Smile and Chew with Confidence Again in Just One Day
Patients with many missing or broken-down teeth whose mouths are beyond repair and denture wearers who are sick of loose, uncomfortable dentures can get a permanent solution with implant-supported new teeth. With All-on-4, Dr. Kuhn provides you with stable new teeth during a one-day procedure. The treatment restores nearly full chewing power and gives you a beautiful new smile you can be proud to show off immediately.
Dentures with a Physiological Approach
Physiologic dentistry is the field that focuses on aligning the upper and lower jaw to their correct position that allows for balanced and relaxed muscles. When the balance is off, it can result in an obstructed airway that leads to sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, TMJ and discomfort.
At Kuhn Dental Associates, we take a physiologic approach to ensure your All-on-4 dentures not only replace your missing teeth but provide you with a well-balanced jaw.
Oftentimes patients will experience TMJ or sleep apnea symptoms after getting dentures because the jaw muscles and balance were not taken into consideration during the initial treatment process. If patients experienced these symptoms before losing their teeth and never addressed the root cause, our physiological approach to dentures can help.
When we design your All-on-4 dentures, we design them to support your facial structure with the proper balance to help you achieve optimal comfort and resolve or prevent TMJ and airway problems.
During your consultation, we will examine your airway and jaw position to determine if the balance is off. If it is, we will address it as we replace your teeth with All-0n-4 dentures.
High-Tech, In-Depth Preparation
Meticulous planning allows for the entire surgical procedure to happen in one day in one office. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Kuhn takes 3D X-rays to find the areas of highest quality bone in your jawbone. He then uses 3D software to simulate the surgery in detail ahead of time and create a surgical guide. The guide is placed over your gums, like a template, on the day of surgery to precisely guide the implants into position.
Because of the detailed planning involved, the implants can be inserted without any exploratory cutting or suturing. This allows for the entire procedure to be performed quickly and efficiently with post-surgery discomfort minimized.
No Need for Bone Grafting
A major innovation of the All-on-4 procedure is the use of long, angled implants. These implants can reach areas of dense bone, and they provide more surface area for the jawbone to fuse with. This can eliminate the need for bone grafting for most patients who have suffered bone loss.
Walk Out With New Teeth the Same Day
On the day of surgery, Dr. Kuhn does any needed extractions, places the implants and attaches temporary, fully functioning teeth that can be immediately used for chewing. The final set of highly aesthetic and durable teeth replace the temporaries about three months later once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone.
Keeping patients comfortable is very important to Dr. Kuhn. We offer blankets and noise-cancelling headphones. Dr. Kuhn is also certified in IV sedation and personally administers it when needed while a registered nurse is present to monitor the patient at all times to ensure comfort and safety throughout the procedure.
Benefits of All-on-4 Treatment
- Nearly everyone is a candidate for All-on-4, regardless of bone loss.
- The new teeth are stable, fixed-in and never need to be removed.
- Patients get nearly 100 percent of natural chewing power restored.
- All-on-4 is an economical, fixed-in tooth replacement option.
- The new teeth are easy and inexpensive to maintain.
- All-on-4 has a proven high success rate.
- The ability to chew normally keeps the jawbone stimulated, preventing bone loss and eventual collapse of the lower part of the face.
- The teeth do not move, slip or cause friction.
- The All-on-4 procedure immediately improves quality of life and self-confidence for the patient.
Preventing bone loss
The All-on-4 procedure helps deter bone loss and facial collapse. Dental implants provide the stimulation needed to help prevent bone loss from occurring.
Missing teeth cause a gradual progression of bone loss until the face appears to collapse in on itself. Dental implants help prevent this from happening.
Our Approach to All-on-4
Comprehensive exam and diagnostics
Highly detailed images captured with our CT cone beam scanner are an essential aid for locating the best areas of jawbone to place your implants.
Dr. Kuhn will conduct a thorough exam of your teeth and gums, and will get all needed diagnostics done. Images captured by our high-tech CT cone beam scanner provide us with a detailed view of your entire mouth. We can see the position of your sinuses, and determine the quantity and quality of jawbone you have remaining.
This state-of-the-art technology gives Dr. Kuhn the information he needs to plan the best location for placing your implants. He will also be able to tell how many implants you need to secure your replacement teeth and let you know if you might need more than four implants. If necessary, you can have another consultation to discuss contingencies and options.
Your first step is a consultation with Dr. Kuhn. He will review your medical and dental history, explain the All-on-4 procedure, and answer all of your questions.
Keeping you comfortable
We cater to our patients and ensure their comfort during every procedure. Dr. Kuhn is licensed to provide oral and IV sedation to keep you relaxed and free from pain.
Learn about our Comfort & Sedation procedures.
Placing your implants
The big day is here! Dr. Kuhn will have planned the procedure in advance and will know exactly where to place your implants. In some cases, he uses more than four implants to provide additional support. He will discuss this prior to the procedure–there won’t be any surprises!
The implants in the front of your mouth are positioned to anchor into the densest area of bone, and the implants in the back are placed at angles between 30 to 45 degrees.
If extractions are required, Dr. Kuhn can take care of this during the same visit, prior to implant placement.
Walk out with new teeth!
Immediately following the implant placement, you will be provided with a natural-looking, functional set of temporary teeth.You can enjoy the benefits of a new set of teeth while your implants heal and fuse with your jawbone. Once the healing process is completed, you’ll come in for your permanent set of teeth that will be permanently fixed in place to look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Learn more about the benefits of dental implants.