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Pre-Operative instructions for an Full Arch Patient

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As you approach your first Full Arch case, there is much to think about. At some point prior to surgery, you might consider reaching out to the patent to answer any last minute questions. At that time it is also good to give them your preoperative instructions. If you are a general dentist working with an oral surgeon, you can probably be confident that the surgeons’ staff has prepped the patient. But it never hurts to double check. After all, you’re a familiar voice, and this will be your patient long after the Full Arch treatment has been delivered. Please […]

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Post-Operative Instructions for your Full Arch Patient

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Here are a  few post-operative guidelines and instructions that might be useful as you develop your Full Arch patient communication strategies. These are not intended to be complete or applicable to every practice. Please simply use them as a starting point. IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind that the suggested timelines for healing, bruising, discomfort, etc. are general estimates. You may or may not respond as outlined below. You may take a longer or shorter time to heal. Individual results may vary. General Healing And Recovery Most patients who have gone through this procedure experience some or all of the following: […]

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10 Questions to Ask Your Full Arch Lab

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Finding the right lab is crucial to predictably delivering Full Arch cases. 10 Questions to Ask Your Potential Full Arch Lab Of course, you can do your own homework. These questions might be a good start. How do you orient your cast to the Articulator? What systems do you own? What systems are you familiar with? Is 100% of prosthesis fabricated in-house? If not, what do you outsource specifically? Do you own a scope? If so, what kind of scope and what power? In not, why not? What bar designs are you familiar with? What would you consider your “go […]

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Finding the Right Oral Surgeon for your Full Arch Cases

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One key to success with Full Arch treatments is building the right team. We always recommend working with an experienced oral surgeon. You may be new to a market or perhaps your usual oral and maxillofacial surgeon doesn’t offer the service. Here are a few potential helpful questions when determining which surgeon in your market to become part of your treatment team.   How many of these surgeries have you done? How long have you been doing them? How were you trained to do these surgeries? (weekend course, etc.) Are you a residency trained surgeon? Are you Board certified in […]

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Treatment Options for the Full Arch Candidate

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For anyone who has lost their teeth, or for anyone who needs to have their teeth removed, there are only a few treatment options available in dentistry today.    The first option is the traditional removable dentures. The only benefit of removable dentures is that they are inexpensive. The main downside of dentures are they don’t chew as well, they don’t stop bone loss, they can be extremely uncomfortable, and they can alter the appearance of the face if they are not maintained properly.  It is important to note however that there is a big difference between upper and lower dentures. […]

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