Category: New teeth

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 2

Patient Kathleen Richards (44) of Houston Texas speaks to us about her smile makeover experience at the Brueggen Dental Implant Center.

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 drove up to Houston to meet with my fate…

The one thing I wasn’t expecting was the Brueggen Dental Implant Center to be so big and impressive! I was just expecting a regular dentist’s office! But the Center was huge and clearly at the very cutting-edge of the industry. I walked in clutching my bag, feeling increasingly nervous about what I was getting myself into. The lady at the front desk – probably the same one I spoke to on the phone – was exceptionally friendly and polite. She told me to take a seat.

“I only waited a minute before Dr. Brueggen came out to meet me personally…

He’s such a kind and compassionate doctor that I immediately felt at ease. He listened to my story and asked me a few questions about my health and lifestyle, but not ONCE did he judge me for my past transgressions. He didn’t need to, I suppose. I had been getting angrier and angrier with myself for not spending the few minutes a day it took just to give my teeth the proper care they deserved. And now I was paying the ultimate price.

Dr. Brueggen then took a close look at my teeth. It was the first time ANYONE had had such an intimate look at the root of all my low self-esteem. But, Dr. Brueggen didn’t so much as flinch or frown; he just chatted to me as if he was doing something as ordinary as tying his shoelaces or polishing the hood of his car! He told me that he’d treated all sorts of patients, from those who had lost teeth in car accidents to the elderly who had lost ALL of their teeth to advanced gum disease. So, he said my case was a “walk in the park” which made my heart soar! Perhaps this wouldn’t be so bad after all!

After an X-ray and some final preparations, Dr. Brueggen booked me an appointment to get my new teeth placed. I was starting to get very excited about all of this!

“The day of my surgery arrived and I was nervous and excited at the same time…”

On the one hand, I had steel butterflies tearing up my stomach over the prospect of sedation, needles and pain… but on the other hand, I was SO ready to get new teeth! The last thing I remember from the morning was Dr. Brueggen looking into my face and saying, “Enjoy your holiday!”

It was a few hours later – or so the clock said – that I remember emerging from sedation. I felt woozy and disorientated, but absolutely pain-free and not anxious at all. My mother had arrived and she held my hand and said, “It’s all over!” Dr. Brueggen walked in a few moments later and spoke to me about the procedure. He said that they had to clear up a bit of infection, but otherwise, the procedure was very straightforward and there were no complications at all: that it had all gone off brilliantly and he couldn’t be happier.

As soon as I felt strong enough to walk, my mom took me home and after fixing me a light supper I fell fast asleep…

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