Dental Implants and All-on-4®

A new, beautiful smile in just one day!

Maintain optimal oral function and aesthetics with All-on-4 same-day teeth replacement. Using state-of-the-art technology, All-on-4 treatment replaces traditional dentures, which can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and poorly fitted. All-on-4 turns problematic chewing and speaking into relics of the past.

Using only four dental implants to attach a full dental restoration, your doctor can give you the stable, functional, and cosmetic solution you've been looking for. Best of all, your dentures can be placed on the same day as your implants, so you don't have to wait to get the restored smile you deserve.

The Benefits of All-on-4

  • Because All-on-4 allows full-arch restoration with only four implants, your treatment and recovery time are greatly reduced.
  • All-on-4 lowers the need for bone graft surgery while ensuring greater stability in the existing bone. It can even be used for patients who have been told they do not qualify for implants due to bone loss.
  • The All-on-4 solution is more comfortable than traditional dentures because All-on-4 implants are more secure and feel like natural teeth.
  • You'll never have to worry about your false teeth slipping or falling out while you eat or engage in conversation.
  • There is no need for denture adhesive!

Dental Implants

Implants have revolutionized the ability for dentists to restore function and form to patients that otherwise would have had few options available in the past.

Implant care continues to evolve, allowing patients to replace missing teeth with a permanent restoration that is close to being as functional and esthetic as the original teeth. Oral and Maxillofacial surgery specialists are the only dental specialty that has the training and ability to provide all surgical aspects necessary in the arena of implant care. They are trained not only in the careful placement of implants but also in all the surgical disciplines necessary to replace missing bone and soft tissue. All these disciplines are needed to provide high-quality and long-lasting implant restorations.

Dr. Thoman has been placing implants since 1990. He has trained with some of the leading experts in the field of implant treatment. He is proud to provide his patients with the highest quality, scientifically sound treatment available today. He is strongly committed to keeping abreast of the latest advancement in the area of implant treatment. Dr. Thoman is able to provide implant treatment in a comfortable and supportive environment. His experience is not only in the area of standard implant placement with bony and soft tissue reconstruction, but also in more recent techniques such as Nobel Guide Tooth in an Hour, All-on-4 technique, and Zygomatic fixtures. These newer techniques allow more patients to have permanent teeth replacement with less invasive surgery.

Taking That Extra Step For Our Patients

Providing the highest scientifically sound care for his patients is Dr. Thoman’s first priority. One way of providing this care is by using the Ostell Unit to assess implant stability. Dr. Thoman was the first surgeon in Colorado Springs to use the Ostell® measuring device to assess the initial stability of the implants. Nearly all of the scientific literature available that assesses the long-term success of earlier loaded implants uses the Ostell unit, which measures the resonance frequency of an implant.

The resonance of the implant has a direct correlation to whether an implant is stable enough to proceed with earlier function. Other ways of assessing implant stability are less predictable due to the absence of good scientific studies. Since Dr. Thoman has obtained a greater than 98% success rate with his implants over the past 17 years, it is important for him to provide predictable results for his patients.

Full Mouth Reconstruction with Implant Supported Prosthesis

Over the years, dental implants and techniques have evolved to allow the Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon to offer patients high-quality predictable options in rebuilding terminal dentitions with prostheses that provide nice esthetics and function while minimizing the number of implants needed, and the amount of surgery required. In the past, when patients had terminal dentitions or had no teeth at all, it required prolonged treatment along with extensive bone grafting to rebuild missing bone to allow implant placement to support missing teeth.

Today with the assistance of advanced imaging such as CBCT along with refined techniques, we can now provide patients the opportunity to go from a terminal dentition or no teeth at all to non-removable, permanent teeth in a matter of a few days, while minimizing the need for extensive bone grafting. This treatment is complex and requires close collaboration between the surgeon and your restorative dentist or prosthodontist. Some individuals advertise one-stop treatment where one individual provides both surgical and restorative care. Scientific research has shown that the highest success rate is provided by the care being provided through a collaborative model where a trained and certified surgeon provides the surgical care in cooperation with the expertise of a restorative dentist.

We are now able to use angled implants to properly position implants to support permanent fixed prostheses. Many have heard the term All-on-4. This is a term introduced to describe the technique of utilizing angled implants positioned to avoid structures of the jaws such as nerves and sinuses. This allows proper positioning of implants to support permanent bridges while minimizing extensive bone grafting. There are many variations of the technique such as All-0n-6 or Tefoil technique. Zygomatic implants also fit into this category.

These are simple techniques that have been developed to utilize the patient's existing anatomy to place implants to support permanent bridges. This also allows us as dental professionals to esthetically replace bone a soft tissue that has been lost over the years due to dental disease. This helps to reestablish proper facial symmetry and a more youthful appearance of the face and smile. Long-term studies of greater than 15 years have shown a greater than 95% success rate utilizing angles implants. We at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialists would be happy to assist you if you are struggling with the ability to eat due to a poorly fitting denture or very poor teeth.

 

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