FIND OUT WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANT PLACEMENT
A premier dentist in the DFW area, Dr. Justin Wright can help replace missing teeth with a lifelike dental implant-retained bridge. You will see the same dentist during each visit and enjoy custom care. We know that our patients have a number of questions about the process, from placement to aftercare. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. If you want to enjoy natural looking tooth replacement, then schedule a consultation with a dentist that will treat you the Wright way.
Why choose Just Wright Dental?
YOU are unique! Although so many others are happy that we have helped them, it is YOU that we are focused on giving a smile that looks real (not fake) and that is individual to you and only YOU. It is YOUR smile that we stand behind with a warranty unlike any other. In addition, Dr. Wright will oversee your case entirely. From start to finish, every step will be completed under one roof!
What can you expect from Just Wright Dental?
If you would like to know what receiving a new smile from Just Wright Dental is like, why not hear first-hand from our patients? Check out our patient testimonials page.
How is All-on-4 different from G4?
While both secure a prosthetic with just four implant posts, the G4 system offers a titanium-reinforced dental bridge. We can help make the best recommendation for your unique situation.
- What if I am nervous about the procedure?
How long does the procedure take?
Day one is an easy day that consists of a 30-second, 3D X-ray and virtual implant placement planning using our advanced surgical software. This step is so we know where, and at what angles, to place the implants before we do the surgery. During this visit, we also select the specifics of your smile and review your medical information. You will also have all of your questions answered, and discuss the process with Dr. Wright and your smile team! The time for this appointment generally runs between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
Day two is transformation day! While you are under sedation, your remaining teeth will be extracted, your implants placed, and your prosthetic appliance attached. When you wake up you will have a new, albeit temporary, prosthetic in place! The time for this appointment generally runs between 4 and 8 hours.The procedure includes anywhere from 3 to 6 additional appointments. These are short appointments that typically last less than an hour. During these visits, we begin designing and fabricating your final prosthetic.
Wouldn’t six implants be more secure?
Not necessarily. For patients missing jawbone density or who have lived with lost teeth for many years, six implants can require bone grafting and other procedures before placement can even be considered. Bone grafting and sinus augmentation increases initial failure rate, and sometimes requires extra visits. It is important not to wait to have your procedure done to minimize chances of needing bone grafting. In addition, your homecare is easier with four implants as opposed to more.
What does the implant bridge feel like?
Eventually, the implant-retained bridge will feel as natural as your healthy teeth. However, initially, the sensation may be odd, particularly if you have been living with missing teeth for many years. But the initial challenges will soon pass as you grow accustomed to your implants. As with those who get braces, you may initially have difficulty speaking with your new teeth, but your speech will adapt quickly. Dr. Wright’s in-house lab technician is an expert at setting you up for success.
How does your facility differ from corporate dental centers?
At corporate dental centers, you are likely to see several different faces, some of who are unfamiliar with your specific case, over the course of your treatment. Many corporate dental centers do not maintain an investment in the hygiene aspects of the procedure. The largest corporations do not even have hygienists on staff! Often, we see patients interested in having their corporate facility-made bridge remade. We’ve also heard many complain about how it took over a year for the corporate dental center to complete their prosthetic (not to mention the surprise additional payments not disclosed beforehand). Many of their surgeons are contracted to show up for surgery, but can’t be reached should complications arise. Dr. Wright gives you his cell phone number so that you can reach him anytime for any reason—because he cares about YOU!
Will you require my photo for before and after images?
We would never require anyone to appear in before and after photos or videos. That is strictly voluntary. Most folks that volunteer want to provide hope for others. Others choose to keep it private. It is entirely up to you!
How can you offer the procedure for a lower price than other facilities?
We can complete every step of the process under one roof. Therefore, we don’t need to outsource materials or prosthetic creation to other companies. Our lab technician works in-house and alongside Dr. Wright with so many patients that our lab costs are reduced. Because Dr. Wright performs so many of these cases, he receives bulk discounts on the best implants the U.S. has to offer. These savings are passed on to you!
Is Dr. Wright an oral surgeon or prosthodontist?
Dr. Wright is a skilled professional with experience offering personalized care to our patients. A specialist indicates a certificate on paper, but does not qualify nor quantify experience in the field. Dr. Wright and his team have the advantage of years of experience. Most other patients ping-pong to a scan center, then to a prosthodontist or general dentist, then to an oral surgeon, and back and forth over and over to several locations. We oversee the entire case all under the same roof because our patients are both time and money conscious. Yes, we can work with other general dentists and specialists, but if you are looking for the most efficient way to obtain your smile, Dr. Wright is the right choice.
How long does teeth whitening last?
The effects of teeth whitening can last up to 2-3 years or as little as 6 months. It varies from person to person. Things that will stain your teeth quickly and make your whitening short-lived include:
– Dark liquids like red wine, coffee, and tea.
– Staining foods like beetroot and berries.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
Teeth whitening typically costs between $300 to $600 per session. There are many factors that can determine the cost of teeth whitening, including, but not limited to:
- your dentist’s location
- the level of tooth discoloration
- your goals for whitening
- dentist and hygienist costs
What should I expect on my first appointment?
During your first appointment, Dr. Wright will review your medical history and complete a full oral exam. Your visit will also include X-rays and a thorough dental cleaning. We’ll also take the time to get to know you as more than just a patient. We want you to feel like you’re family when you’re with us.
Do you treat children?
Yes, we do! Our office is happy to provide care to patients of all ages. We can even schedule a back-to-back appointment for yourself and your little one to help you reduce your number of overall visits to our office.
How long does pain last after tooth extraction? What’s the healing time?
According to Medical News Today, the normal healing process can take up to 10 days, but if you’re experiencing these worsening symptoms you should contact, or go see your dentist or oral surgeon:
- Pain and swelling that get worse with time
- Bleeding that does not improve with time
- A high fever, nausea or vomiting
- Severe pain that spreads to the ear
- Drainage from the wound that tastes or smells foul
- If you develop a dry socket
What can I eat after a tooth extraction?
Your approach to eating is just as important as the types of foods you eat. It’s advisable to only chew on the opposite side of your mouth from the treated area. Since you’ll likely be consuming more liquids than solids initially, it may be tempting to use a drinking straw. In fact, this isn’t advisable because the suction of the straw can dislodge the blood clot and lengthen your total healing time.
- Is there any risk of complication?
What if I have diabetes?
For diabetic patients, we recommend their A1c level be below 8.0 before undergoing the procedure.
What if I smoke or use other tobacco products?
We urge patients to cease smoking or using tobacco products. Smoking has been linked to implant failure, periodontitis, bone loss, and tissue loss. Nicotine reduces blood flow to the mouth, and pipe smoking elevates temperatures in the upper jaw to a degree that could endanger your new teeth.
Will teeth need to be extracted?
If so, we will perform this procedure the same day as the surgery to preserve crucial bone tissue.
Will I know what my smile will look like?
Using extensive resources, we will create a digital simulation of your smile. You can then view an accurate representation of what your smile will potentially look like.
Will the procedure be uncomfortable?
Most patients only experience mild discomfort in the first 72 hours after placement. In fact, the reason for the minimal discomfort level is due to the implants elevating the teeth above the gums, allowing the gums to heal without the pressure of a prosthetic sitting on them.
Will you prescribe any medications?
We will prescribe antibiotics, pain medication, and anti-inflammatory medication during recovery.
How can you place implants while removing teeth?
We insert the implants ensuring the new teeth rest on them and not on the gums. We then close the areas that underwent surgery, ensuring there is no risk of an exposed or dry socket following the procedure. We will also prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to prevent swelling.
Can I send you my X-rays or CT scans for evaluation?
No, we will need to take new 3D X-ray images.
What if I have not been a viable candidate for a single dental implant?
Did you know over 90 percent of patients that don’t qualify for traditional dental implants can receive our All-On-4 dental bridges? This system uses four specially placed implants to secure a prosthetic in a less invasive procedure that doesn’t require an extensive healing period.
How long is surgery?
Typically, surgery takes an estimated 6 to 10 for both arches, a single arch is usually a shorter amount of time, but not quite half.
What are Milled Titanium Bars?
These powerful structural bars are placed within your implant-retained bridge to ensure the stability, strength, and longevity of your new teeth.
What is a Zirconia Bridge?
Zirconia is a strong dental material that offers the same lifelike appearance as ceramic, yet offers greater strength and durability. The process involves adding Yttrium aluminum to the zirconia fabrication process, which provides greater bending strength and temperature resistance.
Do you offer guarantees for your implants?
We do offer a warranty!
How long do veneers last?
The lifespan of dental veneers depends on whether you have porcelain or composite veneers, and how well you care for them. Porcelain laminate veneers can last from 10 to 12 years. Composite resin veneers need to be replaced sooner, since they last for around 4 to 8 years.
How much do veneers cost?
Generally, dental veneers range in cost from as low as $650 to $2,500 per tooth. Composite veneers are the least expensive veneer option, generally ranging from $650-$850 per tooth, whereas porcelain veneers generally cost between $1,000 to $1,800 per tooth. This difference in cost can be especially meaningful, because this type of cosmetic procedure is not usually covered by insurance.
How much do dentures cost?
There are many factors that need to be taken into account when figuring out the cost of dentures and at Just Wright Dental and Implant Center, we discuss cost and treatment factors with you before starting your denture journey, so there are no surprises. Keep in mind that partial denture costs are different from a full arch of upper or lower dentures and costs of a complete set of dentures are different too. Below are additional denture cost factors to consider:
- cost of extractions if needed
- cost of temporary or “immediate” dentures
- cost of follow up appointments for adjustments
- We occasionally deliver “premium” dentures only when all other resources, namely implant supported dentures, cannot be utilized. We are denture haters at heart, and instead focus on making patients happy, smiling and eating with implants instead.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are a possible solution to help you achieve the look you desire. They are a popular choice for those with chipped teeth, a gap between teeth, or misshapen teeth.
Dental veneers are thin covers that adhere to teeth to give teeth a more classically shaped look. Sometimes we do not have to even remove any tooth structure. The remainder of the time, the removal is minimal.
How much do dental implants cost?
Pricing for dental implants is complicated since the specific procedure can vary dramatically based on each patient’s needs. Some may need a tooth extracted or a temporary crown while other patients’ situations may allow them to skip these steps. So, there are a variety of factors that must be considered to determine how much it will cost to get dental implants and no two circumstances are alike.
As the procedure becomes more mainstream, patients are increasingly searching for the most affordable solution. We encourage consumerism when it comes to making smart healthcare decisions, but advise patients to exercise caution when price shopping for dental implants because of the variability in patient needs. As a guideline, the cost of an implant, abutment and crown is typically in the $3,000-5,000 range. Your costs will vary based on the unique circumstances of your case.
How to clean dentures?
There are three important steps in the denture cleaning process. In order to keep your dentures as clean as possible, you should consistently adhere to all three methods, as they are all necessary for maintaining the health and appearance of your dentures.
- Professional Cleanings
We’re available to assist you with more specific questions, please give us a call!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are one of the most significant advances in dentistry in decades. When a person has a tooth that’s beyond repair or has lost teeth due to decay or an accident, a dental implant may be recommended by a dental care provider. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that looks like a screw, typically made of titanium, which is surgically placed in the mouth.
The implant then fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration to create a solid foundation upon which an artificial ceramic crown can be placed. Dental implants have become the preferred treatment for tooth loss.
How long do dental implants last?
With regular brushing and flossing, the implant screw itself can last a lifetime, assuming the patient receives regular dental check-ups every 6 months. The crown, however, usually only lasts about 10 to 15 years before it may need a replacement due to wear and tear. However, maintaining excellent dental hygiene and using it cautiously could extend the life of the crown beyond 15 years.
Mouth location is also a factor in predicting the life of a dental implant. Implants in the rear of the mouth are used more actively in chewing, which means they will likely wear out more quickly than implants near the front of the mouth.
What implants do you offer?
Dr. Wright and the Just Wright Dental and Implant Center team are constantly on the lookout for the best dental implant products available. The type of implants we select may vary depending on the patient’s unique needs, be sure to contact us for the best recommendation for you.
How do I get to your facility from the hotel?
We can work with you to arrange a driver to bring you to the office from the airport.
Can I bring someone with me?
We encourage you to! In fact, we always book hotel rooms with two queen beds to accommodate traveling companions. A companion can help ensure you make it safely from our office to your hotel, taking care of you as you regain your alertness. If you are alone, you will need to remain in the office until the sedation wears off completely.
Do you provide lodging?
Yes, we can book a room for you and anyone that may be traveling with you. The price is not included in the cost of treatment. However, you will be responsible for any additional fees, room service, or deposit.
What airports do I use?
The largest and most accessible airports near our Corsicana and Fort Worth locations are DFW International Airport and Love Field.
- Do you have locations outside of Texas?
How do I care for my new teeth?
You should care for them just as you would your natural teeth. We recommend brushing them twice a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. A week after placement, we suggest flossing using a Waterpik. Immediately after placement, we will provide a special rotary brush to clean your new teeth, as well as a special rinse to use in lieu of toothpaste.
What if a problem arises after I return home?
Complications, such as swelling, infection, or discomfort, are very rare. However, should they occur, we can call a prescription into your local pharmacy. For added security, you can also opt for our Extended Warranty and Maintenance Program.
How do I use a Waterpik?
A Waterpik is a water flosser that massages and stimulates the gums while removing food and plaque. Waterpiks can provide a more thorough cleaning, especially for people with orthodontics or prosthetics. We can offer detailed instructions in proper use and maintenance.
Can food become trapped under the bridge?
Yes. However, using a Waterpik daily can allow you to easily dislodge trapped food, protecting your smile from plaque buildup and other complications.
How will you ensure my bite is correct?
We can use advanced technology to scan your smile, mapping your bite and identifying any areas that interfere with proper bite balance. We can diagnose possible problems and recommend treatment with greater precision and accuracy, ensuring you enjoy a comfortable bite following implant bridge placement.
What foods can I eat post-surgery?
That will depend on a number of factors, including jawbone density and the torque the doctors reach during placement. While most foods can be tolerated with the AO4, they are limited to certain foods. For instance, tough steaks, beef jerky type foods and dense nuts like almonds are a no go. However, in most cases, patients can eat many of the foods they’ve always enjoyed before the placement.
How often should an implant bridge be professionally cleaned?
To ensure a long-lasting and stable bridge, we do recommend having the implant-retained bridge cleaned every six months by the Just Wright Dental and Implant Center team.
What’s the definition of an arch?
An arch is defined as your maxillary (upper) or mandibular (lower) jaw.
Can I use an HSA to pay?
Yes. If the procedure is included in the list of qualifying medical expenses described in Section 213(d) of the IRS tax code, then the funds are tax-free. Qualifying expenses typically include medical or dental procedures used to alleviate and/or prevent a physical or mental issue. However, if the procedure isn’t qualified, then you could be taxed at your income tax rate, plus 20 percent if you’re under 65.
Can I use funds from my IRA?
You can, but taking money from your IRA before you reach the age of 59 ½ can mean a 10 percent penalty. However, you may be able to deduct your medical or dental expenses by itemizing your deductions. The exemption can potentially allow you to avoid the 10 percent fee.
Is the procedure’s cost tax deductible?
Possibly, but that will depend on a number of different factors. Form 1040 Schedule A may allow you to deduct medical or dental expenses for you or a dependent. You can also visit the Publication 502 page on the IRS website for more details on deductions and credits related to medical and dental care.
- Do you offer payment plans?
Will insurance cover the procedure?
That depends on a number of different factors. In most cases, insurance really only covers the extractions that may be necessary. Medical insurance may cover some of the procedure if tooth loss is the result of an accident. However, this will depend on the type of coverage you have.
What type of payment do you accept?
We accept personal checks, major credit cards, cashier checks, or bank checks.
When will payment be due?
Payment is due in full at the time of scheduling of your procedure. If you will be using financing, then all arrangements need to be made two weeks prior to the surgery date.
What options are available?
We actually have a number of different options to help people who need treatment but simply can’t afford it. First, we offer the Wright Savings Plan. We also have a financing department, which can work with you to create a convenient and budget-friendly payment plan. We also work with third-party lenders, such as Lending Club and Greensky.
How far in advance do I need to make an appointment?
Typically, patients schedule the procedure between six and ten weeks in advance.
How do I schedule a visit?
Just give Dr. Wright a call at (903) 420-3839, or visit our Contact Us page.