Dr. Giancarlo G. Romero was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1970. Educated in the Venezuela school system, he graduated at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1993 obtaining his D.D.S. degree. He taught at the same institution and worked in Caracas for two years.Coming to the United States in 1995, he studied and worked at the University of Texas – Dental Branch in Houston, Department of Prosthodontics, and obtained his certificate in Prosthodontics and Master in Science Degree in 1998.
Dr. Romero then in 1998 was involved in a year fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center where he obtained the certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. He was awarded the prestigious “Cooksey Award” in 1997 and 2009 at the greater Houston dental meeting. He was an associate professor at the Graduate Prosthodontic Program, UTHSC from 2000 to 2002. Dr. Romero is currently full time private practice. He is involved in research related to implants and ceramics as well as worldwide lecturer.
Actual implant placement, a process generally performed in the office with local anesthesia or light sedation to help make the patient more comfortable. Using precise, gentle surgical techniques, the implants are placed into the jawbone for 3 to 6 months while osseointegration (bonding to bone) takes place. This helps ensure a strong, solid foundation for replacement teeth. During this time, temporary bridges or dentures may be used to minimize any cosmetic or chewing inconvenience.
Dental implants are an effective, safe and predictable solution to the problems resulting from missing teeth. Many patients report exciting benefits from dental implants, such as:
1. Replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth
2. Improve taste and appetite
3. Improved cosmetic appearance
4. The ability to chew without pain or gum irritation
5. Improved quality of life
One additional and very important benefit can be the reduction or elimination of bone atrophy or shrinkage, commonly associated with loss of teeth. Dental implants are truly a revolution, solving an age-old problem safely and predictably. Implant dentistry can change the smiles and lives of millions for years to come. The most common feedback from dental patients who have implant supported restorations is that they experience increased confidence, especially in social situations. They describe the ability to speak freely without concern that their teeth may come loose and the comfort of making choices from the entire restaurant menu rather than the necessity to exclude certain foods.
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
Crown lengthening is done when a tooth needs to be restored, but there is not enough tooth structure above the gum line to support a filling or a crown. This can happen when a tooth breaks off at the gum line, or a crown or filling falls out of a tooth that has extensive decay underneath. If your dentist wants to repair the tooth using a crown or a large filling, he or she may need to expose more of the tooth by removing some soft tissue or bone. Crown lengthening is also frequently used to support cosmetic dental procedures. It is especially useful in cases where the gum extends too far down the length of the teeth causing them to appear unnaturally (gummy smile) short. This can also increase their vulnerability to periodontal disease. Removal of this “extra” gum tissue can restore a natural look and thus improve a smile.