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By Park Dental Solutions
March 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants. You've heard of them. You know they really help people restore their smiles. However, what exactly are they, and how do dental implantsthey 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?

Tooth loss

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.

Learn more

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.

By Park Dental Solutions
June 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are looking for a way to replace your missing teeth, it’s time you learned more about how dental implants could help.dentures

While dentures are a quick solution to your tooth loss problem and certainly boast a more attractive price tag than other tooth replacement options, a lot of people realize that dentures aren’t exactly what they expected. Sometimes it can be challenging to stop dentures from shifting around in your mouth when trying to enjoy meals or when speaking. If dentures aren’t what they are cracked up to be, then it’s time you turned to our Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA, dentists, Dr. Young Park and Dr. Michelle Kim, to find out if implants could help keep your dentures in place.

How do dental implants support dentures?

Complete dentures are designed to stay in place thanks to suction (and sometimes a little dental adhesive). However, this doesn’t always mean that they stay in place. If you want dentures to be more reliable, then you may want to consider getting dental implants. Implants, the small metal posts used to replace tooth roots, are surgically placed into the jawbone. Implants naturally integrate with the jawbone and tissue over time to become a permanent structure in your mouth. In essence, implants are designed to last the rest of your life with the proper oral care.

Once the implants are placed and fully bond with the jawbone, the next step is to attach structures called abutments on top of the implants. Abutments are designed to connect the implant with the restoration that will be used to replace your missing tooth or teeth. Once the abutments are placed, then your dentures can be secured into place. Of course, you’ll still have to remove your dentures every night before bed, but when you wear your implant-supported overdentures, you’ll know that you have a set of teeth that won’t move around in your mouth. Implants provide the reliable and resilient support your new teeth need.

How long does it take your Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA, dentists to complete your implant procedure?

While dentures may have sounded pretty great because you could get your new teeth rather quickly, sometimes they don’t always work out for everyone. Implants closely mimic real teeth, but it’s important to note that it can take several months and up to one year or more from start to finish. Of course, it can very much be worth it when you have a restoration that lasts a lifetime.

Are you interested in what implant-supported dentures can offer? If so, call Park Dental Solutions in Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA, today to learn more.

By Park Dental Solutions
April 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you miss your old smile? Why not restore it with a dental implant? Roanoke, VA, dentist Dr. Young Park explains how you can benefitdental implants from this innovative tooth replacement option.

Dental implants offer the only permanent solution

If you've experienced tooth loss, you're probably mulling over whether a bridge, implant or dentures would be the best replacement option for you. All of these methods improve your appearance, but only dental implants are designed to last your entire life. Implants are made of titanium, a lightweight metal. Titanium has unique properties that other metals don't. It can bond to bone and is hypoallergenic.

A dental implant consists of a small titanium post that's placed in your jawbone. Bonding takes several months, but once it occurs, your replacement tooth root will be securely anchored in your jaw. Adding a crown to the top of the implant is the final step in the implant process.

Implants are a good choice for most people

Although dental implants are often used to replace single teeth, they can replace any number of lost teeth. Most people can benefit from implants. They may be a good choice for you if your oral and general health are both in good condition, you don't smoke, and you don't have diabetes or another disease that interferes with healing. Good jawbone depth is also a requirement. Luckily, bone grafts can be added if your jawbone isn't quite deep enough. Your visit to Dr. Park's Roanoke office will include an examination, X-rays, and review of your medical and dental history to ensure that dental implants are the best choice for you.

Dental implants provide better biting power

Eating hard foods is difficult or impossible when you wear dentures. Because the dentures rest on your gums and aren't attached to your jawbone, your biting power declines significantly when you wear them. When you replace your missing teeth with implant-supported dentures, it's possible to eat many of the foods you enjoy without a problem.

Implants offer unseen benefits

Tooth loss can lead to changes in your jawbone. As the bone begins to recede, it also becomes weaker. Without a strong jawbone, your lower face may begin to sag, which will make you look older. If you choose dental implants, you won't experience weakening or any of the unpleasant effects.

Dental implants renew your smile! Call Roanoke, VA, dentist Dr. Young Park at his Roanoke office (540) 563-9398 or Rocky Mount office (540-483-7577 to schedule an appointment to find out if you're a good candidate.