Full arch dental implants in Los Angeles are steadily becoming popular because of their numerous benefits. At Arman Torbati DDS, we carry out both all on 4 and all on 6 dental implants in Los Angeles. These full mouth dental implants help restore your smile and confidence. What’s more, the procedure is normally not lengthy. The placement of all on 4 dental implants in Los Angeles, for instance, takes just a single day to complete. The recovery process is also pretty smooth, provided you follow our post-surgery advice and recommendations.
Now that you know the benefits of going for all on 4 or all on 6 dental implants in Los Angeles, the next step is to understand each of these procedures comprehensively. Well, this helps you know exactly what to expect, especially when you visit Arman Torbati DDS.
If you are looking for full arch dental implants in Los Angeles, then you should consider all-on-4 dental implants. This technique involves the replacement of the upper or lower set of teeth with only four implants. Although it is a simple dental implant procedure, Arman Torbati DDS uses advanced methods and materials to carry it out.
All on 4 dental implants in Los Angeles are highly preferred. And this is because implants do not require adhesives, plus you can take care of them as you do with natural teeth. Furthermore, we normally complete the surgery involving these full mouth dental implants in just one day.
When carrying out all on 6 dental implants in Los Angeles, we use six implants made of titanium to create a full set of dental prostheses. We integrate these six titanium implants into the gum while making sure they are uniformly distributed along the jaw. We can carry out these full mouth dental implants even on a low volume of jawbone. The treatment corrects bite defects and can greatly improve your smile.
It is worth noting that we carry out all on 6 dental implants in two sessions, which are often four months apart. You should also note that these full mouth dental implants are permanent and fixed. This means, like all-on-4 dental implants, the all-on-6 technique does not require the use of adhesives. What’s more, all-on-6 dental implants neither move nor deteriorate over time.
Before we get to the difference between all-on-4 dental implants and all-on-6 dental implants, you must note that both of these techniques were developed in the 1990s. The individual behind them was Paulo Malo, a Portuguese dentist and businessman.
Additionally, both of these techniques were funded by Nobel Biocare AB, a Swedish company that specializes in dental implant production. The company identified these techniques as the perfect alternative to traditional dental implant treatment.
Now, to the differences; the key one is how we implement each of these full mouth dental implants. That being said, the all-on-4 technique requires the implementation of a half denture. The all-on-6 technique, on the other hand, requires full integration into dentition. Ideally, we advise Los Angeles patients with significant tooth loss to go for all-on-6 dental implants. That is because this treatment method ensures an improved chewing distribution as well as providing a more solid and stable implant.
The process of placing all on 4 dental implants in Los Angeles is not as daunting as most patients imagine. More often than not, it involves three steps, which are:
At Arman Torbati DDS, we carry out a complete mouth examination before conducting full arch dental implants in Los Angeles. This examination includes dental X-rays as well as a possible CBCT scan. This examination provides us with information about your jawbone as well as other underlying structures.
Also, during the examination, we will look into your medical history, current medications (if any), and current health problems. This helps us determine whether you are a good candidate for the all-on-4 dental implant procedure. If you meet the requirements, then we will proceed to the next step, which is the placement procedure.
The procedure starts with full sedation. Once you are fully sedated, our dentists not only extract any of your remaining teeth but also make small incisions in your gums. They do this to shape the four lower and four upper arch sockets. Implants go to these incisions. Also, during the procedure, we place implant screws in the jawbone as well as attach a connector. Sometimes, we use a bone graft during this stage of the procedure. In the latter stages of the surgery, we suture gums before placing temporary dentures to help speed up the healing process.
Your dental implants are now in place and all you have to do is give them time to heal properly. The healing process varies from one patient to another. However, you must note that your post-surgery recovery will often include 72 hours of rest. We also advise that you use ice packs to reduce any swelling, which may occur as a result of the surgery. Moreover, we may prescribe medications to help relieve pain and prevent infections.
It takes between three and six months for new bone growth to integrate around the implants as well as for the healing process to be complete. We recommend that you consider a soft-food diet for the first few months after surgery. This prevents you from placing excessive force on the newly established implants. It also helps reduce discomfort. Once you have fully healed, our dentists will replace the temporary dentures with your permanent ones.
Placing all-on-6 dental implants takes three steps, just like in the case of the all-on-4 dental implant surgery. These steps include:
Preparing where you will place the six dental implants is the first step in setting up all-on-6 dental implants. In this stage, we also carry out bone grafting to help reinforce the anchoring of implants. Plus, we conduct surface treatment to ensure smooth and quick bone integration.
Our dentists use X-rays to observe the condition of your bone and to pick six different anchor points. We make sure these anchor points are strategically placed to provide your prosthetic arch with the best strength and stability. After that, our dentists incise the gums, drill the jawbone, and then insert the titanium implants. These implants are covered with a recovery cap so the screws can integrate into their bone and gum environment.
It is worth noting that we carry out this surgery under anesthesia, which, depending on the case, can be general or local. Furthermore, you should be able to return to your normal lifestyle the day after the first surgery.
In this stage, we come up with a 3D image of the treated jawbone that allows us to create a prosthesis with a set of temporary teeth. You should wear this set of temporary teeth for several months while your implants integrate with the bone. Besides, the temporary prosthesis ensures optimal healing of the gum. Plus, it prevents you from remaining toothless during the healing process.
The implants take two to six months to integrate perfectly. The healing process also takes the same amount of time. After this period, we get to the second session where we fix the final prosthesis. This prosthesis is custom-made according to the 3-D images created during your convalescence.
It is possible to resume your normal lifestyle the day after the first session. However, we recommend that you rest for one day, especially if it was in the case of general anesthesia. Like in other cases of oral surgery, you are likely to experience discomfort and slight pain in the jaw after all on 6 dental implants in Los Angeles. At Arman Torbati DDS, we normally prescribe anti-inflammatories and painkillers to help curb these. We also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infections.
Additionally, we recommend that you use an antibacterial mouthwash during the week following the operation. This helps facilitate the recovery process. You should also note that the operated area may swell, plus you can start to experience painful bruising. Nevertheless, you should not find this bothersome because, after a few days, these will be no more.
Most people in Los Angeles have a sweet tooth. But you will have to put this on hold and strictly follow the dietary advice of your dentist. This prevents you from disrupting the healing process, plus ensures you do not experience bleeding and swelling after a dental implant operation.
The following are what you should eat after implant placement:
At Arman Torbati DDS, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile. Led by Dr. Torbati, we are Los Angeles’ first destination for restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implant care, and advanced dental care. Dr. Torbati is a Harvard & USC graduate as well as an associate professor at USC. He is also a prosthodontist as well as a cosmetic & implant dentist. With that said, Arman Torbati DDS should be a frontier for you if you are looking for all on 6 or all on 4 dental implants in Los Angeles. Contact us today for a consultation.