Category: Houston dental implants

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.

Is it important to get implants?

Is it important to get implants?

 

Yes, this is a good question.  If any tooth is lost and not replaced the other teeth can shift. This can lead to unpleasant esthetics, periodontal disease, and TMJ disfunction. The loss of a tooth on one side will cause you to favor chewing on the other side. Imagine that you injured your right foot so you avoided walking on it and instead hopped around on the left all of the time. It’s easy to see that the right leg would deteriorate from lack of use and the left from overuse. The same phenomenon occurs when we only chew on one side.  So yes you would need a dental implant.

 

 

Is it important to get implants? Houston Texas Dentist explains.

Who makes a good candidate for dental implants?

Who makes a good candidate for dental implants?

There are a few things that affect dental implants. These include uncontrolled diabetes, radiation from head of neck cancer and lupus.  Also medications such as bisphosphonates  which is a medication that people who suffer from osteoporosis or osteopenia take. The most common thing we hear is that patients do not have enough bone. If you have been missing your teeth for a long time there might be deficiency but an experienced implantalogist can usually overcome that. If you smoke, it might put you at higher risk but you can still get implants.

Who makes a good candidate for dental implants? Houston Texas 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.

Are dental implants painful?

Are dental implants painful?

Most patients experience very little if any pain. At Brueggen Dental we use conscious sedation. Most patients might have a blurry recollection of the procedure or don’t remember it at all. Placing implants or having them placed is simple and quick. Almost everyone can return to work or play the following day. The average patient may take a couple of Ibuprofen.

 

Are dental implants painful? Houston Texas Dentist explains.

Do I need to get implants for the teeth in the back of my mouth?

Do I need to get implants for the teeth in the back of my mouth?

Yes, this is a good question.  If any tooth is lost and not replaced the other teeth can shift. This can lead to unpleasant esthetics, periodontal disease, and TMJ disfunction. The loss of a tooth on one side will cause you to favor chewing on the other side. Imagine that you injured your right foot so you avoided walking on it and instead hopped around on the left all of the time. It’s easy to see that the right leg would deteriorate from lack of use and the left from overuse. The same phenomenon occurs when we only chew on one side.  So yes you would need a dental implant.

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Do I need to get implants for the teeth in the back of my mouth? Houston Texas Dentist explains.

 

 

If I get dental implants are my teeth going to look natural?

If I get dental implants are my teeth going to look natural?

Yes, a dental implant is nothing but a manmade replacement root for a tooth. The teeth built on top are the typical crowns and veneers and other solutions that we use to give people beautiful cosmetic smiles. Most people say they look better than their natural teeth.

Do dental implants look natural? Houston Texas Dentist explains.

My Experience Getting New Teeth at Houston’s Brueggen Dental Implant Center, PART 1

Patient Kathleen Richards (44) of Houston Texas speaks to us about her smile makeover experience at the Brueggen Dental Implant Center.
“I was only in my early thirties when I lost a few of my back teeth…”

Three of my molars were causing me a lot of discomfort and the one in particular left a terrible taste in my mouth. My old dentist explained that two of my molars were decayed and had to be extracted. The third might be saved with a root canal, but a month after treatment, it became clear that the tooth would also have to come out.

I have not always been the best at looking after my teeth. I frequently fall asleep without flossing, especially when I get stuck into a good book. I do try to brush more often, but I lead a busy life and so it’s usually morning and night for me! It was only when I started struggling with tooth decay and – my mother had to tell me – chronic bad breath in my early thirties that I began to realize the toll my negligence had taken on my teeth. Before my teeth extraction and root canal procedures, I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d been to the dentist.

“I resolved to be better about brushing and flossing and I was for a while…

… but then life took over again and I went back to my old ways. I was about 34 when one morning I took a sip of some hot coffee and my upper right canine felt sensitive to the heat. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but the sensitivity grew and grew, until anything hot or cold that passed through my lips caused quite severe pain. My tooth would also throb at random intervals during the day. I thought I’d leave it for a week and if it didn’t sort itself out, I’d give my dentist a call again. One week became three: I was so busy at work. And then the pain started causing headaches.

One night after a few weeks of coping with a toothache, I looked at my tooth in the mirror and received the fright of my life. It was starting to change color to a brownish grey! How had I not noticed that before? I immediately called up my dentist and arranged an appointment. But, once again, it was too late. The tooth had become aggressively decayed and required extraction. Now, instead of having missing teeth at the back of my mouth, where people couldn’t really see them, I had an obvious gap in my smile.

“This marked the end of what little confidence I had at work and around friends and family…

My dentist recommended that I go and see implant dentist Dr. Wayne Brueggen and speak to him about replacing my missing teeth with dental implants. Instead of following his advice, my low self-esteem slumped day-by-day until I hardly spoke to anyone. I certainly didn’t smile! I just kept to myself, did my work and rushed home in the evening to avoid bumping into people. I don’t know why I waited so long to pick up the phone and call the Brueggen Dental Implant Center. I was nervous about dental treatment… but I guess I was almost too depressed to do anything really.

Finally, one morning, after a nightmare about losing ALL of my teeth – having them crumbling in my mouth and spitting out the fragments – I picked up the phone and called the Brueggen Dental Implant Center. The staff member who answered was friendly and efficient and answered all my questions crisply, but patiently. I was lucky enough to catch an opening with the doctor the following day, so I prepared to meet with my fate…

Stay Tuned for the Second Installment of Kathleen’s Smile Makeover Experience at the Brueggen Dental Implant Center!

Houston Dental Implants: A Historical Perspective on How Far Dentistry Has Come, PART 2

The “All-on-4″ Houston dental implants protocol is the latest significant advancement to have been made in the extraordinary realm of dental implantology. It not only enables implant dentists to provide edentulous (toothless) and near-edentulous patients with a brand new set of fixed and non-removable teeth that function, feel and look like natural teeth; it enables us to do so in as little as a few hours. It only takes an elementary understanding of the capabilities of Houston dental implants to truly admire how far the field of dentistry has come.

It also makes you think: what did our edentulous ancestors do to get by? And who had to bear the brunt of the earliest dental technologies and experiments so that we can all own a beautiful smile today?

In my previous blog post, we took a look at a few historical facts on dental care and technology through the ages. As part two of this series, we shall continue with our brief sojourn down memory lane! Why? Because I believe these facts can really help us appreciate just how far dentistry has come today…

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A Few Hundred Years Ago, Your Dentist was your Barber!

In the middle ages, dental care fell into the hands of barbers, whose sharp tools and proximity to monks (having to be on hand to shave their heads constantly) lead them into the service of blood-letting, boil-lancing and general surgery, in addition to hair-cutting. Tooth extractions were also considered a common form of public entertainment during these primitive times. Furthermore, patients were told to rinse their mouths, morning and night, with their own urine as a post dental surgery antiseptic. How charming!

Pre-War Dental Care (or a Lack Thereof):

The majority of Americans did not brush their teeth at all, until the trend caught on after World War 2. The use of dental floss, however, goes back quite a bit further. The grooves caused by use of dental floss have been found on the teeth of prehistoric human remains. Our ancestors must have used very fine twigs or grass fibers to excavate annoying pieces of meat from between their teeth.

As a result of poor dental health and hygiene, most people over the age of 40 or 50 were completely edentulous! George Washington wore dentures carved from the tusk of a hippopotamus!

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Osseointegration is Discovered:

Osseointegration is a very unique property belonging to titanium – the metal used in the fabrication of Houston dental implants. It was discovered in 1952 by Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Per-Ingvar Brånemark. Osseointegration is the process whereby the bone tissue in the jaw biologically fuses with the surface of the implants (see above image).

Appreciating How Far We’ve Come

Since the discovery of osseointegration, the field of dental implantology has taken off in leaps and bounds. Yet, it wasn’t that long ago that your local blacksmith offered forcible cures for problematic teeth! If there is one message to be understood here, it’s that we should all look after our teeth and gums and be very thankful for the relative ease with which our dental problems can be taken care of these days.

10 Easy Steps to Needing Houston Dental Implants, Part 2

“This two-part article series describes the 10 bad lifestyle habits that can lead to tooth loss and the need for dental implants.”

In our previous article post, courtesy of qualified and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen, we investigated the first five of ten steps people can take to needing Houston dental implants. Now, tooth loss is hardly something someone would aspire to, yet in spite of the sophisticated state of modern medical technology and our higher standards of dental hygiene, there are still millions of people in the United States that have lost more than half, if not all of their original adult teeth to tooth decay and gum disease. Clearly, not everyone is getting the message about the importance of oral hygiene and healthy lifestyle habits. So, without further ado, here are the remaining five steps you can take in order to require Houston dental implants for single and multiple missing teeth.

Step 6 to Needing Houston Dental Implants: Chew and Smoke Tobacco

Smoking or chewing tobacco is one of the most destructive habits you can develop. It is also one of the most avoidable. Don’t put your oral and general health on the fast track to its demise when you have what it takes to say ‘no’ or quit today. If you want to avoid nasty tooth discoloration, the whole suite of oral cancers, gum disease, tooth loss and the eventual need for Houston dental implants, then kick the habit. It’s never too late.

Step 7 to Needing Houston Dental Implants: Drink Alcohol Excessively

Most of us enjoy the occasional beer, glass of red wine or gin and tonic. Perhaps a cocktail on the beach? How about three? Care for a tequila? Another? The effects of alcohol on the body are most enjoyed the morning after a serious night out. No one likes a party pooper, so we’re not saying that you need to abstain completely. One night out every now and then can be a good stress reliever (although you will be sure to pay for it the following day). But excessive alcohol consumption on a regular basis is a death sentence for your teeth. Acid corrosion and the suite of bad habits that come hand in hand with this kind of lifestyle, such as smoking and poor oral hygiene, are a fantastic way to end up needing Houston dental implants before you’re 40.

Step 8 to Needing Houston Dental Implants: Eat an Unbalanced Diet

Your teeth require proper nutrition just like the rest of your body. But they are also on the front line in terms of how foods that are high in fats, acid and sugar affect your health. Make sure you get plenty of leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, wholegrain breads and proteins and steer clear of artificially sugary and salty foods. Minerals such as calcium and fluoride are great for your teeth, so drink mineral and/or tap water rather than purified water. The former are rich in the electrolytes, trace metals and minerals your body needs.

Step 9 to Needing Houston Dental Implants: Abuse Drugs

Drug abuse… need we say anymore? Tooth loss, gum disease and the need for Houston Dental Implant are a direct result of this incredibly unhealthy habit. Stop today or seek the counseling and treatment you need to get your life back.

Step 10 to Needing Houston Dental Implants: Ignore Oral Problems and Complaints

Last, but certainly not least, ignoring oral complaints is a fantastic way to end up with serious problems that can lead to tooth loss. What might appear to be mild gum inflammation can end up being periodontal (gum) disease if left untreated. What might be a tolerable ache in your tooth can be the symptom of bacterial infection in the pulp chamber, which, if not treated, can necessitate extraction and replacement by a Houston dental implant. Don’t ignore oral sores, bleeding, pain, anomalous lumps or inflammation! Call your dentist right away.

A Final Note on Houston Dental Implants

Avoiding the need for Houston Dental Implants and keeping a full set of healthy and beautiful teeth is your choice. Even if genetics has dictated that you are more susceptible to gum disease than, say, the person sitting next to you, there are always things you can do and habits you can avoid in order to maintain a high standard of oral health and hygiene. See Dr. Wayne Brueggen today to have your oral health assessed.