An old adage says “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” Oral health is not to be taken lightly. Caring for your teeth helps impacts your overall health. Without teeth, chewing, talking, and sleeping may be impacted. Poor oral health can result in missing teeth, which impacts the overall performance of your teeth. Fortunately, with the care of an excellent dentist like Dr. Weston Spencer, you can regain your smile and confidence once more. Dr. Spencer can reconstruct your smile with the revolutionary All-On-4 implants in La Jolla.
What are All-On-4 implants used for?
How do All-On-4 implants differ from dentures?
All-On-4 implants are very different from dentures. They are permanent artificial teeth that are secured by four implants. You can have one or two arches; one for the upper teeth and one for the lower teeth. They are not removable so you do not have to worry about remembering to place them in your mouth. They also allow you to experience the tastes and textures of your food that your dentures may have prevented. Dr. Spencer’s conservative dentistry approach ensures that your teeth will not receive any unnecessary treatment. The All-On-4 implants use only four implants that are secured to your jaw in a non-invasive manner that will not create scarring or complications.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Getting your All-On-4 implants is very similar to having implants placed. The process is easier and shorter than having regular implants. During your first visit at our La Jolla or Rancho Santa Fe offices, Dr. Spencer will map out your mouth and teeth to determine the best placement of the implants. After he has assessed the best treatment plan, he will insert four rods that will secure the implant. He places the implants at an angle that will not impact your bone structure or require bone grafting. Once he has placed the implants, he will give you a temporary set of teeth that sit on top of the implants until your real teeth molds arrive. During this time, he will monitor your new implants to ensure that they are healing. This healing time takes a couple of weeks to complete. Dr. Spencer will also make an exact mold of your teeth so that your new artificial teeth fit and feel comfortable. Once he has determined that your mouth has healed, he will place your permanent teeth on top of the four implants. After he places your new teeth, you can enjoy your new radiant smile.
How do I care for my new implants?
In order to take care of your new All-On-4 implants, you only need to follow your regular brushing and flossing routine. Brush the teeth and floss as you normally would. Your new teeth are designed to last a lifetime with proper care.