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By: karen.treharne.39
Parkland Family Dentistry
I have worked at Parkland as a hygienist for over 15 years, and even with changes in staff over the years I love coming to work. They are my second family and they (we) treat our patients like family. Unlike other dental offices, at Parkland you will hear much laughter and see many smiles. Come in, bring your children and see for yourself. Payment plans are always available and all your questions or concerns will be addressed to your satisfaction. I have worked at many dentist offices over the years, and this is by far the best for patient care and employee consideration!
By: Mary S.
Parkland Family Dentistry
I was so scared to go to the Dentist, but when I come to see Dr. Korsmo I am never scarred. I come in and if feels like family, I know all the girls up front. They are so nice. The assistants in the back take great care of me. It doesn't smell like a dental office, or feel scarey. :)
By: jaywildyman7
Light Dental Studios
The fact that my dentist knows me on a first name basis is great. I have never had a dentist like that. The rest of the personnel are just as caring too. It makes for a great environment which i really appreciate.
By: lindayang
Advanced Dental Care
Highly professionalism, accommodating scheduling, friendly environment, superb results, memorable experience! Never be too late to visit Dr. Xu.
By: Jean D.
Parkland Family Dentistry
The front office, has been so helpful. They helped me understand my insurance and get fought to get an insurance claim paid. Thank you girls...
By: Anna A.
Light Dental Studios
The over all comfort level during my visit was as good as can be, super. I really enjoy going, it was a very pleasant, pleasurable experience.
By: kateb234
Advanced Dental Care
The staff is very friendly. Dr. Xu is the best dentist I have ever had. Very high-tech office. Very relaxed environment.
By: Greg D.
Parkland Family Dentistry
I always get a call back, they never leave me hanging.
By: Jeff C.
Parkland Family Dentistry
I love my dentist, he's so nice and gentle!
Tips & Advices
Depending on the circumstances, there might not be a safe or effective alternative to dental implants that would not impact your health and quality of life. This is because healthy teeth are essential for maintaining a balanced diet and proper nutrition. In the case of a single tooth damaged from a cavity or infection, a dentist might opt to perform a root canal procedure to remove the infection while preserving the tooth itself. However, this operation often still requires replacing the top of the tooth with an implant known as a crown. In general, the best alternative to implants is preventing the need for them through proper oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing helps prevent tooth decay that can eventually lead to loss of teeth and other dental problems.
Start by looking into what is and is not covered under your health or dental insurance to understand and estimate costs. Then work with your primary dental care provider to understand treatment options and get recommendations for practitioners. You may also research oral and maxillofacial practices online.
Coverage of implant procedures varies depending on the specifics of your health or dental insurance. It may also depend on whether or not the implants are considered medically necessary as opposed to being an elective or cosmetic procedure. If you are a member of a Medicare health plan, most elective dental procedures are not covered. Medicare may cover some costs for procedures that involve dental surgery, like reconstruction of the jaw following an accidental injury or emergency surgery. Check with your health plan provider for information on how dental implant services are covered.
Full recovery from an implant procedure can take several weeks or months. Assuming the surgery is completed without any serious complications, patients are usually sent home within a day to recover. For the first day or two after surgery, patients are advised not to disturb the implant site or perform any kind of strenuous physical labor. Gauze pads will need to be periodically replaced to control bleeding for the first day or two. Pain medication to reduce discomfort and swelling is also prescribed for at least the first two weeks. Doctors will advise patients to avoid hard food, hot food or liquid, or use of a straw for the first days after the procedure. The best foods are purees and soups that require minimal chewing and can be eaten with a spoon. Patients may also need to rinse implant sites for a few days after surgery. Follow-up appointments within the first few weeks are often required to ensure recovery is progressing.
Those who perform dental implant procedures are known as oral and maxillofacial surgeons. These physicians are generally certified as a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) as well as one or more special degrees for dental surgery or osteopathic medicine. Becoming a dental surgeon requires at least 12 years of academic and professional training in the United States, and requires certification with the state medical board. A general dentist with specific training in implantology can perform implant surgery, as well as certain specialists:
  • Prosthodontist – specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeon – specializes in dental surgery
  • Periodontist – specializes in periodontal (gum) disease

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