ALL-ON-4 Dental Implants with photos

4TipsforHelpingaSeniorAdultKeepTheirOralHealth

By the time a person passes the half-century mark, they've done quite a bit of living: their share of ups and downs, successes and failures, and joys and sorrows. But while aging can take its toll on their physical and cognitive health, older adults still have much to offer from their life experience. It often falls to other family members to keep them in the best health possible—including their oral health.

Helping an older adult maintain healthy teeth and gums is crucial to their overall well-being. So in recognition of Older Americans Month in May, here are 4 tips for helping an older family member keep a healthy mouth.

Support their daily hygiene. Age-related physical and cognitive impairment can make the simple tasks of brushing and flossing much more difficult. You can help by providing an older family member with tools that make it easier for them to clean their teeth, like larger handled toothbrushes or water flossers. In some cases, you may have to perform their hygiene tasks for them, but it's worth the effort to reduce their risk of dental disease.

Watch for "dry mouth." If an older person complains of their mouth being constantly dry, take it seriously. Chronic dry mouth is a sign of not enough saliva, which could make them more prone to dental disease. The likely culprits, especially for older adults, are prescription medications, so speak with their doctor about alternatives. You can also encourage them to use saliva boosters or to drink more water.

Ask for oral cancer screens. Ninety percent of oral cancer occurs in people over the age of 40, with the risk increasing with age. Be sure, then, to ask for an oral cancer screen during their dental visits, presuming it's not already being done. Screenings usually involve visual and tactile examinations of the inside of the mouth and the sides of the neck, looking for unusual lesions, swelling or discolorations. The sooner oral cancer is found, the better the chances of a successful treatment outcome.

Have dental work checked. An older person may have acquired various forms of dental work like bridges, implants or removable dentures. Because these play an important role in their oral health, you should have their dental work checked routinely. This is particularly true for dentures, which can lose their fit and comfort over time. Dental work in need of repair makes dental function more difficult and can increase their risk of disease.

Given the depth of responsibility in caring for an older adult, it's easy to let some things slip by the wayside. Their oral health shouldn't be one of them—giving it the priority it deserves will pay dividends in their health overall.

If you would like more information about oral care for an older adult, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Aging & Dental Health” and “Dry Mouth.”

ANewDentalPainManagementApproachReducestheNeedforNarcotics

Narcotics have long played an important role in easing severe pain caused by disease, trauma or treatment. Healthcare professionals, including dentists, continue to prescribe them as a matter of course.

But narcotics are also addictive and can be dangerous if abused. Although addictions often arise from using illegal drugs like heroin, they can begin with prescriptive narcotics like morphine or oxycodone that were initially used by patients for legitimate reasons.

As a result, many healthcare providers are looking for alternatives to narcotics and new protocols for pain management. This has led to an emerging approach among dentists to use non-addictive non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as their first choice for pain management, reserving narcotics for more acute situations.

Routinely used by the public to reduce mild to moderate pain, NSAIDs like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin have also been found to be effective for managing pain after many dental procedures or minor surgeries. NSAIDs also have fewer side effects than narcotics, and most can be obtained without a prescription.

Dentists have also found that alternating ibuprofen and acetaminophen can greatly increase the pain relief effect. As such, they can be used for many more after-care situations for which narcotics would have been previously prescribed. Using combined usage, dentists can further limit the use of narcotics to only the most severe pain situations.

Research from the early 2010s backs up this new approach. A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) concluded that patients receiving this combined ibuprofen/acetaminophen usage fared better than those only receiving either one individually. The method could also match the relief power of narcotics in after care for a wide range of procedures.

The NSAID approach is growing in popularity, but it hasn't yet displaced the first-line use of narcotics by dental professionals. The hesitancy to adopt the newer approach is fueled as much by patients, who worry it won't be as adequate as narcotics to manage their pain after dental work, as with dentists.

But as more patients experience effective results after dental work with NSAIDs alone, the new approach should gain even more momentum. And in the end, it promises to be a safer way to manage pain.

If you would like more information on dental pain management, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Are Opioids (Narcotics) the Best Way to Manage Dental Pain?

ZacEfronsSmileTransformationCouldHappentoYou

Actor Zac Efron has one of the top smiles in a business known for beautiful smiles. Bursting on the scene in 2006 at age 18 in High School Musical, Efron has steadily increased his range of acting roles. He recently starred as Ted Bundy on Netflix, wearing prosthetics to match the notorious serial killer's crooked teeth.

With his growing fame, Efron's attractive smile has become one of his more memorable attributes. But it wasn't always so. Before Hollywood, Efron's smile was less than perfect with small, uneven teeth and a gap between his top front teeth. Before and after pictures, though, make it quite apparent that the actor has undergone a significant smile makeover.

While fans are abuzz on the 411 regarding his dental work, Efron himself has been hush-hush about his smile transformation. We won't join the speculation: Instead, here are a few possible ways you can get a more attractive smile like Zac Efron.

Teeth whitening. A single-visit, non-invasive teeth whitening procedure can transform your dull, stained teeth into a brighter, more attractive smile. Although the effect isn't permanent, it could last a few years with a professional whitening and good oral practices. Having it done professionally also gives you more control over the level of shading you prefer—from soft natural white to dazzling Hollywood bright.

Orthodontics. Like Efron, if your teeth aren't quite in proper alignment, straightening them can make a big difference in your appearance (and your oral health as well). Braces are the tried and true method for moving teeth, but you may also be able to choose clear aligner trays, which are much less noticeable than braces. And don't worry about your age: Anyone with reasonably good dental health can undergo orthodontics.

Bonding. We may be able to correct chips and other slight tooth flaws with durable composite resins. After preparing your tooth and matching the material to your particular color, we apply it directly to your tooth in successive layers. After hardening, the unsightly defect is no more—and your smile is more attractive.

Veneers. Dental veneers are the next step up for more advanced defects. We bond these thin, custom-made layers of dental porcelain to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining and slight tooth gaps. Although we often need to permanently remove a small amount of tooth enamel, veneers are still less invasive than some other restorations. And your before and after could be just as amazing as Zac Efron's.

Improving one's smile isn't reserved for stars like Zac Efron. There are ways to correct just about any dental defect, many of which don't require an A-lister's bank account. With a little dental “magic,” you could transform your smile.

If you would like more information about how to give your smile a boost, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

All-on-4 dental implants is a method for restoring your smile following extensive tooth loss. This tooth-replacement method makes it possible to secure a fixed bridge or denture in place with just four dental implants rather than the six to eight that are normally required. In addition to requiring fewer dental implants, there are many other benefits associated with the All-on-4 method. The highly skilled dentists at our office in Plantation, FL, can restore your smile with All-on-4 dental implants.

What is All-on-4?

Many options are available today for restoring your smile following tooth loss. Common options include bridgework, dentures, and dental implants. When used together, dental implants can secure a dental bridge or denture in place so dental adhesives are not needed to hold it. Normally, six to eight dental implants are required to fix a full bridge or denture in place. However, advances in implant dentistry have made it possible to securely anchor these dental appliances with just four implants. This method is referred to as All-on-4 dental implants.

The way All-on-4 works is by placing dental implants in the jaw bone at an angle. Inserting them at an angle allows for greater contact between the dental implants and bone tissue, which creates a stronger hold. This is the reason a bridge or denture can be firmly anchored in place with just four dental implants.

Not everyone will be a candidate for All-on-4 dental implants. An essential criterion for this option is having enough bone structure in the jaw area to support the placement of the dental implants. Normally, the metal implants and bone tissue naturally fuse together over time, but this cannot occur if there is insufficient bone structure. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of tooth loss is bone loss so All-on-4 is not an option for everyone. The knowledgeable dentists at our office in Plantation, FL, can determine if All-on-4 dental implants is a possibility for you.

Advantages of All-on-4

All-on-4 dental implants offer numerous benefits. Fewer dental implants mean fewer surgical incisions must be made, which is more cost-effective. Fewer surgical incisions also mean many patients experience less discomfort during the implant procedure.

Additional benefits of All-on-4 dental implants include quick restoration of your smile with long-lasting results. Most of the lab work involved in creating custom prosthetic teeth can be done in-house, which means your replacement teeth can often be ready within 24 hours. Additionally, All-on-4 dental implants can last for years with proper care so you can enjoy your newly restored smile for a long time before additional dental work is needed.

There are many benefits to restoring your smile with All-on-4. Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced dentists to learn more about All-on-4-dental implants by calling our office in Plantation, FL, at (954) 432-7771.

By Max Arocha DMD
October 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health
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Even the most common dental issues can also cause further complications for your smile. Learn how to protect your smile from cavities!

A cavity is the most common dental problem that affects children and adults of all ages. Whether your general dentist has told you that you have a cavity or you are just trying to learn more about them, turn to your Plantation, FL Sedation Dentistry for the answers you need.Cavity

What is a cavity?

Often referred to as tooth decay, this problem causes holes to form in the enamel of your teeth. Cavities can range in sizes and can grow and become more severe if left untreated by your dentist.

What causes cavities?

A cavity forms when plaque forms on the teeth and isn’t properly removed through daily brushings. Sugar is the number-one culprit for causing cavities. Whenever you consume foods or drinks with sugar, the substance is converted into acid by the bacteria naturally growing in your mouth.

The acid is what eats away at healthy enamel. The more sugar you consume, the more acid attacks your beautiful smile undergoes. This will make you more susceptible to cavities.

What are the symptoms?

Unfortunately, not all cavities cause symptoms, so it can be difficult to know when there is a problem. That’s why it’s important to maintain those six-month visits to see your dentist, who can detect problems right away. Some signs that you may have a cavity include:

  • Dental pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A black stain on your tooth
  • A hole in your tooth
 
What complications can arise if left untreated?

If you don’t visit your dentist for cavity treatment, this can cause serious issues for your smile in the long run. Some complications that can occur as a result of ignoring or leaving your cavity untreated include:

  • Chronic or severe dental pain
  • An abscess (an infected pus-like pocket that grows around the tooth)
  • Pain or problems chewing food
  • An increased risk for a cracked or broken tooth

If you don’t seek treatment right away, the cavity could cause damage to the point that the problem might not be reversible and the tooth will need to be removed and replaced with a dental restoration like an implant or dental bridge.

Cavities don’t have to be a serious problem. By coming in for those six-month dental exams, you can protect your teeth from common, but potentially serious dental issues like decay and gum disease. If you are overdue for your next cleaning and exam, then it’s time to call your preventive dentist today.

By Max Arocha DMD
April 08, 2020
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Periodontal Gum Disease Increased Death Rate from Pneumonia Almost 3.5 times

Periodontal disease may be a co-morbidity with Coronavirus deaths from pneumoniacoronavirus in the mouth

Periodontal disease may also be a co-morbidity with Coronavirus deaths from pneumonia and patients should be made aware of this possible risk.

A seven-year study to evaluate the association between periodontal disease and pneumonia mortality in dialysis patients. Iwasaki et al, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, October 2017

Materials and Methods

This prospective cohort study included 211 patients (mean age, 64.4 years) undergoing dialysis at a single medical center. The patients underwent a baseline clinical dental examination in 2008 and were then followed up until July 2015. Periodontal gum disease was defined as the presence of clinical attachment loss of ≥4 mm in ≥30% of the probed sites. The primary endpoint, that is death from pneumonia, was determined by reviewing death certificates and was analyzed using the competing‐risks regression model.

Results

At baseline, 92 patients (43.6%) had periodontal disease. The median follow‐ up period was 84 months (interquartile range, 36–86 months). Of the 68 deaths that occurred, 21 were from pneumonia. The multivariable competing ‐ risks regression model showed that periodontal disease was significantly associated with death from pneumonia (adjusted sub hazard ratio, 3.49; 95% confidence interval, 1.14–10.64), after adjusting for other baseline health characteristics.

Conclusion

The results of this study suggest that periodontal disease increased the death rate from pneumonia almost 3.5 times and is independently associated with pneumonia mortality in dialysis patients with kidney failure. Periodontal disease may also be a co-morbidity with Coronavirus deaths from pneumonia and patients should be made aware of this possible risk.

Dental Preparedness Check List

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It has spread from China to many other countries around the world, including the United States. Dental-Prepareness-Check-List.pdf

For most dental practice, protecting dental workers will depend on emphasizing basic infection prevention measures. As appropriate, all dental staff should implement good hygiene and infection control practices, including:

  • Promote frequent and thorough hand washing, including by providing workers, customers, and worksite visitors with a place to wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.

  • Encourage dental workers to stay home if they are sick.

  • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION COMMON PRACTICE

  • Provide paients with tissues and trash receptacles.

  • Dental staff should explore whether they can establish policies and practices, such as flexible worksites (e.g., teledentistry) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), to increase the physical distance among dental staff and between dental staff and patients and others if state and local health authorities recommend the use of social distancing strategies.

  • Discourage dental staff workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.

  • Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment. When choosing cleaning chemicals, employers should consult information on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectant labels with claims against emerging viral pathogens. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use of all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, PPE).

Control guidence for Dental Settings During Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

According to the CDC there are suggested dental settings to consider as follow

  • Dental settings have unique characteristics that warrant additional infection control considerations.
  • Postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits.
  • Proactively communicate to both staff and patients the need for them to stay at home if sick.
  • Know steps to take if a patient with COVID-19 symptoms enters your facility

 

Cleaning Products That Destroy Coronavirus

Soap and Water

Just the friction from scrubbing with soap (any kind of soap) and water can break the coronavirus’s protective envelope. “Scrub like you’ve got sticky stuff on the surface and you really need to get it off,” says Richard Sachleben, an organic chemist and a member of the American Chemical Society. Discard the towel or leave it in a bowl of soapy water for a while to destroy any virus particles that may have survived.

Using antibacterial soap won’t give you added protection against the coronavirus because it kills bacteria, not viruses. You can still use it as long as you scrub.

Bleach

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a diluted bleach solution (⅓ cup bleach per 1 gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per 1 quart of water) for virus disinfection. Wear gloves while using bleach, and never mix it with ammonia—or anything, in fact—except water. (The only exception is when doing laundry with detergent.) Once mixed, don’t keep the solution for longer than a day because the bleach will lose potency and can degrade certain plastic containers.

“Always clean the surface with water and detergent first, since many materials can react with bleach and deactivate it,” Sachleben says. “Dry the surface, then apply the bleach solution and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before wiping it off.”

Bleach can corrode metal over time, so Sachleben recommends that people not get into the habit of cleaning their faucets and stainless steel products with it. Because bleach is harsh for many countertops as well, you should rinse surfaces with water after disinfecting to prevent discoloration or damage to the surface. 

If you can’t find liquid bleach, you can use bleach tablets instead. You may have seen Evolve bleach tablets, which dissolve in water, at Walmart or on Amazon. Just follow the dilution instructions on the packaging (1 tablet is equal to ½ cup liquid bleach). A label on the bottle states the product is not a disinfectant, but chemically, it’s the same as liquid bleach. A company spokesperson at Custom Bottling & Packaging, which acquired Evolve three years ago, says the company hasn’t had the time or resources to put their product through the Environmental Protection Agency’s registration process that would allow them to make disinfecting and sanitizing claims. As of this update, Evolve is not experiencing any shortages and is supplying hospitals, research centers, and correctional facilities.

Isopropyl Alcohol

Alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent of alcohol are effective against the coronavirus on hard surfaces. First, clean the surface with water and detergent. Apply the alcohol solution (do not dilute it) and let it sit on the surface for at least 30 seconds to disinfect. Alcohol is generally safe for all surfaces but can discolor some plastics, Sachleben says.

Hydrogen Peroxide

According to the Centers for disease control and prevention (CDC), household (3 percent) hydrogen peroxide is effective in deactivating rhinovirus, the virus that causes the common cold, within 6 to 8 minutes of exposure. Rhinovirus is more difficult to destroy than coronaviruses, so hydrogen peroxide should be able to break down the coronavirus in less time. Pour it undiluted into a spray bottle and spray it on the surface to be cleaned, but let it sit on the surface for at least 1 minute. 

Hydrogen peroxide is not corrosive, so it’s okay to use it on metal surfaces. But similar to bleach, it can discolor fabrics if you accidentally get it on your clothes. “It’s great for getting into hard-to-reach crevices,” Sachleben says. “You can pour it on the area, and you don’t have to wipe it off because it essentially decomposes into oxygen and water.”

ALL-ON-4 Dental Implants Procedure and Cost

The dental term All-on-4 refers to "all" teeth (know a teeth-in-a-day) being supported "on four" small titanium screws that are inserted into the jawbone, a surgical and dental prosthodontic procedure for total rehabilitation of for patients with badly broken down teeth, decayed teeth or compromised teeth due to gum disease.all-on-4 procedure and cost

It consists of the rehabilitation of either top jaw or bottom jaw or both jaws with four implants supporting a fixed prosthesis with 10 to 12 teeth and it is placed immediately, typically within 24 hours of surgery.

Instead of using one dental implant for every missing tooth, you can simply use 4 dental implants on top and 4 dental implants on the bottom as the main anchors. Then your dentist can attach teeth-in-a-day as a bridge at those implant spots

The Cost of an ALL-ON-4 Dental Implants

The cost of ALL-ON-4 dental implants varies depending on the type of teeth material used and the number of teeth to be removed. Another factor is part of the entire process your insurance plan may cover.

ALL-ON-4 dental implants can be quite expensive, so it’s important to see an experienced insurance coordinator to have the insurance to cover, at least, some of the cost of extractions.

ALL-ON-4 Dental Implants with Acrylic Teeth

As of 2019, the standard of ALL-ON-4 option involves using an acrylic denture built around a strong titanium framework. It cost in average between $22,000 and $24,000. Keep in mind, if you go to more than one dentist location for the procedure, it ends up costing about $5,000 to $8,000 more. Cost of replacing broken acrylic teeth cost about $250 - $750all-on-4 cost $22,000

ALL-ON-4 Dental Implants with Porcelain teeth

Teeth made of porcelain are more natural-looking and will last longer than acrylic. However, these types of teeth material may be an additional $4,500 per jaw. So, the whole procedure could end up costing between $27,000 and $29,000. Replacing a broken porcelain denture cost about $10,000.

What is ALL-ON-4 Dental Implants Procedure?

It is concerning to get dental implants for the first time. Most of that possible dental phobia it may be to the uncertainty, so here is the step-by-step process for getting ALL-ON-4 dental implants:

First, local, IV twilight anesthesia or general anesthesia will be administered.

Second, the dentist will prepare your gums for the implants, which involves extracting your remaining teeth that are failing and any wisdom tooth you may have. The dentist will then remove any diseased or infected tissue from your jaw and gums.

Third, the dentist will begin the implant placement process. This means they will insert the small titanium screws into your jawbone one at the time and apart from each other, two implants toward the front of your mouth and two implants towards the back of your mouth.

Then, they will clean and suture all the incisions made. And finally, you will be taken to a recovery room where you can relax and take time to wake up from the anesthesia.

The standard ALL-ON-4 dental implants procedure involves anesthesia, preparation of the gums, placing the implant, and suturing.

When transitioning from a lying down position to standing, it’s best to do so slowly to avoid getting lightheaded.

All-ON-4 Dental Implants Recovery Time

The recovery time after getting traditional dentures with implants range from 4 to 6 months, but after getting an ALL-ON-4 and Teeth-in-a-day, you should be functioning much more sooner in about several days to a few weeks.

The reason is that the titanium bar attached to the 4 implants provide significant stability of the teeth-in-a-day as a fixed bridge from the first day. This is why you as a patient can start eating from day one.

First Day Recovery

The first three hours after 4 implants placement, you would be asked to ice packs your cheek area over the surgery site for two hours. Then after the second hour, you may be asked to start taking some anti-inflammatory prescribed medication.

When you go home after dental implants surgery, make sure you don’t do anything that would raise your blood pressure. disturb the blot clot. Do not rinse or touch the surgical areas, except for gentle brushing. Smoking after implant surgery is not advised for seven days.

48 hours after implants surgery, if there still is minimal bleeding, you can gently rinse your mouth with saltwater. Twice a day mix one tablespoon of iodized salt with eight ounces of warm water and rinse gently for 20 seconds.

It is key for your recovery to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Your dentist will prescribe Peridex mouth rinse to prevent any the bacterial infection.

Ten days After Implant Surgery

At this time, you should be working or going back to your normal daily activities including working out, bending over and lifting heavy objects if regularly do so.

The most important things to remember during the first 4-6 week of recovery is eating soft foods ONLY.

Common ALL-ON-4 Complications And How To Deal With The Outcome

Common ALL-ON-4 issues you may experience in the days after dental implants surgery are:

Swelling. Swelling is a normal part of getting implant surgery, and it will reach its peak at the end of the 3 days after the surgery. Using ice or a cold pack on your cheek within the 24 hours following the procedure helps control the swelling (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off with a paper towel between the ice-cold pack and your cheek).

Bleeding. If you find that you are experiencing bleeding that would not stop, this usually means you may be biting down on the gauze packs without them covering the surgical areas. Reposition the gauze and bite down continuously for 30 minutes.

If this does not help and the bleeding still continues, then is best to call the office for specific over the phone instructions.

Pain. This is common when dealing with surgery in general. Your dentist will have given you a prescription for pain medicine. It is important to take the medication as directed on the bottle label.

Soft Diet. It is ok to be on a soft diet from day one. Just avoid any hard foods and hot foods, and chewing too much is not recommended as it may cause some unnecessary trauma to the implants. What is best practice is to consume only soft food like pureed food and liquids high in protein.

Most importantly, make sure you are getting great nutrition and vitamin C, no matter how inconvenient it may be. It’s important to your healing and timely recovery.

Nausea

You may experience nausea from any of the medicines you’ll be taking including administered anesthesia. A flat carbonated drink and lectin free diet help tone down the sickness. If nausea persists or gets severe, call your dentist.

Dry Lips. Sometimes it is expected that your lips will become dry as your mouth will be slightly stretch from pulling away from your cheeks and lips. You can use vaseline or some other hydrating ointment.

Muscles Soreness. Your lower jaw muscles may become stiff, again because of the dentist keeping your bottom jaw open in the same position for long periods of time. To counteract this, you can gently and slowing open all the way and close down your jaw every other hour.

Surgical ALL-ON-4 Complications

With any type of surgery, there is always some degree of risk involved. With an ALL-ON-4 dental implants procedure, some unlikely complications include bacterial infection, delay and poor healing, and bleeding.

It is best to keep your dentist know of any abnormal changes.

ALL-ON-4 Dental Implant Failures

Occasionally, the bone may not take the dental implant. Factors that affect how well an implant will integrate (fuse) with your bone is if you smoke, the health and quality of your bone density, your nutrition, and a few other factors.

If an implant fails to fuse with your bone, your dentist can remove the implant, let the area heal, and insert a bigger and longer new implant.

This is a rare occurrence of about 1-4 % of the time. Dental implants are friendly with the gums and bone and have a high success rate, but if the implant does not take, your dentist can always replace the implant.

The most common reason for a failed implant can is gum disease, which you can avoid by taking good care of your implants and the surrounding gums and going to regular checkups.

Reviews Of All-On-4 Dental Implants

In general, patients who get ALL-ON-4 Dental Implants are satisfied with their new set of teeth. As long as you go to experience, reliable and trusted dentist, you should have a similar experience.

ALL-ON-4 Dental implants Testimonials: “I love them so much,” one All-On-4 patient said on RealSelf.com. “They went in a dream. Didn’t take very long and only a tiny little adjustment made to the lower set. Absolutely no pain at all. I can honestly say they feel so normal, exactly like my own teeth felt (without any of the pain).”

Another ALL-ON-4 patient was happy with their new teeth-in-a-day, despite wishing they still had their natural teeth.

“I have no regrets!” she said. “Would I rather have my original teeth? Of course. But I didn’t take care of them and I feel like I got the best thing available on the market at this point in time. The teeth look natural, the gums look normal…”

Overall, All-ON-4 patients are happy with their fixed dental prosthesis.

Cheapest Way To have All-On-4 Dental Implants

The cheapest way get ALL-ON-4 procedure is to find a dentist who owns a private practice dental office that performers these types of high-end procedures. Avoid going to a chain of corporate dental offices that are owned and run by business executives who creates strict and relatively high fees that are not negotiable. Moreover, choose one location, fees are much lower when compared to a two location approach, where both doctors from two locations would charge separate fees, significantly increasing the total cost of the procedure.

Where Can I Find A Dentist Near Me Who Does All-On-4 Dental Implants?

By far the best way to find a dentist near you who will do an ALL-ON-4 dental implant do a Google search. This may take some time, but in the end, it will be worth having a nice new set of teeth that last a long time.

Find a Dentist who does all-on-4 near you

All-on-4 Procedure Summary

In summary, the All-On-4 procedure can be expensive, but dental insurance helps with the cost regardless of the type of implant you get. But despite all of this, all-on-4 patients, generally, have been successful.

By Max Arocha DMD
March 20, 2019

What is ALL-ON-4 dental implants for teeth in a day? (with photos)

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The all-on-4 dental implants refer to “all” teeth being supported “on-4” dental implants (also known as AO4). A full mouth fixed dental prosthesis for patients who have failing teeth, bad teeth, broken caps and bridges, and missing teeth. It may consist of full mouth teeth replacement having bad teeth due to severe periodontal gum disease. The 4 dental implants support a full mouth of teeth replacement of about 10 to 12 teeth. A fixed bridge with teeth is placed immediately or typically within 24 hours of dental implants placement.

Teeth-in-a-day with all-on-4 treatment is a valid, cost-effective, and more affordable alternative to conventional dental implant treatment.

With the advances in implant dentistry now available, If you have a full mouth of missing or failing teeth and broken caps and bridges,  the all-on-four treatment may be the optimal solution. It is proven and cost-effective. And it lowers the cost replacing all your teeth per arch with just 4 dental implants for a full mouth fixed dental prosthesis.

When it comes to weighing your options with teeth-in-a-day with dental implants, many people today are not seeking teeth replacements with dentures and instead, they are looking for a fixed and permanent solution.

Can you eat the night of All-on-4 implant placement?

The all-on-4 treatment is a dental implant protocol where in one day all bad teeth and broken caps and bridges are removed, 4 dental implants are placed, and a fixed temporary (or permanent) dental prosthesis is delivered for teeth-in-a-day. This surgery and full month teeth replacement take place in about 4-6 hours. The final result is a great looking smile, that is fixed to 4 dental implants at the time of surgery. It should be secure and stable. This will be worn for about 4-10 months, then the final fixed dental prosthesis (permanent bridge) is made. The final and permanent fixed prosthesis (bridge) has titanium reinforcement and is meant to last several years.

All-on-4 and missing teeth

All-on-4 for teeth-in-a-day is not your grandparent's denture. The all-on-4 is slim and with minimal pink acrylic around. It lacks the flanges or "wings" that traditional dentures have. It does not cover the roof of your mouth. Teeth-in-a day consists of a fixed and one piece bridge that is screwed into the 4 dental implants, these dental implants hold the teeth in. The all-on-four should neither rock nor move; it should be stable. You do not remove your dental prosthesis with all-on-four treatment, it is retrievable by a dentist only, but not by the patient. This gives patients security and a piece of mind.

A full mouth of missing teeth can be replaced with as few as 4 dental implants per full arch (upper teeth or lower jaw teeth) of fixed, non-removable dental prosthesis know as teeth-in-a-day. This remarkable life-changing treatment can be accomplished in a single day or with 24 hours.

Conventional dentures rest on the gums - which by their nature move. It is well known in the dental literature that with conventional dentures patients are only able to function at about 10% or less; with teeth, patients are able to function at 100%. Much of a difference with full mouth dental implants reconstruction like all-on-four, they provide a stable foundation for which we can build a fixed bridge with teeth - the fixed bridge of the all-on-four treatment concept. This arrangement of implants and prosthesis, transmit the forces the jaws generate directly to the food- translating in the ability to improve eating. Much of the force is lost at the gums with conventional dentures.

Please note, in the 90 days after 4 dental implants placement, the patient is asked to maintain on a soft diet. This is because the bone around the 4 dental implants during the first 3 months undergoes some changes healing and if overloaded, could be at risk of failure.

What is All-on-4 Teledentistry?

All-on-4 Teledentistry is a new form of remote diagnosis and treatment plan development of patients by means of telecommunications technology.

Teledentistry allows all-on-4 dentists to evaluate and diagnose patients in remote locations using telecommunications technology.

Teledentistry allows prospect all-on-4 patients in remote locations to access dental implants for teeth-in-a-day expertise quickly, efficiently and without travel.

Max Arocha DMD has pioneered the ALL-ON-4 dental implants online live video consultation for real-time with all-on-4 patients. Teledentistry face-to-face live interactive video gets you a smile analysis while going over details for teeth-in-day. Get all of your ALL-ON-4 questions answered at your convenience with a "all-on-4 teledentistry" mobile App.

Teeth-in-a-day with all-on-4 there is no need for denture adhesives

Denture creams and adhesives are a thing of the past when your denture is converted and screwed into the 4 dental implants with all-on-4 procedure concept. There is absolutely no need for the goop!

How much does all-on-four dental implant cost?

Teeth-in-a-day with all-on-4 is less costly when compare with traditional full month rehabilitation dental implant treatment for people with bad teeth, no teeth and soon to lose all his or her teeth. For all-on-4 dental implant cost, we have an all-inclusive fee that coves everything from teeth removal, bone grafting if needed, 4 to 6 dental implants, and temporary and final permanent bridge. If you are looking at multiple offices the fee will be split between the offices, meaning a surgical portion as phase I and then a restorative portion as Phase II.

Shorter treatment times with all-on-4

The ability to angle or tilt of the back implants prevents the need for time-consuming and costly bone grafting procedures known as a sinus lift. Most of the patients we treat are able to receive their dental implants and a new set of non-removable teeth on the same day or the next day. The following is an approximation of your typical All-on-4 treatment timeline. On consultation day there is a detail discussion about your smile and of potential treatment options. The planning for the doctor. Then the day of the actual all-on4 treatment, you arrive at the office in the morning. We then escort you to your private room where you are prepped for surgery. The sedative is administered then once you are ready, we administer a local anesthetic as necessary and begin the procedure. The surgery is usually brought to an end later that morning.

After dental implant surgery, we would then fit, screw in and deliver your initial set of teeth fixed dental bridge. You will then be allowed to return home, typically early in the afternoon, to start and enjoy your new smile. Your follow-up appointment varies from patient to patient. It is scheduled usually a few weeks to two months out to ensure you are healing well

The recovery time for all-on-4 dental implants varies from patient to patients due to their clinical dental condition. We prefer to perform Teeth-in-a-day and dental implants surgery with our advanced computerized 3D dental treatment software whenever possible. Our advanced surgical computerized guide protocol from Anatomage® not only delivers high precision for implant surgery including all-on-4 concept but also significantly decrease recovery time for the patient. Our dental implant 3D software is a highly effective tool that, in certain clinical cases, delivers minimal invasive surgery for a fast recovery.

Then around six months later, your temporary bridge may be replaced with your final bridge. But sometimes the final bridge is delivered within 24 hours when the surgery is performed under computerized guide protocol. This is possible with all-on-four dental implant guided surgery only. Periodic dental visits with the hygienist are suggested for proper maintenance protocols. A visit twice a year with any dentist is recommended. Keep in mind, every patient is different, so make sure you understand the treatment timeline discussed with you by our dentist and dental implants team members.

Teeth-in-a-day provides a great looking smile.

The all-on-4 treatment is a great procedure for the patient to smile about. Replacing the whole mouth of teeth with dental implants allow dentists to uniformly create a beautiful and harmonious smile. Patients can feel free to smile, eat, drink, and speak knowing there is no slippage or chance for of embarrassing moment if your teeth slip or fall.

All-on-4 dental implants benefits and before and after (phtos)

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People have regained confidence by replacing bad teeth with All-on-four dental implants. In the US All-on-four has become popular and preferable among people over the age of 45 years old because it can replace an entire mouth of teeth with just 4 dental implants in a one-day surgery. Because this treatment costs less than other options, many more people are able to restore their entire smile with affordable all-on-4 dental implants. It’s possible to replace all of your teeth in just one day known as teeth-in-a-day. Some of the Benefits include:

  • A full set of new teeth in only one day creating a new smile
  • An entire single arch smile with only 4 dental implants
  • One surgery
  • All teeth replace over a secure placement of 4 dental implants deep in the jawbone
  • No bone graft usually necessary
  • A more affordable cost than other treatment alternatives, making it easier to replace teeth with affordable all-on-four dental implants
By Max Arocha DMD
March 19, 2019

What is the cost of dental implants?

As of 2019 in the U.S., dental implants cost ranges from $1,700 to $1,900, with the national average at about $1,800. For instance, average dental implants cost in Fort Lauderdale, FL is $1,700.

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Dental implant treatment can vary depending on your needs. Of course, a dental implant dentist will be able to fully determine the cost, which is based on the specifics of your individual dental needs. These factors can include the complexity of your case and how long a dental implant treatment will take.

Dental Implants Payment Options and Financing.

Should the cost of dental implants prove prohibitive for an individual, there are options to consider that can put dental implants within reach? We have found that LendingClub online application is fast and easy. It takes just minutes, with no impact on your credit score. Financial times have changed, and credit scores are no longer the main factor for patient dental implant procedure financing. You can instantly review the loan offers that you qualify for, and you'll never need to visit a branch to complete your application.

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Our dental office is affiliated with LendingClub for dental implant treatment. LendingClub can finance over $20,000 plus for upper and lower jaw full mouth teeth replacement. All LendingClub financing payment plans feature an affordable fixed rate, which means your monthly payment does not increase. In addition, you can prepay your loan at any time and there's never a prepayment penalty or fee.

With this type of dental implants financing plan, patients can break up the total cost of the procedure into a series of monthly payments. Click on the LendingClub logo above to apply online and check your options in just minutes. Please note: (Under doctor name you must enter: " max arocha ")

Does my dental insurance cover dental implants?

Dental insurance plans may cover on average $400 - 800 towards dental implant cost just as they would with other teeth replacement treatments like dental bridgework. Either your dental insurance provider or your dental insurance carrier can help you to determine the exact dental coverage for your dental implant treatment based on your dental insurance coverage policy. If your dental insurance does not cover all of your dental implant treatment costs or if the cost of a dental implant is a concern for you, talk to your dental implant dentist provider about payment options - many dental implant dentists offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans and financing, many with no down payment and no interest. About one-half of dental implant patient use financing options to spread their dental implant treatment costs over time.

The cost the insurance companies would cover on dental implants depends on many variables including the location of the tooth and the number of teeth. Because most dental insurance plans do not cover this cosmetic procedure, we can only give estimated average insurance coverage for a dental implant which is about 600 per implant.

Can I look younger with Dental Implants?

You can look younger and feel healthier with dental implants. Dental implants are like having a new set of natural teeth. You can enjoy the comforts of healthy eating, speaking and socializing without the embarrassment of missing teeth or “slipping” denture and partials. According to the American Dental Association, a dental implant offers comfort, stability and is a dental restoration that is the closest thing to a natural tooth.

In a survey of more than 50,000 adults, only one-third of respondents were aware that missing teeth can alter facial contour. But that is only half the story. And what you do not know can hurt you. Chewing, talking, laughing and even kissing are a few instances when the role of healthy teeth is often taken for granted until one or more teeth are damaged or lost.

Over time, even a single missing tooth can lead to bone loss which, in turn, can alter your jaw structure, cause teeth to shift and can actually change the shape of your face. Once the tooth roots are no longer in place, bone recession in that area can gradually develop into a “sunken” appearance prematurely aging your face.

Tooth replacement that also replaces your tooth root is necessary to maintain proper facial contour. Dental implants are the only tooth replacements that substitute your tooth’s crown and root.

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth.

Tooth replacement is not just a cosmetic fix. Studies have shown that failing to replace lost teeth can also affect your eating habits, speech, self-esteem, quality of life and your overall health. Missing teeth that are not replaced can limit your diet to softer foods lacking proper nutrition which can lead to weight problems, digestive disorders, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Dental implants allow you to eat foods that can enhance your health.

Why compromise your health, give up your favorite foods, or look older than you are, when you may not have to.

Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Until you have experienced tooth loss or having to adjust to partials or dentures you probably take for granted the simple pleasures of eating and tasting. Did you know that you can not fully taste food without “chewing awareness”? No matter how juicy that steak is or how tasty that spaghetti sauce might be, the eating experience goes beyond the mechanics of placing food in your mouth and chewing it.

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Your gums, teeth, and palate (roof of your mouth) each play a part in how your brain processes chewing forces and food tastes. When your gum surfaces, teeth, and palate are covered by dentures or partial, chewing reception is altered dulling your sense of taste.

The good news is dental implants help maintain normal “chewing awareness”. So if enjoying mouthwatering meals is an important part of your life, here’s just one more reason to consider the advantage of dental implants.

Dental implants are second to none. No other tooth replacement compares to the look, feel and function of dental implants. The good news is most people are candidates for this exciting, time-tested and proven treatment option. In addition, in dental implants treatment no other teeth are involved but the missing teeth.

Things to Know about Implant Costs

Before starting with a dental implant procedure, there are a few factors to know and consider the cost of dental implants and payment options. It is always helpful to sit down with your dentist for a consultation to discuss all of your options.

  • Dental implants may be covered by insurance, and the average price for a dental implant ranges between $1700 to $2000 for a single tooth.
  • With proper oral hygiene, implants offer longevity; once they are placed, dental implants can last for many years.
  • It may be possible to reduce the overall cost of the dental implant procedure, as the timing of can affects out of pocket cost.  The implant procedure is typically a two-part process that consists of placing the implant; four-month later the implant is restored with a crown (cap) or bridge. By scheduling the first procedure at the end of the calendar year, and then having the implant restored the following year, this allows you to use two years’ worth of pretax flexible spending money through your employer.  And if dental insurance covers a portion of the cost, you won’t go over the yearly limit. Remember, insurance available coverage does not roll over to the next year. With dental insurance is either use it or lose it.

Payment Options

Since a portion of the dental implant procedure is typically an out-of-pocket expense, patients can pay for the treatment with:

  • Cash
  • Personal checks
  • Credit cards
  • A health care financing plan through CareCredit
  • An employer-sponsored flexible spending account

Patients that opt to pay for the treatment with a financing plan should pay attention to the interest rate and penalties associated with the payment plan. Patients should try to find a plan that offers low-interest rates, and pay each monthly installment on time to avoid additional fees.

Learn More about Dental Implant Prices and Payment Options

Several payment options are available to make having your best implant treatment possible. To learn more about how to make the best financial decision regarding your dental implants, book an appointment with the knowledgeable staff of Dr. Arocha’s practice today. Together, we can sit down to thoroughly go over your various payment options so that you can decide what option is ultimately best for you.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

  • Dental implants look and feel more like your natural teeth
  • Dental implants improved chewing ability
  • Dental implants provide better nutrition and health
  • Dental implants avoid facial bone loss
  • Dental implants boost self-confidence
  • Dental implants improve speech

Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions.

What are the dental implants?

Dental implants are substitutes for the roots and crowns of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for one or a series of replacement teeth or can be used to anchor bridges and dentures.

Who is a candidate for dental implants? 

According to the American Dental Association, candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the dental implant. A thorough evaluation by your implant dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental implant patients are of all ages and dental implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth due to dental injury, gums disease or dental cavity. A dental implant is especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. A complete oral exam, dental x-rays, dental and medical health history are necessary to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.

Do I have enough gums and bone to hold a dental implant?

It is important for a dental implant patient to have enough bone to support the dental implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency.

Why replace my missing tooth in the back if I can't see it?

For one thing, if you lose an upper tooth, you essentially lose the chewing function of that tooth and the one just below it. In addition, when you don’t replace a missing tooth, excessive force is then placed on adjacent teeth and may lead to tooth fractures and tipping. By ignoring damaged or missing teeth, you leave yourself prone to further tooth loss, teeth shifting, crowded teeth, speech problems, diet restrictions, and other dental complications.

Waht are the facts about dental implants

  • More than 4 million people have dental implants and that number is growing by over 500,000 a year
  • Dental implants have been used for over 50 years.
  • In some cases, the cost of a single tooth implant is less than the cost of a fixed three-unit dental bridge. (a fixed three-unit bridge is needed to replace a single missing tooth)
  • Unlike dental bridgework, dental implants don’t require the reduction of healthy adjacent teeth.
  • Dental implants are considered more predictable than dental bridgework and root canals treatments.
By In-network provider
August 18, 2018
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MetLife Dental Insurance overview

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Metlife can help you maximize your oral health and minimize out-of-pocket costs for routine dental check-ups, crown, caps, root canals, teeth removal and dental implants procedures and most things in between.

As of 2018, dental PPOs insurances like MetLife offers a broader selection of dentist providers than HMO managed-care plans. With a MetLife PPO, the patient pays for covered services after it receives a bill, which means that you may have to pay up front and then obtain reimbursement from your insurance carrier later.

You are free to choose any dentist you like from either the in-network or out-of-network lists, and you receive an agreed-upon level of benefits from the insurer according to the list you use. These types of policies are popular among both employer-provided and individual dental insurance plans like MetLife because they offer the customer flexibility and freedom.

You may go to any dentist, however, for maximum MetLife benefits at the lowest cost visit a participating network dentist.

What's the benefit of seeing an in-network MetLife dentist?

If your dentist is not in the network with MetLife you still recieve benefits, but you will pay higher out-of-pocket costs for the dental services.

MetLife dentist in-network Vs MetLife dentist out-network

If you choose a dentist from within the MetLife network, you receive the full benefits available under the policy. If you visit a dentist outside the network, you are still eligible for insurance coverage, but the benefits are often restricted, resulting in greater out-of-pocket costs for you.

What dental service are covered under MetLife dental?

There are certain services under your MetLife Dental plan that will have a copayment and frequency limitation. As an example, standard plans include frequency limitations for the following procedures: Exam, cleanings and x-rays. Standard plans includes copayments for the following procedures wisdom teeth extractions, root canals, white fillings, porcelain crowns, periodontal (gums) treatment, dentures and others. For more detailed information on service cover by your plan contact our office or MetLife customer service.in-network metlife dentist





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