Frequently Asked Questions about oral surgery, dental implants and more. Give us a call at (254) 537-1071 to speak with one of our friendly staff.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Tooth loss can be a devastating event with painful consequences for oral health and self-confidence. Thankfully, dental implants have completely changed the landscape of reconstructive dentistry by providing patients with revitalizing health benefits, long-lasting quality, and a great appearance.

The benefits of dental implants include the following:

  • Improved appearance
  • Better overall oral health
  • Restored ability to eat and chew food
  • Enhanced confidence and self-esteem
  • Long-lasting, no-fuss alternative to retainers or removable dentures

Contact Waco Surgical Arts today at (254) 537-1071 to reserve your appointment.

How long will it take to receive dental implants?

For most patients, the process involves two standard procedures about six months apart.

During your first treatment, the implants themselves are securely placed in your jawbone. After placing the implants, your oral surgeon will allow between three and six months for your jaw to heal and form strong bonds with the new “roots.” You’ll be able to wear a temporary denture and eat a soft diet while you heal.

The second phase of your treatment will begin when your jaw has thoroughly bonded to the implants. During the second phase, your oral surgeon will attach small posts (also called abutments) to the implants in your jaw. Together, these pieces serve as anchors for the artificial teeth. For most patients, there’s little or no disruption to their everyday lives during the dental implant process.

Do you have more questions about dental implants? Contact our Central Texas office at (254) 537-1071 today. Our friendly staff is standing by to answer any questions you may have.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJD (sometimes referred to as simply TMJ) is when the joint’s supporting muscles are fatigued, inflamed, or damaged and is often the cause of jaw pain and even the source of migraines.

Symptoms of TMJD include the following:

  • Migrane headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • A crackling or grinding sound when you move your jaw
  • Stiffness in the joint, making it difficult to open and close your mouth
  • Facial tenderness and pain
  • Earaches

Contact Waco Surgical Arts today at (254) 537-1071 for an appointment in Waco, TX to discuss your care and whether your could benefit from TMJ treatment.

How do you know if your wisdom teeth are coming in?

While having your wisdom teeth removed is common, it’s not always necessary. When wisdom teeth do need to be removed, waiting to get appropriate care could cause greater discomfort and even hospitalization for extreme cases. So, how do you know if your wisdom teeth are coming in and need to be removed?

Contact your general dentist or oral surgeon if you’re experiencing:

  • Intense jaw pain, especially toward the back of the mouth
  • Pain, redness, or tenderness near an impacted tooth
  • Recent difficulty opening your mouth or moving your jaw normally

Contact Waco Surgical Arts today at (254) 537-1071 for an appointment in Waco, TX to discuss your care and whether wisdom tooth removal is right for you.