Why You Should Choose All-On-Four Dental Implants

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All-On-Four Dental Implants

For anyone who has considered dental implants as a way to replace their missing or damaged teeth in the past, there has always been a number of questions. The most commonly used form of dental implants has long been the variety which uses multiple posts to hold the prosthetic teeth in place. It is not uncommon for dentists to use as many as ten posts per set for standard implants. Today the all on four system can achieve permanent teeth replacement using only four posts per set. This is a vastly superior and far less painful procedure which offers a permanent solution for edentulous patients.

Too Many Posts Cause More Damage

Over the course of the past few years periodontists have noticed a trend in dental implants. This trend has been the steady deterioration of the jawbones in those who have had standard implant work done. This typically has involved the placement of up to ten posts to retain either the upper or lower set of teeth. Each time a post is implanted, it causes a minute amount of damage to the bone, as long as the number of posts is small, the bone will heal successfully.

But when you have up to ten posts, in what is all reality a very small area, the bone can begin to slowly fracture and dissolve. Over the course of time the average patient may end up needing further surgery and bone grafts to restore the damage which has been done. This can be a very long and painful process.

Four Posts Are Enough

After years of research, periodontists such as Dr. De Andrade have found a far better way to provide patients with a full set of upper or lower teeth. Much like any structure supported by columns, implants need only have a small number of supports to be effective.  What has been found is that successful implants can be more successfully achieved with proper placement of each post rather than with sheer numbers.

Today the all on four implant uses two vertical posts at the front corners of the jawbone and two set at a 45 degree angle at the back of each side of the jawbone. This simple change in technique makes the procedure far less painful and in most cases the patient will walk out of his appointment with a full set of teeth instead of waiting weeks for the multiple implants to heal. This has been hailed as a major advance in dental implant technology.


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What Are The Advantages Of The All On Four Dental Implant?

animation of an all on four dental implant

In recent year periodontists have developed a new method of dental implants for those who have lost or are in the process of losing all of their upper or lower teeth. Known as the “all on four” dental implant, this new technique offers a number of advantages over the more traditional method of installing dental implants.

Same Day Smile

Perhaps the single most important advantage of all on four dental implants in comparison to traditional implant is time. With traditional implants you often have days if not weeks of healing time for the numerous implant studs installed. With the all on four method, only four studs need to be installed in each jawbone. In the vast majority of cases, the patient will walk out of their periodontist’s office with their new smile in place

A Permanent Solution

Standard dentures are designed to be temporarily held in place with a gum strip or denture adhesive. They are intended to be removed at the end of the day for cleaning and safety. All on four implants offer a permanent, non-removable solution and one which will not shift inside of the patient’s mouth during eating or talking.

Normal Dental Hygiene

All on four dental implants become a permanent part of the patient’s mouth. They can be taken care of in exactly the same manner as a person’s natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and the use of a good quality dental rinse are all that is needed. They never need to be removed for cleaning as regular dentures require.

A Strong Bite

One complaint many standard denture wearers often voice, is one of not being able to eat certain foods. In many cases this is simply due to the loss of bite strength, partly caused by gum pain upon biting down. Many of those patients who have all on four implants state they have fully regained their bite strength and can once again enjoy eating their favorite foods.


As long as the patient continues with a healthy dental hygiene practice, all on four dental implants will last for many decades. It is quite possible for them to last a lifetime with the right level of care. From an instant smile to new teeth which can last a lifetime, these are the best implants periodontists have to offer.

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Las Vegas Laser Gum Therapy At Anthem Periodontics

What Is Laser Gum Therapy?

Known to some as laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP), the procedure uses a small laser to go in between the gum and the tooth to remove diseased or infected parts of the gum from the underlying connective tissue.

A Run Down On Laser Gum Therapy

Below is an informational video on Laser Gum Therapy presented by Dr. De Andrade. For more information on laser gum therapy or to schedule and appointment, please visit our website.

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Gum Disease Laser Treatment

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A New Way To Treat Gum Disease.

If you were to ask anyone how they felt about going to their dentist for gum disease treatment, most would tell you it was extremely painful and took a long time to heal. This may have once been true since the only way to remove the damaged and infected tissue was to surgically cut it away. This left a large open wound that often required stitches to close and weeks to heal. At Anthem Laser Gum Therapy, this procedure is no longer used for every patient with periodontal disease.

Moving on from the Old Ways

As with many other aspects of modern life, dental treatments such as those for gum disease have been affected by the rapid advancement of technology. Today your dentist is more likely to eschew the old school scalpel in favor of a powerful, highly focused laser. While this form of gum disease treatment has actually been in existence since the early 90’s, it is only in the past few years that it has come out of relative obscurity.

During the past few decades a number of different lasers have been developed for use in the treatment of gum disease. However, to date only one has received FDA approval for use in treating periodontal disease. The type that has been approved is the PerioLase as it not only has the best properties of any laser currently developed, but also has a long proven track record of success.

Going in Deep

When you come in for laser gum disease treatment, a fiber approximately the diameter of three human hairs will be inserted under the infected gum tissue beside your teeth. A narrow-wavelength laser pulse is applied to the damaged tissues, destroying damaged tissue, killing bacteria, and making the calculus (tartar) easier to remove from your tooth.

The laser removes all signs of infection and bacteria, it then cauterizes the wound leaving behind nothing but healthy tissue. The dentist then rinses all debris out of the area to allow for healthy gum tissue to reform and seal to the tooth. The net result is a successful gum disease treatment that removes all traces of the disease and leaves you with healthy teeth and gums.

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Tooth Extraction: Always Contact a Professional Periodontist

Tooth Extraction

Professional Tooth Extraction in Las Vegas at Anthem Periodontics

Unlike your baby teeth, which you probably started loosing around age five, your adult teeth are meant to last the rest of your life. Unfortunately, this sometimes isn’t the case, and there isn’t a fairy that is going to leave money under your pillow if an incident causes you to lose one of your permanent teeth during adulthood.

What Are Some Reasons That You May Require a Tooth Extraction?

The most common cause of tooth extraction is severe damage, either because of trauma or tooth decay. When one of your teeth becomes cracked or rotted, there is a good chance of an infection occurring. When this happens, you will most often require a root canal and be prescribed antibiotics to prevent the infection from spreading.

Sometimes, the problem begins in the gums versus the teeth themselves. If you have severe gum disease, which is nothing more than a chronic infection of your gum tissue, then your teeth may loosen and a dentist may decide that it’s best for some of them to come out.

The last major reason that a dentist may decide to pull some of your teeth is if they are too crammed together. Crowded teeth can cause jaw pain and headaches, and if you are going to be attempting to straighten your teeth with the help of an orthodontist, your dentist may pull a few to give your mouth a chance to straighten out.

Is it Okay to Attempt to Extract a Tooth Yourself?

Attempting to pull a tooth yourself could potentially be very dangerous. A periodontist is a dentist who has spent three years in postgraduate specialty training, and they are the only people who should ever perform an extraction. By visiting a licensed professional, you lower your chances of experiencing unneeded pain and complications.

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Removing a Gummy Smile

Before and after of a gummy smile removal completed in las vegas by Dr Ed De Andrade of Anthem periodontics and dental implants

Removing Gummy Smile can immediately restore your confidence in your smile.

Correcting a Gummy Smile

When a person smiles and in doing so exposes a wide stripe of gum tissue, they are said to have a gummy smile. This can be caused by teeth which failed to erupt sufficiently far out of the gums, a thin upper lip, or hyper active muscles with cause their upper lip to retract excessively when smiling.  The type of treatment used to correct a gummy smile depends entirely on what is causing it.


The most commonly used form of treatment for a gummy smile is gingivoplasty, which is the excision of excess gum tissue. This gum tissue is carefully removed from around the tops of the patient’s upper teeth using a surgical laser. In doing so, it is possible to make the patient’s teeth look significantly longer and at the same time reduce the amount of gum tissue which can be seen when the person smiles.

Care must be taken not to remove an excessive amount of gum tissue as this can leave the roots of their teeth exposed. This can lead to hypersensitivity and the risk of decay at the root level. Depending on the severity of the case, veneers may also be used to increase the amount of visible tooth.

Lowering the Lip

For those who suffer from hyperactive muscle pull, a surgical approach may be necessary. This is a minor surgical procedure that was developed during the 1970s. It involves reattaching the gum tissues to the back of the upper lip at a lower point. This can be done on an outpatient level and involves the use of a local anesthetic.

By attaching the lip at a point closer to the top of the patient’s teeth, this procedure results in lower overall lip line in the resting position. It also reduces the amount of movement in the upper lip when the patient smiles and as such exposing little or no gum tissue. Both methods can be used successfully to reduce or eliminate “gummy smile” and restore the patient’s self-confidence.

Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants of Las Vegas and Henderson
Dr. De Andrade has performed thousands of these periodontal plastic surgery procedures here in Las Vegas. If you would like to schedule a consultation contact us and schedule your first meeting with Dr. D, Board certified periodontist and long time Las Vegas resident.

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Dental Implants As a Means To Replace Lost Teeth

Tooth Loss

Missing teeth can be discouraging for someone, regardless of age. Teeth are a large part a person’s day. Everyone uses his/her teeth to talk, eat, and convey emotions like smiling. Losing one more teeth will affect the way in which a person communicates and behaves. Self confidence is altered, smiling is masked, and one does not feel quite like him/herself when teeth are missing. This is true from young teenagers to adults of any age. When loss of teeth is experienced due to tooth decay, injury, or any other reason, it is wise to visit an experienced and trusted periodontist who will offer his/her expertise and discuss a solution.

a picture of a clear plastic casting with teeth and an implant placed in the front

This Casting Is Used Around Our Office To Demonstrate To Patients How The Implant Is Placed.

Dental Implants

One solution that offers amazing results in a quick manner is dental implants. Dental implants have a long list of advantages that will demonstrate its effectiveness as a method of replacing natural teeth. For starters, dental implants are the closest to natural teeth as dentists can provide patients when it comes to tooth replacement. The implant functions much like a natural tooth, as well. The implants allow patients to maintain their facial bone and facial structure because they are directly implanted into the bone. The implants are affixed to the jaw bone allowing the tooth to convey chewing force to the surrounding bone. The implants can be inserted at the very time the natural tooth is removed resulting in little recovery time.

The implanted tooth or teeth look, feel, and function like regular teeth. The titanium material of the implant makes the teeth durable for years to come. Patients are able to eat, chew, and speak with no pain or discomfort. There are no limitations on foods because the implants are anchored into the bone, so there is no concern about tooth weakness. Patients do no have to worry about adhesive to hold teeth in place or worry about the teeth falling out while eating or speaking. Along with no adhesives to worry about, patients do not have to worry about removing the teeth to clean and preserve them. Implants require typical teeth cleaning. Implants simply require brushing twice a day and flossing.

Restored Confidence

The natural feel and look of the implants provide patients with their confidence again. They do not have worry about an embarrassing moment because their teeth slipped out of their mouth. Plus, they can live their life with no hesitation. Dental implants can provide all of this to patients with one or missing teeth.

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Periodontists Want Great Oral Hygiene.

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Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants of Las Vegas and Henderson, NV

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a specific type of dentist that is educated in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease. They are also well versed in dental implants and other forms of cosmetic dentistry. This type of dentist also specializes in the treatment of oral inflammation. They attend an extra 3 years of advanced schooling, on top of dental school and receive intense training, in the areas of the mouth they specialize in. When someone is need of information about how to prevent periodontal disease, or maybe they need a cosmetic periodontal procedure, this is the doctor that they will want to see.

Importance of oral hygiene to avoid a periodontist.

It is very important to have good oral hygiene. We need to protect all elements of health and the functioning parts of our mouths, most important our teeth and gums. Our mouths need to function properly so we eat, speak, and look good. Without the proper hygiene for our mouths, we are open to tooth loss, bad breath, and inflammation of the gums. No one knows this better than the professionals at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants.

The most common ailment, associated with bad oral hygiene, is tooth decay and cavities. Remember too that our overall health is linked to our the health of our mouth and teeth. When we have a healthy mouth, so we are able to speak better, and are able to chew and swallow correctly without pain or consistent issues. When an individual has poor dental health, it can affect their speech patterns and when the look of our smile is affected it can lead to lower self esteem. It can also lead to dental implants, and other costly cosmetic dentistry procedures. The great news here is that many issues can be reversed. You simply need to take the steps to maintaining your oral health with proper regular brushing and flossing. Cheers to your oral health!

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Dental Implants Help To Avoid Bridges

Dental implants as a way to avoid using a bridge

A diagram of the dental implant as compared to the tooth

The Implant Replaces the old way of “Bridging” and does it very close to the natural way of your teeth.

Looking to find a better solution for your missing or damaged teeth? Dental implants are the closest product to your natural teeth. Unlike other procedures such as dentures and bridges, implants promote the health of the gum line and prevent further deterioration of the gums and jaw. Dental implants attach to the bone just as a tooth is meant to do. They do not depend on other healthy teeth for their support. Normally to insert a crown the dentist must first grind down and cap the tooth that the crown will use for support. Over time this causes decay to the once healthy tooth. With the help of the staff at our Las Vegas Dental Implant Center your implants can last a lifetime.

Implants from Las Vegas Dental Implant Center feel and function just like real teeth. They are securely attached to the jaw bone giving you the security of strong teeth. Crowns and bridges break, wear out and sometimes come loose from the tooth leaving you with costly dental repairs. At the same time the gums have no support and continue to deteriorate while the bridge sits on the top of the gum line. Adding support by attaching to the bone stops this deterioration, keeping the gums healthy and strong for years to come.

The knowledgeable staff at Las Vegas Dental Implant Center wants to help restore your mouth permanently. Most bridges only last up to 7 years and in the process can damage surrounding teeth causing more damage and more expense and pain. This surgical procedure attaches the tooth to the bone, making it a permanent alternative.

With permanent implants there is no fear of eating your favorite foods, losing a crown, or shattering a deteriorating tooth. The implants are safe and secure and will never need to be replaced. Caring for the implants is the same as any natural tooth: simply brush, floss and visit a dentist every six months for checkups. Replacing lost or broken teeth has never been easier. The look of beautiful natural teeth gives patients more confidence and higher self-esteem. If this is the look you are hoping for contact the staff at Las Vegas dental implant center for your consultation and see if dental implants or the best option for you.

Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants

The Las Vegas Dental Implant Center located at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants. Anthem has been placing implants since early 2000 in Henderson, NV a close suburb to Las Vegas and now has a second location in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas. Featuring state of the art equipment, committed participation in the leading professional organizations pioneering tomorrows dental care and consistent ongoing education for its employees, Anthem ensures its patients that they are using the best available treatment methods.

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Welcome To Las Vegas Periodontics and Dental Implants

Anthem Periodentist & Dental Implants Las Vegas Henderson NV, Doctor Ed De Andrade

Anthem Periodentist & Dental Implants, Doctor Ed De Andrade, Office Locations In Henderson and Summerlin Las Vegas, NV

People come to Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants because they have an underlying issue their general dentist could not rectify. Our office manager was asked to please put in simple blogger terms the difference between a dentist and a periodontist and she simply said one specializes on the surface and the other specializes under the surface. Nicely stated and one way of saying when it comes to disease and major reconstruction that is when you will know that a periodontist like Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants is in your future.

Welcome to our blog where we will occasionally discuss our days work and see if there is any thing we can share with you to break some bad habits. Habits that if broken may keep you from ever having to see us. We may also share information here that can let you know to come see us before your issues arrive at the point of no return to where not even we can help any longer.

Whatever the possibilities are, please enjoy some good reading and know that not all dental work is boring or scary, it can be very life altering for the better. To take pain away from a patient or to re-align ones teeth to allow that never felt before perfect smile shine through for a client is very gratifying work. With our Dental Implants one large gap that has been hesitantly covered by a shy smile for many years becomes a boisterous laugh after our work has been done. We have the continued opportunity to witness an almost immediate confidence bolstered before our patients even walk out of our office. In periodontics and every day life for anyone, that is certainly something worth writing about.

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