Dental implants have been called one of the greatest advances in dentistry. They are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to provide support for an artificial tooth. They basically act like a root of a tooth. Out of all the other options for replacing missing teeth, dental implants get as close to a natural tooth as possible.
In the past dental implants were mostly being used to replace individual teeth, however there has been another great advance in dentistry in the past 10-15 years: Dental implants can now be used to replace all of an individual’s failing teeth. This concept is referred to as the “All-on-4” concept, meaning there are at least 4 implants needed to replace all of the teeth in one person’s jaw. Just think of a table, the 4 implants act like the four legs of a table.
Although, we have been offering the All-on-4 since 2010, we have also made a leap of our own. We are one of the only few offices in the nation that offers this surgical solution with surgical guided. We came up with this design and have coined it the: “3-Guide Technique”. See below:
The other better known corporations that offer this service do not use surgical guides, they “freehand” their implants. We are 100% surgically guided for this types of cases, while other “free-hand” such implants. Dr. Massoomi has published this guided method:
All-on-4 dental implants are a way to support a permanent, full set of teeth that do not need to be removed at night time like the traditional dentures. This solution is possible in both the upper or lower jaw. While each implant is surgically placed, it is still considered a minimally invasive technique because of the use of surgical guides. In some cases we do not make any incisions!
Most of the time the patients can undergo one surgery to have all the teeth extracted and immediately replaced with at least 4 or more implants to support a full arch of teeth. That means you will walk out the same day with teeth that do not ever need to be removed. (In some rare cases if there is not enough bone, then bone grafting would be required, hence this would take two surgeries.) This is how we can improve your smile, see below:
Once the All on 4 implants are in place, they are cared for the same as natural teeth, with daily brushing and mouthwash. They function the same as natural teeth, too, which means patients can eat the way they did before losing teeth. Best of all, they look like natural teeth.
According to the Periodontic Association of America, a staggering 175 million people have lost one or more of their teeth. With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why dental implants are in such great demand.
To find out whether implants or the All-on-4 solution is right for you, call us at 415-813-6400 in downtown San Francisco or 408-253-6081 in Cupertino to schedule a consultation. We promise to take care of you like family!!!