Month: March, 2012

All on 4 Implants in Houston: Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered, PART 4

“This four-part article series provides comprehensive answers to all the questions frequently asked about the All-on-4 dental implant protocol for complete oral rehabilitation”

In this article, the final installment of a four part series, we shall conclude by taking a look at some questions pertaining to All on 4 implants in Houston and traditional dental implant techniques. All answers are courtesy of skilled and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen: serving the dental needs of Houston for over 30 years.

FAQ # 8: What is the difference between All on 4 implants in Houston and traditional dental implants?

Answer: There are some very important differences between All on 4 implants in Houston and traditional surgical protocol. In fact, these differences result in average savings on oral rehabilitation of $25,000, and as much as $45,000 on more complex cases!

  • All on 4 implants in Houston, as the name suggests, only require four dental implants per jaw to provide complete support for a customized prosthetic dental bridge. So, for a patient receiving both upper and lower teeth, this equates to only eight dental implants. Traditional surgical protocols, on the other hand, frequently require six, eight and ten dental implants to be placed per jaw, which, for both the upper and lower dental arch, equates to 20 dental implants! This not only works out to be incredibly expensive for the patient, but it requires them to go in for multiple surgeries, since such a large number of implants cannot be safely placed in a single sitting.
  • Following on from the previous point, All on 4 implants in Houston can be placed in a single day, with a single surgery, whereas traditional protocols require multiple surgeries spread out over the course of 12 to 18 months.
  • All on 4 implants in Houston are designed to be placed almost always without the need for bone grafting surgery beforehand. This procedure is frequently necessary in patients that present with advanced bone loss in the jaw; a result of atrophy of the hard tissue, which is in turn caused by tooth loss that has gone untreated for too long. Traditional implant protocol cannot bypass this challenge and so patients are looking at requiring yet another surgery and lengthy recovery period.

FAQ # 9: I have previously been told that I am not a candidate for dental implants. Does this apply to All on 4 implants in Houston?

Answer: Not necessarily, in fact, in most cases, no! All on 4 implants in Houston enable implant dentists to overcome many of the challenges facing traditional surgical protocol. As a result, patients of all ages and presenting with all kinds of oral problems are able to receive a brand new set of beautiful, immediately functional and non-removable teeth in a day thanks to All on 4 implants in Houston. Dr. Wayne Brueggen regularly sees patients well into their nineties, as well as those that have been previously told they are not candidates for traditional implant techniques. The best way to find out is to schedule an appointment.

A Final Note on All on 4 Implants in Houston

With the incredible feats made possible by All on 4 implants in Houston, the millions of edentulous and near edentulous people in the United States (and abroad) now have a far more sophisticated solution to their oral problems. No longer do you need to struggle with the ceaseless challenges and repeat expenses associated with removable dentures. Contact Dr. Wayne Brueggen today and you could begin the journey to getting your beautiful and confident smile back tomorrow!

All on 4 Dental Implants in Houston: Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered, PART 3

“This four-part article series provides comprehensive answers to all the questions frequently asked about the All-on-4 dental implant protocol for complete oral rehabilitation”

In the first two installments of this four part series on All on 4 dental implants, we addressed some of the questions patients frequently ask about this innovative protocol for complete oral rehabilitation. Some of these questions included: “What are All on 4 dental implants in Houston?”, “Why is this protocol considered to be a breakthrough in modern dental science?” and “What is the procedure involved in their surgical placement?” In this, the third article of the series, experienced and qualified implant dentist Dr. Wayne Brueggen, who is also the founder and CEO of the Brueggen Dental Implant Center in Houston, will continue answering your very important questions about a fantastic and long-term solution to rampant tooth loss.

FAQ # 6: Does it hurt to receive All on 4 dental implants in Houston?

Answer: One of the most unfortunate misconceptions surrounding dental implants is that they are extremely painful to have placed, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth! First and foremost, the surgical component of All on 4 dental implants in Houston is carried out under general anesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing. Post-operative pain is minimal; in fact, the majority of our patients don’t even require prescription analgesic medication. This has much to do with the advanced technology supporting modern surgical protocol.

The use of X-ray, CAT scan and sophisticated computer imaging software in the planning of the surgery for All on 4 dental implants in Houston enable implant dentists to visualize the structure of the jaw bone in exceptional detail. This in turn allows Dr. Brueggen to perform the procedure using as few incisions and sutures as possible, which is generally the main source of post-operative pain and discomfort. So, with a surgery that is as minimally invasive as possible, patients really need not worry about All on 4 dental implants in Houston being painful!

FAQ # 7: Removable Dentures are cheaper than All on 4 dental implants in Houston. Why not just opt for false teeth?

Answer: Removable dentures may come with a lower initial price tag than All on 4 dental implants in Houston, but in the long term, their endless challenges and repeated expenses add up. And what you might save in money today, you pay for in comfort, convenience and quality of life over the ensuing years and decades. The irony here is that people who opt for dentures frequently end up requiring All on 4 dental implants in Houston anyway as a result of advanced bone loss in the jaw; something caused by tooth loss gone untreated! Other benefits and advantages of All on 4 dental implants in Houston include:

  • They are permanent and non-removable teeth, which mean that they are cleaned just like natural teeth.
  • They don’t require removal after meals for cleaning, or at nighttime.
  • Unlike removable dentures, All on 4 dental implants in Houston do not compromise taste or your ability to sense hot and cold.
  • They do not trigger the gag reflex.
  • You won’t need to constantly invest in denture products, such as anesthetic gels or sticky, messy adhesives.
  • All on 4 dental implants in Houston reap all the support from the underlying jaw bone, just like natural teeth. As a result, when eating and speaking, they don’t cause any pain, inflammation or damage to the gums.
  • They enable you to bite down with a natural force, which means that you can eat all the foods you love without discrimination.
  • All on 4 dental implants in Houston prevent the deterioration of bone volume in the jaw. As a result, they don’t require expensive refitting every few years or so.
  • Looked after properly, All on 4 dental implants in Houston can last several decades without the need for restoration or replacement!

All on 4 Dental Implants in Houston: Stay Tuned!

For more frequently asked questions on All on 4 dental implants in Houston, stay tuned for the third installment of this four-part article series, courtesy of Dr. Wayne Brueggen, a qualified and experienced implant dentist who has been serving Houston for over 30 years.

All on Four Dental Implants in Houston: Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered, PART 2

“This four-part article series provides comprehensive answers to all the questions frequently asked about the All-on-4 dental implant protocol for complete oral rehabilitation.”

In our previous article post, experienced implant dentist Dr. Wayne Brueggen began answering some of the questions patients frequently ask about All on Four dental implants in Houston. Before we continue to address more of these questions, we shall provide a brief recap on this breakthrough dental implant protocol.

All on Four Dental Implants: Conception

In 1993, European implantologist, Dr. Paulo Malo innovated a surgical technique that enabled qualified implant dentists to provide edentulous (not having a single original adult tooth left) and near-edentulous patients with new, immediately functional and non-removable teeth in a single surgery, in a single day. This achievement went entirely without precedent and represented a breakthrough in the fields of fixed oral rehabilitation and dental implantology. Not only do All on Four dental implants in Houston make oral rehabilitation quicker, easier and less complicated than traditional implant protocol, but it also enables patients to save an average of $25,000 on getting their beautiful and confident smiles back! If there is one comprehensive and sophisticated 21st century solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism, then it’s All on Four dental implants in Houston!

All on Four Dental Implants in Houston: Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered

FAQ # 4: How do All on Four dental implants in Houston work? What procedure is involved?

Answer: The procedure behind the placement of All on Four dental implants in Houston consists of two phases: (1) the surgery and (2) the fitting of your prosthetic dental bridge.

1 All on Four Dental Implants in Houston: Surgery ~ During the surgery, qualified and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen, will extract any remaining failing teeth. This is performed under the effects of a general anesthesia of course, so you won’t feel a thing! Once the gums have been thoroughly cleaned and any bacteria and signs of infection eliminated, he will insert two dental implants in the anterior (front) portion of the mouth and another two, longer implants in the posterior (back) portion of the mouth, in the region of the third molars (see image above). These latter two implants are inserted at an angle as to reap maximum support from the jaw while avoiding damage to vital structures, such as the sinus cavity in the upper jaw and the nerve canal in the mandible.

2. All on Four Dental Implants in Houston: Placement of the Bridge ~ Once the four implants have been inserted per jaw (hence the name, ‘All on Four dental implants in Houston’), the surgery will be brought to a close and you will be left to recover from the anesthesia. The prosthodontist will then affix a customized prosthetic dental bridge to the four abutments of the implants. This bridge (see image below) has been fabricated in an on-site laboratory from molds that were previously taken of your mouth. Once it has been attached to your All on Four dental implants in Houston and you are happy with the fit and feel of your new teeth, you will be free to return home!

FAQ # 5: How long should I take off from work?

Answer: All on Four dental implants in Houston do not incur a lengthy recovery period at all. In fact, most patients return to work the very next day after having their new teeth placed! The majority of Dr. Brueggen’s patients don’t even require pain medication. If you are concerned about being able to cope, then it is advisable that you take one day off from work to allow your body rest. However, this is entirely up to the individual.

All on Four Dental Implants in Houston: Stay Tuned!

For more frequently asked questions on All on Four dental implants in Houston, stay tuned for the third installment of this four-part article series, courtesy of qualified and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen.

The All-on-4 in Houston: Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered, Part 1

“This four-part article series provides comprehensive answers to all the questions frequently asked about the All-on-4 dental implant protocol for complete oral rehabilitation”

According to the American Dental Association, a staggering 20 million people in the United States are missing all of their natural teeth and a further 100 million are missing between 11 and 15 teeth. Tooth loss, which is most frequently a result of poor lifelong oral hygiene, smoking and the acute and chronic oral bacterial infection of the gums (periodontal disease), is a pervasive problem in the United States. The technology previously used to provide edentulous (not having a single original adult tooth left) and near-edentulous patients was removable dentures or ‘false teeth’ as they are colloquially known. Yet, in spite of the leaps that have been made in the treatment of tooth loss using dental implants – most notably the All-on-4 in Houston, a sophisticated surgical protocol for complete oral rehabilitation – millions of people still opt for dentures, which is an inferior tooth replacement technology that comes hand-in-hand with numerous challenges and repeated expenses.

In order to help patients needing new teeth understand the many benefits and advantages of dental implants as a comprehensive and long-term solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism, qualified and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen, will provide the answers to your frequently asked questions in this four-part article series on the All-on-4 in Houston.

FAQ # 1: What is the All-on-4 in Houston?

Answer: The All-on-4 in Houston is a surgical plan for the placement of dental implants in patients that have lost most, if not all of their teeth to oral bacterial infection, gum disease and decay. It enables implant dentists to provide these patients with a brand new set of immediately functional, comfortable and non-removable teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from a full set of natural healthy teeth.

FAQ # 2: Why is the All-on-4 in Houston considered to be a breakthrough in modern dental science?

Answer: The celebrity status of the All-on-4 in Houston quite simply has to do with the fact that this implant protocol is capable of achieving the unprecedented. Patients can receive a brand new set of beautiful, functional and non-removable teeth in as little as a single day, with a single surgery! Prior to the conception of the All-on-4 in Houston, patients were looking at spending as long as a year-and-a-half in and out of surgery before they could enjoy a confident smile and functional bite. Furthermore, not everyone was a candidate for traditional dental implant techniques. And the cherry on the top: the All-on-4 in Houston saves the average patient a staggering $25,000 on oral rehabilitation and, for more complex cases, a whopping $45,000!

FAQ # 3: Why is the protocol called the All-on-4?

Answer: The protocol essentially involves the affixing of a fully customized prosthetic dental bridge to four dental implants in the mouth. The name, “All-on-4”, refers to the fact that edentulous and near-edentulous patients can get a brand new set of teeth, which are supported entirely by only four dental implants per jaw (see image above). This is as opposed to traditional dental implant techniques, which frequently called for six, eight and ten implants to be placed per jaw.

All-on-4 in Houston: Stay Tuned!

For more frequently asked questions on the All-on-4 in Houston, stay tuned for the second installment of this four-part article series, courtesy of qualified and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen.