Dental Implant FAQs
Is the doctor performing my surgery a board certified oral surgeon?
While restorative dentists create and attach custom replacement teeth, a specialist, such as an oral surgeon, performs the surgery to place the implant posts in the jawbone. Your surgeon at EverSmile is Dr. John Wallace, who is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He attended accredited dental schools and holds both dental and medical degrees. Dr. Wallace is licensed to practice dentistry and medicine in the State of Texas. Dr. Wallace successfully completed advanced post-graduate study in areas of general and plastic surgery, medicine, anesthesia, and pathology. To obtain board certification, Dr. Wallace completed a rigorous application and examination process, and he continues to advance his skills through continuing education. It’s important to note that not all oral surgeons have attained the distinction afforded by board certification.
Where is the implant surgery performed?
You want to feel safe and well cared for during the dental implant process. The facilities in which doctors perform implant surgery can tell you a lot about their approach to patient care. EverSmile surgeons utilize a state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) fully accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHS). By having your surgery performed in an accredited ASC, you’ll receive hospital-quality care in a comforting, intimate environment that’s more cost-effective than other facilities you might choose. In addition, your EverSmile surgery can be performed Monday through Saturday to accommodate your schedule.
Is the team assisting the doctor trained in the latest implant dentistry techniques?
As with other dental implant procedures, All-on-4 dental implants utilize a team approach to provide patients with outstanding service and successful results. From surgeons to restorative dentists to nursing staff, you want to make sure that everyone involved in the process is highly trained, knowledgeable, and committed to your comfort and care.
The doctors and team members of EverSmile blend their unique talents to deliver exceptional implant dentistry. Everyone works together for the end goal: your beautiful, secure smile. By attending training conducted by renowned dental education providers, The Smile System leads the way.
Does the doctor continually increase his/her knowledge of implant dentistry?
Dental implant materials, technology, and techniques continue to evolve. Doctors who don’t keep up implant dentistry miss out on these innovations, and so do their patients.
The EverSmile network of doctors stay on the forefront of modern implant dentistry. We’re dedicated to continual refinement of our skills through post-graduate study and advanced training. EverSmile consists of individuals devoted to achieve high ideals through clinical excellence and leading-edge implant dentistry.
How many dental implant cases has the doctor performed?
You want an experienced team working together to restore your smile. Ask your doctor how many All-on-4 dental implants cases he or she has performed. An experienced professional will be happy to provide you with this information.
Dr. Wallace has performed over All-on-4 dental implant cases and over implant surgeries overall. Our restorative dentists each boast impressive credentials and a proven record of success when it comes to implant dentistry.
Can the doctor tell me the steps involved in the implant process?
The typical procedure for All-on-4 dental implant placement and restoration includes the phases listed below. The amount of time needed for each step hinges on your individual needs.
- Phase 1: Your doctor will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gum tissue, and jawbone. Study models made from impressions of your teeth and jaw, as well as X-rays, aid in precise treatment planning. Computer tomography (CT) scanning technology provides detailed images of internal oral structures to help the doctor plan precise placement of All-on-4 dental implants.
- Phase 2: On the day of your implant surgery, Dr. Wallace will place the dental implants. You’ll receive four implants to support an entire row of replacement teeth. Your restorative dentist will attach your dental prosthetic following placement of the implants.
- Phase 3: During the healing process, your jawbone tissue will grow very tightly around the implant posts, a process called osseointegration. This process can take 2 to 6 months. Osseointegration usually occurs faster in the lower jaw.
- Phase 4: You’ll go back to your restorative dentist to receive permanent replacement teeth (custom crowns, full dentures, a partial, or a bridge) to beautifully renew your smile!