Implant Connection

Dr. Mulherin and I remember the introduction of the prototype dental implants we use today. In 1982 the first dental implant symposium was held in North America. Shortly after, the FDA approved an implant study with only five academic institutions taking part. Today, implant therapy is taught in dental schools and in continuing education environments.

What are dental implants? Dental implants are a long-term solution for people dealing with chronic dental issues. Unlike dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are basically artificial tooth roots that connect to the jawbone, providing a long-term base for secure, stable and comfortable tooth replacement.

Interestingly, titanium is the implant material that has proven to be biologically safe and actually have an integration to bone after it is implanted. As healing progresses, new bone chemically bonds to the titanium surface and the forces of the tooth attached to the implant will be transferred to the bone. Dental implants were the first use of titanium and those early implant studies proved that titanium was the metal of success when placed in bone.

Research continues on the dental implant itself, such as the pitch and depth of the threads on the implant screw, surface coatings, screw threads, the length and diameter of the implants. All this research is in an effort to speed up the new bone growth on the implant and also improve the bone growth success of patients. The goal is for patients to be able to chew as early as possible and have the dental implant last for a lifetime.

Despite the almost 40 years that dental implants have been available in North America, very few dental patients receive dental implants.The American College of Prosthodontists describes that 200 million people are missing multiple teeth and 36 million people have no natural teeth in at least one jaw. Too many people have quit going to the dentist, because they have too few teeth remaining to make bridges and at the last dental encounter, they were told that the next step would be total dentures Those folks are willing to continue the miserable experience with ailing and failing teeth, to avoid the miserable denture experience of their parents and grandparents. At the Woodlands ClearChoice office, patients skip the dreaded denture phase and go directly to full implant teeth in both jaws. Dental implants are an answer for normal chewing and a beautiful, confident smile.

Dr. Jacob and Dr. Mulherin believe in the concept of multidisciplinary care groups. This means that every practitioner in the group offers their particular expertise. The knowledge of the group grows with every patient treated, and ultimately this translates into the best possible outcome for the individual patient.

The Woodlands ClearChoice Dental Implant Center has groomed the multidisciplinary concept into an all-inclusive dental implant center. The center is designed so that the oral surgery team, prosthodontic team, necessary radiology, and in-house laboratory reside in one office. The large on-site inventory of dental implants, surgical and prosthetic implant parts, and necessary bone grafting materials compares to academic practices. From beginning to final delivery of the functional and beautiful smile, the patient always visits the same office.

The Woodlands ClearChoice Dental Implant Center team has the power to transform your smile and transform your life. We look forward to making an IMPLANT CONNECTION.

About Dr. Jacob and Dr. Mulherin:

Dr. Rhonda Jacob and Dr. David Mulherin have worked together since 2010 and have put their focus on building the ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in The Woodlands. Hailing from Iowa, Dr. Jacob moved to Houston for training at MD Anderson Cancer Center as a maxillofacial prosthodontist. She remained on staff at MD Anderson for 30 years as Professor and also Director of the Dental Implant Program. She worked in a multidisciplinary group of head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons and prosthodontists rebuilding jaws with innovative bone transplants and dental implants to restore function in these rebuilt jaws. During this time, she trained over a hundred maxillofacial prosthodontists, was president of several national and international prosthodontics organizations, and lectured and consulted with implant companies on implant design and implant use in cancer patients.

Dr. Mulherin, a West Texas native, trained at UT Galveston in oral surgery after completing his time in the Army. He has recommended dental implants as a long-term dental restoration solution for over 35 years. He often places implants in patients that he met years earlier when he extracted their wisdom teeth, which is an amazing continuity of care.

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