Are Dental Implants Painful?

Dental implants are a popular choice to replace missing teeth caused by tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other issues. They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

Missing teeth restored with dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. They have a very high success rate and with proper care can last a lifetime.

Because dental implants require surgery and placement of a post into the jawbone, it’s natural to wonder if dental implants are painful and uncomfortable.

Fortunately, from a pain perspective, the jawbone has few nerve endings. You should not feel any pain during the implant surgery, especially if it is done with healthy tissue. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure. The placement of dental implants should only cause minor surgical discomfort. If you are nervous about the surgery, we have sedative options to ensure your comfort.

Right after you dental implant surgery and in the first few days after, some discomfort is likely. This is no different than any other major dental procedure. You may feel some aching in your chin area, cheeks, or underneath your eyes. Some patients experience bruising of the skin and gums or minor bleeding.

Immediately after dental implant surgery, you can use an icepack to help ease any swelling. The pain should be manageable and will likely only require Advil, Tylenol or Ibuprofen for relief. Rinsing gently with warm salt water throughout the days following the implant surgery will help soothe the tissues and will offer you additional relief.

Though some patients will report some discomfort following surgery, many will report that it is not as bad as they thought for a dental surgery. Most find that over the counter medications provide all the relief they need to proceed normally right after the procedure.

Dental implant Tooth

During the healing process, your implant will fuse with your natural jawbone ( the medical term is “osseointegrate”). The implant and jawbone will grow together to form a strong and long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth. This healing process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple months depending on your situation. You will be able to maintain your normal everyday life in between appointments.

Once the new implant has bonded with the jawbone, a small connector called an abutment is placed on top of the dental implant. This will connect the implant to the new replacement tooth.

When having dental implant surgery, you will benefit from a surgeon with experience. Their technique, skill, and experience will help minimize pain during surgery and afterward.


Ready to learn more about dental implants?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up a free dental implant consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can answer all your questions and has the ability to minimize any pain. He will be able to determine if this is right for you.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.


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Different Types of Broken Teeth

Types of broken teeth

OUCH! Are you suffering from a broken tooth? There are several types of tooth fractures and breaks that require different treatments:

Minor Cracks – Also called “craze lines,” these are surface cracks that affect only the outer white surface of the tooth, called the enamel. Minor cracks rarely need treatment. However, your dentist may lightly polish the area to smooth out any rough spots.

Cracked Tooth – This type of fracture involves the whole tooth, from the chewing surface all the way down to the nerve. The pieces remain in place, but the crack gradually spreads. Cracks can sometimes be repaired with filling material. The tooth often will need a crown to prevent the crack from getting worse. If the pulp (nerve and other live tissues) is damaged, you may need a root canal as well.

Chips – Minor chips don’t always need treatment. Your dentist may suggest repairing the damage with filling material to prevent it from getting worse or to make the tooth look and feel better. If the chip is very small, the dentist may polish and smooth out the chipped area.

Broken Cusp – These breaks affect the pointed chewing surfaces (the cusps) of the teeth. They usually do not affect the pulp and are unlikely to cause much pain. Your dentist may repair the damage to restore the tooth’s shape. Frequently, however, an onlay or crown will be required.

Related: Six Issues Porcelain Veneers Can Fix

Serious Breaks – These breaks go deep enough to expose the nerve. They almost always cause the tooth to hurt and be sensitive. Usually, the broken part of the tooth will bleed. You will need root canal treatment to remove the exposed nerve and probably a crown to restore the tooth to normal function so you can eat and chew properly.

TMJ Pain ReliefSplit Tooth – This means that the tooth has split vertically into two separate parts. Some teeth, such as your back teeth (molars), have more than one root. It may be possible to keep one of the roots, which will then be covered with a crown. First, you will need root canal treatment. Second, the dentist will remove any roots that cannot be kept. Third, you will need a crown to cover the root and replace the tooth. In some cases, when a root cannot be saved, the tooth will have to be removed.

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Vertical Breaks or Split Root – These cracks start in the root of the tooth and extend upward toward the chewing surface. These breaks are often painful because the area around the root may be inflamed or infected. In most cases, the tooth will have to be removed.

Decay-Induced Break – In this case, the tooth has broken or crumbled because a cavity weakened it from the inside out. Your dentist will evaluate the cavity and recommend the best way to restore the tooth. In some cases, if the decay is extensive and goes down to the bone, the tooth may have to be removed.

We hope that this article helps you if you are dealing with a broken or cracked tooth. We recommend you visit a dentist as soon as possible so they can help you and work to prevent further issues in the future.

Related: Broken Tooth – What do I do?


Plano Dentist David WilhiteDavid Wilhite is a Plano, Texas Dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry with over 30 years experience in general and pediatric dentistry.

Let us help you create a beautiful smile!

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How Does Zoom Teeth Whitening Work?

Zoom Teeth Whitening Plano Texas

In this post, we will review the Zoom teeth whitening procedure so you can get a better understanding of how it works and what to expect if you schedule a teeth whitening appointment.

Do you want to learn more about Zoom teeth whitening?

You may have heard about Zoom tooth whitening because it is the most popular teeth whitening procedures used in the U.S. Just because you’ve heard of it doesn’t mean you understand how it works though.

What is Zoom Teeth Whitening?

Philips Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening is used to lighten the color of your teeth and remove stains and discoloration from coffee, tea, wine, smoking and improper teeth care. Zoom is a widely used bleaching process to achieve these goals.

Zoom teeth whitening is an in-office tooth whitening procedure (although there is also a home version) which uses the Zoom lamp, a tool used to accelerate the bleaching process and activate hydrogen peroxide whitening. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin and bleaches the stains, whitening your teeth while leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.

 

Zoom Teeth Whitening In-Office Introduction

A short introduction to the ZOOM procedure

 

Zoom Whitening Examination

Tooth ExtractionBefore you can proceed with a teeth whitening procedure, Dr. Wilhite or your dentist will need to perform an examination of your teeth and gums to ensure you are a good candidate for Zoom teeth whitening. He will check your health, discuss your oral hygiene habits to determine if you will benefit from Zoom. Sometimes whitening may not be your best optionThis will help you and your dentist agree on the whitening product or technique that’s best for you.

Sometimes whitening may not be your best option. For example, if you have crowns or veneers, these will not work with to conventional whitening agents.

You may not be able to perform teeth whitening until you have had other procedures done. If you have cavities, they will need to be treated first before whitening. If you haven’t had a standard check up and teeth cleaning in a long time, then that will have to be done first.

Only a dentist can tell if you are a good candidate for Zoom. Dr. Wilhite offers free consultations for teeth whitening. If you are a first-time patient, you can receive a free teeth whitening after your first checkup and cleaning if you mention our online free teeth whitening special.

Related: Full mouth restoration

Call our office for an appointment at (972) 964-3774

 

PHILIPS ZOOM! Whitening Step-by-Step

Dentists and patients walk you through the in-office and at-home PHILIPS ZOOM! process.

How the Zoom Whitening Procedure Works

You complete Zoom teeth whitening session will usually last less than an hour. The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. The dentist or dental assistant then applies the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works together with the Zoom light to penetrate the teeth and break up the stains and discoloration. The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated. There will be three 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total time of 45 minutes.There will be no pain involved and during this time, you can relax or listen to music while you wait

The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated. There will be three 15-minute sessions of light activation, for a total time of 45 minutes.There is no pain involved and during this time, you can relax or listen to music while you wait

Related: Ask Dr. Wilhite – How does teeth whitening work?

 

After Your Zoom Whitening Session

Porcelain Crowns and Veneers

Procedure: Composite Filling, Periodontal Treatment, Porcelain Crowns and Veneers, Teeth Whitening/Zoom!, TMJ Treatment

After your in-office Zoom treatment, you will receive a Zoom home-use touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays. Dr. Wilhite will advise you on when and how to use your touch-up kit. He will also give you tips on foods or drinks to avoid re-staining your teeth. You should be aware that some things will stain your teeth even after whitening, such as tobacco use. You will also need to maintain a recommended brushing and flossing schedule at home (which hopefully you already do!)

 

What are the Costs of ZOOM! Teeth Whitening?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free consultation. We can discuss your goals and options for teeth whitening.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

Invisalign Braces – Frequently Asked Questions

This is Matthew, who in 2016 became the four millionth patient to use Invisalign clear braces to straighten his teeth.”I really admire the less invasive approach to teeth straightening offered by Invisalign.”


Invisalign braces are a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth without metal braces.

The clear Invisalign aligner system has been used by over 4 million patients as an alternative to metal braces for straightening teeth and improving patient’s smiles and outlooks on life.

Because they have not been used for as long as metal braces, may people are not very familiar with Invisalign and have many questions about how they work, how long they need to be worn for, and whether they are a good choice for their situation.

We’ve tried to answer the most common questions about Invisalign braces below.


If you want to find out if Invisalign is right for you, please call us at (972) 964-3774


What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Invisalign is a nearly invisible method of straightening your teeth and an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign patients are fitted with removable, see-through aligners that have been customized to fit their teeth. The aligners gradually cause your teeth to shift their position slightly over a period of two weeks.

Every two weeks, you will change the aligners for a new set that will cause your teeth to move a little more. As the treatment progresses over weeks and months, your teeth will straighten into their proper positions, as prescribed by your dental practitioner.

What are aligners made of, and what do they look like?

The virtually invisible aligners are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan. They look similar to teeth-whitening trays. Every patient receives a series of Invisalign aligners that are custom-made for you.

 

How does Invisalign straighten teeth?

Invisalign aligners move your teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force. You will receive a series of custom mad aligners for your mouth and teeth.

Each aligner makes slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance by your doctor, specifically for your situation. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position.

During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. Every two weeks, you will switch to the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.

 

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign braces over metal braces?

Because Invisalign braces are virtually invisible, no one may even notice that you’re wearing them.

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. Wearers can remove the aligners to eat and drink what you want and then brush your teeth before putting them back in. Traditional braces can be very challenging to clean.

There are no metal brackets or wires that cause irritation to your mouth. Invisalign braces don’t require metal or wire adjustments, meaning you don’t have to visit your dentist as frequently.

Related: What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?

 

How long does Invisalign take to work?

The average length of time for Invisalign treatments in adults is 12 months. The average length of time for a teen patient varies and you will need to consult your doctor. All patients are different and the length of time for your treatment depends on the severity of your case.

 

How often must I wear my aligners?

You will wear your aligners, every day, all day, including while sleeping. Aligners are most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.

 

How often must I see my Invisalign doctor?

You will have regularly scheduled appointments every 4-6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

 

How much does Invisalign cost?

In most cases, Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. However, as with other medical treatments, only your Invisalign-trained doctor can determine the cost, based on your specific needs. Factors affecting the cost may include the difficulty of your case, how long you are in treatment, and your personal goals.

Invisalign treatment is covered by many dental insurance policies. You will need to review your personal insurance coverage plan.

Our office can discuss affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

 

David Wilhite Invisalign Testimonial

Invisalign TestimonialBecause of Dr. Wilhite, I’ve been able to have an amazing experience. He’s helped me have amazing teeth, in a very simple and easy way. TEEN INVISALIGN!!! If it wasn’t for him I would not have this “great big smile”.

– Moez

Read more reviews on our Invisalign page


Dr. David WilhiteAre you ready to learn more about Invisalign braces in the Plano, Texas area?

Phone us at (972) 964-3774

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Six Issues Porcelain Veneers Can Fix

Porcelain Veneers

Procedure: Porcelain Crowns and Veneers, Teeth Whitening/Zoom!, TMJ Treatment

Porcelain veneers are an affordable way to get that perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

They are long lasting, natural looking and help correct existing issues with your teeth. There are both pros and cons to porcelain veneers but for certain cosmetic issues, they are usually the best option.

What are some of the cosmetic issues porcelain veneers can fix for you? We’ve created a list of the six most common issues that people want to get fixed when they turn to porcelain veneers.

Broken or chipped teeth – Veneers can be a solution for a broken or chipped tooth. A veneer can get that tooth looking like it was before, or maybe even better.

Discolored teeth – Fix a discolored tooth or multiple teeth with stain resistant porcelain veneers.

Teeth that are worn down – Teeth that are showing signs of severe wear can be brought back to a more attractive state with porcelain veneers.

Misaligned or uneven teeth – Teeth that are uneven, irregularly shaped or misaligned can be fixed with porcelain veneers.

Teeth with gaps – Too much space between some of your teeth? Porcelain veneers can be used to fill that space and improve your smile.

Strengthening week or loose teeth – Beyond just appearance, veneers can be used to strengthen weak or loose teeth in order to prevent dental issues in the future.

Related: Frequently asked questions about veneers


Dr. David WilhiteAre porcelain veneers right for you?

Dr Wilhite has helped thousands of patients improve their smile using many methods, including porcelain veneers. View our smile gallery for before and after pictures.

The only way to find out if they are right for you is to schedule a consultation and talk to your dentist.

You can schedule a free consultation with Dr Wilhite to discuss your goals, options, pricing, financing, and other information.

Call us at (972) 964-3774


 

What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?

Dr. David WilhiteQuestion: What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?

David Wilhite says:

A typical Invisalign case contains series of plastic trays that gradually straighten the teeth.

These trays can be removed to eat and perform oral hygiene. So you can not only eat all the food that you love, but you can also efficiently clean your teeth afterward.

For those of us who have had traditional braces, it is well known how difficult it is to clean the teeth after a meal. Food frequently gets stuck in the braces and is difficult to remove. Flossing requires a plastic floss threader to get under the archwire so that the floss can be pulled through the spaces between the teeth. This has to be done for each pair of teeth. Get the picture?

It is not uncommon at all, especially with teenagers, that fillings are necessary after the braces are taken off. This is usually because teenagers are known for their poor oral hygiene and the braces make it that much worse.

While you have braces on, there are certain foods that you cannot eat: apples because they sheer off brackets and gum chewing because it gets stuck in the braces.

Related: Tips to clean your braces

Invisalign BracesAdditionally, Invisalign aligners are much kinder to the tissues of the lips and cheeks than traditional braces are.

It is not uncommon for the patient to have to cover some of the brackets with wax in order to be comfortable. This is not a concern with Invisalign since the surface of the aligners are nice and smooth.

With advances in materials and technology, each pair of aligners is only worn for one week instead of two. This cuts treatment time in half.

Ready to learn more about Invisalign Braces?

Schedule a free consultation online or call us at (972) 964-3774


Additional Invisalign Information:

Invisalign Braces in Plano, Texas

Invisalign – Official website

How Invisalign works