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You never thought you'd lose a tooth. However, a fall irreparably damaged a front tooth, and now you must fill that smile gap. At Atwal Dental Care in North Syracuse, NY, Dr. Inderpreet Atwal places amazing dental implants that counter the terrible effects of tooth loss. Look and feel as though that accident never happened with the help of beautiful dental implants!

What happens when you lose a tooth

Whatever the circumstances behind your smile gap, you need to fix it. If you don't, here's what happens:

  • An ugly, embarrassing smile gap
  • Compromised alignment and strength of remaining teeth
  • Poor biting, chewing, and speech
  • Reduced digestive abilities
  • Degraded gum tissue and supporting jaw bone

More extensive tooth loss multiplies all of these problems, making you look and feel much older than your true age.

Enter: dental implant restorations

At his North Syracuse, NY, practice, Dr. Inderpreet Atwal and his team evaluate patients for dental implant placement. Truly, they are today's best tooth-replacement choice, and here's why.

A single-tooth implant consists of a titanium root placed into the jaw bone. Usually, it is shaped like a screw with a roughened surface. Human bone bonds to titanium better than any other biocompatible metal. Add the bumpy, threaded surface, and the new implant adheres right to the empty tooth socket. This bonding action is called osseointegration.

Once Dr. Atwal determines the implant is well-integrated, he places a post and porcelain crown on the implant, finishing your brand-new tooth. As you use the tooth, it will become even stronger, lasting decades, and possibly even for life, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA).

Better than other tooth replacements

While conventional bridgework and dentures are viable choices, dental implants meet or exceed patient expectations. Why? Dental implants:

  • Stay in place—only your dentist can remove them.
  • Are as easy as natural teeth to brush and floss.
  • Maintain your jaw bone and gums, give you natural biting and chewing.
  • Make your speech clear and natural-sounding.
  • Are very versatile as they replace single teeth or support partial/full dentures.
  • Never slip or change position.

Such a beautiful smile

You can retrieve your looks and oral health with dental implants. At Atwal Dental Care, Dr. Atwal and his team will evaluate your oral health and jaw bone quality to outline your options. Call the North Syracuse office for your dental implant consultation: (315) 452-1020.

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Dental implants are among the most popular tooth replacements with their high success rate, durability and life-like beauty. But obtaining them is a process that requires commitment, planning, and coordination — it takes a team.

Your general dentist is often the first team member you’ll encounter: because they’re most familiar with your mouth’s condition the implant discussion naturally begins here. They can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, such as if you have sufficient bone mass at the intended site or if you have dental disease that must be treated first. They’ll also continue monitoring your general dental health throughout the process.

Your general dentist may also have the special training for surgically placing implants. If not, he or she may refer you to your next team member: an oral surgeon or periodontist skilled in implantation procedures. This step first requires careful planning, including developing a surgical guide for precise placement of the implant. These specialists may also contribute to other aspects of the implant process such as tooth extraction or bone grafting.

A few weeks after surgery bone will have grown and adhered to the implant to form a solid bond. It’s time for you to go back to your dentist who will work in conjunction with another member of your team, a dental lab technician. Together, your dentist and laboratory technician will guide the development, manufacture and placement of the implant’s life-like porcelain crown. The technician will take their specifications from the surgeon and your general dentist and, with his or her skill and artistry, form a crown that will blend well in color and shape with the rest of your teeth.

We also can’t forget another important team member: you. Without your input, especially in the early planning stages, your expectations for a more attractive smile might not be met. The rest of your implant team depends on you communicating your desires and wishes to balance with the technical requirements they must achieve.

The process for dental implants can take months. But with the coordinated efforts of your implant team you’ll be able to enjoy results — renewed function and a more attractive smile — that could last for decades.

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.”

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  
DentalImplantsCouldbeYourBestOptiontoReplaceLostTeeth

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
August 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants   dentures  
Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldImproveYourBoneHealth

Generations have depended on dentures to effectively and affordably replace lost teeth. But they do have a major weakness: They contribute to jawbone loss that creates not only mouth and facial problems, but can also ruin a denture’s fit.

Bone loss is a normal consequence of losing teeth. The biting forces normally generated when we chew stimulate new bone to replace older bone. When a tooth is missing, however, so is that chewing stimulation. This can slow bone replacement growth and gradually decrease the density and volume of affected bone.

While dentures can restore dental appearance and function, they can’t restore this growth stimulation. What’s worse, the pressure of the dentures against the gum-covered jaw ridge they rest upon may irritate the underlying bone and accelerate loss.

But there is a solution to the problem of denture-related bone loss: an implant-supported denture. Rather than obtaining its major support from the gum ridges, this new type of denture is secured by strategically-placed implants that connect with it.

Besides the enhanced support they can provide to a denture restoration, implants can also deter bone loss. This is because of the special affinity bone cells have with an implant’s imbedded titanium post. The gradual growth of bone on and around the implant surface not only boosts the implant’s strength and durability, it can also improve bone health.

There are two types of implant-supported dentures. One is a removable appliance that connects with implants installed in the jaw (three or more for the upper jaw or as few as two in the lower). It may also be possible to retrofit existing dentures to connect with implants.

The other type is a fixed appliance a dentist permanently installs by screwing it into anywhere from four and six implants. The fixed implant-supported denture is closer to the feel of real teeth (you’ll brush and floss normally), but it’s usually more costly than the removable implant-supported denture.

While more expensive than traditional ones, implant-supported dentures still cost less than other restorations like individual implant tooth replacements. They may also help deter bone loss, which may lead to a longer lasting fit with the dentures. Visit your dentist for an evaluation of your dental condition to see if you’re a good candidate for this advanced form of dental restoration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dentures, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”