The All-On-4® Process
The All-On-4® process involves the following steps:
Diagnosis, Imaging and Measurements
A diagnostic appointment with Dr. Reece in advance of your All-On-4 implant placement allows Dr. Reece to see if you will require any extractions (for patients with remaining teeth) and to take X-rays, CAT (CT) scans, impressions and photographs as needed.
Dr. Reece then uses his unique skill to combine this information into a plan that will produce a painstakingly accurate template of the optimum location, depth and position needed for your new implants. The template will then be used in your next visit to provide a pinpoint accurate guide for your implant installation.
The goal is to stabilize your jaw, stop bone loss, provide a rock solid foundation for your All-On-4 dentures and optimize the neuro-muscular alignment of your bite while achieving the most pleasing cosmetic result.
Dr. Reece has trained for years to enable him to bring all these different disciplines together to achieve the best possible results. His work can truly be considered artisan.
Implant Placement - Your All-On-4® Day!
Within a few days your template will be ready and you will be scheduled for your exciting big day.
By using the measurements from the previous step, Dr. Reece obtains a precise template to determine the exact location, angle and depth of your implants. Four or more implants per lower and four or more implants per upper jaw are then permanently installed by Dr. Reece.
The implants are placed in the back part of the jaw are angulated to achieve maximum strength advantage to the existing bone structure. And with a minimum of only four implants needed per arch, the procedure is much less invasive and involves less surgical time and pain than previous alternatives. Same day convenience is truly amazing
Temporary Denture Placement
Once your implants are positioned, a temporary, but fully functional and cosmetically pleasing denture will also be placed on the same visit. This temporary denture is used to allow your implants to heal properly at which point your definitive or final denture will be installed. Different patients heal at different rates, with the upper and lower jaws healing at different speeds, but you can expect the process to take a few months.
The good news is your temporary dentures can be used with complete confidence and without ever having to remove them. You truly end up with All-On-4®.
After healing for a few months, your new teeth, which have been painstakingly hand-crafted by Dr. Reece as true works of art will replace your temporary denture.
Each tooth in your new smile is given special attention and designed to look completely natural. Together, they give All-On-4® patients what they always dreamed of - non-removable, functional, natural looking teeth that make them look years younger instantly.
Dr. Reece's advanced training in cosmetic dentistry is at the heart of the creation of your new teeth. The shape, contour, color and even fine differences are designed into each tooth to achieve the exact look of natural teeth.
The spacing and projection of your All-On-4® will add the correct youthful fullness back to your profile and leave your smile indistinguishable from natural teeth. Nobody will ever know your wearing permanent dentures.
Taste, Confidence and Lifestyle Return
Since your teeth are rigidly and securely attached to your palate with the implants there is no plastic covering the roof of your mouth as in conventional dentures, which allows your once again experience the natural taste, texture and temperature of your food. This one fact alone is why so many people are choosing All-On-4® from Dr. Reece.
The gag reflex often caused by conventional removable dentures is also eliminated, along with the embarrassing situations that loose dentures can cause.
Many patients report that they have felt a renewed since of invigoration from the compliments they receive and the confidence they have gained from having fully functional teeth. Add in that they have effectively stopped their rapid bone loss with the addition of their implants and the choice is clear for those patients who want the most out of life and to stop living under the restrictions of regular dentures.