Rebuild Your Smile With Full-Mouth Reconstruction in Collegeville
If you have missing teeth and extensive dental damage, our specialists can repair it with a full-mouth reconstruction. They’ll bring together LANAP, dental implants, bone grafting, and other procedures to help you get your smile back.Doctor David DiGiallorenzo on implant-supported denture options Read Transcript
Hi. I'm Dr. David DiGiallorenzo of the LANAP and Implant Center, and I wanted to talk briefly today about the All-on-4 procedure. The All-on-4 procedure is a procedure where four dental implants are placed in your arch or in your mouth to support a set of teeth. This procedure is not new. We had been doing this 25 years ago with the advent of oral implantology. The corporate sector really commoditized this approach to make it more readily available to not only practitioners, but to create a price point for patients so they could afford to have this therapeutic endeavor. I just wanted to point out some of the issues with the All-on-4 You're building a house on four supports. So if one of those supports fails, you are likely going to have your whole restoration fail as well because if you're building a house on four supports, or you think about four legs of a table, if one of them fails, you are then gonna have the whole table collapse.
The other issue with the All-on-4 long term is that traditionally, the prosthetic material that has traditionally been used on the All-on-4 are plastic denture teeth. Although extremely strong and durable, they're screwed down with four screws, which go through a variety of areas on the denture. Long term, you will need resurfacing of these teeth at least every eight to 10 years. They're prone to fracture, stain, and odor. So the materials that are used with the All-on-4 typically are not as strong and durable. At the LANAP and Implant Center, we really have focused on All-on-6 or All-on-8. That is a procedure where we're building a more solidified foundation for the long term so that if there is a problem with one of the implants, we have plenty to bear the load over time. In addition, instead of fabricating plastic teeth and screwing them down, we're actually fabricating porcelain teeth, which are customized for the patient. So we're utilizing porcelain or zirconium, which is custom-fabricated and painted to the exact specifications that we specify through photography, through colorization of your skin, your tone, your eye color.
So it's a much, much better option for many, many patients. So although we do do the All-on-4 procedure, given the opportunity, we are going to recommend an All-on-6 or an All-on-8 as it will give you a much better long-term prognosis.
With a full-mouth restoration, you’ll be able to:
- Consume all your favorite foods, even crunchy fruits and vegetables
- Smile in confidence, knowing your teeth look great
- Enjoy a healthier and younger appearance
- Benefit from improved oral health – and better overall health too
If you want to restore your smile, call 610-228-4366 to book a consultation with one of our restorative dentists. We will put together a personalized comprehensive treatment plan catered to your specific needs. You may even be a candidate for immediate total tooth replacement.
Find a Dental Restoration That’s Right For Your Smile
Dr. DiGiallorenzo and Dr. Hsu use versatile dental implants to offer a wide variety of teeth restorations. Dr. DiGiallorenzo has trained in oral implantology and other advanced oral reconstructive techniques. His expertise is one reason we’ve restored smiles for patients in all 50 states! Some of the restorations we might use in a full-mouth rehabilitation include:
- Dental Crowns – A porcelain crown attached to a dental implant can replace a single missing tooth.
- Dental Bridge – We can attach a fixed bridge to two or more implants to replace multiple missing teeth. You don’t need to remove a bridge for cleaning.
Improve Your Dentures With Dental ImplantsDoctor Henry Hsu on full mouth reconstruction Read Transcript
Traditionally, what patients think when they think about full-mouth reconstruction is complete denture. We go many steps above and beyond that. Our full-mouth reconstructions utilize the help of dental implants, and we have different levels of full-mouth reconstruction, ranging from good, better, or best, to best suit your needs. The conventional therapy for full-mouth reconstruction, which is a complete denture, does not offer much functionality, and we understand that. That's why, with the help of dental implants, we are able to restore not just the aesthetics, but also the functionality and what I like to call convenience.
With the good option of dental implants, we utilize two implants. Two implants are placed at your canine position, and these implants will act as buttons to lock your dental implants in. With the better option, we utilize four implants as opposed to two to better lock your dental implants in, and at the same time, of course, you'll be able to regain even additional functionality. With the best implants, we utilize anywhere between six to eight implants for each arch. In that situation, we can fabricate a prosthesis, in essence a dental bridge, that composed of all your teeth and that are cemented, fixed in place.
Over time, dentures become loose due to bone loss and changes in your gum tissue. This causes problems with slipping dentures, makes it difficult to chew food and speak properly, and changes your facial shape. With overdentures from Dr. David DiGiallorenzo, you can halt bone loss and secure your dentures to avoid these problems.
We can place overdentures over dental implants and your remaining teeth to give you a completely secure set of teeth. These dental implant dentures make chewing, speaking, kissing, and other activities easier and more pleasurable.
We offer two types of overdentures:
- Implant-Retained Dentures – These dentures require two implants to be placed in your jaw. We’ll fit the implants with balls that will snap into a matching part on your denture to hold it in place. For most patients, this is enough.
- Implant-Supported Dentures – Some patients who continue to experience pain when biting need implant-supported dentures. These dentures attach to a metal bar that is secured in your jaw with implants. Implant-supported dentures require four or more implants per arch. For some patients they are a better, more comfortable option for denture security.
Ready to change your life with a full-mouth reconstruction? Call the LANAP and Implant Center at 610-228-4366.