Frequently asked questions
Do you accept insurance?
Most of our offices work with just about all dental insurance companies to help you get reimbursed for the work you receive.
Can I finance my treatment with payments?
If you have good credit (score of 600 or higher), chances are you will qualify for financing. If you don’t have good credit, we may still be able to help you with payments, but will require a down payment and a steady income.
What if I don't live near a 3 on 6™ provider location?
Because of the high quality and low prices of our work, we have many patients who come from out of town to have work done. The office manager at your location will be happy to help you find a convenient hotel, and schedule your work so that as few trips as possible are required.
How does the 3 on 6™ price compare to comparable treatments?
Our 3 on 6™ patients save on average 46% from other comparable treatment plans.
Is the procedure painful?
Our doctors make sure that this is as pleasant an experience as possible. We can do local anasthesia or general anasthesia with a dedicated anasthesiologist if you'd prefer to just sleep through the entire procedure and wake up with a beautiful new smile. Similar to most trips to the dentist, you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. During the next 24 hours, any pain you experience can normally be controlled with Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Your doctor can help you as needed. Our patients are nearly always pleasantly surprised at how painless the process is.
How do I know if I'm a candidate?
During your consultation, your doctor will look at your mouth and at a 3D scan of your bones. The amount of bone you have will be very important to whether or not you are eligible for a 3 on 6™. Your doctor will let you know during your consultation which procedures you are a candidate for.
What if I don't have enough bone for implants?
Through the use of bone grafting and/or zygomatic implants we can usually find a solution where other offices may not. It is only a small percentage of patients who don't have enough bone for the 3 on 6™. For those patients, we can usually offer another solution like the All-on-4.
What is the difference between the All-on-4 and the 3 on 6™?
The All-on-4 is a larger, bulky restoration that can feel unnatural in your mouth and is secured with four implants. It is sometimes the best option when there is significant bone loss. It also usually requires removing some bone to get it to fit in the mouth. The All-on-4 can also trap food and may need to be removed periodically for cleanings and to prevent infection.
Why shouldn't I just go with a denture?
Most people experience a gag reflex with dentures because it can feel like using a large plastic mouth guard. It can also cause irritation and pain. In addition, glues must be used to try to prevent the denture from slipping out. Some of the glue will be ingested which is uncomfortable and unhealthy. Denture users also must avoid certain foods.
How long is the recovery?
Most patients are able to go back to work within a day or two after the surgery. After the implants are placed, you will generally require a 3 month healing period for the implants before we place your final restorations.
Will I leave my surgery with no teeth?
Absolutely not! You will leave our office the day of surgery with a beautiful new smile. During the time that the implants are healing you will either have a temporary teeth restoration or a removable option like a denture, depending on bone levels and pricing. Rest assured, you will never leave our office without teeth in your mouth!
How do I maintain my new teeth?
Maintaining your new 3 on 6™ smile will be similar to taking care of regular teeth. If you keep them clean they should last the rest of your life. You’ll still need to brush and floss, and we highly recommend the use of a waterflosser to help keep your implants and gums very clean.