How do I know if I need the All-on-4 dental treatment?

At Pacific Northwest Periodontics, we believe in saving your natural teeth whenever feasible. However, there are situations where teeth are too damaged, decayed, or loose to be saved; we’re here to help you through that situation. We can replace individual teeth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth. If you’re looking into replacing all of your teeth through our All-on-4® dental treatment, read on to see if you meet the criteria.

As we see it, there are three main situations that warrant a full-arch replacement set.

Do you currently wear dentures?

If you currently wear dentures, you’re definitely a viable candidate for All-on-4 dental implants. You’ll benefit from the procedure just as someone who is missing teeth or has tooth decay would. If you’re tired of dentures slipping, irritating your gums, or not providing full chewing power, the All-on-4 procedure is probably a good option. The procedure will leave you with beautiful, new teeth that have 80 percent of natural biting and chewing power.

Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler are both experienced periodontists and specialists in dental implant procedures who would be happy to help you make an informed decision about whether to switch from dentures to All-on-4 dental implants.

Do you have broken-down teeth?

Maybe you’ve had gum disease, an accident, or just haven’t visited the dentist for a while and have loose, damaged, or severely decayed teeth as a result. Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler are highly skilled at saving teeth and will work hard to do so whenever possible. Sometimes, however, saving teeth isn’t the best option.

In this situation, Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler are happy to discuss your options with you and determine the best procedure to move forward with. If the majority of your teeth are severely decayed, you may want to pursue getting the full-arch set of replacement teeth. If only one tooth or a few teeth are greatly affected, you may want to pursue replacing individual teeth instead of all of them. Our doctors are qualified to help you make a good decision.

Are you currently missing lots of teeth?

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth and more than 36 million don’t have any teeth. Tooth loss is more common than you may think, and there’s no reason to be embarrassed if it affects you.

When there are no teeth to save, Pacific Northwest Periodontics is thrilled to help you replace your teeth. The procedure you decide on will largely depend on how many teeth are missing. If the majority of your teeth are gone, the All-on-4 dental implants are most likely the way to go.

Even if you have severe bone loss, we have the special technology to give you high-quality new teeth. We are currently offering a full exam, digital X-rays, a CT scan (as needed), and a consultation for only $99. The usual value of these services is $590. Come into our office today so we can help you have a confident smile.