Learn more about this long-term tooth replacement that can restore your smile.
When a tooth falls out or needs to be extracted it isn’t just the crown of the tooth that is gone but also the tooth’s roots. While they might not seem as important since this is the part of the tooth you don’t see, they are crucial to your oral health. These roots are responsible for providing your jawbone with the stimulation it needs to continue to produce new bone cells. As our Roanoke, VA, dentists Dr. Young Park and Dr. Michelle Kim will tell you, if you don’t treat your tooth loss you will also face bone loss.
Luckily, dental implants are the only tooth replacement that can actually take the place of your missing tooth roots and maintain the health of your jawbone. “How?” you might be wondering. Well, our Roanoke, VA, restorative dentist will place the very small implant into a pre-drilled hole in the jawbone where the missing tooth used to be. Once the implant is secured within the hole the gums are stitched up.
Over the course of 3-6 months, the jawbone and tissue will heal around the implant, making the implant a permanent structure within the tooth. Once this naturally occurring process happens you can trust that the implant will not move around or go anywhere. This provides the most reliable and long-term foundation from which to support a false tooth.
Do you need to replace multiple teeth? Don’t worry; implants can still be the right option for you. In fact, all we have to do is place a few implants along the arches of your jawbone to support and stabilize your dentures. If you haven’t been satisfied with your dentures because they have been moving or shifting around in your mouth when eating or speaking, implants can fix this common problem.
Placing an implant not long after losing a tooth will also prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into the gap where your missing tooth was. As you might imagine, once teeth begin to shift around this can lead to crookedness, gaps between teeth and crowding that can only be fixed with braces.
Are you ready to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants? If you are an adult who is missing one or more teeth, then it’s time to call Park Dental Solutions today. We offer dental offices in Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA, to serve you better. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
Porcelain dental restorations have changed the face of dentistry, allowing your dentist to repair your compromised teeth and provide a natural, functional look that will last many years to come. Understanding when you may need a porcelain dental restoration like a crown can help ensure that you get the dental help you require. Find out more about dental crowns with Dr. Young Park and Dr. Michelle Kim at Park Dental Solutions with locations in Roanoke, VA, and Rocky Mount, VA.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a cap-like dental restoration that stabilizes and protects a damaged, decayed, or broken tooth. The crown fits over the tooth and surrounds it on all 4 sides and the top. The crown is customized by a dental laboratory based on an impression of your mouth, ensuring a natural look and a perfect fit. A dental crown’s porcelain materials allow it to reflect light like a natural tooth. Porcelain also comes in many different colors, allowing your dentist to color-match your crown to your surrounding natural teeth for a seamless look.
Do I need a dental crown?
Patients can benefit from a dental crown in various situations. Some of the most common reasons your dentist may suggest a dental crown include:
- to protect a broken or damaged tooth
- to improve the appearance of an unsightly tooth
- to anchor a dental bridge into place on the healthy teeth surrounding a gap
- to cover a dental implant and replace a tooth
What can I expect during a crowning procedure?
Your dentist will begin the first phase of your crowning procedure by preparing the tooth to receive the crown. Then, they will remove a small part of the tooth enamel from each side of the tooth to correctly fit inside the crown. Then, an impression is taken of your prepared tooth and the surrounding teeth, providing the dental laboratory who creates the crown a basis for their design. About two weeks after this first appointment, the final restoration returns from the lab to your dentist’s office. You will then see your dentist again to place the permanent restoration onto your tooth.
Dental Crowns in Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA
For more information on dental crowns or when they become necessary, please contact Dr. Young Park and Dr. Michelle Kim at Park Dental Solutions at locations in Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA. Call (540) 563-9398 to schedule your appointment in Roanoke or (540) 483-7577 to schedule your appointment in Rocky Mount today!
Though many people mistakenly believe the rumors surrounding root canals which say they are painful or drawn-out procedures, these important dental treatments can save your tooth, keeping it from requiring extraction. Recognizing the signs that you may need a root canal can help you get into your dentist's office in a timely manner to give you the highest chances of saving your tooth. Find out more about root canal therapy and how it can help you with Dr. Young Park and Dr. Michelle Kim at Park Dental Solutions with locations in Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA.
What is a root canal?
A root canal treats severe teeth decay or damage to a tooth which has compromised the tooth’s nerve. The procedure cleans out the tooth’s inner pulp chamber and deep into its roots to remove infected tissues and nerves, then fills the tooth to restore its structure. Often, dentists recommend a dental crown to cover the tooth after a root canal. This protects the tooth and helps strengthen it against everyday use which and stabilizes the large filling left behind after the root canal.
Do I need a root canal?
Teeth decay is often slow-growing and does not require a root canal until its later stages. This means you may be able to avoid a root canal altogether if you catch your teeth decay in its earliest stages. A cavity looks like a brown or black spot or hole on the tooth. It can cause unexplained bad breath, sensitivity to hot and cold, and pain, especially while eating or drinking. As it advances, it may cause the tooth to break. If the decay reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber and begins infecting and damaging the tooth’s roots, a root canal becomes necessary.
Root Canal Therapy in Roanoke and Rocky Mount
The root canal procedure will remove the tooth’s inner tissues and nerves and replace them with a composite filling material. This allows the tooth’s structure to remain in place in the jawbone while curing the toothache and restoring the tooth's damage from the decay. The procedure takes about an hour and occurs right in your dentist’s office under a local anesthesia, which numbs the work area.
For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Park and Dr. Kim at Park Dental Solutions with locations in Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA. Call (540) 563-9398 to schedule your appointment in Roanoke, or (540) 483-7577 to schedule your appointment in Rocky Mount today!
A survey by the American Dental Association confirmed that Americans believe an attractive smile is one of the most important physical features you can have. But not very many people inherit a perfect set of teeth—they need some cosmetic help. A dentist at Park Dental Solutions in Rocky Mount and Roanoke, VA, can restore your worn out, damaged teeth with porcelain veneers. It’s a cosmetic treatment that has helped countless patients see the true potential of their smiles.
What Don’t You Like About Your Smile?
Every patient who goes in for a cosmetic consultation will one or more specific issues regarding the appearance of their teeth. Maybe the teeth have darkened in color due to medication, or there are small spaces between them because they’re too small. No matter how rough, ridged, discolored, and chipped your teeth may look, veneers will cover up the imperfections immediately.
A Smile Restoration with Veneers
A Rocky Mount and Roanoke, VA, dentist will examine your teeth to ensure that they can be restored with veneers. This is the premier treatment used by dentists across the country to improve the smiles of everyone from movie stars to business professionals. The lightweight, translucent veneers are attached to the front of the teeth and cemented with a custom-shaded white bonding material. The results of a veneer installation are truly amazing.
The Big Smile Reveal
After the first appointment, you’ll wait a few weeks for your custom veneers to come back from the lab. Once your veneers are cemented in place, your dentist will do some final adjustments to the exterior so that they will look as natural as possible. When you’re considering the cost of this popular cosmetic treatment, also consider the value that you will get from having a beautiful smile for many years to come.
See if Veneers Are Right for You
Veneers are the fastest and most effective way to achieve a perfect smile that will “wow” you, your family, and your friends. Call Park Dental Solutions in Rocky Mount at (540) 483-7577 and (540) 563-9398 for Roanoke, VA, to schedule an appointment today.
Dental implants. You've heard of them. You know they really help people restore their smiles. However, what exactly are they, and how do they work? Your Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA, dentist, Dr. Young Park, places single-tooth implants and implant-supported overdentures. These premiere tooth replacements recreate lifelike smile appearance and oral function. Are they right for you?
Losing even one tooth changes how well an individual bites and chews, and of course, a smile gap impacts personal appearance and self-confidence. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that the world notices a smile before any other physical attribute, and if it's an attractive smile, the owner is perceived as confident, personable and even smart.
Additionally, tooth loss weakens the teeth surrounding the gap. Speech slurs and bone and gum tissue recede, changing bite height and aging facial appearance. Yes, the effects of tooth loss are wide-ranging.
Enter the dental implant
For generations, dentists have replaced missing teeth with conventional bridges and dentures. While these assist oral function and personal appearance, they do nothing to maintain gums and bone.
However, back in the 1960s, a physician named Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark developed and placed the first dental implant. Decades later, modern implants have restored millions of smiles for patients of all ages and walks of life.
What Branemark discovered was a process called osseointegration, says the American Dental Association. It's the means whereby the titanium implant screw melds to the jaw bone where the natural tooth previously resided. Research shows that human bone and titanium have a natural attraction for each other, and so dental implants anchor strongly and permanently to a jaw that's sufficiently sized and dense.
Once placed and healed, a dental implant will stay in the jaw and function for years--even decades. The patient just brushes and flosses it just like his or her natural teeth. Plus, Dr. Park asks his implant patients come to Park Dental Solutions every six months for check-ups and hygienic cleanings to keep the implant sites clean and healthy.
The treatment in Roanoke and Rocky Mount
Could you qualify for a dental implant or an implant-supported prosthetic? Dr. Park can tell you if your oral health is good enough and if you have adequate jaw bone density to receive the implant device.
If all is well, expect the implant process to take several weeks to months. It's not painful--most patients do fine with local anesthetic--and the initial treatment involves a simple insertion of the titanium implant screw into the jaw. As the implant site heals, or osseointegrates, it strengthens, allowing for placement of the metal extension post and crown which complete this artificial tooth.
Change your smile aesthetics and oral function for the better. Contact your Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA, dentist, Dr. Park, for a one on one consultation. He'll give you all the details and help you decide dental implants are right for you. Call today. For the Roanoke office, phone (540) 563-9398, and for Rocky Mount, call (540) 483-7577.
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