If you’re missing teeth, you’re not alone. More than 120 million Americans have at least one missing tooth. For many people with missing teeth, dentures are the recommended solution. But not all dentures are created equal.
At Hamada Family Dentistry in the Evergreen neighborhood of San Jose, California, Jason Hamada, DDS, offers a range of services to address missing teeth — including the revolutionary All-on-4® implant dentures system.
Instead of dealing with the hassle of removable dentures, which don’t preserve your jawbone, the All-on-4 system replaces your entire set of missing bottom or top teeth. If you’re considering dentures, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the All-on-4 denture implant system.
Traditional dentures are prosthetic dental devices designed to serve as replacements for missing teeth. They sit on the soft and hard tissues of your mouth and can be either complete or partial, meaning a full set of top or bottom teeth or replacements for only one or two missing teeth.
Traditional dental implants use a permanent post and prosthetic cap to serve as replacements for missing teeth. The post resembles a screw and makes up the new “root” of your prosthetic tooth. It’s made from a biocompatible metal and is implanted into your jawbone, to which it fuses over time.
Once the post is in place and you’ve healed, it’s normally topped with a prosthetic cap, like a crown or bridge. With both the post and cap in place, the dental implant works as a replacement for your missing tooth.
If you’re missing one or two teeth, Dr. Hamada may recommend a traditional implant. But many of our patients have multiple missing teeth, including missing almost an entire set of upper or lower teeth.
When you’re missing multiple teeth, your appearance can change as your jawbone withers away. It can also make regular activities, like eating or talking, a struggle. In this case, Dr. Hamada may recommend the All-on-4 denture implant system to improve your quality of life and your oral health.
The All-on-4 system includes a set of four screw-like posts as well as a full set of natural-looking prosthetic teeth for your upper or lower jaw. In other words? All-on-4 denture implants replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth using only four metal roots instead of one for each missing tooth.
The procedure involves two steps. First, Dr. Hamada drills the four posts into your jawbone. While you heal from the first part of the procedure, he gives you a temporary set of prosthetics so you can eat, talk, and laugh normally.
After the metal posts fuse to your jawbone, you’re ready for the second step. You return to Hamada Family Dentistry where Dr. Hamada places your permanent prosthetics, which stay safe and secure for years to come.
In fact, the All-on-4 system lasts so long that with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, many patients enjoy their implant dentures for a lifetime.
The best part? The All-on-4 prosthetics look, feel, and work like your natural teeth. And they’re easy to care for, simply requiring the same brushing and flossing two times a day as your natural teeth.
The best way to learn if All-on-4 denture implants are right for you is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Hamada.
Dr. Hamada first reviews your oral health history and thoroughly examines your jaw and teeth to recommend a personalized treatment plan for you. Denture implants aren’t for everyone, and if that’s the case for you, know that at Hamada Family Dentistry we offer other solutions to restore your smile.
Generally speaking, All-on-4 denture implants work well for patients who are missing more multiple bottom or top teeth and who have sufficient bone material for the posts. With denture implants, Dr. Hamada can replace all your missing teeth with one procedure, saving you time and money.
The convenience of the All-on-4 solution is only one benefit of this innovative denture implant system. Some of the other benefits All-on-4 provides include:
Ready to learn if denture implants are the right choice for your dental needs? Contact the team at Hamada Family Dentistry in the Evergreen neighborhood of San Jose by calling 408-215-7853, or book an appointment online now.