All-on-Four Dental Implants in La Jolla
Dr. David Sabourin has more than 35 years of experience in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, including extensive expertise replacing missing teeth with state-of-the-art dental implants.
He has seen firsthand how All-on-4 dental implants in San Diego have transformed the smiles and lives of patients struggling with missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures.
When you choose Dr. Sabourin to restore your incomplete smile, you’ll experience extraordinary care and top-level professionalism delivered with a personal touch at his elegant La Jolla dental office!
What are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 treatment is a cost-efficient solution that provides fixed replacement teeth the same day as surgery. It’s an excellent tooth replacement option for an upper arch, lower arch, or both. With All-on-4, the strength and stability of natural teeth is replicated by surgically implanting a minimum of four dental implants per arch into the jawbone.
Because All-on-4 dental implants maximize the use of available bone, even patients with insufficient jawbone density are good candidates for this “teeth in a day” procedure. While this protocol requires fewer implants, it offers unsurpassed flexibility because it can be modified with All-on-6 or All-on-X dental implants in patients who require more than four implants per arch.
Tilting the posterior (back) dental implants at a 45-degree angle usually prevents the need for bone grafting, although a small number of patients may require a bone grafting procedure. The anterior (front) implants can be placed vertically since bone loss is less common in front teeth.
This approach is less invasive than many other full arch dental implant protocols, so most patients who receive All-on-4 in La Jolla experience reduced postsurgical discomfort, bleeding, swelling, and bruising.
High survival rates and a low incidence of complications demonstrate the predictability of the All-on 4 implant protocol, even with immediate-load solutions (temporary teeth placed the same day as surgery). A 2017 article published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry reviewed 24 studies and found a survival rate of 99.8% after more than 24 months.
What are the Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants?
Although removable dentures may seem like the quickest and most cost-effective solution to replace missing teeth, they’re associated with many downsides. The bone that surrounded your natural teeth progressively deteriorates, resulting in ill-fitting dentures and the need for frequent relining. Common complaints include clicking, slipping, gum irritation, messy adhesives, speech problems, undesirable facial changes, and the need to limit food choices.
Unlike dentures, All-on-4 full arch dental implants replace your missing natural tooth roots. Both the titanium screws (implant posts) and zirconia restorations offer superb biocompatibility. Once the implant posts fuse with your underlying bone, you’ll never have to worry again about slippage, painful gums, messy adhesives, or limiting the foods you eat. When you receive All-on-4 in San Diego with Dr. Sabourin, you’ll enjoy the following benefits.
What to Expect with Your All-on-4 Dental Implants Procedure
Step One: Initial Consultation and Planning
At your complimentary consultation, Dr. Sabourin will discuss your functional and aesthetic smile goals, dental and medical history, perform an oral exam, and take digital X-rays. You’ll be referred to a state-of-the-art imaging facility to get a cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan. CBCT technology is used to analyze your underlying bone structure, nerve tissue, and sinus cavities, as well as to meticulously plan implant placement.
Step Two: Guided Implant Surgery
Digital technology enables Dr. Sabourin to create a streamlined, preplanned, and customized solution that greatly reduces the possibility of error. The 3D image helps him determine the most optimal areas in your jawbone for implant placement. In some cases, he can extract remaining teeth during the same visit. To ensure your ultimate comfort when you undergo dental implant surgery, Dr. Sabourin works with a board-certified anesthesiologist to offer a full spectrum of sedation options, including general anesthesia.
Step Three: The Healing Process
It takes dental implants three to six months to fuse with new bone growth in your jaw in a process called osseointegration. This step is essential for dental implants to assume the role of natural tooth roots and provide a strong, long-lasting foundation for your new teeth. Before you leave, Dr. Sabourin attaches a temporary fixed All-on-4 bridge crafted from acrylic to the abutments that you’ll wear until the sites heal and you receive your final prosthesis. He’ll also provide pain medication, antibiotics, and a special mouth rinse with instructions for use.
While implant failure is rare, it’s important to follow all our guidelines. This includes eating a soft diet, avoiding strenuous exercise for a few weeks, and following a good oral hygiene routine. You’ll return to our practice periodically so Dr. Sabourin can check your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your temporary prosthesis.
Step 4: Enjoy Your Beautiful Smile
The final stage of the process is fitting you with the custom-made, fixed full arch bridge fabricated by a highly skilled dental lab technician from high-quality zirconia. Zirconia offers beautiful and natural-looking aesthetics, is strong and resistant to chips, and can even withstand tooth grinding (bruxism). Full mouth dental implants provide a 70% more powerful bite force than traditional dentures, which means you can comfortably eat the foods you love!
How Much Do All-on-4 Dental Implants Cost?
All-in-4 dental implants are one of the best investments you can make in your smile and quality of life. Dr. Sabourin offers highly competitive prices, accepts major dental insurance plans, and files insurance claims on your behalf.
He also partners with the leading third-party financing company CareCredit to make getting a reimagined smile even more affordable. No-interest financing is available in six to 24-month terms, as long as you pay the loan in full by the end of the term. For longer terms, CareCredit offers affordable fixed monthly payments with reasonable interest rates.
Why Choose Dr. Sabourin for All-on-4 Dental Implants?
Dr. Sabourin is dedicated to delivering the highest quality All-on-4 dental implants at his elegant and welcoming dental office. Unlike corporate implant centers where patients are treated like a number, Dr. Sabourin spends quality time with you—from your first in-depth dental implant consultation to delivering your new final smile. He combines the latest technology and innovative implant techniques with a compassionate touch to help patients with missing teeth restore their oral function, health, and appearance for a better quality of life!