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By Atwal Dental Care
September 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

Are you considering getting dental implants in North Syracuse, NY? Whether you just starting doing some research on the topic or you think you understand what this restoration is about, it’s never too soon to talk to our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Inderpreet Atwal, about your tooth replacement options. Read on to learn what this treatment can do for you!

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small artificial tooth root made from a biocompatible metal such as titanium. This restoration is placed into the jawbone where it naturally integrates with bone and tissue to become one. From there, a crown is secured over the implant to complete the restoration.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Since implants are truly as close as you can come to real teeth, there are a host of unique benefits that you will enjoy if you choose to get dental implants from our North Syracuse office. Here are a few of them:

A lifelong restoration

If you are looking to get it and forget it, then your best option may be dental implants. Once an implant is placed, it is durable and resilient enough to last a lifetime. Other tooth replacement options will need to be replaced every few years, but not implants. Of course, you will still want to properly care for and maintain your implants to ensure that they last as long as possible.

A very high success rate

Another reason that so many people choose to get dental implants is because these artificial teeth boast an extremely high success rate of up to 98 percent!

Restore chewing and speaking

When you lose one or more teeth, one of the issues that a lot of people have is trouble chewing certain foods. Missing teeth can also cause lisps and other speech impediments. Luckily, once our North Syracuse, NY, implant dentist has fully placed the restoration, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods without ever having to worry about functionality.

Preserve the jawbone

One serious complication of untreated tooth loss is the evitable issues of bone deterioration, which, in turn, can affect the shape of your face. Fortunately, an implant can prevent both bone loss and facial structure changes thanks to how it provides the jawbone with the same stimulation as real tooth roots, ensuring that you remain as healthy as possible.

Interested? Give us a call

Atwal Dental Care in North Syracuse, NY, is dedicated to providing you with the ideal tooth replacement option to meet your needs. No matter whether you want to find out if you are the perfect candidate for dental implants or you have questions about the other tooth replacement options we offer, call our office today at (315) 452-1020 to learn more!

By Atwal Dental Care
September 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

An estimated 35 million people in the United States are missing all of their teeth on at least one jaw. Your situation may not be as serious — perhaps you've only lost one tooth. But even one missing tooth could eventually impact the health of underlying bone or other teeth — and it can certainly mar an otherwise attractive smile.

Depending on other health factors, you could be an ideal candidate for a dental implant to replace that missing tooth. Since their introduction in the 1980s, implants have rapidly become the popular choice for tooth replacement. They've gained this popularity for several reasons: they're a life-like replacement that also functions like a tooth; they're adaptable to a variety of situations; and they enjoy a 95%-plus success rate.

The key to their success lies in their unique construction: they replace the tooth root, not just the crown. They accomplish this through a metal titanium post imbedded directly into the bone. The titanium attracts bone cells, which eventually grow and adhere to the post to anchor the implant securely in the jaw. This growth also deters bone loss that occurs after tooth loss and continues after acquiring other forms of removable restorations like full or partial dentures.

If implants have one drawback, though, it's their cost, especially if you have multiple lost teeth. The good news if you're missing several teeth is that each tooth does not need an implant due to their inherent strength. As few as two implants could replace three to four missing teeth or play a role as supports for other restorations like removable dentures. Some of the implants' other benefits will also carry over, including enhanced bone health.

To determine if dental implants are a good choice for your missing teeth, you'll need to undergo an evaluation of your individual dental condition (including bone health). From there we can advise you on whether implants could change your dental health and your smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101.”

By Atwal Dental Care
September 13, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   oral health  

Although dental care has made incredible advances over the last century, the underlying approach to treating tooth decay has changed little. Today’s dentists treat a decayed tooth in much the same way as their counterparts from the early 20th Century: remove all decayed structure, prepare the tooth and fill the cavity.

Dentists still use that approach not only because of its effectiveness, but also because no other alternative has emerged to match it. But that may change in the not-too-distant future according to recent research.

A research team at Kings College, London has found that a drug called Tideglusib, used for treating Alzheimer’s disease, appears to also stimulate teeth to regrow some of its structure. The drug seemed to cause stem cells to produce dentin, one of the tooth’s main structural layers.

During experimentation, the researchers drilled holes in mouse teeth. They then placed within the holes tiny sponges soaked with Tideglusib. They found that within a matter of weeks the holes had filled with dentin produced by the teeth themselves.

Dentin regeneration isn’t a new phenomenon, but other occurrences of regrowth have only produced it in tiny amounts. The Kings College research, though, gives rise to the hope that stem cell stimulation could produce dentin on a much larger scale. If that proves out, our teeth may be able to create restorations by “filling themselves” that are much more durable and with possibly fewer complications.

As with any medical breakthrough, the practical application for this new discovery may be several years away. But because the medication responsible for dentin regeneration in these experiments with mouse teeth is already available and in use, the process toward an application with dental patients could be relatively short.

If so, a new biological approach to treating tooth decay may one day replace the time-tested filling method we currently use. One day, you won’t need a filling from a dentist—your teeth may do it for you.

If you would like more information on treating tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Atwal Dental Care
September 03, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

“No man is an island….” So wrote the poet John Donne four centuries ago. And while he meant the unity of humanity, the metaphor could equally apply to the interdependence of the various parts of the human body, including the mouth. According to recent scientific research, your mouth isn’t an “island” either.

Much of this research has focused on periodontal (gum) disease, an infection most often caused by bacterial plaque that triggers inflammation in the gum tissues. Although an important part of the body’s defenses, if the inflammation becomes chronic it can damage the gums and weaken their attachment to the teeth. Supporting bone may also deteriorate leading eventually to tooth loss.

Avoiding that outcome is good reason alone for treating and controlling gum disease. ┬áBut there’s another reason—the possible effect the infection may have on the rest of the body, especially if you have one or more systemic health issues. It may be possible for bacteria to enter the bloodstream through the diseased gum tissues to affect other parts of the body or possibly make other inflammatory conditions worse.

One such condition is diabetes, a disease which affects nearly one person in ten. Normally the hormone insulin helps turn dietary sugars into energy for the body’s cells. But with diabetes either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the available insulin can’t metabolize sugar effectively. The disease can cause or complicate many other serious health situations.

There appears to be some links between diabetes and gum disease, including that they both fuel chronic inflammation. This may explain why diabetics with uncontrolled gum disease also often have poor blood sugar levels. Conversely, diabetics often have an exaggerated inflammatory response to gum disease bacteria compared to someone without diabetes.

The good news, though, is that bringing systemic diseases like diabetes under control may have a positive effect on the treatment of gum disease. It may also mean that properly treating gum disease could also help you manage not only diabetes, but also other conditions like cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Taking care of your teeth and gums may not only bring greater health to your mouth, but to the rest of your body as well.

If you would like more information on treating dental diseases like gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”