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All-on-4 Dental Implants in San Diego

While some clients may consider tooth loss embarrassing or anxiety-provoking, it is actually quite a normal occurrence, affecting around 35 million adults in the United States. As we age, the teeth and bones in the jaw naturally tend to deteriorate, and this leads to tooth loss.

Dr. Fakhimi addresses this with the most advanced dental implant technology available: the All-on-4 implant system. These popular implants are more comfortable and easy to manage than dentures, giving you back functional teeth without having to deal without all the fuss and trouble.

What are all-on-4 implants?

All-on-4 implants are a full set of dental implants designed to replace your entire upper or lower set of teeth. They are a more permanent alternative to dentures and appear more natural.

Instead of replacing teeth one by one with screws that are inserted into the gums, the All-on-4 implant is surgically inserted with four titanium posts into your jawbone. These posts act as the main anchors for a permanent denture, replacing the teeth with a seamless, natural look across the entire mouth.

The titanium used in the screws ends up fusing with the existing jawbone and becoming part of your anatomy. The All-on-4 system is extremely strong and durable, and serves as a solid foundation for the future of your dental health.

What to expect during the All-on-4 implant procedure

The All-on-4 implant procedure has multiple steps to ensure that your implants are perfect and will last permanently.

Dr. Fakhimi will make a mold of your mouth using 3D imaging to get exact, precise measurements. This ensures that the permanent dentures are more natural and comfortable.

The next step is to insert the four titanium screws. Dr. Fakhimi will drill holes in the bone of your jaw and then insert the screws through these holes. A temporary set of dentures will be used until the screws are fully integrated with your jawbone. This integration takes four to six months to complete. During this time, you will wear a temporary denture created for you by Dr. Fakhimi.

Once this important step is complete and the screws are fully integrated into the bone, the permanent denture can be placed into your mouth and fixed to the screws.

What is the cost of All-on-4 implants?

The cost of all-on-4 implants in San Diego will vary based on your dental coverage and the material you choose for your new teeth--acrylic or porcelain. Both materials are effective, but porcelain is longer lasting.

  • Acrylic All-in-4s cost between $20,000 to $30,000.
  • Porcelain All-in-4s usually cost between $25,000 to $35,000.

The pros and cons of All-on-4 implants

Many people gain renewed confidence in their appearance with All-on-4 implant surgery.There are a number of benefits to All-on-4s. These are a few:

  • You can replace your full set of teeth with one procedure, using only four screws.
  • The implants are permanent and will not shift.
  • All-on-4 implants cost less than individually replacing each tooth.
  • Bone grafting is not typically needed.
  • You can eat anything you want.
  • No adhesives, rubbing or sores.
  • Strong bite and chewing ability.

Potential drawbacks to consider:

  • The teeth can’t be tested in your mouth for look or feel before the surgery.
  • A high level of bone in the jaw must be present to hold the implants in place.
  • The implants can’t be placed in the molar area where your bite force is the strongest.

Deciding between All-on-4 implants or dentures

There are a number of factors to consider in making this decision. Dr. Fakhimi will discuss your options with you during your consultation and help you decide which is best for you. These are some basic facts to think with.

Bone shrinking

Using implants to support your denture helps prevent the bone in your mouth from shrinking over time. As the bone shrinks, your dentures may not fit in the same way. Implants, on the other hand, strengthen the jaw and there is no concern about the fit changing.

Biting and chewing capabilities

Dentures provide a weaker bite and chew strength, requiring foods to be softer and cut into smaller pieces to eat comfortably.

All-on-4 implants are designed with durable materials to mimic the natural shape and appearance of teeth. Biting and chewing is very similar to the experience of natural teeth. Because they are anchored, there is no concern about any shifting while you eat.

Comfort

Dentures can cause rubbing, chafing and sore spots, and this can lead to infection. All-on-4 implants are embedded into your gums as natural teeth are, so there is no rubbing or chafing. The implants follow the shape of your natural bite, so speaking and eating will feel natural. And, a nice plus over dentures is that you can eat anything you would like with All-on-4s.

Convenience

Dentures are removed at night and can sometimes be observable when you laugh or eat. All-on-4 implants are permanently fixed and are designed to look like your natural teeth.

Facial appearance

Dentures can change your facial appearance in various unwanted ways. Implants naturally support the bone in your mouth, which gives you your natural facial appearance and full lips and cheeks.

Who should get All-on-4 implants?

Anyone who wears dentures or will soon need dentures is an ideal candidate for the All-on-4 implant process. Candidates for All-on-4s should meet the following criteria:

  • Are generally in good physical health
  • Aren’t experiencing any major medical issues
  • Have enough bone in the jaw to hold the implants
  • Have or need dentures
  • Would like a simplified, more natural and permanent implant

How long do All-on-4 implants last?

All-on-4 dental are designed to be permanent, lasting 20 years or more.

Why choose Dr Fakhimi?

Dr. Fakhimi has been serving the San Diego community for over two decades, delivering specialized, meticulously detailed results along with radiant, healthy smiles. He understands the frustration and self-consciousness that can result from tooth loss, and is excited to offer his clients this innovative, time-saving solution for their needs.

Each member of our support staff is expertly trained and vetted, and licensed in their respective field, providing you with not only experience and knowledge, but with the kindness and compassion that make a visit to the dentist more tolerable. If there is anything special you require during your stay, do not hesitate to ask us.

FAQs

Can All-on-4 implants fail?

The success rate of All-on-4 implant surgery is 94% to 97%. Failure is extremely rare.

What are the risks of All-on-4 implants?

Infection, implant failure.

How do I clean All-on-4 dental implants?

Your new teeth will require regular brushing and flossing just like natural teeth. Dr. Fakhimi will give you a thorough set of aftercare instructions on caring for your All-on-4 implants after your procedure.

How long is the recovery time for All-on-4 implants?

You will experience some swelling and soreness that will last a few days. You may need a couple of days to adjust to speaking and eating with your new teeth. You can return to your usual activities after a couple of days.

What can I eat after the surgery?

Your new teeth will be strong and stable. You will be able to eat softer foods right away, but avoid particularly hard or chewy foods. After about two months, you should be able to return to a completely normal diet.

What is the success rate with All-on-4 implants?

Studies show a 98.2% success rate on the lower arch, and a 97-98% success rate for the upper arch.

Will I be able to Undergo an MRI Once I Have a Dental Implant?

An MRI is a powerful tool used to examine the soft tissues in your body. It is powered by magnetic energy and has been known to be able to pull oxygen tanks and metal devices toward it when the machine is being used. Because of the powerful magnetism, it is imperative that you notify your MRI Technician of any dental implants or other metal in your body. The titanium used to anchor your implants to your jawbone is not ferromagnetic metal will not be affected by magnetic energy in an MRI. Even so, if you are undergoing an MRI, inform the medical professionals that you have dental implants prior to the test.

Is all All-on-4 recovery very painful?

Patients report it is not very painful. You will feel a dull ache from the swelling. Compared to other dental implants, the discomfort is much less significant.

Are the All-on-4 dental implants comfortable?

Yes, very much so. They do not press on the gums and are designed to feel and act the way your normal teeth would.

Are any foods off limits after fully recovering from the All-on-4 implants?

For the first few weeks to two months, you must eat softer foods. However, once the recovery is fully complete, you may enjoy eating anything you like.

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