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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 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!