Category: All-on-4

Can you do an all on four in a day?

Can you do an all on four in a day?


Yes it can be done.  Teeth can be extracted, implants placed, and the new teeth attached to them all on the same day.  When you go home that evening you can enjoy a light meal, anything you can cut with a fork, and the next day be ready to go back to work or fly home.

 

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Can you do an all on four in a day? Houston Dentist explains.

My mother wears dentures and doesn’t like them are there any other options?

My mother wears dentures and doesn’t like them are there any other options?

Yes- a lot of things will determine what the best option for her would be.  But for 9 out of 10 patients who are wearing dentures the best solution is an “All on Four”.  This is one of the most innovative and amazing advancements of my career. We would place just four implants where we used to place eight to twelve. We would then attach a new set of teeth with four small screws. Your mom will never have to take them out and she will be able to eat the foods she enjoys. No more adhesives, no more loose teeth, no more denture breath, no more embarrassing  teeth in a glass by the bed at night.  It’s almost like having real teeth again. Many patients say they are better than there natural teeth ever were. It is called “All on four”.

 

Are there other options besides dentures? Houston Texas Dentist explains.

The All on 4 Dental Implants Expert on Tooth Extractions

Say “Aaahhhh!”
All on 4 dental implants

The prospect of having a tooth pulled can reduce a football team superhero to a trembling mess and can frighten even the most stoic of individuals. Our teeth seem so solidly rooted in our mouths… one can only imagine the kind of force and scary dental equipment required to pull them from their encasings in our jawbone!

Okay, enough hype. Tooth extractions are actually one of the least painful and most straightforward of all the surgical procedures offered by dentists, such as All on 4 dental implants expert Dr. Wayne Brueggen. There are two very important things to bear in mind:

  • Sometimes they are completely necessary and will actually help maintain overall dental health, and
  • If performed by a qualified and experienced dentist, they typically don’t hurt!

Why are Teeth Extractions Necessary?

Sometimes, owing to the extent of trauma and/or decay, a tooth simply cannot be saved by any dental procedure and allowing this tooth to remain in your mouth can pose a substantial risk to your overall oral health. Can you imagine:

  • How unhygienic it must be to have a decayed tooth in your mouth and what it must do both to your breath and the appearance of your smile?
  • The pain caused by an emerging wisdom tooth as it pushes against the roots of a neighboring molar?
  • Your child’s discomfort and compromised health caused by a loose, decaying milk tooth that simply won’t fall out?

In many cases, teeth extractions actually provide an incredible amount of relief to the patient. But, they should only ever be performed if nothing else can be done to save the tooth and/or if they are in the best interests of a patients’ overall oral health. Also, if the tooth being extracted is one of your 28 permanent adult teeth (not including your wisdom teeth) it is imperative that you opt to have it replaced with a sophisticated technology, such as a dental implant. This will help to prevent problems such as infection, dental instability and atrophy of the underlying jawbone.

What is a Tooth Extraction Like?

Dr. Brueggen will always make sure that the gum surrounding the tooth is thoroughly numbed before extracting it, so you don’t need to worry about any pain or discomfort during the procedure. In the case of more complex extraction procedures – such as the removal of impacted wisdom teeth – general anesthesia may be used.

Once the effects of the anesthesia (local or general) have worn off, it’s perfectly normal for your gums around the extracted tooth to feel a little sensitive and sore. But, this is nothing that some over-the-counter painkillers, such as Tylenol, can’t help relieve.

The Take-Home Message

Nothing can really rival the strength and resilience of your own natural teeth; not even dental implants, although they are the best the industry has to offer. So, it’s always in your best interests to keep your teeth as healthy as possible so that you are never faced with the worst case scenario. Brush and floss thoroughly, stay away from unhealthy habits, such as smoking, teeth grinding and a high sugar diet and attend regularly scheduled appointments with the dentist and oral hygienist. Remember, the chances of preventing infection and detecting decay lie greatly in your favor by scheduling regular dental exams and professional cleanings!

All on 4 Dental Implants: A Historical Perspective on How Far Dentistry Has Come, PART 1

All on 4 dental implants have generated huge waves in the dental world. This is thanks in no small part to the protocol’s unprecedented abilities to give patients new and non-removable teeth in as little as a single day, with a single surgery and at costs that undercut traditional implant techniques by tens of thousands of dollars.

The field of implantology itself has been around for several decades – since the 1950s – but the “All on 4” was only developed in 1993. This is an incredibly tiny slice of time if you consider the many thousand year history of our species on this planet. So, what did we do before the availability of dental implants? How did we look after our teeth? What technologies were available?

I think it’s time we cast a historical light on dental health care and technology to really appreciate just how far we’ve come. So, this month and next, I shall be taking a brief look at some very interesting and, in some cases, appalling historical facts on dentistry!
All on4 implants ancient times

Ancient Dental Implants

The Mayans were one of the first civilizations to make use of dental implants. The skeleton of a Mayan woman dating back to 600AD was found in an archaeological dig in Honduras. Embedded in her jaw bone, archaeologists discovered a few crude replacement teeth that had been fashioned out of sea shell. These early implants appeared to be deliberately inserted into the sockets of three missing teeth. Since these were hardly functional, it just goes to show that, as a species, our appearance has always been important to us.

Other civilizations, such as the ancient Egyptians, made use of precious metals, gemstones, ivory and even the teeth of the deceased to replace missing teeth. The ancient Romans would have replacement teeth fashioned from iron.
Dental Implants in history

Understanding the Cause of a Tooth Ache and Decay

In times BC, the person to visit if you had a toothache would be a priest, who would be qualified in the exorcism of the particular breed of demons that caused dental pain and decay. In these early days, there was absolutely no link made between oral hygiene and oral health. In fact, there was no oral hygiene. Period!

Another interesting – and prevalent – theory explaining the cause of tooth pain, which lasted for centuries amongst many civilizations, was ‘tooth worm.’ This parasite would somehow burrow into your tooth and cause it to ache as it decayed. I wonder if they ever managed to catch one of these mythical worms.

Early Toothbrushes

The earliest ‘toothbrushes’ were first described by the Romans and consisted of no more than a stick that you would chew on. While these ‘chew sticks’ were incredibly rudimentary as far as oral hygiene care is concerned, they were somewhat effective at removing plaque. In fact, if you ever get stranded in the Great Outdoors without a toothbrush, you too can make use of a chew stick. Just make sure your choice in foliage isn’t poisonous!
Early Tooth Brush

In Next Month’s Blog…

I’ll take a look at a few more fun and interesting historical dental facts.

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 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.

The Benefits and Advantages of All-on-4 in Houston, PART 4

In our previous article posts on the breakthrough All-on-4 in Houston, courtesy of experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen, we discussed how this innovative dental implant protocol offers superior aesthetic and functional solutions to edentulism (not having a single original adult tooth left) and near-edentulism. Furthermore, instead of waiting up to a year or more for a complete set of teeth, patients are able to undergo oral rehabilitation in a single day with a single surgery! And this brings us to one of the greatest benefits of the All-on-4 protocol… Cost.

All-on-4 Dental Implants and Cost Concerns

Money, money, money; it makes the world go around and plays a fundamental role in most, if not all of the decisions we make. When it comes to your health, in an ideal world, cost should not be a core concern. But it is the harsh reality. People opt for inferior teeth replacement technology because they cannot afford the better, more advantageous alternative. Thankfully, while the All-on-4 protocol is the newer and more sophisticated method for the treatment of rampant tooth loss and edentulism, it actually works out to be far cheaper than traditional dental implant methods! In fact, with the All-on-4 in Houston, patients presenting with straight-forward cases are able to save as much as $25,000 on oral rehabilitation, while more complex cases can save a staggering $45,000! And this is not even to mention how much time, pain and discomfort this innovative procedure saves patients.

It’s at this juncture that most people ask: “Ok, so where’s the catch? A better and more sophisticated tooth replacement protocol and it’s cheaper? That just doesn’t make sense.” Well, when you consider a few important things, you will come to understand how the All on 4 in Houston saves patients tens of thousands of dollars…

How the All-on-4 in Houston Saves You Money

  • The Number of Implants: If you have lost all of your original adult teeth to decay and gum disease and want to have a new set of teeth placed using dental implants, you would be looking at requiring up to 20 implants for both the upper and lower jaws. Now consider that each implant costs in the region of $3,500 to $4,500 and you can appreciate why oral rehabilitation using traditional implant techniques is so incredibly expensive! The All-on-4 on the other hand – as the name suggests – only requires four dental implants to be placed per jaw.
  • The Number of Surgeries: In addition to the cost of requiring up to 20 implants comes the cost of multiple surgeries, consultation with specialists and time off from work. 12 to 18 months spent in and out of surgery can rack up a monstrous bill for patients. The All-on-4 in Houston almost never requires more than a single surgery for patients to go from being edentulous to having a full, beautiful and healthy-looking smile!
  • Bone Grafting Surgery: The All-on-4 in Houston is capable of giving patients a brand new set of teeth almost always without the need for lengthy, painful and expensive bone grafting surgery beforehand. This not only saves patients months of recovery, it also saves them a lot of money!

A Final Note on the All-on-4 Protocol

The All-on-4 in Houston is the most sophisticated solution modern dental science has to offer people suffering from rampant tooth loss and edentulism as a result of decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Allowing your oral problems to go undiagnosed and untreated is a core part of the problem, so never allow a concern for cost to come between you and a much improved quality of life, thanks to the unrivalled solutions afforded by All-on-4 dental implants and Dr. Wayne Brueggen.

The Benefits and Advantages of All on Four Implants in Houston, PART 2

Welcome back to our four-part article series on All on Four implants in Houston, courtesy of qualified and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen. In our previous article post, we began looking at some of the benefits offered by All on Four implants over and above that archaic too_TMth replacement technology; partial and full removable dentures. In this, the second installment of the series, we shall take an in-depth look at the cosmetic benefits and advantages afforded by All on Four implants in Houston: the sophisticated and unrivalled solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism (not having a single original adult tooth left).

The Cosmetic Benefits of All on Four Implants in Houston

Even a single missing tooth can have a devastating effect upon one’s ability to smile with confidence. And the smile is one of the most important physical assets we as human beings have! So just imagine what rampant tooth loss as a result of decay and periodontal (gum) disease can do to one’s self-esteem! Perhaps you know all too well what it feels like to struggle with the ceaseless challenges associated with being edentulous. All on Four implants in Houston offer fantastic cosmetic solutions to multiple missing teeth and total tooth loss. And these solutions go beyond the short term to ensure that patients are able to retain their youthful facial contours.

  • All on Four Implants in Houston: The Exceptional Results Achieved

The prosthetic dental bridge that is affixed to the All on Four implants is carefully and expertly fabricated to be virtually indistinguishable from a complete set of natural teeth. No matter how broad your smile, those around you simply won’t be able to tell the difference between your new, beautiful teeth and a full set of natural, healthy pearly whites.

  • All on Four Implants in Houston: A Perfect Fit for a Natural Appearance

Removable dentures, as the name suggests, are not fixed in the mouth and so rely upon their bulkiness and fit in order to not shift around or fall out. The peripheral regions of additional mass, known as flanges, help to stabilize dentures in the mouth, but they also press on the lips from inside the mouth. This makes the lips look thin and stretched, which has an aging effect upon the face. All on Four implants in Houston are used to ‘anchor’ a non-removable prosthetic dental bridge in the mouth. Thanks to the support provided by dental implants, additional bulk isn’t necessary to prevent the bridge from slipping or falling out. Consequently, the results achieved look far more natural and beautiful and feel far more comfortable!

  • All on Four Implants in Houston: The Preservation of Youthful Facial Contours

All on Four implants play an integral role in keeping the underlying jaw bone stimulated and alive; something that removable dentures simply can’t achieve. By keeping the jaw bone healthy, a patient’s natural facial contours can remain strong and youthful for years and even decades. This, however, does hinge upon a patient seeking prompt treatment for multiple missing teeth and tooth loss. The longer you avoid having All on Four implants placed, the more advanced the bone loss in the jaw becomes and the more affected your cosmetic appearance will become.

All on Four Implants: Stay Tuned…

To find out more about All on Four implants in Houston and how they offer a comprehensive, sophisticated and long term solution to edentulism and near-edentulism, stay tuned for the third installment of this four-part article series, courtesy of implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen.

The Benefits and Advantages of All on 4 Implants in Houston, PART 1

All on 4 Implants: An Introduction:

There are currently tens of millions of people living without most or all of their original adult teeth; a state referred to as ‘edentulism’. In fact, according to statistics released by the Center for Disease control, the number of edentulous adults in the United States is a staggering 20 million, while another 100 million more have lost between 11 and 15 of their natural teeth to decay and gum disease. The traditional approach to treating edentulism and near-edentulism was to enable patients to be able to eat, speak and smile with a degree of confidence. However, removable dentures, or false teeth as they are colloquially known, go hand-in-hand with a whole suite of challenges and repeated expenses. And these obstacles and struggles can drastically lower one’s self-confidence and overall quality of life. Thankfully, there is a much more sophisticated tooth replacement solution available to patients who are in desperate need of a brand new set of teeth. So what is the comprehensive and long-term solution to multiple missing teeth and rampant tooth loss? All on 4 Implants in Houston, of course!

What are All on 4 Implants in Houston?

All on 4 implants are specially fabricated dental implants that are able to provide immediate support for a fully customized prosthetic dental bridge. The breakthrough protocol behind their placement enables qualified and experienced implant dentists, such as Dr. Wayne Brueggen, to give patients a brand new set of immediately functional teeth that are virtually indistinguishable – in feel and appearance – from natural, healthy teeth. Better yet, All on 4 implants in Houston are capable of achieving this in as little as a single day, with a single surgery, and almost always without the need for lengthy, painful and expensive bone grafting surgery beforehand!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. After all, it is the aim of this four-part article series to investigate in detail the various benefits and advantages offered by All on 4 implants in Houston over traditional teeth replacement solutions and technologies. In this article, the first installment of the series, we shall perform a brief comparison between the results achieved by All on 4 implants and removable dentures

All on 4 Implants in Houston and Traditional Partial and Full Removable Dentures

The major advantages All on 4 implants have over removable dentures are that they provide patients with a beautiful set of teeth that are fixed in the mouth; in other words, they are non-removable. They cannot move around and will not fall out, which makes eating, speaking and smiling much easier! Furthermore, All on 4 implants in Houston reap full support from the jawbone and not from the underlying gums, as is the case with dentures. This makes the prosthetic dental bridge affixed to the implants feel like a natural set of teeth, which reduces the sense of self-consciousness edentulous and near-edentulous people tend to experience. The bridge also feels far more comfortable and doesn’t damage or compromise the underlying soft tissues. Other benefits of All on 4 implants include:

  • They do not harbor food and bacteria, which can cause bad breath,
  • They do not impede your ability to taste,
  • They do not trigger the gag reflex,
  • They are cleaned just like natural teeth,
  • They do not incur repeated expenses, such as anesthetic gels, cleaning agents and adhesives.

All in all, All on 4 implants in Houston are vastly more comfortable and beneficial to your long term oral health, self-confidence and quality of life!

All on 4 Implants: Stay Tuned…

To find out more about All on 4 implants in Houston and how it offers a comprehensive, sophisticated and long term solution to edentulism and near-edentulism, stay tuned for the second installment of this four-part article series, courtesy of implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen.