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New Patient FAQ
Nicolas will then schedule you with a complimentary in-office consultation where you will meet with the doctor. What better way to get all your questions answered than by meeting with the doctor, who can answer any questions you may have as well as discuss your options, and our patient care coordinator who will be your care advocate throughout the process.
At your first appointment you will receive
- An xray that allows us to see what is happening below your gums
- An exam by our specialists (prosthodontists)
- A personalized plan of how to best suit your needs and goals
- Meet with Jessica to discuss your plans and goals
- And best of all, the answers to your questions!
Dental Implants FAQ
Dental implants are a titanium post that replaces the root of a tooth—it becomes an anchor in the bone to support a single tooth, a bridge, or a full arch of teeth. The reason dental implants work so well is that your bone fuses to their surface, making them part of your body. This is also how it maintains your bone (keeps it from resorbing away).
Titanium is a unique material for this purpose because it...
- is strong enough to withstand the forces of chewing
- is very biocompatible (meaning the body accepts it readily)
- undergoes osseointegration (fancy word for fuses with your bone)
Because every jaw is different with a unique history, we won’t know how many implants are right for you or where they will go until we evaluate your bone. Something truly wonderful we have in our Mesa office is a CT scanner. This gives us a three-dimensional view of your jawbone and comes free with your consultation. It has never been easier to quickly know how much bone you have for an All-On-4® set of teeth.
Having a three-dimensional view allows us to not only measure the volume of bone, but to take it one step further…plan out the placement. We have software that allows us to put implants right into that 3D view of your jaw. It’s like doing all the work virtually before we start any surgery. We can instantly know what implants will fit your jaw. This plan is 3D printed right in our office in the form of a surgical guide–used in surgery to accurately transfer the plan to your mouth.
The majority of patients are candidates for dental implants. Some patients have been told or led to believe that they can’t have dental implants due to:
- Bone loss
- Diabetes or other underlying medical conditions
All-On-4® Dental Implants FAQ
All-On-4® specifically replaces a full arch of teeth fixed on implants, not just a single tooth. To be clear, this concept goes by many names, some of which include: All-On-four, Teeth-in-a-Day, hybrid, hybrid bridge, fixed bridge, implant-supported bridge, or fixed denture. The All-On-4® term got its name when dentists saw great success supporting a full arch of teeth with as few as 4 dental implants, as in “your full arch of teeth all on 4 dental implants”. While 4 implants is our minimum, we place between 4-6 implants.
All-On-4® is an option for people with dentures or those losing the rest of their teeth. It replaces a full arch of teeth quicker, cheaper, and more easily than other fixed implant options. It is notably better than its alternatives, the overdenture (snap in denture) or the traditional denture.The All-On-4® solution looks and functions like natural teeth. The support from the dental implants gives you back 95% of your chewing ability. With the dental implant technology available today, there is no reason people have to suffer with a denture. All of this on just 4 dental implants!
The short answer to this question is yes.
After surgery, as long as the implants were tight upon placement, we are able to attach teeth to the implants immediately. So you go home with teeth supported by the new implants. This is possible because the load is spread across implants placed throughout the entire arch. Much like 4 legs on a chair provide adequate support, well spread out implants provide ideal support to your new teeth.
It is important for you to understand that this set of teeth given to you the day of surgery is a temporary set. Because you just had surgery, we need to wait until the bone and the gums heal. After the bone has fused to the implants (typically just a few months), we can build your final teeth. Wearing the temporary set gives you a chance to evaluate your new teeth so that we can customize the final teeth to your liking.
At Revive Dental Implant Center, our All-On-4® prosthetics start with a titanium bar. This is what attaches to the implants. This helps with stability, strength, and longevity. It allows the prosthetic to be screwed tightly into place while avoiding cement, which can loosen over time.
Then attached to the bar are a set of Zirconia teeth. We offer this model to all our patients because we know it is the most durable and gives the most natural looking smile.We are so confident with the materials we use that we stand behind our product 100%. We therefore offer a lifetime warranty on your teeth when they are built this way.
After your surgery you will be able to eat soft foods with your temporary teeth. Soft foods include things that can be easily cut with a plastic fork or mashed with your tongue on the roof of your mouthOnce the implants have integrated with the bone and you have your final teeth you can eat anything from steak to candied apples
Since we make the best product in the Valley with the best materials, we stand by our All-On-4® teeth 100%. We provide you confidence in your smile with a lifetime warranty on your teeth, when we combine the esthetics of zirconia with the strength of titanium!
We know this comes with a large cost and want you to understand why this investment is worth the cost.
- Looks and functions like natural teeth
- Porcelain looks like enamel
- Confidence to eat whatever you like (yes, even meat and apples)
- Ability to enjoy food because you can taste it
- Fully customized smile
- Receive a new smile in just one day
- Replaces all the teeth on fewer implants
- Teeth don’t move or fall out
- Helps keep the bone you have
- Maintain up to 95% of chewing ability
- Preserve your facial structure
- Can last a lifetime
There is no one size fits all answer to this question. Each patient is unique with individual needs. Things that can determine cost of treatment are:
- Do you have adequate bone in the places we need dental implants (or will we need to graft bone)?
- Do you have teeth that still need to be removed?
Yes! If you have out-of-network benefits with your dental insurance we will happily submit your treatment for any reimbursements they will cover.