FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WRIGHT IMPLANT METHOD

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.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

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!

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.

While both secure a prosthetic with just four implant posts, the G4 system offers additional stability with a titanium-reinforced dental bridge.

We provide IV sedation to ensure you stay relaxed and calm! Our team is professional, kind, and compassionate. We can answer any of your questions or concerns and discuss sedation options.

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.

Even though Dr. Wright has the ability to mill your final set of teeth the same day, he does not cut corners. The tissue beneath the teeth recedes, causing an air gap/food gap beneath the temporary prosthesis. We wait to ensure the completed bridge fits perfectly.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

IMPLANT AND RESTORATION MATERIALS

To ensure stability, we use Implant Direct.

Yes. We create tooth restorations using Crystal Ultra, which is one of the most durable ceramic materials available. A special process is employed during manufacturing that bonds the polymer materials to special sylanated glass, creating a strong restoration. In addition, the material doesn’t require shading to obtain the natural looking translucent appearance.

These powerful structural bars are placed within your implant-retained bridge to ensure the stability, strength, and longevity of your new teeth.

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.

We do offer a warranty!

Crystal Ultra®/Titanium implant-retained bridges are warrantied for five years, and Zironcia implant bridges are warrantied for ten years. However, both options can last for significantly longer with proper care and attention.

DENTAL IMPLANT PLACEMENT AFTERCARE

To ensure a long-lasting and stable bridge, we do recommend having the implant-retained bridge cleaned every six months. We offer an optimal Maintenance Package to assist with this. However, the bridge can also be cleaned by any local dentist familiar with the All-on-4 procedure.

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.

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.

We always recommend patients see us four to six months after placement for a reline and to assess the prosthetic’s stability. During this visit, we can make changes to the shade or overall appearance of your new teeth.

Yes. After placement, your gums will recede slightly, leaving a space between the bridge and gums. While there is always a small space to make cleaning easier, the recession can enlarge it. A reline after four to six months can allow the dentist to narrow the gap.

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.

Yes. However, using a Waterpik daily can allow you to easily dislodge trapped food, protecting your smile from plaque buildup and other complications.

That will depend on a number of factors, including jawbone density and the torque the doctors reach during placement. However, in most cases, patients can eat any food they wish following placement.

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.

SCHEDULING

Just give Dr. Wright a call at (903) 225-1812, or visit our ‘Contact Us’ page.

Typically, patients schedule the procedure between six and ten weeks in advance.

Yes. Since the procedure requires considerable time and resources from our team, we require a $5,000 deposit. This amount is credited towards the cost of your surgery. If you need to cancel or change the appointment two weeks or more before the date, there is a $500 charge from the deposit. If you cancel two weeks or less, you will forfeit 75 percent of the deposit. However, if you have to cancel for reasons beyond your control, then we can work with you to change the date without penalty.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SURGICAL PROCESS

While rare, there are risks associated with implant placement for patients who use tobacco products, have diabetes, or have poor oral hygiene. However, Dr. Wright and our experienced team can provide quality placement to limit the risk of complications.

We prescribe special medication a week prior to the procedure to reduce the risk of discomfort. As a result, 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.

Conscious sedation will be administered by our licensed anesthesiologists. The sedation allows you to remain conscious and able to respond to instructions. You won’t feel discomfort and will have little to no memory of the procedure afterward.

We will prescribe antibiotics (amoxicillin and/or Peridex) during recovery. We may also recommend an anti-inflammatory medication known as Decadron. For patients with an allergy to penicillin, we may prescribe Cefaclor or Clindamycin. Diabetic patients may need to take Motrin.

Typically, surgery takes around an hour per arch.

For diabetic patients, we recommend their A1c level be below 8.0 before undergoing the procedure.

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.

If so, we will perform this procedure the same day as the surgery to preserve crucial bone tissue.

We insert the implants and bars, 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.

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.

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.

Yes, you can! Give our team a call today.

QUESTIONS ABOUT ACCOMMODATIONS

Yes, we can book a room for you and anyone that may be traveling with you. The price is included in the cost of treatment. However, you will be responsible for any additional fees, room service, or deposit.

No, but you can find reasonable prices by using websites such as Orbitz, Priceline, or Expedia. You can also go directly to the websites of individual airlines.

We can work with you to arrange a driver to bring you to the office from the airport.

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.

The largest and most accessible airports near our Corsicana and Waxahachie locations are DFW International Airport and Love Field.

Dr. Wright is currently working with and training other doctors to be able to perform quality implant placement. Currently, we have offices located in Corsicana and Waxahachie, TX. Our concierge services can assist with travel and accommodations to make the excursion to our offices easier.

FINANCIAL QUESTIONS

We have a number of different financing plans available. We also work with several third-party financing companies, including Lending Club, Wells Fargo Health Advantage, and LoanHero.

The exact price will depend on several factors, including the cause and extent of your tooth loss. For an estimate or more details on our pricing structure, please contact us today.

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. We will bill the insurance company for you, and if you receive a refund, it will typically arrive 30 to 60 days after the procedure.

Payment is due in full at the time of surgery. If you will be using financing, then all arrangements need to be made two weeks prior to the surgery date.

We accept personal checks, major credit cards, cashier checks, or bank checks. We also accept wire transfer and third-party financing.

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.

An arch is defined as your maxillary (upper) or mandibular (lower) jaw.

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.

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.

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.

Yes! We offer convenient online financing.