Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth with replacement teeth that look and feel natural. And thanks to the latest dental procedures, David Ouellet, DDS, can replace the full arch of your teeth with just four implants. If you’d like to learn more about All-on-4® implants, call Pacific Coast Smiles in Santa Maria, California, or make an appointment online today.
Dental implants are a replacement tooth option Pacific Coast Smiles offers because these replacement teeth feel and function just like your natural teeth. Rather than using a plastic base or a bridge attached to the neighboring teeth to hold the replacement tooth in place, a dental implant firmly roots the tooth in your jaw.
To stabilize your dental implant, your Pacific Coast Smiles provider surgically places a metal screw in your jawbone. Then, you wait a number of months, during which time your jawbone integrates the implant. Once healed, this serves as the root for your new tooth replacement. Anchoring your replacement tooth to this implant gives you a tooth that looks completely natural. What’s more, you never have to worry about it causing problems as you talk, eat, laugh, or drink.
Dental implants are ideal when you’re missing only one tooth or a series of teeth — but the team at Pacific Coast Smiles also uses them to replace the full arch of teeth. If you’re missing your top arch, bottom arch, or both, they can use dental implants to replace your teeth in a way that looks and feels more natural.
And you won’t need one implant per tooth, either. With All-on-4 implants, your Pacific Coast Smiles provider anchors the full replacement arch of your teeth with just four implants in your jaw. This means you heal faster but still get the stability of dental implants.
After the screws for your All-on-4 dental implants are placed, plan to take it easy for a few days. Use ice to moderate any swelling and drink plenty of fluids, staying away from cold beverages. Any discomfort you experience should fade significantly by the third day after your procedure.
Pacific Coast Smiles can fit you with temporary replacement teeth while your dental implants heal, which usually takes three to six months. Then, once your jawbone has fully integrated the implant, you’re ready for your long-lasting replacement teeth to be placed.
People often call this “teeth in a day” because you come into Pacific Coast Smiles and leave with your full arch of beautiful, functional teeth. Pacific Coast Smiles prepares your arch of replacement teeth in advance and places it during a single appointment, giving you a transformed smile.
If you’re interested in All-on-4 implants, call Pacific Coast Smiles or make an appointment online today.