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Digital Ape Ultra Hybrid

  Our Ultra Hybrid is a milled nanoceramic arch supported by a techno-polymer matrix bar reinforcement, which provides a very strong, light, and durable prosthesis. The Ultra material has a compressive strength of 490 MPa, but also has a gentle feel at a 0.7 GPa modus of durability which creates a ‘shock absorption’ touch similar to the feel of natural dentition. 6x stronger than Acrylic-based arches Highly durable and resistant to chipping Impervious to liquids Easily relined chairside Advanced Nanoceramic Technology Absorbs occlusal pressure and mitigates forces at the implants   Because the gingiva is a composite application, any shade [...]

Meet Dr. Danielle Larivey

Dr. Danielle Larivey is a Full Arch conversion specialist serving San Antonio, Austin, and Houston General Dentists and Surgeons. We recently sat with Dr. Larivey to understand a little more about her first ever Full Arch Restoration, her motivation for specializing, and the unique qualities and perspectives that she brings to the Digital Ape team of Doctors and technicians.   Dr. Larivey is an A04 conversion specialist working with Surgeons and General Dentists in south Texas. Danielle's first patient to accept a Full Arch treatment option My first Full Arch case was an incredible experience. The patient originally [...]

Billing Codes for the Full Arch Treatment

While most (and really I mean almost all) of the Full Arch Treatment is paid in cash or financing by the patient, we’ve found it helpful to organize all of the billing codes for the Full Arch Treatment by steps. Just one more way to remove the confusion. Enjoy! Click here to Download Standard Treatment Plan Codes This post is only available to members.

Who is a candidate for Full Arch Treatment?

There are 3 categories of people who are good candidates for the Full Arch dental implant treatment option.   The first are those who have lost all of their teeth and they aren’t happy with their dentures. The second are those who are about to lose their teeth and they don’t want dentures. These two categories of people are easy to identify. The third category is a little more difficult. People in this category are those who have had a lot of dental work in the past, who currently still need a lot of dental work, who seem to always [...]

How long should a treatment take? And what is a Full Arch Treatment?

There are two phases to a Full Arch implant treatment. Surgical and Restorative.  The first phase is the surgical phase and the second is the restorative phase. The surgical phase starts the day of surgery when the teeth are removed, the implants are placed in the bone, and the temporary healing set of teeth are delivered. This entire process is all done the day of your surgery. Instead of healing in removable dentures after your surgery, you will heal in a fixed temporary set of teeth. The surgical phase ends once the implants have fully healed. This takes about 4 [...]

What are some downsides to a Full Arch Treatment?

As a Restorative Doctor or a patient, it’s important to understand that Full Arch Treatment is relatively high risk, we feel like you should understand the risks. Our goal is to help Restorative Doctors and Oral Surgeons mitigate that risk. Doctors who work with Digital Ape Dental Labs have access to years of expertise and thousands of successful cases. For someone who is investing a significant amount of time and resources into the Full Arch treatment, what are the risks you should know? Below are some main areas of concern: Implant Failure Even though dental implants have an extremely high [...]

What if you are NOT a candidate for the Full Arch Treatment? What are some options?

The main two reasons someone may not be a candidate for this procedure is bone loss, and health history. Bone Loss A CT scan will tell your doctor how much bone you have. In some cases, bone grafting can be done to add bone to those who have minimal bone quantities. Bone grafting does increase the healing time as well as treatment costs. For those who have minimal or below minimal bone requirements, placing dental implants can pose a high risk for future implant failure. For those who don’t have enough bone for a fixed implant restoration should consider an implant [...]

Medical Clearance and Full Arch Treatment

You might be a great Full Arch Treatment candidate, but other health issues might make you a poor candidate for surgery. It is important to know up front during the consult that if everything goes as planned, your next appointment will be a comprehensive exam followed by your surgery as soon as a few weeks after the exam. The most important consideration for everything to work as scheduled is your health and making sure you are healthy enough for the surgical procedure. We do not want to risk anything when it comes to your health. In some cases, extra medical [...]

What you show know about bone loss… and why it matters.

When teeth are in a healthy state, they are held in place by the bone in your jaw. One of the main reasons this bone is present is it serves the function of holding the teeth in place. As long as disease or destructive processes are absent, the bone will stay in place to hold the teeth in place. This is the ideal state. When teeth are removed for any reason, it has an effect on the bone. When teeth are gone, the bone no longer has the need to hold the teeth in place. When the function of holding [...]

Soft Food Recommendations

After implant surgery, the dental implants will act to secure your new teeth in place. Your teeth will feel as though you could eat anything at first. While this is true later on, for now a soft diet is crucial to the success of your dental implants integrating, or “fusing” to the bone. Even though the teeth feel solid at first, the dental implants in the bone which support the teeth are not solid yet. The implants become solid through a process called “osseointegration” which takes about 4 months from the time they are placed. Right after surgery, or during [...]