Frequently Asked Questions

All-on-4 dental implants and dentures differ in their approach to replacing missing teeth. All-on-4 implants use four or more strategically placed implants per jaw to provide stability, natural function, and bone preservation, closely mimicking natural teeth. They offer a more permanent solution with improved aesthetics and comfort. In contrast, dentures are removable appliances that can be less stable and may lead to bone loss over time. While dentures are a more affordable option, All-on-4 implants provide a more long-lasting, functional, and aesthetically pleasing solution for those seeking a comprehensive tooth replacement. The choice between the two depends on factors like individual dental health, preferences, and budget. It’s also important to consider the long-term cost versus the initial cost when making a decision.

The All-on-4 dental technique involves placing four or more strategically positioned implants per jaw to support a full set of teeth, often allowing for immediate loading of temporary restorations. It’s less invasive and cost-effective, catering to cases with compromised bone quality. In contrast, traditional implant techniques entail placing a higher number of implants corresponding to the missing teeth, offering a more individualised approach, and potentially requiring healing periods and bone grafting. Both approaches offer long-term success, with the choice depending on factors such as oral health, bone structure, treatment goals, and patient preferences, necessitating expert consultation to determine the most suitable option. Both are complex treatments and should be performed by a trained dental specialist.

To determine your candidacy for the All-on-4 dental technique, you should undergo a thorough evaluation by a qualified prosthodontist. Factors considered include the number of missing teeth, bone health and quantity, overall oral health, medical history, smoking habits, desired aesthetics and function, patient commitment to oral hygiene, and budget. A comprehensive examination, which may include X-rays or scans, will be conducted to assess your individual situation and provide personalised recommendations, ensuring that the All-on-4 procedure is a suitable and successful option for your specific needs.

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Why Choose Dr. Kendall James as Your Prosthodontist in Kelowna?

Dr. Kendall James is an experienced prosthodontist who has been providing top-quality dental care to patients in Kelowna for many years. Prosthodontists are dental specialists who focus on the restoration and replacement of missing or damaged teeth. This advanced training and expertise allows them to offer a range of advanced dental treatments, including All-on-4® and All-on-6® dental implants.

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If you’re interested in learning more about All-on-4® or All-on-6® dental implants, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kendall James. During your consultation, he’ll assess your dental health and discuss your goals to determine if one of these implant solutions is the right choice for you. Contact us today to get started!