Your experience here with us at MALO SMILES represents an extremely exciting time in your life. Not only are you receiving new teeth and hopefully seeing an end to your dental problems, but you will be leaving here with renewed self-confidence and a much improved quality of life! As with any big change in life, this period can also be a little scary, especially with the prospect of dental surgery added! We have found that it helps patients immensely to know what to expect, so we have included the answers to some important questions you should ask your doctor when considering the All-on-4®.
1. Who will be doing my All-on-4® procedure and what are their credentials?
At MALO SMILES, all of our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and Prosthodontists have received individualized hands-on training in the All-on-4® from the very man who pioneered the technique, Dr. Paulo Malo. Additionally, all of our professional staff is educated and qualified to the highest possible degree in their respective fields and have decades’ worth of experience in the placement and restoration of dental implants.
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In addition to our active involvement in changing patients’ lives, the MALO SMILES team also helps to train other dental professionals at educational seminars, lectures and courses that are held annually at our Worldclass dental implant facility. Our doctors frequently work with patients’ existing dentists and are always more than happy to assist in the planning and delivery of your dental care.
2. How experienced are the oral surgeons at MALO SMILES?
The dental healthcare professionals here at MALO SMILES have, between them, treated thousands of patients with single and multiple missing teeth. In fact, several members of our expert team are recognized to be among the very best practicing professionals in their field as voted by their peers for several years running! They have also attended to the full spectrum of patient cases, from straightforward tooth replacement to complex full mouth reconstruction. So, no matter how bad you think your teeth may be, chances are they’ve seen and successfully treated worse!
3. Will I be anesthetized during my surgery?
You will receive a local anesthetic prior to surgery in order to keep you comfortable and pain-free during the placement of your All-on-4® implants. If desired and recommended, we can also provide you with Intravenous (I.V.) sedation, which will help to alleviate any fear or anxiety you may experience beforehand.
4. Do I need to go to different facilities or clinics throughout the course of my All-on-4® experience?
No you don’t! MALO SMILES is a state-of-the-art and comprehensively stocked dental implant facility that houses absolutely everything you will need, from start to finish, to receive your brand new set of teeth. If you don’t have a current dentist you wish to work with, our team of experts can attend to your unique case all in one location, saving you the inconvenience of travelling all over the place to receive dental care.
We are also happy to work with your existing dentist, so that you can receive all post-operative care and maintenance, as well as the fitting of your final permanent prosthetic bridge, in their office. This is especially beneficial to patients who have travelled from outside New Jersey to receive treatment at MALO SMILES as it saves them from having to make repeat journeys to our facility throughout their care and follow up.
5. Will I require 3D CAT scan images for All-on-4® treatment? If so, where do I go to get these?
We do indeed make use of 3D Cone Beam CT scans during the treatment planning phase of the All-on-4®. The good news is, first time patients of MALO SMILES get this completely free of charge as a part of their FREE initial consultation with us! Additionally, you don’t need to go anywhere else to have your scans done. MALO SMILES has our very own 3D CBCT scan, which provides us with invaluable insight into how best to treat your case using as minimally invasive techniques as possible, while ensuring the optimal success of the procedure.
6. Where do I go if my new teeth require adjustment or repair?
If your new teeth require restoration or adjustment, you can simply return to MALO SMILES or to your existing dentist, provided that he or she has agreed to work with our specialists in the care and maintenance of your new All-on-4® teeth. At our cutting-edge facility, we also house a fully operational laboratory complete with all the very latest in dental implant and prosthetics technology. It is within the on-site lab that the custom made “MALO CLINIC bridge” that will be giving you a full set of beautiful and functional teeth will be fabricated. If you ever require any adjustments or repairs, you can either see your dentist, who often can do it right there in the office, or you can come back to MALO SMILES if necessary at any time!
7. Once my dental implants have been placed, how long do I have to wait before I can have my teeth put in?
In most All-on-4® cases, patients can undergo surgery AND receive a new set of teeth on the same day. In the unlikely event that you require bone grafting surgery beforehand as a result of deteriorated jawbone health – advanced bone loss, poor quality or density bone – you will need to return to have your permanent bridge attached after complete healing or implant ‘integration’.
8. How much does the All-on-4® cost?
The cost of oral rehabilitation using the All-on-4® technique tends to vary from patient to patient depending upon how much treatment is necessary for gum disease and infection before we can proceed with teeth replacement. It also depends on the complexity of the procedure, and the materials that need to be used in the fabrication of the fixed prosthetic bridge. Your dental implant team will discuss the All-on-4® costs with you in detail upon completion of your initial FREE consultation with us. The fees quoted will include everything you need on your journey to oral rehabilitation, including surgery, hardware, prosthesis placement, anesthetization and post-operative check-ups.
If you are particularly concerned about the cost of the All-on-4®, MALO SMILES does offer Flexible Financing Options that are tailor made to suit the individual’s means.
9. What does the follow-up care entail?
Once you have received your new teeth, you will need to return to MALO SMILES or your existing dentist for periodic maintenance, cleaning and follow-ups. As it was previously mentioned, we are more than happy to work with and, if he/she is unfamiliar, help train your current dentist in the All-on-4® technique so that you don’t need to come back to MALO SMILES subsequent to your actual surgery should this prove to be too inconvenient for you. This means that you will be able to receive the necessary post-operative care and maintenance from your very own dentist and even have your final bridge placed in their own office!
You are, of course, always welcome to come and see your MALO SMILES dental specialists for any adjustments, repairs and even advice if needed.
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Contact MALO SMILES at 877-625-6872 (877MALOUSA) or via the Contact Form on our website to schedule a Free Consultation with one of our qualified and experienced dental implant dentists! Find out how our specialists can work along with your existing dentist to give you back the smile you deserve!
Find out how our specialists can work along with your existing dentist to give you back the smile you deserve!