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What Is A Regenerative Procedure – Part 2

Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Pacific Northwest Periodontics. If you recall from last time, we talked a little bit about regenerative procedures and how gum grafting will help you restore lost gum tissue after experiencing gum recession or gingivitis. This time, we’re going to talk about another regenerative procedure called bone grafting. Keep reading to learn more.

What is it?

Bone grafting is a medical procedure that is used to restore lost bone in the jaw. Usually this bone is lost because of a missing tooth. Since the jawbone requires stimulation from the teeth in order to facilitate growth, when there’s nothing there, the bone is lost. This process is called resorption. Bone loss can also be caused by poor oral hygiene or if you have periodontal disease.

Why restore lost bone?

The main reason to restore lost bone is to prevent other teeth from falling out. Whether you lost your tooth due to an injury, poor oral hygiene, or any other reason, the process of bone loss will begin immediately and may affect teeth surrounding it. Bone grafting will allow that bone to regenerate and give you the opportunity to receive dental implants or another tooth replacement procedure.

Socket graft

Also known as a ridge preservation graft, this type of bone regeneration procedure replaces the space left by your tooth so that the bone does not undergo resorption. Usually, xenograft is used to fill the space. This is a bovine bone and is put through a rigorous cleaning process that won’t cause infection or other complications.

Block bone graft

The block bone graft acts as a replacement to the socket graft. If the bovine bone was not able to adequately restore the lost bone, your dental specialist will need to resort to using part of your own bone to perform the restoration. This is only usually necessary in severe cases where too much bone is lost and they’re failing to develop.

Subantral graft

Subantral grafts are used to restore the length of the upper jaw in order to support dental implants.

Dental implants

The ultimate goal of receiving a bone graft is to replace the missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants are a permanent solution for your missing teeth and can be placed depending on your situation. If you need a single tooth replaced, you’ll need a single implant. However, if you need multiple teeth replaced, you may need two or more implants to support the teeth. If the bone is healthy enough for implants without a grafting procedure, you may be a candidate for same-day implants.

Contact Pacific Northwest Periodontics

If you have a missing tooth, don’t wait to contact a periodontist. The sooner you have a missing tooth replaced with a dental implant, the sooner you can go back to living your life, knowing that you’re at your optimal oral health. Dental implants also restore the functionality and aesthetics of your real natural teeth. Contact us today to learn more.

What Is A Regenerative Procedure?

Depending on what field of medical practice you’re talking about, the term “regenerative procedure” could mean a whole variety of things. However, in the world of periodontics and general dental health practice, “regenerative procedure” refers to one of two things: gum grafting or bone grafting. These procedures are important for people who either want dental implants, but lack healthy dental structures to support the implants or people who are recovering from a periodontal disease like gingivitis or periodontitis. In this blog, we’re going to talk a little bit about each type of regenerative procedure, how they’re performed, and what purpose they serve.

Gum Grafting

If you’ve noticed that your teeth are feeling sensitive and they appear longer, your gums may be receding. What this means is, due to poor oral hygiene, the gum tissue is being lost and exposing part of your tooth’s root. Although some degree of gum recession is common, severe recession can lead to serious dental issues, and make it easier for you to develop other conditions like periodontitis or gingivitis. Gum grafting is a procedure that is most often used to restore this lost gum tissue.

Causes of gum recession

There are a number of causes of gum recession including genetics, changes in hormones, and diabetes. However, the main culprit of gum recession is poor oral hygiene. Other factors that will increase the rate at which gum recession occurs are smoking, vigorous brushing or misaligned teeth.

Types of gum grafting

There are several types of gum grafts used in modern dental practice and which one is used for you will depend on what’s appropriate for your current medical condition.

 

Pedicle grafts involve the removal of tissue in the surrounding area to be used in repairing the gum.

Connective-tissue grafts take tissue from the top of your mouth. This is one of the most common types of gum graft used.

Free gingival grafts are taken directly from the palate.

 

In addition to restoring your gums after experiencing gum recession, gum grafts will also help to restore lost or infected gum tissue if you have gingivitis or periodontal disease. Regenerative procedures should always be seen as a last resort rather than an all-in-one solution. The best way to prevent gum recession, gum disease, and periodontal disease is to practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly to have a professional cleaning done. Your dentist will be able to eliminate tartar which can’t be cleaned with a normal toothbrush.

Contact Pacific Northwest Periodontics

Pacific Northwest is your is your premier choice for periodontics in Seattle and the surrounding area. Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler are specialists in dental implant surgery and treating the bone and gum tissues around your teeth. Backed by a team of experienced specialists, they are able to deliver state-of-the-art dental implant treatment and can provide extractions, dental implants and immediate, functional replacement teeth in the same visit for eligible candidates. If you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

What Is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a disease that affects the gums and other supporting structures in your mouth. It is a very common disease in humans and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Although it’s normal to have bacteria in the mouth, periodontitis results when there is too much and specific conditions are met where they are continuously increasing in number. In this blog, we’re going to talk about periodontitis, what causes it, and how you can prevent it.

Causes

Healthy mouths contain around 700 different types of bacteria. Most of this bacteria is harmless and is even healthy for your mouth. However, if you don’t brush and floss regularly, bacteria is left to accumulate on and in between teeth resulting in plaque buildup. When plaque is left too long without breaking up, it becomes a hard deposit called tartar. This tartar increases the accumulation of bacteria and it starts traveling down to the root of the tooth. As the inflammation reaches the root, it creates a gap between the root and the gum. This is when serious periodontal issues start to occur.

There are several things that determine the rate at which periodontitis takes effect. The strength of the person’s immune system is and the number and type of bacteria that are present in the gums are major factors. Additionally, people who smoke or have diabetes will be more likely to develop periodontitis due to an inability to fight off the infection. It’s important to note that periodontitis can only be caused by the bacteria buildup in dental plaque. Although genetics, diabetes, and smoking can increase the rate at which the infection occurs, it still requires the plaque to travel from the crown to the gum.

Prevention

It’s never too soon to start thinking about periodontitis and how to prevent it. Although periodontitis is more common in adults and seniors, it can happen to anyone if the conditions are right. Brushing and flossing regularly and thoroughly are the most important ways to prevent periodontitis. The longer bacteria is left on the teeth, the more likely it is to become plaque and pose serious problems for your oral health. When you brush, make sure to cover every tooth, front and back, and to floss everyday as well. Many people don’t understand the importance of flossing, but in reality, it’s one of the most important things you can do for your teeth. About 40 percent of the plaque that builds up is in between your teeth in hard to reach areas. Not only does it break up harmful plaque, but it’s great for your gums. You can also try using antibacterial mouthwash, but should never be used as a substitute for brushing.

Smoking

There are several major disadvantages a smoker has when trying to prevent periodontitis. Periodontal treatments like bone and gum grafting are less successful or often, fail more frequently than in people who don’t smoke. In smokers, the effects of periodontitis will progress more quickly and it’s less likely to be resolved through treatment.

Other risk factors

There are several other risk factors including stress, diabetes, and other systemic diseases. Diabetes will causes blood vessels to thicken, meaning less nutrients will be flowing through the body and removing harmful wastes that lead to infection. If you have diabetes, it’s important that you notify your periodontist and dentist in order for them to help you prevent gum disease and periodontitis.

Contact Pacific Northwest Periodontics

Pacific Northwest are your premier periodontal specialists in Seattle and the surrounding area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with us. Read our next blog in this blog series to learn more about treatment options for periodontitis.

7 Oral Hygiene Tips – Part 2

Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Pacific Northwest Periodontics. This is part two of our blog series about oral hygiene tips. Oral hygiene is not only crucial for preventing cavities and bad breath, it’s also essential for preventing gum disease, periodontal disease, and more generally, maintaining the supporting structures of your teeth. Keep reading to learn about some tips for oral hygiene to help you with this.

Use mouthwash

Mouthwash should by no means be an alternative to brushing and flossing. Simply swishing with mouthwash won’t break down plaque like brushing or get in between your teeth like flossing. However, if you’re looking for a little bit more to boost your oral health, swishing with mouthwash once a day can be helpful to eliminate a lot of bacteria.

Avoid snacking before bed

It may be tempting to get in one last cookie or piece of chocolate before bed, but this could be one of the most damaging things you do to your teeth. Not only is it unhealthy for our whole bodies to eat right before bed, but anything that gets stuck to your teeth will be there when you wake up. It’s okay snacking during the day because you can brush your teeth afterward. However, if you eat before bed, you’ll have to wait until morning to brush your teeth. Additionally, when you’re sleeping, you’re less likely to move your mouth around, meaning bacteria will rest on the same place on your teeth throughout the night.

Clean your tongue

Believe it or not, your tongue is a breeding ground for bacteria. When you eat, bacteria is just as likely to get stuck on your tongue as it is your teeth or gums. You can either brush your tongue or use a special tongue scraper. Try to do this once a day before you go to bed.

Visit a dentist regularly

It may seem insignificant scheduling bi-yearly dentist visits. However, getting your teeth professionally cleaned one or twice a year will go a long ways towards protecting your teeth and allowing you to catch any cavities before they happen. Of course, if you’re prudent, you should be fine caring for your own teeth. However, visiting the dentist regularly is a great way to check up on how you’re doing, and you’ll be a lot less likely to let your good oral hygiene habits slide if you do so.

Contact Pacific Northwest Periodontists

Are you looking for an experienced and renowned periodontist in Seattle or the surrounding area? Led by Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler, Pacific Northwest is dedicated to providing high-quality periodontal services for each patient. We use the most advanced dental technology for precise, minimally invasive and comfortable treatment. For diagnostics, we use a state-of-the-art 3D CT scanner which provides 3D images of your jaw and teeth in 360º view. If you’d like more information or you’re ready to schedule an appointment, call us today.

7 Oral Hygiene Tips

Oral hygiene is not only important for preventing bad breath and cavities, it’s an essential part of maintaining your periodontal health as well. What’s periodontal you may ask? “Peri” means around and “dontal” means teeth. Periodontal health refers to the health of the supporting structures around your teeth such as the periodontal ligament, gum tissue, and jawbone. Even though you don’t physically clean all of this when you brush or floss, they are still affected by your oral hygiene habits due to the transfer of bacteria from the crown of your teeth down to the roots. In this blog, we’re going to talk about ten oral hygiene habits you should follow in order to preserve your periodontal health as well as prevent cavities and bad breath.

Floss every day

Many people don’t understand the importance of flossing everyday. Some people see it as less important than brushing which shouldn’t be the case at all. It’s estimated that around 40 percent of the bacteria that leads to periodontitis and other oral health conditions are in areas unreachable by your toothbrush or mouthwash. Floss breaks up plaque in between and underneath the teeth, that would otherwise be left to accumulate bacteria. However, just like brushing, it should be done correctly to have the best effect.

You should start by using a piece of floss that is about 15 inches long. Don’t reuse the same part of floss because the bacteria will only make it back onto your teeth. If you’re using a floss pick, make sure you rinse and wipe the floss in between each tooth. It’s especially important to floss in between teeth that are really close together or crooked because they won’t be touched by your toothbrush bristles at all.

Replace your toothbrush

Most people try to get the most they can out of everything and it’s no different when it comes to toothbrushes. However, you should make sure you’re always brushing with a toothbrush that has firm bristles. The reason for this is that, in order to break up plaque and remove bacteria, you need a brush that is strong enough to do that. This doesn’t mean you should be brushing vigorously, however. Brushing too hard can wear down the enamel on your teeth and lead to pain and greater likelihood of cavities or infection. Use a fresh toothbrush and brush gently.

Choose the right toothpaste

Not all toothpastes are ideal for preventing cavities and protecting your periodontal health. If you want your toothpaste to be putting in as much work as you are for healthy teeth, make sure to look for an ADA seal on your product of choice. The ADA (American Dental Association) has strict rules on what toothpastes are acceptable for optimal dental hygiene. This includes a good dose of fluoride and a certain amount of other ingredients that will promote healthy teeth.

Contact Pacific Northwest Periodontics

Whether you’ve developed periodontal disease or want to learn more ways to protect the supporting structures of your teeth, contact your periodontal specialists at Pacific Northwest.

Most Common Causes Of Tooth Loss

Oral health is a big concern to many people, and rightfully so. Maintaining your oral health will not only help you prevent cavities, brighten your teeth and eliminate bad breath, it can also prevent tooth loss. Although your parents probably told you to stop eating sweets or your teeth would fall out, in reality, there are a number of things that can lead to tooth loss and some are more common than others. In this blog, we’re going to talk about some of the most common causes of tooth loss and what you can do to prevent it.

Poor oral hygiene

There’s a reason everyone tells you to brush and floss all the time — it prevents tooth loss! What most people don’t understand is that it doesn’t take that much time or effort to maintain a proper oral health routine. When you brush, just make sure to cover all of your teeth and avoid scrubbing your gums too hard because this can lead to other problems. Scrubbing too hard on your teeth can also cause damage to your enamel.

 

Contrary to popular belief, flossing shouldn’t be considered second to brushing, both brushing flossing are crucial for your oral health.

Gum disease

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a major cause of tooth loss around the world. Although poor oral hygiene can increase your risk of gum disease, there are many other causes such as tobacco, poor diet, stress, and genetics may play a role. Speak with a dentist or periodontist to see what you can do to protect your gums and prevent gum disease.

Trauma

Physical trauma to your mouth or jaw can lead to tooth loss. The problem with trauma to the mouth is that it’s not always immediately evident how severe the issue is. You may experience bruising or bleeding but just shake it off, thinking it’s not a big deal. A good rule of thumb is to treat all injuries to the mouth as serious until speaking with a dental specialist. If there is injury underneath the gums where it’s not visible to you, it could lead to gum disease and later to tooth loss. A periodontist may suggest having the tooth extracted and replacing it with a dental implant.

Cavities

Eating too many sweets isn’t the only cause of tooth loss, but it’s certainly one of them. Cavities aren’t a huge issue as long as they’re treated quickly. And since cavities are a form of tooth decay, they can eventually lead to tooth loss. Make sure you’re visiting the dentist regularly in order to stop cavities before they become a huge problem.

 

Poor nutrition

You need to maintain a well-balanced diet in order to prevent tooth loss. Nutrients that boost your immune system are great for fighting infections that could start in your gums. If you have any specific concerns about how your diet affects your oral health, speak with a dentist.

Smoking

Believe it or not, smoking poses a serious risk to your oral health, not to mention every other part of your body. Studies have shown that people who smoke are significantly more likely to lose teeth at some point in their life. No amount of brushing will save your teeth from the threat that smoking causes to them. Please quit smoking!

Missing teeth

Yes, missing teeth can cause you to lose more teeth! Bone growth in your jaw is stimulated through the act of chewing and pressure put on the area by a tooth. So, if there’s no tooth there to stimulate bone growth, you’ll start losing bone! This not only means that it will be harder to get an implant the longer you wait, but the bone loss could be significant enough that you lose the surrounding teeth.

Contact Pacific Northwest

Are you missing a tooth or multiple teeth and aren’t sure what steps you should take to fix the issue? Your first step should be to call your local Seattle periodontists at Pacific Northwest. We are able to replace individual teeth, multiple teeth, or a full bridge all-on-four dental implant. It’s important that you get your teeth replaced as soon as possible after they’re lost so it doesn’t lead to further bone loss.

How To Care For Your Dental Implants

If you’re thinking of visiting a periodontist to learn about dental implants, one of your biggest concerns may be cleaning your dental implants. If you or a loved one has had dentures in the past, you’re probably worried that cleaning your implants will be the same. However, you’ll be pleased to find that cleaning dental implants isn’t like maintaining your implants. You won’t have to remove your implants each night and leave them in a cleaning solution. First, let’s take a look at dental implants and how they work.

A “dental implant” refers to the part that replaces the root of your teeth. Crowns are the part that makes up the visible part of the dental implant. Between these two pieces is an abutment or a connector. When the implant procedure is done, the bone in your jaw begins to connect to the implant through a process called osseointegration. Without this process, your implants would not be stable and they would come loose and maybe even fall out.

The abutment is the area of the implant that comes into contact with the gum and separates the crown from the implant. Collagen is what supports the gum and attaches itself to the abutment. The root of a natural tooth is attached to the bone with tiny fibers that come from the periodontal ligament. However, a dental implant is only attached to the surrounding bone. Since the periodontal ligament brings blood and nutrients to the root, natural teeth are able to fight off infections more easily.

Cleaning dental implants

Many people get dental implants thinking that just because they can’t get cavities means they can’t get infections and don’t need to brush or floss their teeth. This could not be farther from the truth— you are more prone to infection with dental implants. As long as you follow proper cleaning procedure for your dental implants, you won’t have any issues. It’s important to note that your implants are not teeth, and as such, they shouldn’t be cared for in the same way as teeth. Although regular brushing is important, there is more to it than that.

Brushing

It’s important to start maintaining proper oral hygiene as soon as possible after surgery. Although it’s normal to be sore or experience swelling, you should still be able to brush lightly and without too much pain. You should make sure to clean both the gums and the crowns of your new implants. Even though you can’t get cavities, bacteria can still build up on the crown and lead to gum infection.

Discoloration

It’s normal to see some discoloration in the gums after your surgery. The discoloration is caused by bruising within the tissue and should clear up after a few days. As far as discoloration on the crown of the implant goes, that could be due to not brushing enough.

Flossing

Flossing with implants is a little more involved than with natural teeth. To floss your implant, use a dental tape or another type of implant-specific floss and push the floss through to the other side of the implant. Wrap it in a circle and pull on either side, back and forth. Make sure to get inside the peri-implant crevice which is highly susceptible to inflammation and peri-implant disease. This is caused by a small layer of biofilm that forms on it.

Also, antimicrobial mouth rinses may be recommended by your periodontal specialist, especially if there is still inflammation present in the gums. If the patient is prone to inflammation, you may need to use an antimicrobial rinse, in addition to a rubber tip stimulator.

Schedule regular checkups

Although it’s extremely important for you to maintain your own personal oral hygiene schedule, you should also speak with your periodontist about regular checkups and cleaning. During the first few months after your surgery, you should have more frequent visits so that your periodontal specialist will be able to track your healing process, especially in regards to the osseointegration process. If your implants are not setting properly, your periodontist may need to explore other options to ensure you have stable implants. Once your periodontist has tracked the healing process, you can go back to regular 6-month checkups and professional cleaning with your normal dentist.

Contact Pacific Northwest Periodontics

Pacific Northwest Periodontics is your premier choice for periodontics in Seattle and the surrounding area. Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler are specialists in dental implant surgery and treating the bone and gum tissues around your teeth. Backed by a team of experienced specialists, they are able to deliver state-of-the-art dental implant treatment and can provide extractions, dental implants and immediate, functional replacement teeth in the same visit for eligible candidates. If you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

Are You Wearing Dentures? – Part 2

Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Pacific Northwest Periodontics. Last time, we talked about dentures and how many patients would experience better long-term success with dental implants. This time, we’re going to talk a little bit more about dental implants and the benefits you’ll experience by choosing them over dentures. Keep reading to learn more.

Dental implants

Many people who have reached the point where they need teeth replacement often go with the option they’ve heard the most about. Although dentures are a common option for people experiencing tooth loss, it certainly doesn’t mean that they’re the best option for everyone. Let’s take a look at how dental implants work to see if they may be a better option for you.

The most important thing to remember when considering dental implants is that this is a permanent solution to your tooth loss problems in most cases. Where dentures are a separate piece that can be removed and replaced, dental implants are made of titanium and are attached to your jawbone just like the roots of your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants will not move around and become loose.

Since dental implants work like your regular teeth, it’s important to make sure your jawbone and gums are healthy enough to receive implants. One of the main reasons that people lose teeth in the first place is due to resorption or bone loss. The jawbone becomes too weak to support teeth and they eventually fall out. During your initial consultation, your periodontist may require you to undergo bone grafting which will restore the lost bone and allow your dental implants to be secure and healthy.

 

Single-tooth replacement can be used for patients who are missing just one tooth or multiple teeth in different parts of the mouth. Single-tooth implants are supported by one implant and will have no effect on the surrounding teeth. Since the bone in your jaw is maintained by regular stimulation from chewing and biting, an implant will actually reduce the chance that you will lose surrounding teeth due to further bone loss.

Multiple tooth replacement is required when you have several teeth that need to be replaced. There are several ways to go about this. If there are three or more teeth missing in a row, your periodontist will usually use a lesser number of implants than teeth that will support the bridge (a series of connected dental crowns). The difference between an implant-supported bridge and a traditional bridge is that traditional bridges often require the periodontist to grind down surrounding teeth which can lead to tooth decay or tooth loss.

All-On-4® is an option for replacing a full set of teeth. Four implants is enough to support a full arch of teeth without them moving or coming loose. This procedure requires you to have any remaining teeth extracted and if necessary, undergo a bone regeneration procedure like bone grafting to restore lost bone and make your jawbone healthy enough to support the implants.

 

Dental implants are a more permanent solution for tooth replacement, especially if you need a single tooth replaced. They work naturally, like your real teeth, and allow you to regain the chewing power, smile, and general lifestyle that you had before you started losing teeth. Dental implants are also much easier to maintain and clean, and you won’t have to take them out each night before you go to bed like with dentures.

Contact Pacific Northwest Periodontists

Pacific Northwest Specialists in Periodontics and Dental Implants are your dental implant experts in Seattle and the surrounding area. Contact us today if you have any questions about the implant procedure.

Are You Wearing Dentures?

Have you gotten to the point where you’re considering buying dentures or you’ve already purchased them to replace your natural teeth? Although dentures may seem like a permanent solution to your dental issues, there are actually much better options out there. If you’ve lost a significant amount of teeth, you want a solution that lasts the rest of your life, not just a quick fix that won’t help in the long run. In this blog, we’re going to talk about dental implants and why you should choose them over standard dentures.

In order to see why dental implants are a better way to go than dentures, you should first learn how dentures work. There are three types of dentures: conventional full dentures, immediate full dentures, and partial dentures.

 

Immediate full dentures are placed right after your remaining teeth are extracted. Before your extraction procedure, your dentist will create a model of your jaw and apply them right after the procedure. These types of dentures need to be realigned regularly in order to prevent the changing bone from loosening your dentures.

Conventional full dentures require you to wait several months for the tissue in your gums and jaw to heal before being applied. This means you’ll be without teeth during this time.

Partial dentures lay on a metal piece that is attached to your natural teeth. You may be able to get a crown attached to your natural teeth in order to anchor in the denture.

 

Just by learning about the types of dentures there are available, it’s not hard to see the issues with them. Depending on the type of denture you get, they may not feel natural for months after your procedure. And in the case of conventional full dentures, you won’t have any teeth while your mouth heals. Even once they are comfortable, it may take a lot of time and practice to speak and chew naturally with them.

How long do they last?

Dentures also take a lot of time and effort to clean and maintain. Dentures that are not cared for properly can be dried out, broken, or warped if hot water is applied for long periods of time. You’ll need to buy a special denture cleaning solution and soak your dentures in them every night. After a while, your dentures will need to be aligned or remade if they’ve seen a significant amount of wear. In some cases, you may need to have the base of the dentures remade to accommodate for changes in your mouth.

How much do they cost?

When it comes to dentures, one of the biggest concerns is the cost. Conventional full dentures will cost you around $1275 to $2750. Immediate full dentures will cost around $1475 to $3150, and partial dentures around $950 to $1900.

Contact Northwest Periodontics

Would you like to learn more about dental implants? Read our next blog to learn about the options that are available. If you’d like to speak with an experienced periodontist, contact Pacific Northwest Periodontics today.

Here’s what to expect for your All-on-4 dental treatment

It’s normal to be nervous before an invasive procedure like getting All-on-4® dental implants, but our staff at Pacific Northwest Periodontics is with you every step of the way to help you feel calm throughout the process. By being knowledgeable about what’s going to happen, you can feel in control and ready for your big day. In this blog post, we’ll outline what you can expect when you come in for your new teeth!

You’ve had your consultation, determined your needs, met with Dr. Rapoport or Dr. Schuler, and probably did a good amount of research at home. Good for you! This is a big moment in your life and we’re glad you’re taking it seriously and learning all you can. To get the last jitters out before your All-on-4 treatment, here’s what to expect leading up to and during your operation:

  • You’ll come in once or twice prior to surgery. On these days, you’ll get to meet the team who will help in your procedure, including both your doctor and your anesthesiologist. We’ll take impressions and other measurements so we can ensure you get the smile you want. You’ll also speak with your anesthesiologist, who will answer any questions you may have and discuss the anesthesia process with you.
  • You’ll have your doctor’s undivided attention. We only schedule one patient per day for an All-on-4 procedure. This means Dr. Rapoport or Dr. Schuler will be helping you and only you. He’ll extract any teeth necessary and place your implants. Because of the one-on-one attention and new technology, the entire procedure for both arches will be done by late afternoon. Being able to complete everything in one day is important for your busy schedule, and we’re happy we can do it so quickly.
  • Your doctors will maintain the highest technical standards. Part of the reason for you to have a separate anesthesiologist, instead of your doctor, is so the highest technical standards are met. Both Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler believe it’s vital for one of them to perform the surgery and for a separate anesthesiologist to administer and monitor your sedation. By doing this, the doctor can focus on the procedure and the anesthesiologist can ensure you’re comfortable and the surgery meets anesthesia protocols.
  • You’ll leave with a set of temporary teeth. Don’t expect to have your brand new set of teeth when you wake up from the anesthesia. The day of your surgery, you’ll go home with a set of temporary teeth. These are fully functional, aesthetic teeth you’ll wear while waiting for your implants to heal. And bonus — you’ll get to keep both sets after you get your new, final teeth in case you ever need to take them out.

We’re thrilled to be a part of your plans for a new smile. We hope this information helps you be calm and prepared as you continue in your dental health journey. Please reach out to us with any other questions you may have before your surgery. And read here if you’re curious about what to expect after your All-on-4 treatment.