No more expensive, messy adhesives
  • No food restrictions
  • They won’t slip, become loose, or fall out
  • No issues with talking or eating
  • You won’t break or lose them
  • They last for decades

Learn More About All-On-4 Implants

If you are ready to start living life to its fullest while not ever having to worry about the hassles of removable dentures, Ocean View Dental can get you there with confidence.

Call (949) 388-0780 today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members. We would love to answer your questions and schedule you for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for a permanent restoration with All-On-4.

Are dental implants safe?

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Patients sometimes come to us with questions as to how safe the placement of dental implants is.  Understanding the potential risks or side effects of implant surgery allows our patients to make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with treatment.

After 50 years of successful implant placement in the U.S., this procedure is considered very safe, especially when performed by an experienced doctor.  Ocean View Dental Care is fortunate to offer the services of Board-certified periodontist, Dr. Pichak Kelk. Dr. Kelk received very specialized training, having completed a 15-month fellowship in dental implant surgery. More importantly, she has over 20 years of experience in placing dental implants.

Dental Implant Success Rate

The National Institute of Health notes that, “Implant studies frequently report outcome rates exceeding 95 percent. Recent advancements in the field of dentistry have revolutionized the use of dental implants.” 

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. In fact, over 95% of all implants placed are still intact and healthy 10 years after placement. Once the titanium posts are surgically placed, the surrounding jawbone tissue integrates (fuses) in and around the threads of the implant fixture. This process is referred to as osseointegration and essentially makes the implant a functioning part of your jaw.

How will my doctor ensure that my implants are safely placed?

The most important step any patient can take is to work with a qualified and experienced doctor. Dr. Kelk has a long track record of safely placing implants, over 20 years!  Before your surgery is scheduled, Dr. Kelk will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. A thorough evaluation of your overall health and facial structures will be conducted. 

By screening for known risk factors, Dr. Kelk can ensure that you enjoy successful implant placement. Two leading risk factors for implant failure are tobacco use and jawbone atrophy. If you are found to be a less-than-ideal candidate, Dr. Kelk may be able to work with you to improve your candidacy through a variety of means.

Patients have an active role to play in ensuring that their implants remain healthy. After your implants are placed, you will enter into the integration phase which lasts three to six months. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and following your recovery guidelines are critical to ensuring that your implants successfully fuse with your jawbone.

Patients should abstain from using any tobacco products or engaging in activities that could result in an impact to the face. Once your implants have fully integrated, maintaining good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office regularly for cleanings and check-ups can ensure that you enjoy your implants for a lifetime.      

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today

Dental implants deliver life-changing benefits. To be able to smile with confidence and eat regular foods without any trouble is absolutely priceless. If you have one or more missing teeth or are dissatisfied with the performance of your traditional denture or partial denture, Dr. Kelk can place one or more dental implants to restore form and function to your smile. 

Dr. Kelk served as the Dental Board of California onsite examiner for conscious sedation for many years. She is currently part-time clinical faculty at the Advanced Periodontology Program at USC Dental School, where she trains future periodontists in surgical skills. 

To schedule your dental implant consultation with your San Clemente CA dentist, please contact our office online or call (949) 388-0780.