Same Day Dental Implants, Santa Barbara

The most life-like way to replace bad or missing teeth with dental implants.

About All-On-4 Implants

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Frequently Asked Questions

About All-On-4 Implants

Results and Testimonials

Explore All-On-4 Cost

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Same Day Implants?

The “Teeth in a Day,” All-On-4 procedure allows most patients to get any remaining teeth removed, implants inserted, and a gorgeous, permanent, functional smile delivered over the course of a single day! The All-On-4 technique has the ability to not only give patients a beautiful smile, but also give them a new outlook on life. We see countless patients suffering with extensive decay, failing or old dental work, or fractured teeth. For these patients, All-On-4, “Teeth in a Day” can be the ideal answer to obtain a new smile and correct the dental problems that have bothered them for years.

 

  • Best looks/aesthetics | Looks and feels the most like natural teeth.
  • Permanent | Can’t move in and out of your mouth like a denture.
  • No long recovery times before you can use your new implants.
  • Does not cover the roof of your mouth!
  • Best chewing capability of all full arch/full mouth teeth replacement choices.
  • Requires the smallest amount of bone | Wonderful for those who have been told they don’t have enough bone to get implants.
  • Taste your food better!

How Same Day Dental Implants Work

The procedure includes removing all remaining teeth, placing 4-6 implants per arch, and attaching a low-profile bridge to those implants. The implants are often placed at special angles to avoid the patient’s sinuses. This also avoids the necessity for expensive bone grafts with lengthy healing times.

The traditional All-On-4 technique incorporates four implants and acrylic denture teeth over a titanium frame. Our doctor has modified this procedure based on experience and knowledge to offer an improved result for our patients. At Santa Barbara Dentures and Implants, we meticulously review each and every case and base our treatment on each individual patient’s anatomy. Our doctor will place between four and six implants per arch and temporary fixed bridges will be placed while your implants fuse with the jawbones and your mouth heals. Once your healing is complete, the doctor and lab technician will design your final teeth with zirconia, which is much more stable than the traditional acrylic (plastic) denture teeth offered at competing dental implant offices. Zirconia also offers a more natural, life-like end result and is more sanitary and resistant to discoloration. This means they will last longer and look better than the acrylic/titanium hybrid bridges you find at other dental implant practices.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

Most patients will be a candidate for All-On-4 dental implants. Our doctor will use a blend of angled and straight implants to avoid the sinuses and engage the strongest bone. Applying this technique typically removes the need for expensive and lengthy sinus augmentation bone grafts.

The doctor will perform a complete evaluation during your free consultation to see if All-On-4, “Teeth in a Day” is the right option for you.

Life-Changing Results

Same-day smiles from actual patients

All-On-4 Cost

Our pricing includes all extractions, as many implants as needed, fixed temporary teeth, and fixed final teeth.

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This pricing is the best in Santa Barbara while also providing the best final result. We are able to accomplish this by having an extensively trained dentist who performs the full procedure from start to finish along with an experienced in-house dental lab technician. They have performed this procedure from start to finish together many, many times.

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For your final teeth, you, your dentist, and the in-house lab technician will work together to design your perfect smile. While other practices still use acrylic denture teeth over titanium bars, our office uses zirconia for the best in appearance, durability, and resistance to staining. Upgrading to zirconia often costs significantly more at competing locations. At Santa Barbara Dentures and Implants, they’re our standard.

Single Arch

Upper or Lower
$23,500
Zirconia Final Bridge

Both Arches

Full Mouth

$45,000

Zirconia Final Bridge

Available Financing & Payment Options

Dental implants are an important investment in yourself, and having the option to divide this investment into monthly payments can help make these life-changing services more accessible and easier to fit into your budget. We work with multiple financing companies to provide payment plans to cover either all or part of your dental implant treatment.

Longer-term options for lower payments (up to 96 months)

Interest-free up to 6 months

Longer-term options for lower payments (up to 60 months)

Option to apply with a co-applicant increases chance of approval

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I eat with my new teeth the same day?

Yes! However, while your dental implants and teeth are securely in place from day one, we do request that you maintain a soft diet throughout the 4 month healing period. So what do we mean? A simple guide is you can eat anything that can be can cut with a plastic fork. We ask this because you are investing in a treatment which could last you several decades, perhaps even the rest of your life, and keeping to this soft diet during the healing period will allow for the best union your implants into your bone and help establish a great long-term outcome.

How long has the All-on-4 procedure been around?

This transformative solution was created by Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo in the 1990s. Since then, it has been safely performed on hundreds of thousands of people and has been improved upon to the method we use today.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Taking care of your new teeth is very easy, however consistency is the key. Just like how we are supposed to routinely brush and floss natural teeth, you need do the same with the new teeth and implants. Only few minutes daily is all you will need to keep your dental implants healthy. Brushing your bridges with a soft bristle tooth brush and cleaning beneath them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a very popular, well-known brand) a few times a day is all it will take.

Smoking can increase the possibility of implant problems, so we do not recommend smoking with dental implants. Diabetics should also be aware of a heightened risk for problems with dental implants. Keeping diabetes under control is paramount for the long-term success of your dental implants.

Besides that, regularly follow up with your doctor consistently throughout the year for quick evaluations of your new dental implants.

What will my new implant teeth feel like?

Your new dental implants will bring a new sensation and will take several days or sometimes several weeks to get used to.

Will there be excessive pain with the procedure?

While you can expect moderate pain, it is similar to the pain associated with dental extractions. We use a combination of medications to help control pain and keep you as comfortable as we can.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary some, you can expect mild discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their post op exam reporting very little discomfort. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you are a good candidate for it, your doctor will give you a steroid injection which will: help with pain and swelling for the first few days.

What recovery time can I expect for dental implants?

Experiences will vary from patient to patient, but, overall, the recovery time is shorter and easier with All-on-4 implants than other complete teeth replacement options. This is mostly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws by the implants. Conventional dentures and implant dentures both require recovery periods during which time they can shift and cause sore spots. Generally, pain should subside mostly within 1-2 weeks, with full healing usually after 6 months.

What is the difference between Santa Barbara Dentures and Implants vs. another dental practice offering a wide scope of dental services?

Our practice is limited to dental prosthetics and implants. Dental implants, and specifically "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and we are regularly working to ensure our patients receive the best results possible. Other practices will refer you to other providers, use outside labs, and have confusing pricing. They can take several months or even years to complete the procedure while charging you up to double our price. Our dental surgeon performs the complete procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an on-site dental lab and expert lab technician, along with transparent and affordable pricing. By offering all these services under one roof, our team is able to deliver the best service at the best price.

What is the difference between your practice and corporate dental implant practices?

Santa Barbara Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the national dental implant centers by limiting our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. We have an in-house dental lab, very competitive pricing, and same day teeth. However, we are privately owned, and every single patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. Our team focuses on the gratification of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. At corporate dental implant offices, there is no guarantee that you will be seen by the same dentist that has the great reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and the team will do everything to be certain you are overjoyed with your smile and take care of you like family.

What about snap in dentures or mini dental implants?

Mini dental implants are not related to the All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed cautiously at any office that recommends mini dental implants as a permanent solution. These have a very high complication and failure rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, can be a great option for some people. Our office also provides this service and have an entire page dedicated to snap-in dentures if you would like to learn more. These may be a more budget-friendly alternative to All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implants.

How often should I get my dental implants cleaned professionally?

You should (visit us every 6 months to have your teeth checked and cleaned. This will help ensure the longevity of your new teeth and implants.

Can dental implants fail?

Although titanium implants do have a 95+% rate of success, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things that can cause them to fail:

  • Failure to integrate into the bone
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes

If your implant fails during the first year, our dentist will replace it for free.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely normal when you first have a prosthesis placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as a foreign object and is working to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.

Can I be put under for my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about the options. This medicine will provide relaxation and often makes it so you won't even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for this procedure, because of the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

Are All-On-4 bridges always attached to the dental implants the day of the procedure?

Most cases will be attached straightaway. In certain situations, mostly depending on the quality of your bone and volume, we will not be able to attach your bridge(s) the same day and you'll need to wear a temporary healing denture while your implants fuse to your bone. Your doctor will go over this thoroughly during your evaluation.

How long will I bleed after surgery?

Substantial bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, you can expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. In addition, you'll most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. When this extra saliva mixes with a small amount of blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If you experience heavy bleeding, please call our office.

Will I know how to use my new teeth immediately?

Just as you would need practice to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will need some practice and patience to become accustomed with your prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since these are firmly anchored to your jaw, All-On-4 dental implants will be the easiest to get comfortable with of all the full-arch implant options.

Will I automatically know how to talk with my prosthetic teeth right away?

Again, this will take some time, but with some practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like “Mississippi” and “sixty-six” can help you get accustomed to your prosthetic teeth. In some cases, patients may experience a slight lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

How long after the procedure do I need to wait to use a water flosser or Waterpik?

Patients should expect to wait 6 weeks after the procedure before you begin cleaning with a water flosser.

Am I too young for the dental implants?

No, this is not just a procedure for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your long-term health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your psychological health.

What items should I have ready ahead of the procedure?

  • Ice packs
  • Wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
  • Comfortable clothes you wouldn't mind throwing out
  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my prosthetic teeth be made of?

We make the final bridge out of zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than traditional acrylic All-On-4 teeth which many dentists use. If you select a competing provider, make sure you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do get acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar with another office, you can expect to see staining surrounding your teeth and to replace them every 5-10 years. Also, be certain you understand the total price you're going to pay for the procedure, temporaries, and final prosthetics. Some practices may charge you a base fee only for you to discover owe an additional five to fifteen thousand dollars for the final product.

How much can I expect to pay for the "Teeth in a Day" procedure?

The total cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $23,500. For both arches, the total cost will be $45,000. Both prices include the removal of any remaining teeth, placing your implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and your fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Many practices will charge a surgery fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you at the end with yet another fee for your new teeth. Our pricing is entirely transparent, and we will never surprise you with any extra costs.

How can I get fixed teeth in only one day? I thought dental implants needed to heal?

What is unique about this procedure, and what allows us to attach to your implants immediately, is that all of your implants will be rigidly held in place by your new teeth (the implant bridge). Splinting them together prevents the micro-movement of the dental implants that can lead to failure early on. Essentially, your implants and bridge support one another.

The dental implants will be made of titanium, the same material used in artificial knee and hip joints, so your jaw will naturally grow around and bond with them over time.

What if another dentist has said that I'm not a great candidate or don't have enough bone for dental implants?

Many patients that have been told they aren't candidates for dental implants are actually fantastic candidates for our "Teeth in a Day" procedure. The combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense lets us complete the procedure for many patients who thought it was not an option. Our team can usually perform the procedure without needing expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or even years. Please come see us for a complimentary consultation to see if you're a candidate.

Will the extractions, implants, and fixed teeth really be completed in the same day?

Yes! This is our preferred method of performing this procedure with the best outcome. With the state-of-the-art dental implants and materials that we have available today, there is usually no reason to have to wait months or even years to complete the process like patients experienced in the past.

Is your doctor a specialist such as a peridontist, oral surgeon, or prosthodontist?

No, the doctor is a general dentist that limits their practice to dental implantology and prosthetics. This area of expertise is their passion, and they have more experience placing dental implants than most specialists and other general dentists. In limited select cases, they will collaborate with another dental specialist to ensure that our patients receive the best possible treatment for their specific situation.

How can you provide the All-On-4, "Teeth in a Day" dental implant procedure for far less than other offices in the area?

Because of the high number of these procedures we perform and limiting our practice to dental implants, we have advantages that other offices do not have. Our office has in-house lab and lab technician and a single dentist who performs the entire procedure. Because of these efficiencies, we are able to offer these procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use the best quality implants and zirconia teeth.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes. We offer a variety of payment options including third party financing. We work with our patients in any way possible to get them smiling again.

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Do you offer warranties or guarantees?

If a dental implant fails to integrate we will replace it at no cost. We warranty the final dental bridge for 5 years. To keep this warranty, patients must return to the office every 6 months for maintenance and hygiene of their bridges/implants. This warranty does not apply to patients who continue to use nicotine products or have uncontrolled diabetes or develop other uncontrolled systemic conditions that compromise their implants.

How long will this procedure take?

Typically the surgery takes about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making the teeth takes about 2 hours. If we begin in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch, patients are often finished around lunch time. If we are replacing both upper and lower teeth, we typically finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Most of this time is waiting for your teeth to be made in our lab and trying them in to ensure your smile is exactly how you want it. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth it in the end!

What if I don’t like my new teeth?

Our team does everything possible to ensure you're thrilled with your new smile. The teeth you receive the day of the procedure are only a temporary/transitional set. When our lab fabricates your final teeth, you will have full control of the design and appearance of your smile.

What about some of these out of town dentists in Florida, Las Vegas, etc. advertising same day final teeth?

While this is a good service for many patients, in the rare case of complications or teeth breaking, it is very difficult to deal with if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local dentists will not be willing to repair another practice's work. A major advantage of having a transitional set of fixed teeth on the day of your surgery is you get to test them out and see what you like/don’t like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can provide try-ins to ensure that your teeth look exactly like you want them to look. While it can be great to get your final teeth immediately, it does come with some serious downsides which cannot be ignored.

Will All-On-4 teeth rock (front to back, side to side)?

No, they are rigidly attached to your implants, which are firmly anchored in your jaw. If your new teeth begin moving for any reason, call us so we can schedule an evaluation.

Why do you call this procedure "teeth in a day" when I don’t receive my final teeth until 4-6 months after my procedure?

It is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you will receive a set of implant-supported functional prosthetic temporary teeth the same day. Since there can often major changes to your mouth during the implant integration and healing phase, it is best to begin with a transitional set of teeth. This ensures the best long-term outcome with your final teeth.

Can the temporary teeth be damaged?

Yes, your temporary teeth are made of acrylic and can chip, crack, and occasionally break. This is very common. The good thing about the acrylic temporary is that it can easily be repaired. If you have any issues with your temporary, just call our office and we’ll get it repaired right away.

Can the final teeth get damaged?

While it is possible for zirconia and nano-ceramic to be damaged, it’s extremely rare. These materials are among the most durable and strongest materials available in the dental world.

I already have an implant (or implants), can they be used for All-On-4?

Unfortunately, no. Since your current implants will not be the proper position that this procedure requires, and as bone reduction will need to be performed, we cannot use your existing implants and they will most likely need to be removed.

Can I remove my All-On-4 teeth?

No, you cannot remove the prosthetics yourself. Only the dentist is able to remove them. Prosthetic teeth are secured to your dental implants.

Can food get under my All-On-4 bridge(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth can get some amount of food under it. You can rinse with water to remove food from under your bridge(s), and cleaning every day with a water flosser will be part of your long-term hygiene routine.

How much time should I take off work for recovery after my procedure?

Of all full arch replacement options, All-On-4 tends to have the shortest time required before returning to work. Usually 4-7 days is sufficient. That being said, as there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to speaking and eating with your new teeth, the more time you can take off, the better.

All-On-4 Procedure

Timeline

The actual procedure typically takes 4-6 hours depending on whether you are getting a single arch completed (upper or lower) or both arches (full mouth). When you leave our office, your temporary bridge(s) will be securely attached to your new implants. You will wear the temporary bridge(s) for 4 months which provides time for the implants to fuse with your bone and for the jaws and gums to heal into a stable, long-term position before we fabricate your permanent bridge(s). Having this recovery time ensures the best possible fit for the permanent teeth. After this recovery time, we will begin producing the final teeth. This involves a few appointments over a 5-6 week period, during which time you’ll help our team design the smile you want for your permanent teeth.

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Mouth Impressions

The lab uses these to make your temporary implant bridge(s). Possible wax try-in – if you are missing all or most of the teeth in the arch that we will be treating, the doctor may suggest a wax try-in. This is a mock up of what your temporary implant bridge and will be used to check bite position, aesthetics, etc.

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Procedure

Remove any teeth (if applicable), place implants, place temporary implant bridge(s). The procedure typically takes anywhere from 4-7 hours.

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Post Op #1

Day after procedure | Check healing and answer any questions you may have.

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Post Op #2

3 weeks after procedure | Remove sutures, check healing, patient typically cleared to begin using water flosser/WaterPik at this appointment.

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Impressions for Final Teeth

4 months after procedure

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Try In

5-10 Days After Impressions | We will try in a mock-up of your final teeth. Multiple wax try-ins are needed in some cases. We have to make sure you are completely happy with your wax try-ins before processing them. Once they are processed, we are unable to make changes to them. If you wish to make changes to your bridge(s) after you have approved them and they have been fabricated, there will be a full-cost remake charge.

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Seat Final Teeth

After you approve your wax try-in(s), it typically takes 4-6 weeks before your bridge or bridges are ready to seat.

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