Frustrated with Your Loose Dentures?
As a Prosthodontist who began his training with dental implants 18 years ago, Dr. Luis R. Perez has the pleasure of seeing patients’ self-confidence restored in most cases in a single-day. Dr. Perez highlights a few reasons why dental implants area viable and predictable long-term treatment option, more beneficial and successful than conventional fixed-bridges, and why “All-On-4” implant technique are much more desirable than dentures.
Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. Patients who are current denture wearers, or in need of full upper and/or lower teeth replacement, can greatly benefit from the “All-On-4” implant technique. A technique that with only four implants can support fixed permanent teeth.
At iO Dentistry in Carrollton, Dr. Perez’ approach to successful dental implants requires that all parties involved — the patient, Dr. Perez who is involved in the restorative aspect, his dental technician and the oral surgeon who surgically places the implants, following a tailored and detailed treatment plan. All members of the implant team stay in close communication with each other to make sure everyone clearly understands what needs to be done to meet the patient’s expectations.
Dental implants are increasingly used, because rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that are surgically placed in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that “fuses” with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration,” dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that a patient has “false teeth,” and never decay, like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem. A single-tooth implant can be inserted the same day as the natural tooth extraction and the multiple-tooth implants, or “All-On-4” implant process can sometimes be completed in a single-day or can range from three to six months, depending upon if bone grafting is necessary.
Qualified patients can have a full-set of new replacement teeth in a single-day with the “All-On-4” Implant Technique! Here are the major patient advantages of this technique:
- This technique is a permanent, non-removable (fixed) replacement for teeth that can be maintained as natural teeth, following a proper hygiene protocol.
- Patients have a faster recovery time and better comfort after surgery.
- Patient can often avoid bone graft surgery resulting in less surgical expenses and procedures.
- These implants can last a lifetime, if cared for properly, and will prevent further bone loss.
- The patient’s full set of teeth will fit comfortably with every contour of their mouth, for a more youthful appearance.
- The patient’s ability to taste is not compromised, as no part of the roof of their mouth has to be covered (as with dentures, for example).
- The patient will have an efficient bite once more and can once again enjoy a variety of nourishing foods, greatly enhancing overall health.
By working closely with an oral surgeon and his dental technician, Dr. Perez can offer a more personal comprehensive treatment approach and results as those seen on TV.
About Luis R. Pérez, DDS, PA
Dr. Pérez received his DDS from the School of Dentistry at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While studying there, he was also selected by the university faculty to receive the Teledyne Hanau Prosthodontics Award for demonstrating outstanding knowledge and skills in the study and practice of prosthodontics.
Dr. Pérez continued his studies in Prosthodontics at the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine in Augusta, Georgia in 1995. After his specialty training, Dr. Pérez joined the U.S. Navy Dental Corps in San Diego. There, he served as staff prosthodontist and Co-director of the Removable Prosthodontics Division at the Naval Dental Center, the largest Naval dental facility in the world.
In addition to designing and supervising clinical courses for dental officers, he also trained Advanced Clinical Dentistry and Advanced Education in General Dentistry residents there until1998, when he entered private practice. Dr. Pérez is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), the Academy of Osseointegration, and also belongs to several local study clubs.
Outside of the office, he enjoys cycling, soccer, and traveling with his family. Dr. Pérez was selected as one of the “Best Dentists in Dallas” in the D Magazine December 2005 issue (an exclusive peer-based survey that reveals the top 142 dentists in eight specialties).
He was also selected as “Super Dentist” in the October 2005, November 2006, November 2009, December 2009 and December 2010 and the December 2012 issues of Texas Monthly Magazine and was portrait on the cover of The Doctor of Dentistry Magazine in October of 2004. He was also portrait the North Texas Dentistry Magazine in 2011.