Stephen Chan, DDS, MD, Contemporary Implant and Oral Surgery of Plano

Oral Surgeon

About the Expert

Dr. Stephen Chan has received advanced degrees in dental surgery and medicine, and has undergone extensive training in dental implants, maxillofacial surgery, facial reconstruction, and various types of anesthesia, including general, oral, and IV sedation.


Why are implants beneficial? 

Compared to alternative treatment, implants offer the best range of aesthetic and functional options while best preserving the underlying bone structure. Implants may be used to replace single, multiple, or even all teeth. Considering the high success rate for these procedures, implants provide excellent value when investing in your oral health.

How should I choose my implant surgeon? 

The best way to achieve excellent outcomes is through a team approach using oral surgeons specializing in these procedures. Oral surgeons perform the surgical phase of treatment consisting of any necessary extractions, bone grafting, and placement of the dental implants. General dentists place a customized crown once the implant is healed. This combination affords the best expertise from each respective provider to maximize the success of your treatment the first time. Working with your trusted dentist, we believe an oral surgery specialist’s practice is the best place to receive treatment. 

Is a new smile possible in just one day?  

It may sound too good to be true, but with advanced oral surgery techniques and dental implants, getting a new smile in just one day is now a reality. All-On-4 (also called Teeth-in-a-Day or Smile-in-a-Day) procedures are customized dental implant treatments using specialized dental implant technology that can replace the full set of upper and/or lower teeth with as few as four dental implants. The actual treatment or surgery is often completed in one day, but there are several visits during the planning phase.

Am I a candidate for All-On-Four? 

You may be a candidate for All-On-Four if you:

  • Have multiple missing or damaged teeth and want an alternative to dentures
  • Want to see an immediate cosmetic and functional dental improvement, and lifetime-lasting results 
  • Do not grind your teeth excessively
  • Have adequate bone density in the area and relatively healthy oral tissues
  • Do not have medical conditions that may negatively affect bone healing

A consultation with an oral surgeon is the best way to determine your candidacy for this procedure. At our practice, we conduct a comprehensive dental exam and review your health history to evaluate if this procedure is right for you.

What are the advantages to this particular dental implant treatment?

All-On-Four procedures are quicker than traditional dental implant treatments, and more affordable than using a single implant for each missing tooth. There’s often no need for expensive bone grafting or extensive recovery time. The main procedure is usually completed in one day. Stability of dental implants provide better function since they are anchored to the jawbone. Cosmetic appearance is often more esthetically ideal. The new teeth are slimmer and more natural in contour, leading to a comfortable fit, and better taste and temperature sensation of foods and drinks. Easy to maintain, there’s no need for removal like traditional dentures. Toothbrushes and water picks help to sustain healthy oral hygiene.

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