By Jessica Creagan
SEBASTIAN -- When it comes to oral health, dentists Patrick Hoy and Krunal Patel of Christie Dental in Sebastian can provide complete care, for both original and replacement teeth.
Maintaining a healthy mouth with original teeth is the ultimate goal, but when circumstances prevent it, dental implants can be the best long term solution for many patients. And unlike some dental offices, both the titanium implant and the tooth restoration can be done in the same place by the same doctor, the dentists said.
If a patient is missing a tooth, or even a group of teeth, but still has healthy jawbones, porcelain teeth attached to titanium posts can be the most comfortable option for restoring maximum chewing and speaking functionality, Dr. Patel said.
If the jawbone were a wooden plank, the titanium implants used in dental implants would be screws securely holding fast whatever is attached to it, whether porcelain teeth or dentures, Dr. Hoy said.
Dentures or bridges are typical options when people have teeth removed, or have lost teeth, but dentures can be unstable and move inside the mouth when eating or talking, and bridges can be difficult to clean, Dr. Hoy said.
"It's the little things, not feeling comfortable laughing or talking for their job because they have a denture flopping around," he said.
Sometimes dentures already belonging to the client can be modified to attach to titanium implants, making the dentures more effective as well, Dr. Patel said.
Dental bridges involve modifying or reshaping adjoining teeth to the tooth or teeth that is missing, and can be less expensive in up-front costs, but because it involves the health of other teeth, it could require more dental care in the future, he said.
Dental implants specifically target the missing teeth and do not require modifying the adjacent teeth, so there is less potential future impact, Dr. Hoy said.
By having the option for dental implants available in the office, patients don't need to be concerned with trusting someone new with their oral health, Dr. Patel said.
Drs. Hoy and Patel are practiced in all types of general dentistry and offer free patient consultations.
Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday appointments are available by request.
Christie Dental is located at 1451 Sebastian Blvd., Suite 180, Sebastian. For more information, call (772) 581-8515 or visit www.christiedental.com.