dental implants

Considering dentures to replace missing teeth?

Consider All-on-4® full-mouth dental implants! This specialized technique uses four, strategically placed dental implants that allow a full-arch denture to be securely and permanently placed over them. That’s right, dental implants are the permanent way to fix failing teeth, missing teeth or those of us with chronic dental conditions. 

What this means for you is a minimally invasive, shorter surgery, and a beautiful, natural looking smile.

The unique placement of the implants makes this treatment possible even for those with thin and weakened jaw bones.

The All-on-4® Dental Implant Solution is the gold standard of dental implant procedures; it’s a specialized dental implant solution for missing or failing teeth. In a matter of hours, Dr. Okafor will give you a brand new smile. 

You’ll be able to speak clearly and taste your favorite foods! They won’t slip or lift when you’re speaking, and they won’t get misplaced. No other tooth replacement option looks, feels, or functions more like natural teeth than All-on-4®.

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what is All-on-4®?

All-on-4® is the complete, full-mouth solution for missing teeth

All-on-4® full-arch dental implants are unequivocally today’s preferred way to replace teeth. This full-mouth tooth replacement is a specialized dental implant procedure where with as few as four implants, Premier Smiles Dr. Ikenna Okafor, can replace an entire arch of teeth, eliminating the need for a mouth full of dental implants. 

An All-on-4® dental implant procedure is less invasive so the surgery itself is shorter than implant procedures of the past.

In just one day you can change your life. That’s right, All-on-4® is done in one day – you walk in with your old smile and leave the same day with a perfect new smile.

How does all-on-4® work?

This revolutionary procedure is designed to do with just four dental implants what used to take 6, 7, 8 or more. The key is placement of the implants at strategic angles.

In the past when one implant was used to replace one tooth, they went into the jawbone straight. By angling the implants, more available bone can be utilized for a stronger, more sturdy foundation for your new teeth. 

Using computer-guided surgery, Dr. Okafor determines the four best locations for implants and inserts them into the bone. An implant is a small titanium screw that fits inside your jawbone and acts like a root of a tooth.

A temporary denture is usually inserted so you can smile while the natural bone heals and grows around your implants, just like it would around a natural tooth.

This process usually takes a few months, and then you will be fitted for a full-arch denture that is permanently secured to the implants.

upper lower all on 4 illustration

What Are the Benefits of Full-Mouth Dental Implants?

All-on-4® is a cost-efficient, minimally invasive method to restore the function of your mouth and give you back the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile. The best part? You will leave the office with a temporarily fixed, full-arch denture the day of treatment!

Because the procedure uses computer-guided technology, Dr. Okafor can see where the highest levels of bone are without the need for bone grafting, which adds expense and recovery time to the implant procedure. By skipping this invasive treatment, you will heal faster and with less complication.

Not only does the All-on-4® technique restore the beauty of your smile it helps prevent further bone loss. The implants act as a scaffold that supports the existing bone giving it something to hold on to.

Caring for your full-mouth dental implants is easy. Once your new denture is inserted, you will be able to eat and drink your favorite foods and speak as clearly as you would with natural teeth. Maintaining your smile is as simple as brushing twice a day and keeping a regular professional maintenance schedule with your favorite dental team.

This is crucial because at each visit, they will inspect all the pieces of your All-on-4® implant system and regularly evaluate your bone levels to make sure you smile is in tip-top shape.

Get back to enjoying life with All-on-4®!

How Long Does It Take To Heal After a full-arch procedure?

Regardless of whether you are having a single implant placed or having All-on-4®, the healing time is still the same, about 4 to 6 months.

In that 4 to 6 months, osseointegration is taking place. Osseointegration is when your bone and the implant fuse together, essentially making the implant a part of your body. This can be accomplished because the implant is made from biocompatible titanium – meaning it works with your body.

Think of this healing time as a “test drive” for your new teeth. The day of your All-on- 4® procedure, you will walk in with your old or missing teeth and leave the very same day with a perfect, brand new smile. This set of teeth are your “healing teeth”. They are nearly indistinguishable from what your “finals” will look like.

During the 4 to 6 month healing period, you will have ample time to decide if you like the color of your teeth, the shape, the fit, bite, etc. We can make all the adjustments that may be needed so that your permanent teeth are exactly what you want them to be.

Know your dental implant terminology - FAQs

There is a LOT of information on dental implants online. If you’re not “in the business”, the terms and jargon can easily become confusing. Part of our commitment to our patients includes educating our patients so that together we can make correct and informed decisions regarding your dental health care.

Below are frequently asked questions and definitions surrounding full-mouth tooth replacement.

names for dental implants

There are several different names for the “teeth and gums” of dental implants.

  • Hybrid
  • Dental prosthetic
  • Restoration
  • Snap-on
  • Full-mouth dental implants
  • Denture
  • Overdenture
  • Implant-supported denture
  • Full-arch dental implants
  • Implants
  • Full-mouth dental implants
  • Full-arch dental implants
  • Implant-retained denture
  • Teeth

names for the dental implant procedure

names for dental implant brands

  • Neodent/NeoArch
  • Nobel

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dentures vs. full-arch dental implants

We all know what dentures are. They’ve been the traditional method for replacing teeth for years and they’ve done a pretty good job. Something was bound to come around that would be even better and it has – All-on-4® full-arch dental implants – no other tooth replacement option looks, functions or feels more like real teeth. 

An upper denture


  • Dentures are bulky.
    • Traditional dentures cover the roof of your mouth, where many of our taste buds are, interfering with your ability to fully taste foods.

  • They tend to slip out of place.
    • Dentures are only held in place by your mouth’s natural suction, so often messy adhesives are necessary to keep them in place.

  • Partially restore chewing ability.

  • Dentures sit on top of your gums.
    • This can lead to rubbing and irritation. Worse, it can increase the speed at which your jawbone erodes.

  • Dentures do nothing to promote healthy bone growth.
    • Only a tooth root or something inserted into the jawbone can keep your jawbone ample and healthy.
full arch upper lower dental implant hybrid

Dental Implants

  • Full-arch hybrids are small and lightweight.
    • Dentures cover the roof of your mouth, a dental implant hybrid is just the “teeth” and “gums”.
  • Dental implants are permanent.
    • Implants stay in your mouth for life. They essentially become new teeth and you clean them exactly the same way. No hassle with taking them in and out.
  • 95% chewing ability restored. 
    • Enjoy all your favorite foods again!
  • Dental implants are implanted into your jawbone.
    • Implants become a part of your body and fit in. your mouth as comfortably as natural teeth.
  • Dentures do nothing to promote healthy bone growth.
    • The implant replaces your tooth root so that your body continues sending signals to keep growing bone there. This keeps your facial structure in tack and more youthful looking.

What is teeth in a day?

Man smiling

same day dental implants

Walk into Premier Smiles with your old or missing teeth and leave the very same day with a brand new smile! This is what we call, Teeth in a Day.

The life-changing All-on-4® procedure allows for what is called immediate loading. This means that after the implants are placed, your hybrid can immediately be attached so you’ll never be without teeth.

The teeth you receive the day of your surgery are your “temporaries” or “healing teeth” and they are nearly indistinguishable from your “finals”, which are your permanent teeth. 

The purpose of healing teeth are threefold:

  1. Healing teeth ensure that you aren’t without teeth during the 4 to 6 month healing period.

  2. Do you like the color and shape of your teeth? Is the bite correct, do they fit perfectly? You have ample time to see what works, or to make any changes so that your finals are exactly what you want. Consider your temporaries a “test drive” for your final teeth.

  3. Last, your healing teeth protect your implants. During the healing period a soft food diet is necessary to maintain to put as little stress on your fresh, new implants. A temporary hybrid is designed to break if you try eating foods that are too chewy, crunchy, or hard. This is intentional to prevent damage to your healing implants.  Your final hybrid is strong and won’t break even when you’re eating your favorite crunchy foods.  

Am I a candidate for all-on-4®

The foundation for your new teeth depends on the bone into which they’re implanted in to. Without enough healthy bone, there is nothing for the implant to fuse with. Certain conditions can cause a person’s bone to wear away: smoking, diabetes, or time without teeth are a few. 

Even if you’ve been told you don’t have the necessary bone for dental implants – don’t worry! All-on-4® gives patients with less bone a second chance to still be candidates for dental implants. All-on-4® implants use specific angles in order to utilize more available bone. 

And unlike any other tooth replacement option, dental implants can improve your bone health. Implants replace missing tooth roots which are needed to send signals to your body to keep growing bone in your jaw. Dental implants can help retain your facial structure, even retaining a more youthful appearance.

Come in to Premier Smiles in Corpus Christi for a FREE ALL-ON-4® CONSULTATION and find if you are a dental implant candidate.

Comparison of healthy vs weak jaw bone

Side by side comparison of a healthy jaw bone vs an eroded jaw bone.

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