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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.

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.

10 Easy Steps to Needing Houston Dental Implants, Part 1

“This two-part article series takes a tongue-and-cheek look at the 10 bad lifestyle habits that can lead to tooth loss and the need for dental implants.”

You would think that with today’s array of sophisticated medical technology and heightened health awareness that tooth loss and gum disease would be more of a peripheral problem to society. Yet, according to statistics released by the Center for Disease Control, a staggering number of people in the United States are missing not one or two of their original adult teeth, but all of them! 20 million people in American alone are completely edentulous (toothless) while a massive 100 million more are missing between 11 and 15 of their natural pearly whites. We all know what we’re supposed to do in order to guard our teeth against the bacteria that cause decay, disease, eventual tooth loss and the need for Houston dental implants. But according to these statistics, it would seem as though a great number of people have decided instead to follow the 10 easy steps to needing Houston dental implants:

Step 1 to Needing Houston Dental Implants: Don’t Brush Your Teeth

Regular and thorough brushing, especially in the morning and before you go to bed at night, is essential in keeping the amount of bacteria in your mouth to a minimum. By keeping plaque accumulation at bay (and the subsequent formation of tartar), you not only ensure that your breath stays nice and fresh, but that your risk of bacterial infection, tooth loss and the eventual need for Houston dental implants, is kept to an absolute minimum.

Step 2 to Needing Houston Dental Implants: Don’t Floss Everyday

Gosh, flossing is such a nuisance isn’t it? Don’t worry; skip this essential component of your oral hygiene routine and you’ll end up requiring some kind of dental treatment for oral bacterial infection. You may even end up needing Houston dental implants! Flossing removes the daily accumulation of food and plaque (soft deposits of bacteria) from between your teeth; places that your brush simply cannot reach. If you neglect to floss, you allow bacteria to establish a foothold in your mouth, putting you at a higher risk of cavities, infection and gum disease, which can all lead to tooth loss and the need for Houston dental implants.

Step 3 to Needing Houston Dental Implants: Skip Appointments with the Dentist

This is a good one! If you’ve always dreamed of having Houston dental implants surgically placed, then in addition to sloppy oral hygiene, make sure you skip those bi-annual appointments with the dentist! Only this qualified and experienced professional will be able to diagnose oral problems and ailments in their infancy and treat them before they have a chance to do permanent damage. After all, risking tooth loss is all about allowing oral conditions to go undiagnosed and untreated.

Step 4 to Needing Houston Dental Implants: Use Your Teeth as Tools

Want to put your teeth on the fast track to their demise? Use them as tools to pry open containers, bite down on metal, crack open nuts, grind on popcorn kernels and chew on ice. Habits such as these damage and erode the dental enamel, revealing the softer dentine underneath. This renders the crown more vulnerable to cavities, cracks and fissures which can lead bacteria straight into the heart of the tooth. Once the pulp chamber becomes infected, you can kiss the tooth goodbye unless a timely root canal treatment can save the day. Although, if you follow step 3 correctly, you’ll end up needing Houston Dental Implants in order to have your smile restored.

Step 5 to Needing Houston Dental Implants: Thirsty? Drink Sugar-Rich Sodas and Juices Instead of Water

Any dentist worth his or her salt will tell you that if you want to risk the variety of oral ailments that cause tooth loss and the need for Houston dental implants, you need to enjoy a sugar-rich diet. This of course means swapping that healthy hydrating water for sugary colas and acidic fruit juices. Your oral bacteria will thank you!

Houston Dental Implants: Stay Tuned

For the remaining five steps on how to end up needing Houston dental implants, stay tuned for the second installment of the series, courtesy of qualified and experienced dentist Dr. Wayne Brueggen.

About Houston Dental Implants: Frequently Asked Questions, Part 2

In our previous article post, qualified and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen, began answering some of the questions frequently asked about Houston dental implants as a tooth replacement solution to single and multiple missing teeth. In this, the second installment of a four part article series, we shall continue with our FAQ, beginning with a look at the success rate of Houston dental implants.

FAQ 4: What is the success rate of Houston dental implants?

Houston dental implants enjoy a fantastic success rate of 98%! In other words, only two out of every 100 patients experience implant failure and this is generally a result of pre-existing health factors, such as gum disease or diabetes, or incorrect care post implant placement. Smoking has also been shown to dramatically increase the risk of Houston dental implant failure, so if you are considering oral rehabilitation, then perhaps now is a good time to consider kicking the habit! Your implant dentist will provide you with comprehensive instructions for post-procedural care. By following these closely and by avoiding bad habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, healing should be swift and successful.

FAQ 5: Am I a candidate for Houston dental implants?

One of the great things about Houston dental implants is that most people are candidates. Age alone doesn’t play a factor when determining who can have teeth replaced using this incredible dental technology. In fact, qualified and skilled implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen, has placed Houston dental implants in patients in their nineties! What can affect a patient’s candidacy for Houston dental implants is the degree of bone loss in the jaw; a result of tooth loss gone untreated for too long. The presence and advanced stage of periodontal (gum) disease and other systemic diseases can render the surgical placement of Houston dental implants more complicated. If you wish to find out more, it is best to arrange a consultation with Dr. Wayne Brueggen, during which a full clinical examination and medical history review will determine your candidacy.

FAQ 6: Is there an age restriction for having Houston dental implants placed?

Age alone does not play a factor in determining candidacy for the placement of  Houston dental implants. Patients in their nineties have been able to receive a complete set of new and non-removable teeth thanks to modern surgical protocol and implant products. Essentially, if the tooth you have lost is an adult tooth and you are in good health and there is sufficient jaw bone volume to support a Houston dental implant, then smile restoration is a phone call away!

FAQ 7: Does having Houston dental implants placed hurt?

There is an unfortunate misconception that having Houston dental implants placed is one of the most painful dental procedures a patient can undergo. However, with the aid of modern surgical protocol and sophisticated computer imaging equipment, Houston dental implants can be placed using minimal incisions and sutures. This greatly reduces post-operative pain and discomfort for the patient, as well as the necessary recovery time. Furthermore, Houston dental implants are always placed under the effects of sedation and anesthesia, rendering the procedure itself completely pain and stress free. Analgesics (painkillers) are prescribed to effectively manage any post-procedure pain and discomfort. Many patients, in fact, return to work the very next day after having a Houston dental implant placed!

Houston Dental Implants: Stay Tuned

For the answers to more frequently asked questions, stay tuned for the third article installment of this four-part series on Houston dental implants.