Have a look at some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question you can’t find the answer to below, please contact us and we will be happy to help you.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a fixture that acts as a “tooth root” by providing a permanent base for fixed replacement teeth. It is made up of three components:
- The implant: A screw that’s placed within the jawbone. This is the part that gradually fuses to the jawbone.
- The abutment: Supports and holds a prosthetic tooth or set of teeth.
- The crown: The visible part of the new tooth/teeth that sits on top of the abutment.
What is full mouth rehabilitation?
Full mouth rehabilitation combines various restorative dental treatments to correct the smile for those who have multiple dental problems. These treatments include different dental implant and prosthetic options, including:
- Atraumatic tooth extraction
- Proper amount of bone reduction
- Proper placement of implant placement in the jawbone, angulation of implants, and proper setting of the multiunit abutments
- Gum tissue management
What is the signature smile makeover?
A truly effective procedure, our signature smile makeover helps patients with aesthetic dental issues improve their smile by combining various implant and prosthetic options.
What is Smile On Four?
Smile On Four is Dr. Pourshirazi’s take on the popular All On 4® procedure in which four strategically placed implants become a support system for a new set of false, fixed teeth.
What’s the difference between traditional implants and Smile On Four?
With traditional dental implants, each implant has a small titanium screw that is inserted into the gums. The false teeth are then placed one-by-one to each screw. With Smile On Four, the false teeth are not placed one-by-one. Instead, four titanium posts are inserted into the jawbone as the main anchors and support system for a permanent denture. With traditional implants, a full arch restoration requires 6-8 implants to support a full fixed bridge. With Smile On Four, only four implants are needed.
How long do treatment results last?
Treatment results can last for 10-25 years if you do your part. This means maintaining good daily oral hygiene and keeping all dental checkups and cleanings.
Who seeks out cosmetic dental restoration?
- People who have a lot of missing and infected teeth
- People who have no teeth
- People who have severe worn-down teeth that are not restorable
- People who wear dentures and are not happy with them
- People who are seeking full mouth dental implant rehabilitation
What is included in my free consultation?
- A CT scan to map your jawbone
- Doctor consult and treatment recommendations
- A fully customized treatment plan according to your specific needs
- Custom financing options, which include partial in-house financing
Does insurance cover cosmetic dental procedures?
For those who have dental insurance, some of the treatment is typically covered. You will need to pay for the remaining portion yourself, but we offer financing options which can include partial in-house financing. This can be further discussed during your consultation.
What should I do to prepare for the day of my surgery?
We recommend that patients dedicate the entire day to their surgery, getting their new set of teeth, and resting at home. Taking 1-2 days off work should be a minimum.
Can I really have my teeth replaced in a day?
“Teeth in a day” refers to immediate loading. This means that you will receive a seat of “healing teeth” on the day of your surgery. The healing teeth are indistinguishable from the final teeth, looking and feeling completely natural. So yes, you can get “teeth in a day” — they are just temporary until your permanent ones are fabricated.