Losing permanent teeth can affect every aspect of your daily life and cause embarrassment and discomfort.
Dr. Chetan S. Patil is a specialist who offers dental implants, providing patients with the ultimate restorative treatment for missing or severely damaged teeth.
So why should you invest in dental implants?
Patients missing all or some of their teeth may be candidates for dental implants. Dental implants are also an excellent replacement for patients who wear traditional dentures and find them uncomfortable or unstable. There are certain candidacy requires for implants, including
The Benefits of Choosing a Periodontist
As a periodontist, Dr. Patil has undergone extensive training beyond dental school to achieve an advanced understanding of periodontal care and tooth replacement. In addition, he uses a range of advanced technology, including a dental laser, to provide exceptional care as comfortably as possible.
When placed by a specialist, dental implants have a very high success rate. This tooth replacement option offers a high level of stability and support for a strong, functional smile for years to come.
You will begin the implant placement process with a consultation with Dr. Patil, who will communicate with all your physicians and general dentist in order to provide the best care possible. He will thoroughly examine your gums, jawbone, bite, and your overall oral health. He will use a 3-D scanner to analyze your mouth and jawbone in detail. If he finds any issues such as periodontal disease, he will recommend a preliminary procedure so you may become eligible for implants. If you are a candidate for implants, he will discuss the procedure and recovery process with you.
On the day your implants are placed, you will receive some form of sedation: local injection, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or intravenous (IV) sedation. The type of sedation you receive will depend on your individual needs. Dr. Patil will use a dental laser to create precise access points in your gums and will then place the implants along with an additive to stimulate bone growth. The osseointegration period will take three to six months. You may receive a temporary restoration to wear during this time.
You may notice some minor swelling, bleeding, and discomfort for a few days after implant surgery. Dr. Patil will provide you with instructions on how to best care for your implants as they heal.
Some steps you can take to reduce discomfort include:
- Using ice packs to reduce discomfort and bruising
- Sleeping with your head elevated to ease swelling
- Taking prescription or over-the-counter pain medicine
- Using gauze for bleeding
If you notice excessive bleeding or if your symptoms begin to worsen after the first few days, contact our office immediately. About one to two weeks after your procedure, you may need to return to our office to have sutures removed.
Implant-supported restorations act just like natural teeth. Once your treatment is complete, you can care for your restoration in the same way.
To help your implants last a lifetime, you should:
- Brush and floss daily
- Attend regular exams and cleanings
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
If you are having trouble keeping your restoration clean, Dr. Patil or your general dentist may recommend certain techniques or tools to improve your oral hygiene routine.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are screw-like titanium posts that are surgically embedded into your jaw to replace the structure of a missing tooth or teeth from the root to the crown. Implants fuse to your jawbone during the recovery period through a process called osseointegration and act as your natural teeth to stabilize the surrounding bone. An implant is not required for every missing tooth. Only four to six strategically placed implants are necessary, even for full dentures. This treatment, also referred to as “same-day” implants, is ideal for supporting a bridge or denture.
Risks and Benefits
There are some risks and side effects associated with the dental implant procedure. You may experience some bleeding, minimal pain, bruising, or swelling in the days following your procedure. This is normal and should subside within a few days. There is also risk of infection, damage to some of the remaining natural teeth, surrounding tissues, nerve, and blood vessels. Working with an experienced periodontist like Dr. Patil significantly lowers these risks.
The most significant benefit of dental implants is that because they act as your natural teeth, they actually improve your oral health. Dental implants are a permanent restoration, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle and discomfort of traditional restorations like dentures slipping out of place. Dental implants make practicing good oral hygiene easier because you care for them just as you would care for your natural teeth. Dental implants restore the function and appearance of your smile, which can make you more confident in social settings.
Periodontal Associates, LLC
At Periodontal Associates, LLC, we want to help our patients get back to living their lives as quickly and safely as possible. Chetan Patil, PhD, DDS, and his team pride themselves on their flexible financing options, extensive continuing education, and personalized care.
To experience this level of care firsthand, request an appointment online or call us at (201) 567-7766.
“Dr. Patil and his staff could not be more professional. They take the time to talk to you and explain what will be done. I am constantly surprised at how little pain is associated with the procedures they perform.” Jack T.