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If you’re missing all of your permanent teeth, full arch dental rehabilitation can restore your smile to its near-original condition. At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants, with two locations in the Bayside area of Queens and Manhattan's Upper East Side, expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons Scott Goldstein, MS, DDS, and Peter Rosa, DDS, MD, FACS, regularly perform full arch dental rehabilitation to restore their patients’ chewing and biting abilities. To schedule an appointment, call the New York City office nearest you or book online today.
Full arch dental rehabilitation is a common dental restoration also known as All-on-4® dental implants.
Traditional dental implants feature a series of small metal posts that support dental crowns or a bridge. During traditional implant surgery, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon places one post for each missing tooth.
All-on-4 implants are different, and they use only eight implants in total. Your dentist places four implants in your upper arch and four implants in your lower arch. These posts support a full row of prosthetic teeth that fit snugly in place.
Ultimately, this restores your smile and makes day-to-day tasks like chewing, speaking, and biting much easier.
Only a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, like those at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants, can determine if you’re a good candidate for All-on-4 implants.
During your initial consultation, your provider conducts a thorough oral exam and reviews your medical history. They also use 3D-imaging techniques to evaluate the health, bone quality, and volume of your jaw.
If your jawbone is too thin or weak to support All-on-4 implants, your surgeon might recommend an additional procedure like a sinus lift or bone graft before moving forward with implant surgery.
The team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants performs All-on-4 implant surgery onsite as an outpatient procedure.
A week or two before your operation, your surgeon uses computer guided imagery to develop a custom treatment plan. Your surgeon sends this treatment plan to a laboratory that manufactures your new teeth in advance.
Before surgery, your surgeon administers a local anesthetic to numb your gums. Once the anesthesia sets in, your surgeon implants eight metal posts in total, four on your top arch and four on your bottom arch, via small incisions in your gums.
After placing the posts, your surgeon carefully attaches your new set of teeth with a discreet metal framework.
Caring for your All-on-4 implants is simple and hassle-free. To ensure they stay in great shape, brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist for regular checkups and appointments.
You should also avoid bad habits like biting your nails and chewing on ice cubes. This will prevent chipping or cracking.
To schedule your full arch dental rehabilitation appointment at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants, call the New York City-based office nearest you or book online today.