Trust Your Smile Transformation To An Expert
You don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of having no teeth. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods for good. You can smile and laugh without worry. Our team offers multiple ways to regain the appearance, function, and confidence of a complete set of teeth. One of them matches your smile goals and budget. As a board-certified prosthodontist, our own Dr. Joon Han is the recognized expert and go-to specialist for restorative options including full mouth dental implants in Schaumburg, IL. He both places and restores implants through the renowned TeethXpress® protocol, providing comprehensive, high-quality care in one office.
Dr. Han completed three years of advanced post-dental school specialty training in dental implants and a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry treatments. He’s also one of only a few dozen board-certified prosthodontists in Illinois, having passed a rigorous examination process with the American Board of Prosthodontics. Dr. Han stays current with all technological and therapeutic advancements in the field—expertise he verifies through ongoing re-certification. His deep understanding of oral and facial anatomy and other qualifications make him the doctor to trust for your smile transformation.
Prosthodontics is one of the specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. We are the specialists dealing with replacing missing teeth, anything that ranges from dentures to dental implants, or common things that most people see.
But what separates us from most general dentists or reserve doctors is we deal with a lot of complexities in cases.
During our residency, we go through a lot of literature and we go through a lot of cases with peers. Then we study how to resolve certain problems with a more systematic approach.
Lately, my practice has been specializing more towards failed implants or failed restorations, and then some patients are looking for that types of solutions. We call them revision cases, meaning some of the cases that’s been done many, many years ago. So, now we have to redo those cases because the crown needs to be replaced or the implant restoration needs to be replaced. But sometimes the implant angles are not in the right position, and it’s very challenging because we were not involved in the first treatment, but then we try to find a systematic approach so that the patient can have the restoration that they have for another 10-15 years. So that’s what we were focusing on.
So, Prosthodontics, it’s a very rewarding specialty because we are the specialists that can give our patients the solutions that no one can do. That’s the rewarding part of being a prosthodontist.
Multiple Full Mouth Solutions
When you come in to discuss your tooth loss, Dr. Han and our team will take the time to explain all of your treatment options before making a recommendation. For your convenience, we’ve summarized some of their features here …
Dentures have been used to replace teeth for many years and are perhaps the option most people know best. This cost-effective appliance fits onto your gums and stays in place either through suction or with an adhesive gel. Upper dentures include a false palate, which adds some stability but can also reduce the taste and sensation of food. You may not be able to eat everything you like. Implant supported dentures are attached to dental implants that are embedded in your jaw, so they won’t come loose. They also don’t limit your ability to taste and feel foods. With them you can eat most foods comfortably.
Without question, the superior option for total tooth replacement is full mouth dental implants. They look completely natural, feel comfortable, and are built to last. Compare them to other tooth replacement options:
Implant Supported Dentures
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Your Three-Stage Transformation Process
Stage 1: Complimentary Consultation and CBCT Scan
The diagnostic stage of the implant process is where we establish if you qualify for dental implants or may need some initial treatments to qualify. Dr. Han determines your eligibility with a 3D scan of your mouth, made possible by our low-radiation cone beam CT scanner. This innovative technology provides a complete view of your dental health and shows the extent of decay or damage below your gums. Dr. Han and our team can then begin planning for your full mouth dental implant placement. Our process involves a who’s who of the dental implant industry, including top-quality BioHorizons® implants and nSequence® guided surgery technology. nSequence provides two benefits that help ensure exceptional results from your procedure. With it, we can do a virtual test run of your implant placement in advance of the actual procedure, allowing us to proactively identify and address any potential problems. Using that information, we can have custom surgical guides created before your next visit, when the surgical stage of your treatment starts.1
Stage 2: Same-Day Results with TeethXpress
On the day of your implant placement, before we perform any procedures, we relax you using one or several anesthesia options . With IV sedation—provided by a certified in-house professional—you won’t be aware of your treatment or feel anything. That’s why it’s sometimes called “sleep sedation.” We can then perform any prerequisite procedures such as tooth extractions to remove remaining decayed teeth and bone grafting to rebuild your jawbone and reposition your sinus after bone loss. If your upper jawbone has decayed significantly, we may recommend zygomatic dental implants. This specialized process may be done with the assistance of an outside provider. We then start implant placement with the acclaimed TeethXpress protocol. The first step of this is placing your customized surgical guides over your gums. Holes in the guides show us precisely where and at what angle and depth to insert screw-like implants, making for a more efficient procedure and more predictable and pleasing results. This is why we use some type of guide for almost all of our implant cases. With the TeethXpress protocol, we can then put temporary restorations on your implant sites so you can eat, speak, and smile with a full set of teeth during healing. With the help of plasma-rich growth factors, added into your surgical sites before restoration, healing can happen more smoothly, too!2
Stage 3: Your Full New Smile, Ready for the World
Following dental implant placement, your jaws may take three months or more to heal completely. During that period, your implants will permanently meld with your jawbone. We’ll place your custom final restorations atop your implants at your next appointment. You’ll then have a full, healthy smile with permanent teeth – something you possibly haven’t experienced in many years. Think about how wonderful that will feel! You’ll leave our office with a new smile on your face, ready to enjoy life to the fullest.
What is prosthodontics, and how do teeth replacement and restoration techniques like All-On-4 work?
Presenter: A prosthodontist is a dental specialist that has received extensive, highly-focused training in tooth replacement and restoration. Dr. Joon Han is a board-certified prosthodontist, Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics as well as a Fellow of American Prosthodontics. We spoke with Dr. Han at Scharrington Dental to learn about some of the treatments he offers, including many complex treatments such as All-On-4 dental implants.
Dr. Han: Prosthodontics generally refers to the restoration and replacement of missing and damaged teeth. As with any general dentist, I perform a range of restorations. As a highly-trained prosthodontist, I have years of additional training and I spend most of my time treating patients with very complex restorative needs and I’m very uniquely qualified to do these procedures.
I often have patients come here, ‘that I have multiple missing or damaged teeth’. All-On-4 or All-On-6 dental implants are a way of replacing multiple missing teeth with fewer actual implants. This type of full teeth implants are more affordable and faster than traditional, individual implants.
Initially, we perform a consultation with All-on-4 patients to determine the best course of treatment. This includes a 3D CT scan of your mouth with a low radiation, with just two implants positioned at the front of the mouth and two angled implants positioned at the back. Only four implants are needed to provide and support for the full-arch implant restorations. The less invasive nature of All-On-4 also means that our healing and rehabilitation process for the patient is considerably shorter.
Following dental implant placement, the job may take three to four months to heal completely. During that period, the implants will permanently meld with the jaw bone. The final custom restorations will be placed on top of the implants at the next appointment.
Patient: I feel it kind of changed my life in a way. I was always kind of embarrassed of my teeth and my smile, and now I am not. And how can I put a price tag on that? I feel it just improved my life in many ways.
Presenter: Life is too short to not feel completely confident in your smile. Dr. Han and his experienced team members understand the importance of putting their patients first. They want you to enjoy the most effective dental care available.