Dr. Buttar has completed advanced training in implants, bone graft, soft tissue management around implants, and in the restoration of implants. He has been placing and restoring implants for many years. He is a highly skilled dentist in the field of dental implants.
A missing tooth requires replacement of function and to prevent shifting of adjacent teeth or super eruption of opposing tooth. It compromises your oral health and esthetic. Your chewing balance gets compromised. Implants are most widely recommended in modern dentistry.
Most common dental implant treatment is
Replacement of missing one tooth with single implant supported crown.
Replacement of three teeth in row with implant supported bridge
Replacement of multiple teeth with multiple single implant supported crowns or multiple implant supported bridges
Edentulous patient or missing all teeth can benefit from implant supported dentures.
What are dental implants?
An implant is a piece of titanium that is placed in the jaw bone.It fuses to the bone and works like a root of the tooth. Once an implant fuses to the bone, an abutment and crown are placed for normal function like your natural tooth. It is an alternative to bridges and dentures.
Procedure for placing dental implants:
This procedure is very easy and it is completed under local anesthesia. Osteotomy is done for the size of the implant and the implant is placed in the bone under sterile environment. There is very minimum pain. Some patients don’t even take pain medication.
Who is candidate for implants?
Patients that have one or more missing teeth, as well as edentulous patients, are good candidates. If a patient is missing one tooth, we can place one implant and a crown over it. It will function like your own tooth. If someone is missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants and a bridge over the implant and replace three missing teeth. If someone has dentures and the denture is moving, we can place two to four implants and the implants can hold the denture. Their chewing ability increases dramatically. They can also have multiple bridges or single implants with crowns.
What is the cost of a dental implant?
Initially, implants are slightly costlier than a bridge, but they are long term cost effective because bridges can fail and require replacement. A patient can also lose the tooth that is holding the bridge in place. Hence a bridge can cost more in the long run.
An implant prevents the bone from reabsorbing. An implant supported tooth functions and looks like your own tooth. There is almost no chance of failure if it is taken care of properly.
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