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By Atwal Dental Care
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You can smile whenever you want, right? Or, can you? You have smile gaps caused by tooth loss, and they really squelch your desire to dental implantslaugh out loud or smile broadly at something funny. Why not fix those smile gaps and how they impact your self-image, facial appearance and oral function? You can if you qualify for dental implants from Atwal Dental Care in North Syracuse, NY. Placed by Dr. Inderpreet Atwal, these state-of-the art tooth replacements make smiling, laughing and chewing naturally easy once again.

How dental implants work

Dental implants in North Syracuse are completely different from traditional tooth replacements. Unlike typical bridgework or dentures which simply set on top of the gums, implants reside right in the patient's jaw bone. Dr. Atwal inserts a titanium screw into the bone, bonds on a metal alloy abutment and finishes the prosthetic with a lifelike porcelain crown.

Amazingly, human bone adheres to the titanium implant through a gradual process called osseointegration. Happening over several weeks, osseointegration creates a rock-solid foundation for the entire implant device.

Candidates for dental implants

You could well be a candidate and rid yourself of smile gaps that compromise how your oral function and smile aesthetics. At Atwal Dental Care, your dentist will examine your remaining teeth and your gums as well to make sure your mouth is healthy enough to receive implants. He'll also take digital X-rays and CT imaging to look at your bone structure. You need a jaw bone that is strong enough and big enough to accept the titanium implant device.

Additionally, good candidates have good overall health and, when possible, are non-smokers. While people who use tobacco still can receive dental implants, the dentist encourages smokers to do a smoking cessation program. Cigarettes contain toxins which contribute to an infection called peri-implantitis which often leads to implant failure.

Living with your dental implants

Your dental implants can last for the rest of your life--for decades, in other words, if you take care of them. Whether you have a single tooth implant, mini-implants or multiple implants which support fixed bridgework or dentures, brushing twice a day and flossing is mandatory. These routine oral hygiene practices remove plaque and tartar which are just as destructive to implant sites as they are to natural teeth.

Also, you should continue with your semi-annual exams and cleanings at Atwal Dental Care. Dr. Atwal and his team want your beautiful new smile to feel and function as well as it looks. The American Association of Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons asserts that dental implants succeed 95 percent of the time. So, if you receive implants, give them the right care, and your smile will flourish.

Get a personal consultation

Dr. Atwal will be happy to evaluate your smile for dental implants in his modern North Syracuse, NY office. Please call (315) 452-1020 for your appointment today.