FAQ # 8: What is the procedure required to have Houston dental implants placed?
The first step in your journey to smile restoration or - in the case of edentulous (not having a single original adult tooth left) and near edentulous patients - oral rehabilitation, is an initial consultation with Dr. Wayne Brueggen. During this visit, you will undergo a thorough clinical examination and give a detailed medical history so that the doctor can make an accurate diagnosis of your oral problem/s and recommend an appropriate course of action. Implant dentistry in Houston provides sophisticated and long term solutions to patients presenting with single and multiple missing teeth, so – if you have lost one or more of your pearly whites - this will be the goal Dr. Wayne Brueggen will work with you towards.
The next step involved in implant dentistry in Houston will be your surgery! You will have the option for sedation and, depending upon the complexity of your case, either local or general anesthesia. Either way, Dr. Wayne Brueggen will make sure that you are completely comfortable and relaxed and that your experience is pain-free. The first stage of the surgery will be to prepare your mouth to receive a dental implant, which may involve the removal of the old tooth root (if it still resides in the socket) and the elimination of infection. Dr. Wayne Brueggen will then place the implant and a ceramic tooth crown; a procedure which seldom takes more than an hour. Once you have recovered from the anesthesia, you are free to return home to a light meal and a good night’s rest. If you feel up to it, you may even return to work the next day! The results of implant dentistry in Houston will ensure that you are able to eat, speak and smile with confidence again.
Whether you will be ready to return to work the day after implant dentistry in Houston depends entirely upon you. Some patients prefer to take two or three days to rest, while others return to work the very next day! It is, however, recommended by Dr. Wayne Brueggen that you book yourself off for at least two days subsequent to implant dentistry in Houston. If you feel bright and ready enough after one day, then feel free to return to your responsibilities. Please note that the pain medication generally prescribed by implant dentistry in Houston may make you feel drowsy and it may impair your concentration. For these reasons, you should organize a lift to and from work until you are no longer on analgesics.
Implant Dentistry in Houston: Stay Tuned
For the fourth and final installment of this article series on implant dentistry in Houston, stay tuned! Qualified and experienced dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen will be answering some final questions on Houston dental implants.