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By Park Dental Solutions
March 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

It’s time you found the solution for your tooth loss. We are here to help.

We know that tooth loss doesn’t just affect your oral health, but also your appearance and self-esteem. Luckily, we live in a world where dental implantsdental technology is pretty amazing and offers realistic-looking restorations, such as dental implants that both look and act just like a real tooth. From your Roanoke, VA, dentists Dr. Young Park and Dr. Michelle Kim find out how dental implants could restore your smile.

Dental Implants Function Like Real Teeth

When it comes to replacing your missing tooth or teeth, you want only the best. Dental implants are an artificial restoration that resembles a real tooth. In fact, it is the closest you can come to real teeth, which makes it an amazing alternative when you have to have a tooth extracted.

Feel the Confidence

In order for implants to do their job, your dentist will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone. The number of dental implants you receive will depend on the severity of your tooth loss. For example, if you are only missing a single tooth, then just one implant will need to be placed; however, if you are looking to support a full set of dentures, multiple implants can be placed along the jawbone to hold your artificial teeth firmly in place.

Enjoy Your Favorite Foods

One complaint of denture wearers is that their teeth may shift or move around while they're trying to eat. This makes it a challenge to enjoy a lot of different foods such as a delicious steak. Since dental implants naturally meld together with the jawbone and oral tissue, you’ll enjoy a permanent stable tooth replacement. From there, we can attach your false teeth to the implants to hold your smile firmly in place. Now, you can go out to lunch with colleagues or that dinner date and never have to worry about your smile ever again.

Have Your Smile for Life

Dental implants are made from titanium, an amazingly durable material. Not only that but the implant becomes part of the jawbone; therefore, once the implant is placed, it’s there for life. Of course, you still need to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for routine checkups, but with the proper care, you could have your new implant for several decades.

Park Dental Solutions provides comprehensive dentistry to the Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA, areas. If you are interested in what dental implants can offer to your smile, then call our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation with us.

By Park Dental Solutions
January 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants do a whole lot more than just restore your missing teeth.

Dental ImplantsDental implants are an amazing solution for replacing one or more teeth in adults. Are you interested in learning more about dental implants and how they can help you? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA, dentists Dr. Young Park and Dr. Michelle Kim are happy to offer dental implants. Here’s what a dental implant can do for you.

A Realistic False Tooth

We know that you want a false tooth that looks and feels just like the real thing, and nothing is as close to natural teeth as dental implants. This is because implants are designed to replace your missing tooth roots, which offer a variety of benefits including a permanent and durable foundation from which to support an artificial tooth such as a dental crown. You’ll be amazed how much a dental implant actually looks just like the rest of your smile.

A Lifelong Restoration

Longevity is also important when it comes to choosing the right tooth replacement option for you. We know that it’s important for our patients to get restoration that is going to last. Luckily, with the proper oral care and maintenance, you could end up having your dental implant for the rest of your life. Take care of your implant and it will take care of you!

Prevent Bone Loss

Bone loss is a common complication of untreated tooth loss. This is why it’s so important to visit our Roanoke, VA, general dentist as soon as possible after tooth loss. The sooner you seek treatment the better; however, dental implants are the only restoration that is able to preserve the jawbone and to prevent bone loss. How? The implant is placed into the jawbone where it naturally melds together with the implant to become one solid unit. Just like the rest of your tooth roots, the implant will provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and to prevent deterioration.

If you are living with tooth loss in Roanoke or Rocky Mount, VA, and want to find out if dental implants are right for you then call Park Dental Solutions today to schedule a consultation with our dental team.

By Park Dental Solutions
October 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

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.

By Park Dental Solutions
August 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

CrownsPorcelain 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!

By Park Dental Solutions
July 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Though many people mistakenly believe the rumors surrounding root canals which say they are painful or drawn-out procedures, these root canalimportant 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!