Top 5 Most Important Questions to ask your All on 4 Dental Implant Provider

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Cost isn’t the only thing you should be asking when it comes to something as important as dental implants! Especially if you’re opting for the All-on-4 Dental Implant procedure. It can mean the difference between a happy, exciting dream come true, or a costly, time consuming battle. So how do you choose the right dentist? In this video, we share with you the top 5 questions that you should ask during your consultation before committing to any surgery. Want to ask us these questions, and more? Come on in for a free consultation!

 

5 Most Important Questions Video Script

Hi, I’m Dr. Hendriks. I am so grateful to be able to share with you the five most important questions that you should ask before you choose a provider for your dental implant surgery.

Number one, you need to make sure that you do all your homework on the doctor and how much experience he has. You want to go through the website, you want to go through Google reviews, you want to go through even Better Business Bureau, you want to find out if they’d been sued for anything. I’m not saying that people had been sued or guilty, but if you have multiple lawsuits out that might say that there’s been some miscommunications and possibly some negligence. When you’re looking at for a doctor to do your implant surgery, you’re looking for someone that can show you by examples that they’re really good at what they do.

Number two, unlike buying a car, a truck implant procedures are so different, and going to one office or another office, it can be a completely different product and service. You should ask the doctor where do you send the lab work? Is it here in the United States? Is it here locally? They should have some type of website. I recommend you go to the website and look and see what the expertise of this lab is. No matter where the lab work is sent, this question should always be answered. I think you should also ask the question are there any warranties in place in case something happens in the future?

Once you know exactly where you’re going to have the lab work sent, this is an important question you should ask your doctor, and that is what type of materials are you going to use? There are lots of different materials and all on for procedure is just a surgical procedure. What you put on top of it, the bridge that we place on top, can be a number of different things. You could have an all acrylic bridge, you can have a tenia bridge you can have a trilor, a pectin, you can have a titanium, or you can have zirconia. Six different types of bridges and I’m just naming a few of them, and depending on what material is being used, it can come with certain complications. If you asked the question, “Hey doc, what type of materials are using?” and they act funny about it all, this might be an indication that there may be corners being cut.

Number three, I call them contingency plans. When things go right, it’s awesome, but no matter what you do, in what profession, there’s always speed bumps, and sometimes you might have things come up that you’re not planning on. This is why I have to ask the doctor, what contingency plans do you have in place for failed implants, for devices that break prematurely? What if you get infection a few months out? If something doesn’t work out? Is there a plan in place now that’s going to help us save us time, money, or future emotional pain so that we don’t have to experience a worst case scenario?

It’s really important also to remember that there always will be the cost of cleanings in the future and there’ll be some maintenance associated with any device that you have put in your mouth. It’s important to find out what those costs are upfront, because sometimes our some really big costs that can come behind that if you’re not prepared for it, you can be very upset with. I know offices here locally that actually will put their price super high so they don’t have to worry about cleaning their patient’s teeth. You should ask these questions upfront.

Number four, timeline. This is something that can really frustrate patient. Some doctors say they’re going to be in treatment for six months, but end up taking a full year, and so if you talk to them and say, “Doc, can I see a timeline of when the surgery starts and every appointment that you plan to have so I can guesstimate when we’re going to be finished?” It’s not a perfect science, but a doctor that doesn’t have a game plan for you is a doctor that might be confused as to what the treatment should be or could be.

In really great offices, they’re going to give you a sheet that says we have five different appointments or 10 appointments, and this is how long the appointments going to last. This is what you should expect, and this is how much you should pay. I have experienced times where treatment has gone much longer than I expected also. But here’s the thing, doctors offices that have done it over and over again get better and better, and that’s why you want to find a doctor who has tons of experience, has been through the rodeo, has worked with lots of labs, and seen the worst of the worst. The cool thing is that today in certain offices, you can actually condense that time into as little as a week. That’s the cool thing. Instead of being in treatment for six to 12 months, you literally could have the treatment done in less than a week.

And lastly, number five, what is the focus of the practice? Is this a practice that does lots of general dentistry and a little bit of all on four or is it a practice that does mainly all end for, and just a little bit of general dentistry? Would you rather have someone that does that procedure every day or once a month? When an office focuses squarely on all on four, that means that there’s going to be a team of well-qualified people that are going to help support you. The doctor is just one person. It’s so important to do the research on the doctor, but here’s the thing, the doctors one of probably 10 or 15 individuals. And so as you look at the practice, look at the people when you walk in, how do they treat you?

The doctor could have amazing experience and you may like them a ton, but the reality is he’s probably just going to do the surgical portion of the procedure. The majority of the work is done by the staff, the assistants, and the team. Even though you want to develop that relationship with the doctor, if you don’t have a good feeling about the people that work around him, that’s a pretty good indication that you probably should find somewhere else.

All right, let’s go ahead and recap. These are the top five questions you ask before picking an all on for dental implant provider. Number one, doctor experience. Number two, what materials are being used and where are they coming from? Number three, contingency plans the doctor has in place in worst case scenarios. Four, the timeline. How long is it going to take? And five, the team. Are they going to fit with your personality, with what needs you have?

 

Thank you so much for watching. If you have any other questions, please reach out to us and we’ll answer those questions. If you’d like to interview me and ask me these five top questions, I would be happy to. If you look at other videos, you’ll see that we have answers to all these questions. We love what we do at Dream Dental. We’d love to be able to help you. Please call us, let us know how we can serve you. What we say here every single day is we don’t just change smiles, we change lives.

3 REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T SETTLE FOR DENTURES

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Dentures VS All-on-4 Dental Implants.

Traditional dentures are now a thing of the past. At Dream Dental Implant Center-Utah’s dental implant specialists, denture-wearing patients are experiencing life-changing results upgrading their traditional dentures with Dentures with Gluedental implants, and regaining their bite functionality, comfort, confidence and quality of life. The truth is that when it comes to dental implant structured devices and traditional dentures, there is no comparison because unlike traditional dentures these devices are built on a foundation of dental implants which fuse to your natural bone, allowing the dental implants to literally become part of your body. Building a prosthetic device on this foundation of implants allows for a more stable, durable, comfortable, and beautiful option for patients who currently wear dentures, or think they may need them. Here are the top 3 reasons you shouldn’t settle for traditional dentures.

  1. Stronger Bite Force Means Less Food Limitations.

Humans have naturally powerful jaws and teeth because of our varied diet. Generally, your bite force with your natural teeth when at their healthiest is STRONG falling somewhere between 200-250 pounds of force. The reality is, traditional dentures are not a viable option if you want to get anywhere near the same level of bite force. With traditional dentures, statistically, your bite force goes down to less than 50 pounds of force. Literally, taking your quality of life from a steak dinner to a bowl of soup. Traditional dentures are just not able to give you the strength you need for the life you want. Upgrading your dentures to an implant supported prosthetic such as an Over Denture increases your bite force to 167-235 pounds of force. Upgrading beyond the Over Denture to an All-on-Four hybrid full bridge increases that bite force even further to nearly 250 pounds of force!

Dentures VS all on 4 dental implants

  1. Less Maintenance Means More Money in Your Pocket.

The sad reality is that once a tooth is extracted, the bone starts to recede, and your gums start to recede as well and lay flatter and flatter. Dentures are made to fit your gums as they are the day they are made, and while they initially will fit okay, as time passes traditional dentures will begin to progressively fit looser and less tight to your gums as your bone and gums recede and flatten out. What this means for you is endless adjustments and relines of your dentures which generally cost a few hundred dollars every one to two years. Upgrading to an implant supported prosthetic, which is fused to the bone and holds bone and gum levels from receding, eliminates the need for adjustments and relines to be done and minimizes the need for costly maintenance payments. Plus, think of all the money you’ll save not having to shell out money to buy messy denture adhesives and soaking solutions!

  1. Better Design Means a Better Quality of Life.

Biting with dental implants

Traditional dentures merely sit inside your mouth and are held in place by adhesive, suction and the will of the universe. Seriously. For them to work, the design had to be such that the upper pallet (roof of the mouth) has to be covered….the problem there? That’s where most of your taste buds are! With an implant supported prosthetic device, not only are you able to have the bite force you need to enjoy the foods you love, but the open pallet you’ll have will allow you to actually taste the foods you eat! Implant supported prosthetics, allow you to also forgo that gaging reflex due to the open pallet design, allow you to speak more clearly than with a traditional denture, reduce the instances of pain and mouth infections, and save you the embarrassment of having your teeth suddenly pop out on their own.

Most traditional denture wearers tend to be apprehensive about keeping their dentures in due to all of the potential issues and often stop themselves from smiling and laughing, not feeling as confident as they could. Implant supported prosthetic devices, allow patients to regain that confidence, functionality, and quality of life and most feel for them this is the answer they’ve been looking for to get their life back!

To get in contact with us to learn more about implant supported options, feel free to use the contact form found here.

What is the Titanium Bar?

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Titanium BarImplant supported over-dentures are commonly used by many dental implant specialists. At Dream Dental, we offer a variety of dental implant options, one of which is a titanium bar dental implant. CAD/CAM technology allows us to use a titanium bar that is placed and fit with a fixed or partial denture. Using CAD software, we are able to design an over-denture that is fit precisely to your mouth.

Using a pantograph milling device, the bar is milled without the need for welding or soldering. We are able to create a variety of bar designs and can screw the implant directly to the titanium bar, allowing for proper strength and support. Dream Dental Implant Center prefers the titanium bar as it is easy to maintain and will not cause harm to surrounding tissue.

Several patients have been treated using this implant option with great success. Restorative dentistry procedures are all about long-term prognosis and predictability. Using the CAD/CAM technology, Dream Dental Implant Center in Salt Lake City can provide custom milled titanium alloy bars providing a great fit. With titanium, we are able to provide a durable and stronger option compared to a gold cast bar. If you have limited bone density, or you need alternative options for dental implant procedures, contact our office to learn more about implant supported milled bar over-dentures.