If you have severe periodontal disease—or if many of your teeth are missing or damaged Dr. Solow may recommend extraction of your remaining teeth. The All-on-4® treatment method provides an aesthetic appearance by creating a full set of permanent teeth at the time of extraction.
Because All-on-4 is a specialized treatment, Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients benefit from working with an oral surgeon who has extensive experience in the procedure. For this reason, Dr. Solow coordinates care with Dr. Robert Hale. An expert certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dr. Hale has been in practice since 1989 and has held several leadership positions at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. In his care, you can expect a patient-focused experience and a high-quality outcome.
Complete Arch Restoration (All-on-4®)
If most of your teeth are missing or require extraction you may be a good candidate for All-on-4. The procedure uses strategically placed dental implants to support a fixed restoration, returning function to your bite and aesthetics to your smile. Dr. Solow coordinates All-on-4 with Dr. Robert Hale, an experienced oral surgeon who conducts both extractions and implant placement.
All-on-4 can be an excellent solution for Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients who must have all of their teeth removed.
With All-on-4, the oral surgeon extracts the teeth and places four or more implants in each dental arch at specific locations and angles. These implants anchor a fixed restoration, a full set of replacement teeth, that Dr. Solow places at the time of surgery.
All-on-4 is an alternative for Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients who might otherwise have to use conventional dentures. Unlike dentures, which can cause discomfort and may lack stability when you eat or speak, implant supported restorations are fixed, fit comfortably in the mouth, and restore much of the functionality of your original teeth.
All-on-4 implants offer our Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients a number of advantages over other treatment methods:
- Over time, your body will lose bone in the area of missing teeth. This can weaken your jawbone and, in some cases, give your face an aged appearance. Dental implant help preserve the bone.
- With other restorations, you may begin to see a gap between the replacement crown and the gums over time. This is unlikely to happen with implants.
- To replace a tooth, a permanent bridge restoration option requires filing down the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth. Dental implants allow you to preserve healthy teeth.
- All-on-4 dental implants provide you with an extremely durable, stable, and comfortable restoration. You can chew and smile just like you can with your natural teeth.
- Traditional dentures tend to shift, can affect speech, and may limit what you can eat. Implant supported dentures do not have these restrictions.
In short, All-on-4 dental implants can provide you with a restoration that fits comfortably, looks more like your own teeth, and acts more like a natural part of your body.
Our Approach to All-on-4
Both Dr. Solow and Dr. Hale customize their approach to care based on the needs and preferences of their patients. However, here is the general approach you can expect with All-on-4 treatment:
- Preparing the restoration. Over several visits at Dr. Solow’s office, he will design a fixed restoration to replace your teeth. Taking the time to get the design right helps your new teeth look as natural and fit as comfortably as possible.
- Placing implants. When the restoration is ready, you will have an appointment with both Dr. Hale and Dr. Solow. Dr. Hale will extract your remaining teeth and place the implants, and in the same visit, Dr. Solow will attach the restoration. Most patients sleep through the procedure under general anesthesia. By the end of the appointment, you will have a new and complete set of teeth.
- Healing and strengthening. The jaw bone will bond with the implants over the next 6 months. During this time, we advise patients to stick to a softer diet, limit alcohol, and not smoke.
- Receiving the permanent restoration. Once your implants have healed, Dr. Solow will design and place a permanent restoration at our practice in the Woodland Hills and Calabasas area. At this point, the All-on-4 process is complete, and you are ready to enjoy a completely restored set of teeth.
Common Questions About All on 4
What can I expect following the procedure?
You may feel discomfort after the extraction and implant procedures. Dr. Solow and Dr. Hale will offer measures to improve your experience during recovery. It is important to allow adequate time for healing (typically, one week).
Is All-on-4 expensive?
Our practice can discuss payment, insurance, and financing options to make treatment more affordable. All-on-4 tends to be one of the more expensive treatments because of its upfront costs, but because it is a durable and lasting solution, you may experience significant cost savings over the years compared to treatments that require frequent replacement and retreatment.
Is All-on-4 fast?
In one sense, All-on-4 is extremely fast: you receive a full set of upper and lower teeth in a single visit. The entire process, however, requires several months. Some Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients also need bone grafts and other pre-implant procedures, which add to the timeline. Despite this staged approach, the short- and long-term advantages of All-on-4 make the journey worthwhile for many of our patients.
If your teeth require a complete restoration, learn more about All-on-4. Schedule an appointment in the Woodland Hills and Calabasas area with Dr. Solow online or by phone at (818) 999-0104.