Millions of Americans will likely consider dental implants in their future at an accelerating rate. Advanced technology promises a new way to restore oral function and smiles. Serious health consequences can arise from inadequate information.
There are multiple issues that can contribute to tooth loss. If left untreated, missing teeth can lead to a chain reaction of problems in the rest of the mouth, such as jaw bone atrophy, temporomandibular disorders, periodontal disease, and potentially heart disease, stroke and memory loss. New studies indicate that many of the aforementioned diseases begin in the mouth.
According to Dr. Fred Loe, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, “When you are in need of a tooth replacement, a dental implant is one of the best options for restoring both function and aesthetics to your mouth. Evidence points to the fact that dental implants are the most cost-effective, long-term solution to address tooth loss. Dental implants add tremendous value to a patient’s life, especially when the issue is addressed quickly by a qualified healthcare practitioner.”
Many people who have not maintained regular visits with their general dentists or fallen to unhealthy behaviors are unaware that they have problems with their teeth until they feel pain. Older adults may also have fillings that will prove inadequate and lead to tooth loss. The fact remains that the bone in the jaw begins to atrophy when the jaw loses a tooth. The stimulation provided through the tooth root to the jaw through the process of chewing is no longer present and, over time, the surrounding teeth literally begin to cave in on the location of the missing tooth. Dental implants are the best solution to prevent destruction of jawbone density and further tooth loss, as well as restore the aesthetics to a patient’s smile.
Consumer awareness of dental implants has dramatically increased and is driven by the proven results that dental implants provide. However, an increasing number of general dentists are now offering this procedure. Dr. Loe expresses his concern for this practice because the training that some of these providers have received can sometimes only consist of a weekend course provided by a dental implant company. “This is a recipe for bad outcomes,” states Loe.
Many of the companies who are providing these trainings are offering inferior or “look-a-like” implants in order to lower the cost of the procedure and they are recruiting general dentists to do these procedures. The great recession has given general dentists plenty of need to bring in additional revenue because dental practices have been affected by the decrease in patient’s routine visits in an effort to save money.
Inferior dental implants can cause serious problems for patients if they fail. Unfortunately, many patients aren’t aware that there is a difference in the quality of implants offered on the market, and worse, this isn’t explained to them prior to the procedure being performed. Consumers have no way to tell the grade of the implant being placed, but that is going to change says Dr. Loe. He believes there could be a backlash against this and an erosion of consumer confidence, ultimately souring people on what he thinks is the best treatment option available for missing teeth.
Dr. Loe only purchases the highest-quality dental implants available on the market that come with a lifetime guarantee. While this drives the price of the procedure up in the short term, it is the best insurance for the future. The ramifications for consumers who have inferior dental implants placed can include return trips to have the procedure repeated. This means more money spent, lost productivity and even physical pain. Dr. Loe however, has great confidence in the dental community and states that many general dentists are continuing to refer patients to oral surgeons because dental implant surgery requires drilling into the hard bone of the jaw, an area of expertise for oral surgeons.
“Dental implants make up a significant part of my practice. I have done thousands of cases in my 30 plus years of practice. I like the camaraderie of working with the patient’s general dentist and the prostadontist to develop a treatment plan and timeline that are realistic and lead to the best outcome for the patient. Of course, the general dentists that I work with understand that quality is a serious issue and they support the team approach we provide, as well as the use of the highest-quality dental implants available.”
For more dental implant information, please visit the online resource that Dr. Loe and North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provides at http://www.northtarrantoralsurgery.com. There you will find informative, educational videos as well as a complete explanation of the dental implant process.
About North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery:
Dr. Fred Loe, started his private practice in North Texas in 1998 and heads North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a graduate of The University of New Mexico and The University of Missouri School of Dentistry, and obtained his oral surgery residency at The University of Louisiana Medical Center at Shreveport, Louisiana.
Dr. Loe was a United States Air Force Major stationed at Davis Monthan AFB Hospital in Tucson, Arizona with oral surgical responsibilities and duties for two years. Dr. Loe has over 30 years of practice experience in addition to faculty experience at Louisiana State University.
Dr. Loe is a member of the Southwest, North Texas, and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and he and his staff firmly believe in education and informing the patients in pre- and post-surgical care.
Dr. Loe specializes in the removal of wisdom teeth, placement of dental implants, bone grafts, and biopsies, but enjoys all aspects of oral surgery. Dr. Loe is also a participating dental surgeon in the Texas Dentists for Healthy Smiles program.
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North Tarrant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Fred A. Loe, DDS, PA
820 Towne Court
Saginaw, TX 76179
Office: (817) 237-7557
Fax: (817) 237-7585