Placed dental implant too close to the IA Nerve!

"Help! I placed a dental implant too close to the IA nerve!" This is not an uncommon thought for a dentist placing dental implants in the posterior mandible. Sometimes, it is not clear on the panoramic image exactly where the Inferior Alveolar nerve is. Other times...

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All-on-Four Complications: Part 2

  This is a continuation of The All-on-Four Complications Part 1. Again, I'm not writing this to scare you off from this treatment. I am not saying that I don't believe in this treatment. On the contrary, I think it is a fantastic solution. However, I would like...

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All-on-4 Complications: Part 1

Full Arch implant bridges (All-on-4, permanent dentures, etc) are a wonderful thing. They quickly turn around a patient's self-confidence and get them back on track with their diet and overall health. I have had a very positive experience providing my patients with...

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The Importance of Lip Support – Part I

Someone asked me the other day, "What is the most overlooked aspect of All-on-Four Dentures?" By and large, I think the answer is lip support. Too often, after hearing a patient say they want "permanent dentures" the case is hastily planned as an All-on-Four case. The...

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Item List for All-on-Four Denture Conversion

A photo posted by Ivan Chicchon DDS (@implant_ninja) on May 2, 2016 at 10:56am PDT I've been getting this question a lot recently so I decided to make a quick reference list for you. Below are all the items you need for a All-on-Four Denture Conversion. I wrote the...

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Is Smoking Really That Bad for Dental Implants?

How your patient’s smoking habit can sabotage your dental implant surgery and what you can do to still succeed. No implants for smokers? You've probably heard or read that smoking can be a risk factor for dental implant failure. But does that mean that you will turn...

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