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Dental implants are today’s treatment of choice for replacing missing teeth. They are long lasting, natural in appearance, and promote jaw health. By working closely with your dentist, we hope to provide you with a functional and esthetic replacement tooth that will last for a very long time.
A natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its root and attached with a ligament onto the root surface. Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable when chewing.
Dental implants have a lot of applications.
Implants for any need.
Replacement Of A Single Tooth
If you are a good candidate for implant placement, they are an alternative to a bridge. Instead of cutting down two perfectly healthy teeth, your periodontist inserts a dental implant into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. As it heals, the implant becomes solidly fixed into your jawbone (a process called osseointegration). Once the implant is ready, your referring dentist then places a crown onto this dental implant that looks, feels, and functions like your natural tooth. Dental implants stand alone and do not rely on your natural teeth for support.
Replacement of Multiple Missing Teeth
When a patient is missing several teeth, they typically have the option of replacing them with a removable partial denture, individual implant supported crowns or implant supported bridges.
Depending on the findings during your consultation and situation, your periodontist may recommend that a dental implant be placed to replace each missing tooth. This allows the teeth to function naturally as individual units, or be connected together for increased strength.
Our treatment plans are always customized to your specific needs and are based on a number of factors including your jaw strength, bite, number of missing teeth, and bone quality, to name a few.
Sometimes, an implant to replace every missing tooth is unnecessary or it is impossible. In these situations, an implant supported bridge may be recommended. An implant supported bridge is a structure similar to a traditional dental bridge, with the exception that it is supported by implants rather than natural teeth.
Dentures and Implants Retained by Dental Implants
Traditionally, several missing teeth would have been replaced with a complete denture or a partial denture both of which are removable.
Complete and partial dentures have to be taken out and soaked at night. During the day, they can also look unnatural and be uncomfortable. Dentures and partial dentures can make it difficult or impossible to eat certain foods.
Without the proper fit, dentures can also be uncomfortable and come loose during speaking or eating. If you currently have dentures, or are considering them, dental implants can provide a more comfortable and healthy alternative.
In some cases, dental implants can be used to anchor complete and partial dentures. This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with poorly fitting complete and partial dentures. Dental implants also give you the security that your denture will stay in place while speaking or eating.
Dental implants also eliminate the need for denture adhesives. With dental implant support, your dentures can be removable for ease of cleaning, or can be attached to the implants permanently and not removable. This type of denture will be periodically removed by your dentist and/or periodontist during maintenance visits to clean the implants and ensure long term health and stability of your implants.
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Welcome To Acharya Periodontics
What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.
Dr. Acharya, board certified in Periodontics and dental implant surgery, can treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. She can offer non-surgical and surgical treatment options specifically suited to patient needs and preferences.
Diagnosis and Management
A thorough examination and accurate, specific diagnosis is the foundation of effective treatment.
Very often, early stages of periodontal disease are effectively treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy.
When necessary, Dr. Acharya and her team can walk you through a surgical treatment plan to restore healthy gums and teeth.
Dental implants are a common procedure of permanently replacing missing teeth without affecting other neighboring teeth.