Keeping the Community Smiling With Teeth in a Day

Keeping the Community Smiling With Teeth in a Day

by Steve Gamel

Dr. John Shillingburg couldn’t tell who was more excited when one of his patients, Mike Thomas, came strolling through the front door a few months ago. Thomas, a former Naval pilot now in his 60s, initially visited DFW Oral Surgeons in Flower Mound last year hoping Dr. Shillingburg and his staff could help him not only get his smile back – but also his life.

It had been a while since Dr. Shillingburg performed a life-changing fixed dental implant procedure on Mike called All-on-4®. And by the looks of it, it worked to perfection. Mike was loving his new teeth and was smiling from ear to ear.

“He couldn’t stop smiling. None of us could, either,” Dr. Shillingburg said. “Mike looked great; he had stopped smoking and everything. It was a radical change to his life.” He added, “Our patients can’t believe how real their teeth are. And they can’t wait to smile.”

We’ll talk more about the procedure that changed Mike’s life in a minute, but trust us when we say it’s not your typical dental implant treatment. And frankly, the doctor who performed it isn’t typical either. Dr. Shillingburg, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is the best at what he does and is the owner of a true outpatient surgery center capable of diagnosing and treating any mouth and jaw condition. This includes procedures as simple as wisdom teeth extraction to complicated sinus lifts and reconstructive surgery.

And when we say he’s a specialist in all of these things, we mean it. Dr. Shillingburg is trained and credentialed in dentoalveolar surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, implant surgery, orthognathic surgery, facial reconstructive oral surgery, dental anesthesiology, and holds membership with the American Dental Association and is a Diplomate of both the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Beyond the accolades, what makes Dr. Shillingburg tick is being able to help people feel better about themselves. A former military man himself, he has worked with active duty soldiers to celebrities and civilians. And as technology has improved, he’s jumped onboard with treatment programs that improve a patient’s recovery time and quality of life.

“It gives me pride knowing patients can come in, and they will have a great experience,” Dr. Shillingburg said. “We have a great team here, and I have a lot of passion for what I do; We enjoy taking something that is difficult for a lot of people and make it so it’s not a big deal.”

The All-on-4 treatment is a cultural shift from the more intrusive, painful, and lengthy implant procedures of the past as it uses as few as four implants while making the best use of your available jawbone to provide a fully functional set of new fixed teeth. By angling the rear two implants, patients receive instantaneous support and stability – all in one day.

In the past, the standard of care with fixed implants was for a surgeon to take bone from a patient’s hip to reconstruct the facial bone structure. From there, six to eight dental implants would be placed in the upper jaw, followed by the lower jaw, and patients would then need to make multiple trips back over the course of the next year and a half as their mouth healed. What All-on-4 does is decrease the need for bone grafting.

“In one day, we can remove their upper and lower teeth, then place four to six dental implants in while a lab tech converts the upper denture into fixed teeth,” Dr. Shillingburg said. “We place the implants and put in a set of temporary teeth that same day. It’s not as painful as before because the teeth aren’t resting on the gum tissue; they’re resting on the implants.”

Mike Thomas was a perfect candidate for All-on-4. He had developed gum disease, and his teeth deteriorated rapidly. This left him struggling to chew his food, and he was uncomfortable in social situations. In a matter of one day, that all changed.

Another story featured on the company’s website ( is of veteran Chris Coker, a cancer survivor who had several teeth knocked out during a lung biopsy. Dr. Shillingburg selflessly donated his time, expertise, and resources to help Mr. Coker.

“You people have seen me before with really awful teeth, and they don’t make you feel good about yourself,” Mr. Coker says to a group of people in the video. “And when this was done, it changed my whole perspective on life, the way I live it, the way I interact with other people, and now I just really enjoy smiling.”

Many of us take our oral and dental health for granted, and when we are suddenly faced with severe problems, the consequences can be overwhelming. Having a doctor like John Shillingburg in your corner is a lifesaver.

“I feel my role on this earth is to help people and to bless others. It’s a really neat thing to be able to radically change someone’s life for the better.”

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4421 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 100 | Flower Mound, TX 75028


photography of Dr. Shillingburg and Team by Your Candid Memories (

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