A common misconception is that a dental implant is needed for each missing tooth, but that’s not the case. With All-on-4® dentures, Dr. Fawzi Hijazi or San Antonio Smile Pros can create and install lower or upper implant-supported dentures with four cleverly placed implants for individuals who have lost all or most of their teeth.
Believe it or not, tooth loss is a fairly common problem among adults. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 1 in 4 adults over 65 have eight or fewer teeth. Instead of living in discomfort or with the daily hassles of removable dentures, some patients opt for full mouth dental implants, like All-on-4 implants. This fantastic tooth-replacement option is highly realistic and far less invasive than placing a dental implant in every missing tooth in the jaw.
The beauty of All-on-4 dentures is that Dr. Hijazi only needs four precisely positioned dental implants on the top and bottom rows to restore your smile fully. Typically, the dental implant process starts with an initial consultation with Dr. Hijazi. Here, he’ll go over how to replace missing teeth and help you decide which options are most suitable for your unique case.
If you and your North San Antonio dentist decide that All-on-4 dentures are most suitable for you, then Dr. Hijazi will devise a treatment plan that fits your needs and answer questions that you might have about All-on-4 dental implants, procedure steps, and more. When oral surgery begins, Dr. Hijazi will deliberately place four dental implants in the jaw: two in the front of the mouth and two in the back of the mouth at a 45-degree angle. Often, the All-on-four process removes the need for prep procedures (like bone grafting). Sometimes, the final restoration can be fitted on the same day as the surgery. But if this is not an option, then Dr. Hijazi’s team will place a temporary denture while the underlying bone fuses with the dental implants.