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If you're considering getting an implant, you'll most certainly have questions for Dr. Jintae Park at JP Dental Care in Reno, NV. You might be wondering how a dental implant compares to a real tooth. Let's look at some of the differences between implants and natural teeth.
It should be noted that one of the primary goals of implant dentistry is to try to provide the same form and function as your natural teeth. However, with that in mind, know that an implant is not a tooth. An implant does not decay and does not have dental pulp or periodontal membrane-like teeth.
An implant won't always work in every case, but they do have some great advantages when they are called for.
Some advantages of an implant:
- Often last for decades without needing to be replaced
- Create a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement for your missing tooth
- Don't require surrounding teeth for support
- Do not decay like natural teeth
- Can be fixed or removable
- Can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth
There are downsides to implants where natural teeth win out. The disadvantages of implants include:
- Higher cost compared to traditional dentistry
- It's a surgical procedure that requires a period of healing afterward
- Fracturing of fixtures and loosening of screws can occur (only in about 5% of patients)
- Since there is no cushion between the implant and the bone, the fracturing of crowns and bridges is more common with implants than with natural teeth, though this is rare.
It's best to speak with Dr. Park at JP Dental Care in Reno, NV, about your options regarding implants. Let us know what you want to achieve and we'll work with you as best we can to accomplish that. Call our office today at (775) 853-0503.
Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime. If you are in need of a root canal procedure, visit JP Dental Care in Reno, NV. Just call Dr. Jintae Park today!
Why might you need a root canal?
First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.
Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.
The Root Canal Procedure
If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside of the tooth-shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.
If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.
Are you concerned about pain?
The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone.
Are you anxious about the procedure?
If the dental treatment causes you anxiety, please let us know. There are several sedation options we can pursue to make this procedure less worrisome. Our goal is to make your treatment as gentle and comfortable as possible.
No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. And that is welcome news, indeed! Contact JP Dental Care in Reno, NV. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jintae Park, call (775) 853-0503.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
When you are missing teeth, it is critical to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can be challenging, as well as uncomfortable. Missing teeth can also destabilize your bite. Dental implants are a great option for replacing teeth that are missing or are badly diseased. A dental implant at JP Dental Care offers relief, support, and stability to your bite, and often, implants are the most natural and effective option available.
Dr. Jintae Park and our team have helped many patients using implant dentistry at our Reno, NV, office restore their smiles to look more natural. Each implant is created to fit in perfectly with the look of the rest of your teeth.
Besides making your smile appear more natural, dental implants have other benefits. They include:
- Restoring your ability to properly chew food
- Preventing your teeth from shifting and moving
- Stabilizing your bite, helping you avoid pain or discomfort
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and feel like you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Jintae Park and our team at JP Dental Care in Reno, NV, encourage you to give us a call to schedule an appointment at (775) 853-0503.
JP Dental Care and Dr. Jintae Park utilize dentist care for dentures in Reno, NV, that can keep your false teeth strong and secure. Denture maintenance and care can take on many different steps, each of which must be done to ensure your teeth remain strong. Here are a few things that you need to know about this process and how it may benefit you.
DIY Care Can Help
Denture maintenance often starts at home by using various options provided by your dental professional. For example, denture soaks help to keep them clean and break apart plaque between use. Usually, they must soak at night to break apart these buildups and avoid long-term damage to your denture plates and teeth.
Just as importantly, you need to watch for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks in the teeth, damage to the denture structure, and more. Your dentist for dentures in Reno, NV, will take a look at what is wrong, provide repair procedures, and ensure that your teeth remain strong and secure.
How Professional Repair Helps You
Professional denture repair and maintenance includes checking for possible problems with the structure of the frame. For example, damage to the plate may cause it to rub up against the gums and cause irritation and inflammation. Dental maintenance spots these problems and prevents serious issues.
Just as importantly, regular inspections can spot cracks, discoloration, cavities, and much more. Your dental professional will fix these breaks to ensure that your denture plates and teeth remain strong. They'll also provide a new set if yours need replacement at any time.
Don't Avoid This Process
At JP Dental Care, Dr. Park can provide professional dentist care for dentures in Reno, NV. He understands the various steps necessary to keep them strong and will do what he can to satisfy you. Please call us at (775) 853-0503 to learn more about your options in this situation.
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.