Something to Smile About
Local dental practice uses contemporary treatment to give patients results they can’t stop smiling about.
From the way you talk, to the food you eat, your teeth play an important role in your everyday life, including your overall health. Unfortunately, many adults will lose some, if not all, of their teeth due to gum disease, lack of dental care or injury. However, ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in The Woodlands is giving the dental community something to smile about and look forward to.
Gum disease is a leading major cause of tooth loss in adults, affecting approximately 64.7 million Americans according to a 2009 Center for Disease Control study. While there are several tooth replacement options to choose from, many patients find that the options are too painful, too complicated or are short-term solutions that have a negative impact on their lifestyle and health.
“Many patients come into my office having left traditional dentistry years ago, because they had been told they needed all their teeth removed,” Dr. Jacob explained, adding that for many patients it was a step they weren’t willing to take because of the stories they had heard from their parents and grandparents about dentures.
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 36 million Americans have no teeth and 90% of those individuals have dentures. Dr. Jacob recognizes that implants can be perceived as too complicated or too expensive so, dentists and patients often opt for total dentures. It’s for these reasons that ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in The Woodlands has made it their mission to inform and educate patients and the dental community about the implant options that are available when it comes to their teeth.
“Our mission is to move patients away from having to accept total removable denture treatment as a solution for a mouth full of failing teeth,” Dr. Jacob expressed passionately. “Today it’s possible to go from diseased teeth in the morning to fixed implant teeth with a full natural smile by afternoon. No more anxiety of wearing removable teeth that are at risk of dislodging during eating, talking and laughing.”
ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in The Woodlands is a dental implant practice that uses highly trained doctors, current technology, and one convenient location to provide an efficient path to a beautiful smile. The Woodlands Practice, one of 43 ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers in the United States, is run by board certified Prosthodontist, Dr. Rhonda F. Jacob, who joined the ClearChoice team in 2012 after spending more than 30 years at MD Anderson Cancer Center. It was the ClearChoice one location, one team, one cost approach that intrigued Dr. Jacob to embark on this exciting new journey.
“Going from total tooth extraction, placing implants into the jaw and delivering implant teeth, all in the same day, in one practice, was very intriguing to me,” Dr. Jacob explained. “It had not been done to this scale until the ClearChoice network of prosthodontists and oral surgeons decided to do it. It’s really taking implant restoration and patient satisfaction to the next level.”
The traditional dental implant method for a full set of upper and lower teeth usually requires multiple appointments, multiple offices and multiple processes that are very time consuming for both the patient and dentist. A full mouth of implants and crowns may take 18 -24 months or longer to accomplish, which cost more time and money.
However, ClearChoice was founded on the principle that “there had to be a better way” and to make dental implant treatment the best possible experience it can be for patients. It was this foundation that established their one office, one cost, one day approach to dental implants, which enables each team of doctors to be efficient, collaborative and focus on each patient’s individual needs.
“The efficiency of the ClearChoice treatment model, of having the surgeon, prosthodontist and laboratory all in one place, allows the doctors to keep a very close eye on each step,” Dr. Jacob said.
Together, Dr. Jacob along with her colleagues Dr. David R. Mulherin, who is a board-certified oral surgeon, and prosthodontist, Dr. William Paulo, create prosthetic teeth that not only feel and look like natural teeth, but fit and function like them as well.
“We take facial measurements, x-rays and deliver teeth on surgery day. In approximately 6 months we begin fabricating final implant teeth and then the patient tries on the second set of teeth to validate the look and feel before we progress to the final teeth,” Dr. Jacob specified. “It’s a work in progress between the patient and prosthodontist to build their unique set of teeth.”
Whether it’s a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full mouth implant restoration, the benefits of dental implants can significantly outweigh the alternative options like dentures, bridges, flippers and crowns.
“People reading this article and others who are fortunate to have a nice smile, often think, ‘they’re just teeth… what’s the big deal?’ but teeth hold such an important place in our culture,” Dr. Jacob explained. “Someone’s smile can change a relationship. Patients tell us how it has improved their self-esteem”
Dental implants screw into the jawbone to create a strong, durable, long-term hold that ensures there’s no slippage or other uncomfortable movement with the teeth. They’re made out of materials that are compatible with the human body, which can keep the bone from deteriorating, preserves healthy adjacent teeth, maintains facial structure and eliminates the issues of decay, gum disease and root canal therapy.
These aspects of dental implants are what make them a reliable, dependable and long-term tooth replacement option. In addition, these aspects are also what make them look and feel like natural teeth, allowing you to carry on with life as if you were born with them.
“For patients with implants, it’s an incredible transformation. It’s like having their teeth back,” Dr. Jacob explained. “Patients say over and over again, ‘you changed my life.’ It sounds like a commercial, but it’s the words joyfully expressed by the patients. Even spouses will say, ‘that’s the one I married.’”
From the first initial consultation Dr. Jacob will guide you through the entire process and create a tailored treatment plan that not only establishes a clear understanding of what the process is like, but exactly how much it will cost as well. They have staff available to connect you with financing options and describe how other patients have succeeded in making this financial commitment.
Through these guided consultations and tailored treatment plans that Dr. Jacob aims to establish her ClearChoice practice as a Platform of Hope and give her patients a reason to smile again.
“When someone walks in who doesn’t want to wear a denture, but wants their smile back, I want to offer them hope and be able to deliver a success story for them,” Dr. Jacob said with compassion.
However, it’s not only about providing a Platform of Hope for her individual patients, but for thousands of other patients who need it too. Dr. Jacob and her team are partnering with local community dentists to pass on her experiences at ClearChoice so that their patients may benefit from full dental implants as well and leave dentures in the past.
“I didn’t learn about implants in dental school because implants didn’t exist at that time. All of my knowledge was gained through seminars, research and on-the-job experience,” Dr. Jacob said. “Which is why I’m making it my mission to start offering that on-the-job training and develop an implant partnership with local community dentists. The expertise must be disseminated to bring the Platform of Hope to all patients in need.”
So, if you are a community dentist who also wants to extend hope to patients in your practice, Dr. Jacob invites you to take the opportunity to come see the flow of the Woodlands center for yourself and learn how you can extend these same treatments in your office.
Over 50,000 people and counting have set their smile free and reclaimed their lives thanks to the network of ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers.
If you have lost hope and wish to give Dr. Jacob and her team the chance to restore it, give ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in The Woodlands a call at 888-552-6076. You can also visit their website at www2.clearchoice.com for more information. Dr. Jacob invites you to go to the Woodlands location website to read patients’ comments and reviews.
Dental Implant Associates of The Woodlands, P.A. is doing business as ClearChoice Dental Implant Center; ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers are locally owned and operated by licensed dentists, and are part of a professional affiliation of implant practices operated by oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and restorative dentists across the U.S. A majority of patients (and approximately 90% of Minnesota patients) qualify for same day implants and can have their procedure in one day after initial workup, without additional bone graft surgery, and may leave the office that same day with provisional prostheses and the final prostheses to be placed later. Results may vary in individual cases. Both general dentists and specialists in some states. Dental implants are not a recognized specialty. Dental specialists are specialists in oral maxillofacial surgery and prosthodontics. Limited services available at satellite offices. Dental implants can last a lifetime. Studies show that dental implants are likely to last at least 25 years with proper care and maintenance in most cases. This is a paid advertisement.