What to Expect from All-on-4® Treatment
Changing Lives with Four Dental Implants
Dental implants are the fastest growing solution for tooth loss with over 500,000 Americans getting them each year. All-on-4 uses dental implants to secure a single prosthetic, completely restoring an entire arch of teeth. This remarkable procedure is excellent for people who currently use dentures. Best yet, if you weren’t a candidate for single dental implants due to lack of jawbone density, we can help you avoid bone grafting—we can secure the four implants wherever the bone is strongest.
If you believe that you could benefit from All-on-4 treatment, we encourage you to read the steps in the process below.
Step #1: Your Consultation with Dr. Stockdale
The first step toward a stunning and fully functional smile is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stockdale. You can do this by calling our office at (909) 297-1967, or by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
When you arrive for your consultation, Dr. Stockdale will start by analyzing your medical and dental history. He might also ask you some questions about your lifestyle (E.g., are you a smoker?), or anything else that could directly affect the success of the implants.
The last part of your consultation will consist of a thorough examination of your oral structure. After that, Dr. Stockdale will answer any questions you still have about treatment with All-on-4. If everything looks good and you’re still interested in the procedure, we’ll schedule your implant placement appointment.
Step #2: Placing the Dental Implants
At your next scheduled appointment, Dr. Stockdale will place all four dental implants in your jawbone where its mass is the most substantial. Even though each patient’s experience is unique, most of them find that the surgery is much less painful than they expected. If you’re still nervous about the procedure, talk to Dr. Stockdale about dental sedation—a relaxing solution to dental anxiety.
Placing dental implants requires extreme precision for the best results. Dr. Stockdale is an expert implant dentist and will make sure that your procedure goes smoothly. Since he’s placing multiple implants at once, the average treatment time is 2.5 hours per arch.
Step #3: Adjustment and Osseointegration
As you adjust to your implants, they’ll bond with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This natural bonding process creates a stable, long-lasting foundation for your restoration.
During the healing process, which can take multiple months, we’ll give you a temporary set of teeth while our local dental laboratory designs and manufactures your permanent new smile.
Step #4: Attaching Your Permanent Restoration
When you arrive for the final procedure, you can expect Dr. Stockdale to take some time examining the implants by first removing the temporary teeth. After making sure that the implants have healed correctly, he’ll secure your permanent restoration.
The permanent restoration is a full arch of porcelain teeth—porcelain is a durable, tooth-colored, ceramic material. This full arch will be attached to all four implants by their abutments. Although these teeth won’t decay, they’ll still need daily cleaning and routine checkups with Dr. Stockdale as your natural teeth would.
Step #5: Follow-Up Appointments
Since you’re receiving four implants and an entire new arch of teeth with All-on-4, the whole process can take anywhere from four to eight months to complete. After we place your implants in step #2, you’ll periodically visit Dr. Stockdale for follow-up checkups.
If you have any questions or concerns about the treatment, these routine checkups are an excellent opportunity. Dr. Stockdale will do everything in his power to see that the process is stress-free and that you leave our office with the smile that you’ve always dreamt about.