All-on-4 (Immediate-function dental implants) offers patients affordable solutions for missing teeth.
The All-on-4 dental procedure is an innovative and increasingly popular treatment option for people who need a complete smile make-over. The procedure involves surgical placement of four dental implants which are then used to support a full-arch fixed denture. The fixed denture is placed immediately, allowing patients to have a fully functional new set of teeth in one day.
The benefits to patients are many. This procedure restores a patient’s smile, building confidence and self-esteem. Many patients also see a dramatic improvement in functionality and their overall health as they are able to eat a wider variety of nutritious food. It is done at a fraction of the cost and treatment time of traditional dental implants.
Dr. Phillips, a prosthodontist and implant specialist, uses advanced technologies such as a 3-D CT scan to evaluate proper implant placement and CAD design software for the custom denture. These cutting-edge technologies help ensure a precise fit and a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Clinical research shows high success rates. A longitudinal study of 245 patients conducted by Paulo Malo, PhD., DDS, et al. of the Malo Clinic in Lisbon, Portugal, showed “prostheses’ survival rate was 99.2 percent with up to 10 years of follow up.” Malo’s study, published in the March 1, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, concluded that the “immediate-function implant concept…is viable in the long term.”
While the process of traditional dental implants may take 18 months or more, the All-on-4 technique can be done in with as few as 5 appointments over a 3-month period.
How important is your smile?
- A person’s smile is the first thing most people notice when they meet someone.
- A person’s smile is what about half of those who participated in a recent survey said that they remember about a person long after meeting them.
- Your smile is the single most important investment you can make to get a job, or to get a date!
- A great smile significantly improves a person’s appearance.
- Having a great smile improves a person’s confidence.
That’s worth a lot!
How does All-On-Four improve your smile?
All-on-Four is the full-mouth “fixed bridge” which allows your family dentist to give a per-son who has lost all or most of their teeth a permanent set of replacement teeth affixed to just four dental implants.
These teeth stay in your mouth at all times and make you look fabulous.
What is the cost of All-On-Four?
All-On-Four is a cost effective alternative to a full-arch reconstruction using multiple implants. That said, there’s no question that it is costly – typically $25,000 – $30,000 per arch. It is a long-lasting, durable solution that many patients have said is “life changing” procedure as it improved their oral function, appearance, comfort, and overall quality of life.
Dental Insurance may contribute between $1000- $2500 a year toward procedures like an All-On-Four, and we structure the procedure to maximize this coverage. There are financing plans available.
Dr. Keith Phillips has over 25 years of expertise in specialized dental practice, including cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, sedation dentistry and he is the only Board Certified Prosthodontist in Tacoma. Dr. Phillips has shared his expertise on dental implants in lectures and in his contribution to the reference book “Implant Aesthetics” which is the gold standard of Implant technology.
Dr. Phillips is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Southern California. He lectures nationally and inter-nationally, has extensive textbook and professional journal publications, and is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Dental Association.
We serve patients in the greater Tacoma area including Gig Harbor, Federal Way and Puyallup, WA. Our office is located at 5615 Valley Ave. E., Tacoma, WA 98424 — just off the freeway.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to evaluate whether you are a candidate for this procedure, call Distinctive Dentistry at (253) 259-2745.