My Experience Getting My New Teeth at Houston’s Brueggen Dental Implant Center, PART 3

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

Three Months Later…

Looking back at myself a mere three months ago, I cannot believe who I used to be. The Brueggen Dental Implant Center will tell you that they give patients new smiles, but what they should be saying is that they give patients a completely new lease on life too!

I spent two days at home in recovery, staring at my new teeth in the mirror, examining them closely. I couldn’t believe how similar they looked to the rest of my natural teeth. Pain and discomfort were hardly a factor, although I think I was just too excited to really notice or care! As soon as I could, I returned to work with my made-over smile.

In the weeks and months to follow, I gained confidence day-by-day. I began speaking out at work and I started spending time with friends again. Everyday, I dedicated time and effort to brushing and flossing my teeth. I even bought an anti-bacterial mouthwash to keep in the drawer of my desk at work. I refuse to dabble in bad oral hygiene again!

My concern for my new teeth spilled over into my diet and lifestyle…

I cut out sugar almost entirely and became far more health conscious. I started walking instead of catching the bus and I took the stairs instead of the elevator. In only two months, I shed 8 pounds. Now, at the third post-surgical month, I’ve lost 10! Only last week, I went for a different hairstyle and shopped for a new wardrobe to complement my new figure.

My friends are astounded at the difference having new teeth placed has made… they’ve also thankfully forgiven me for being such a “Negative Nelly!” I can’t thank Dr. Wayne Brueggen or the staff at the Brueggen Dental Implant Center enough. Each and every one of you changed my life for the better. I’m happier, far more confident and have even started dating again!

“The Brueggen Dental Implant Center will tell you that they give patients new smiles, but what they should be saying is that they give patients a completely new lease on life too!”

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!

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!

The All on 4 Dental Implants Expert on Tooth Extractions

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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!

Don’t Miss Out on Your Life with Your Missing Teeth

The principle goal of modern dentistry is to bring back the patient to normal contour, comfort, function, speech, confidence, esthetics, and health. Caring for your teeth with brushing and flossing might not be adequate to prevent tooth loss. There are times when you are not able to control unexpected health issues that can damage your gums. This results in losing your healthy smile almost overnight. But, you don’t have to be apprehensive about these issues as there is a ray of hope in the form of dental implants. A periodontist or an oral surgeon can recover your oral health considerably to bring back the smile you were missing.

There are a few questions related to dental implants and dental implant costs that you will need understand about dental implants.

What is the need for dental implants?

The common reasons that produce a need for dental implants are often gum disease or periodontal disease. Gum disease in general evolves from poor hygiene, but there are also other conditions in your body that may affect the health of your teeth and gums, such as viral infections. Periodontal disease attacks gum and bone tissue in the mouth destroying the gums, root pulp, and the bone structure beneath your teeth. This damage weakens the support system for teeth, which increases teeth loss.

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The other reason for missing teeth can be any accident or injury. A fall, automobile accident, sports-related injury, physical trauma, or any other damage may also cause a tooth or teeth to come out or get damaged to an extent that is beyond repair. An incomplete smile diminishes the quality of your life. If you have missing teeth or a denture that slips, then you might feel socially isolated. Dental implants can restore incomplete smiles to transform your life.

How many teeth can be replaced by the procedure?

Dental implants can replace one tooth or multiple teeth. You can discuss the possibility of multiple implants along with the cost of dental implants during your consultation and following dental visits.

Cost of Dental Implants

Who is a candidate for a dental implant?

If you are missing one or more teeth, then you can go for dental implants and treatment. Though, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. For the treatment, you have to be in a good state of overall health.

What are the various treatment options based on the number of missing teeth?

There are various options in dental implants treatment like:

  • One tooth usually requires one dental implant and just one crown.
  • Two or more teeth may require the placement of a dental bridge.
  • All teeth generally require placing a full bridge or denture set in the mouth.

How to save money on dental implant costs?

If you want to go for dental implants but are laid back with the cost of dental implants, then you must consult your periodontist or an oral surgeon about the ways to save money on dental implant costs by assessing various options that might be available to you.

The decision to have dental implants can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

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.

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!
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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.
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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 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.