Repair Dental Damage With a Full-Mouth Reconstruction in South Williamsport
If your mouth is filled with missing and damaged teeth, you may not know where to begin to repair your smile. That’s where our expert South Williamsport, PA dentists come in. They’ll determine the procedures you need to restore both the health and beauty of your smile, then perform a full-mouth reconstruction. Your smile will be as good as new – or even better.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.
Your completely customized full-mouth reconstruction will go smoothly because of our:
- Two dentists with advanced training in prosthodontics, periodontics, and restorative procedures including dental implants
- Wide variety of dental implants services, including immediate total tooth replacement
- Cutting-edge technology like cone beam imaging and lasers to plan and perform your procedures
- Option of metal-free dental restorations and zirconia implants
- Use of stem cell technology to promote faster healing
The first step in rebuilding your smile is a consultation with one of our specialists. Call the LANAP and Implant Center at 570-505-6908 to schedule one.
With or Without Dental Implants, Get the Right Dental RestorationsDoctor 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.
Our specialists can replace anywhere from one tooth to all of your teeth with dental implants. They can also repair damaged teeth with restorations like dental crowns. With their expertise, they’ll help you determine which procedures will best revive your smile. Between them, they’ve performed countless full-mouth rehabilitations. That’s just one reason why patients from all 50 states have visited us for this treatment!
You can get these restorations with dental implants:
- Dental Crowns – When attached to a dental implant, a crown can replace one missing tooth.
- Dental Bridge – When attached to two or more implants, a bridge can replace multiple missing teeth.
- Dentures – When attached to implants, dentures are far more secure than dentures that simply sit on your gums. Eating, speaking, kissing, and other activities are easier and more enjoyable with no worries about dentures slipping out of place or even becoming dislodged. Our specialists can advise you on how many implants will be needed to secure your dentures.
A full-mouth reconstruction will truly change your life! To get one, call 570-505-6908.