When it comes to deciding the best option for replacing your missing tooth or teeth, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons to help you determine what will give you back the smile you want. Our dentist Dr. Jintae Park has been helping countless adults living in Reno, NV, get full smiles once again with the help of dental implants. Are dental implants right for you?
Here are some factors to consider when getting dental implants,
An implant is a small metal post that replaces tooth roots. In order to replace the roots, our Reno, NV, restorative dentist will need to place the implant in the jawbone. It can take as little as 30 minutes to place an implant and this minor procedure is performed under local anesthesia.
The Implant Process Takes Time
You won’t get your full implant right away. The implant is made up of three different parts: the metal post (which is placed into the jawbone), an abutment (which connects the implant with the false tooth) and the artificial tooth (usually a dental crown). Once the implant is performed we will need to give your gums and jawbone time to heal. It can take up to 6 months for the bone and implant to fully fuse together. Once that happens then we can place the abutment and finally the crown. It can take up to several months to get a dental implant.
You’ll Need to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
In order to preserve your oral health and properly maintain your dental implant you will need to brush twice a day, floss daily and keep up with seeing your dentist every six months for cleanings and care. Maintaining a dental implant is no harder than keeping the rest of your natural teeth clean and it won’t require special care; however, you will need to be dedicated to keeping your teeth and gums clean to prevent infection or other issues that could affect the health of your implant.
You Must Have a Healthy Jawbone
There also needs to be enough strong, healthy jawbone present to support the implant. If you’ve left tooth loss untreated for a while then you may have significant bone loss. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t an ideal candidate for implants. You may just need to first undergo bone grafting, a minor surgical procedure that helps rebuild the jawbone so that it can support an implant.
JP Dental Care in Reno, NV, is dedicated to restoring your smile and boosting your confidence. If you are ready to sit down with us and discuss your tooth replacement options then call our office today for a consultation.
Did you know that dental sealants are one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against tooth decay? It’s true! In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, and fluoride supplements and treatments, dental sealants can help keep your child’s smile healthy and decay-free. Dr. Jintae Park at JP Dental Care in Reno, NV, offers a full range of preventive dental services, including dental sealants, to protect your child’s smile.
Dental sealants protect decay-prone areas of your child’s teeth that can’t be cleaned with regular brushing and flossing. The deep grooves and crevices which are a normal part of tooth anatomy are the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Bacteria multiply in these hard-to-reach areas, producing bacterial acid that causes tooth decay.
Dental sealants work by sealing up the deep grooves and crevices so food debris and bacteria simply slide off of the surface of your tooth. Sealant treatment is recommended on the first permanent molars when your child is between the ages of 5 and 7, and for the second permanent molars when your child is between the ages of 11 and 14.
There are many benefits to dental sealants from your dentist, making them one of the easiest, quickest, and least expensive ways to protect your child’s smile. Consider that dental sealants are:
- Painless, because they require no anesthetic and no drilling
- Quick, because each tooth takes only a few minutes
- Non-invasive, because no tooth structure is removed
- Beautiful, because they blend perfectly with your child’s teeth, making them virtually invisible
Treatment begins with the application of etching material, which prepares the tooth surface for the sealant. Then the sealant material is applied to the deep grooves and crevices. As a last step, the sealant material is hardened with a dental light.
Dental sealants can help your child enjoy healthy smiles for life! To find out more about the benefits of dental sealants, call your dentist at JP Dental Care in Reno, NV, today!
Dental crowns can completely change the appearance of a tooth or prevent a fragile tooth from breaking. Your Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. Jintae Park of JP Dental Care, can help you protect or enhance your smile with versatile crowns.
What are dental crowns?
Crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that are hollow inside. Made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or porcelain, crowns completely cover teeth above the gum line. They are available in a variety of color that match common tooth shades.
Before you receive a crown, your Reno dentist must file the tooth a little to make room for the restoration. This will occur during your first crown appointment, which will also include the taking of an impression of your mouth. This impression is then used as a template during the creation of your new crown. You'll leave the dental office with a temporary crown and return a few weeks later for the placement of your permanent crown.
Do I need a crown?
Crowns can prevent fractures in teeth, a danger that you are more likely to experience if you have a crack, a very large filling, have had root canal therapy, or if a tooth has begun to crumble. If your tooth is at risk, biting into a piece of hard, or even soft, food may cause your tooth to break one day. If the fracture extends into the tooth root, it may not be possible to save the tooth. Adding a crown to your tooth reduces the risk of a fracture, for your new crown will absorb the strong pressure produced by biting and thus protect the tooth underneath.
Teeth can fracture if you weren't aware you had a crack, you put off getting a recommended crown after dental treatment, or you have received a blow to the face. Luckily, crowns also restore broken teeth. After you receive your crown, your tooth will look just like it did before it fractured! Crowns also eliminate pain caused when the broken ends of teeth are exposed to the air.
Do you want to make over one of your teeth? Crowns can extend the length of short teeth, hide discolorations, and even change the shape of teeth. They're an excellent option if one of your teeth is crooked, pointed, twisted, or doesn't resemble your other teeth.
Give us a call!
Could a dental crown improve your smile? Call your Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. Jintae Park of JP Dental Care, at (775) 853-0503 to schedule an appointment.
Moles are generally harmless and many people have them in various locations on their skin. However, changes in the appearance or texture of a mole can be a possible sign of skin cancer. Checking your moles regularly for changes can help lead to the early detection of skin cancer. If you observe changes in your moles, see a dermatologist who can remove suspicious moles and check for signs of cancer. At Alamo Heights Dermatology, Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington are your dermatologists for mole removal in San Antonio.
Skin Cancer Warning Signs
Changes in the color, texture, size, or shape of existing moles can be early warning signs of skin cancer. Additionally, the development of new moles can also be an indication of the possible presence of cancer. Being familiar with the moles on your skin will make it easier to detect subtle changes. Features of moles that can indicate possible skin cancer include:
- The growth of new moles
- Changes to the size, color, or shape of a mole
- Changes to the texture of a mole
- Asymmetrical moles
- Multi-colored moles
- Tender or painful moles
- Moles that bleed or ooze
- Scaly or itchy patches on or around a mole
In addition to monitoring your own moles for changes, it is also helpful to see a dermatologist regularly for a skin cancer screening. A dermatologist can monitor your existing moles for changes and check for the development of new ones. Suspicious moles can be biopsied to check for skin cancer. Even if cancer is not present, your dermatologist for mole removal in San Antonio might still recommend removing certain moles, such as those most exposed to the sun regularly, to prevent them from developing skin cancer later.
When you know what to look for in your moles, you can keep yourself healthier by detecting possible warning signs of skin cancer early. Early detection makes it easier to successfully eradicate the cancer. You can also speak to a dermatologist about having certain moles removed to safeguard against developing skin cancer in those moles. For mole removal in San Antonio, TX, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelso or Dr. Fridlington by contacting Alamo Heights Dermatology at (210) 255-8447.
Teeth whitening offers a simple way to enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem. Your Reno, NV, dentist Dr. Jintae Park of JP Dental Care can help keep your smile attractive and healthy with teeth whitening and other dental services.
Whitening is Quick and Easy
If you've ever whitened at home, you may disagree that whitening is fast or particularly easy; but over-the-counter whitening strips and trays may not cover your teeth completely, leaving you with a two-toned smile. Even after applying the products for weeks or months, your teeth may not be as white as you expected.
Professional whitening is a different experience. The whitening agent your Reno, NV, dentist uses contains stronger formulations of hydrogen peroxide than those found in store-bought whitening kits. The whitening gel oozes into tiny pores in your teeth, breaking apart stain-causing pigments and bleaching teeth. After a single session, your teeth may be three to eight shades brighter.
Professional Whitening is Safer
Sensitivity can be an issue when you whiten. Although, hydrogen peroxide is perfectly safe for your tooth enamel, it can irritate your gums and roots. Before your whitening session begins, your roots and gums will be covered with a protective gel. Dr. Park at JP Dental Care will also pull your lips and cheeks away from your gums with a plastic retractor.
If sensitivity has been an issue for you, your dentist can use a weaker whitening formulation to ensure that the process is comfortable.
In-Office or At-Home Whitening is Offered for your Convenience
If you prefer, you can also take advantage of professional-strength whiteners at home. Dr. Park will provide you with custom-made whitening trays and a supply of whitening gel. You'll need to use the gel a few times a week for several weeks, and trays can be used to touch up in-office whitening results as needed.
Results are Long-Lasting
Your teeth will remain whiter for several years after professional whitening. Staying away from coffee, tea, cola, berries, or other darkly pigmented foods and beverages can extend your whitening results.
Are you ready to brighten your smile with teeth whitening? Call your Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. Jintae Park of JP Dental Care, at (775) 853-0503 to schedule an appointment!
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