The dentist must find out what the patients’ goals for their mouth are.
The next step is a complete examination with a full set of x-rays, complete charting of the patient’s teeth and gums, evaluation of the patient’s jaw joint and their bite, and a complete set of intraoral and extraoral photographs.
This is usually followed by impressions for upper and lower models of the teeth.
These models are used to analyze the bite and determine what adjustments are necessary to balance the bite so that there are equal and even contact on all of the teeth.
The planning of the restorations is done in wax on the plaster models for optimum function and esthetics. Impressions are taken of these models for the fabrication of temporary restorations on the teeth.
Then we meet again with the patient to show them the condition of their teeth on models, x-rays, and photos. The patient is able to see what their mouth and bite will look like when the treatment is completed.
With the patient’s participation, we then decide what treatment will be performed. Sometimes orthodontics is necessary before any restorations are done.
Dental Lab Visit
If the patient is truly interested in moving forward with this treatment, I schedule a trip to the lab that will be working with me.
It is important for me that the patient see the lab, meet the lab technician, and understand the process that goes into creating the desired results.
Getting the exceptional results that I get comes from a true partnership with my lab technician. I feel this can set the treatments I deliver apart from treatments other dentists offer.
Before any restorations are initiated, the teeth and gums must be free of any disease.
Any gum disease must be treated, extractions of any hopeless teeth performed, root canal therapy completed, and any fillings done, as necessary.
The patient will then test out these provisional restorations for several weeks. Adjustments are made on the provisionals until the patient is satisfied with the way they feel and look.
If any dental implants are needed, they will be placed during this phase of the treatment.
Implants usually require a 3-6 month healing and stabilization period.
Once stability is attained, the teeth are prepared a section at a time for the final restorations.
In this post, we discuss the recovery time for dental implant surgery, factors that can affect the recovery, and what you can expect.
For many patients, dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth that have been lost from tooth decay, gum disease, or other issues. They are the ideal situation for the right candidates while others may be better suited for crowns, dentures or bridgework may be appropriate.
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Missing teeth replaced with dental implants will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. With proper care can last a lifetime.
You may have heard that dental implant procedures are a process which will take more than a single visit. There will also be some recovery time from dental implants.
In this post, we discuss how long it takes to recover from the dental implant procedure.
Dental Implant Recovery Process
Recovery can vary between patients depending on the scope of the procedure and many factors such as the health of your teeth, gums, whether a bone graft is necessary and what type of implants are required.
Most patients return to work or normal routines the following day after the dental implant procedure.
For the majority of patients, over the counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen are all that is needed to manage any pain.
It is important to know, however, that the entire healing process can take several months, sometimes as long as six months or more for full healing.
Dental Implant Procedure and Recovery
The dental implant surgery will extract your old tooth (if necessary), then replace it with a titanium post placed directly into your jawbone. When the post is secure and settled, a crown or overdenture will be placed on top of it.
You’ll have a temporary crown in place while the healing process takes place.
When the implant post has been installed, the recovery can begin. Your body will need to generate enough new bone to fully support the implant – called osseointegration.
You will need to follow your dentist’s instructions at this time as far as eating and care for your teeth. This will be especially important in the first week after the implant procedure to ensure normal healing.
You will have scheduled follow up appointments after your surgery to check on the recovery and to decide when to have the permanent crown installed.
The full recovery time from surgery will take anywhere from 3-6 months depending on your situation and healing.
The implant surgery, recovery and follow up appointments and procedures are a process that will take several months to complete, from as few as three to as many as ten. On average this process can be expected to take six months.
Dr. Wilhite and his staff would be happy to go into greater detail with you to answer your questions.
Please contact us to schedule your dental implant consultation in our Plano, Texas office.
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Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that are an alternative to traditional braces and orthodontics. They can straighten your teeth while providing many advantages including the convenience to remove them as needed and allowing you to still eat all the same kinds of food.
If necessary, you can combine several cosmetic dentistry procedures to get the smile you desire. We can use crowns, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening to give you a beautiful smile. You can also benefit from TMJ Treatments to ease headaches caused by TMJ.
Full mouth restoration is used when all or most of your teeth need to be restored. Their shape, color, and alignment may all need to be restored. It also helps protect your teeth from future damages and sensitivity. All types of cosmetic procedures can be combined to rebuild your smile.
Want to learn how cosmetic dentistry can benefit you?
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Are you suffering from TMJ disorder or suspect that you may be experiencing symptoms of TMJ?
If so, it’s natural that you have some questions about TMJ, it’s causes and treatment options.
In this post, we respond to the most common TMJ questions that we frequently hear.
These are general TMJ questions and answers. They may not apply to every patient or situation. That is why we recommend you schedule a TMJ consultation with Dr. Wilhite or with your medical doctor for answers that are specific to you.
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TMJ Frequently Asked Questions
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. (Also known as TMJ Disorder, TMJ Syndrome, and TMJ Dysfunction) The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge, connecting the jawbone to the skull. Dysfunction can lead to pain and discomfort in the jaw and surrounding muscles. It can also cause headaches and migraines.
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
TMJ symptoms may include: headaches, pain or tenderness in your jaw, jaw clicking and popping, pain in your jaw joints, pain in or around your ears, earaches or ear pain, popping sounds in ears, pain while chewing, facial pain or aching, locking of the jaw joint, neck stiffness or aches.
Yes, headaches and migraines are known symptoms of TMJ disorder. TMJ pain can cause pain in the jaw and neck, which can radiate to the shoulders as well. Pain often occurs near the ears, and sometimes forehead and scalp. Sometimes TMJ headaches can be mistaken for tension headaches.
Neck pain and back pain are often included in the list of TMJ symptoms. Sometimes when you have neck pain or upper back pain and you’re not sure what is causing it, it might be caused by TMJ
Who can diagnose TMJ?
TMJ can be diagnosed by a dentist, medical doctor, an oral and maxillofacial specialist, or an otolaryngologist (also called an ear, nose, and throat doctor or ENT specialist). There is no medically designated name for a TMJ specialist. There is also no specific test for diagnosing TMJ disorder. This can often cause issues with the diagnosis of TMJ.
What causes TMJ?
The cause of TMJ symptoms is not completely understood. There are multiple factors which can contribute to TMJ. It may be caused by an injury to the jaw or face, grinding of teeth during sleep, stress, anxiety, arthritis, or excessive gum chewing.
Can TMJ be caused by stress or anxiety?
Stress is considered to be a cause of TMJ. Stress can cause many physical symptoms, TMJ pain being one of them. Stress can also cause teeth clenching and grinding, which are known to cause TMJ as well. TMJ, stress, and anxiety may all cause similar symptoms, sometimes making a diagnosis challenging.
How can I treat TMJ?
There are many potential treatments to TMJ pain, from medical treatment to home remedies. Most treatment begins with the most conservative, least invasive procedures. This would include things such as stretching exercises. Other options may include using Botox injections to end TMJ pain.
Many people who have TMJ my only experience pain temporary and sometimes the recurring pain that may go away on its own. Some people may suffer in long-term TMJ problems.
How can I relive TMJ pain?
There are home remedies you can use to relieve pain before visiting with a dentist or doctor for TMJ treatment. Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as naproxen or ibuprofen, can relieve TMJ pain and swelling. Using heat packs or ice packs on the side of your face or temple area can provide relief. Stretching exercises can help some patients. A night guard may benefit people who’s TMJ is caused by jaw clenching and teeth grinding during sleep. For some patients, dental work can provide relief from TMJ.
An NTI Mouthguard created for you by your dentist can help ease TMJ pain. The mouth guard reduces the clenching force of your jaw, which minimizes the stress to your temporomandibular joint, the source of your pain.
TMJ exercises or stretching do work for some patients at easing pain or helping build up strength in the jaw. They are a good starting point for pain relief treatments because they are simple. If exercises don’t work, then you can systematically move on to other TMJ treatment methods.
Ready to learn more about TMJ treatment options in Plano, Texas area?
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We are known for providing honest, quality dentistry in the most comfortable setting. Our integrity and honest dentistry are what you can expect when you are a patient with Dr. Wilhite.
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Dr. Wilhite is one of the select number of dentists with an MAGD, Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry.
Patients tell the staff and Dr. Wilhite that they have never had a dentist call on the evening of their procedure and check on them.
For the comfort of our patients, we like to offer freshly washed throws and neck pillows for greater comfort. Following the procedure, we have warm, dry hand towels and hot washcloths to freshen up.
Finally, we offer a scoop of Baskin-Robbins ice cream for anyone wanting a little treat. All this is done for anyone being seen in our office to enhance the dental experience while receiving the highest quality of dental care.
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In this post, we discuss the benefits of dental implants over dentures and the pros and cons of implants vs dentures.
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A majority of adults age 35 and over are missing at least one tooth or more. Many others suffer from gum disease which threatens the loss of additional teeth.
When you are missing teeth, there are generally two options that dentists recommend to restore your smile: dentures or dental implants.
If you find yourself in this situation, you are probably wondering what are the differences between dentures and dental implants, what are the pros and cons of implants vs dentures, and which is right for you?
What are dental implants?
Implants are false teeth consisting of a titanium post covered by a crown or denture that are surgically implanted into the jawbone.look and feel like real teeth. At one time dentures were the only replacement option for missing teeth but implants have grown greatly in popularity.
Benefits of dental implants
Preserves jawbone and maintains natural facial structure
Dentures are removable false teeth plates which with artificial teeth to replace missing teeth as well as some of the gum tissue. Dentures can be taken out and put back into the mouth as needed. Full dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or in both jaws. Partial dentures are used to fill in gaps between the remaining natural teeth.
Decreasing jawbone quality may lead to further deterioration of facial structure
Can feel fake and unnatural
Do not look as real as implants
Can slip and move around
May cause discomfort
Requires creams and adhesives
Can’t eat certain foods
Will wear to the point where they need to be remade or relined
Need to be removed frequently for cleaning
Cost of implants vs dentures
The up-front cost of dentures will be more affordable compared to implants for tooth replacement. When you add in the additional costs for dentures, including buying fixatives, cleaning solutions and denture replacement every 7-15 years, the cost of dentures goes up. The average life-span of dental implants is 25 years, meaning as a long-term investment, implants can be cheaper than dentures.
Comfort of implants
Dental implants are considered to be much more comfortable than dentures. Dentures can slip and move around when eating or speaking, causing discomfort and embarrassment. Dentures can irritate your gums. Dentures also require more maintenance and the use of adhesive paste and creams
Dental implants will function and feel more like your natural teeth. You clean them just like your real teeth, and also continue to eat all the foods you love, and generally treat them just like your normal teeth, giving you much more freedom.
Ready to learn more about dental implants?
Contact us today to set up a dental implant consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience as a cosmetic dentist in Plano 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.