Dental Implants

Missing a tooth or teeth not only tarnishes your beautiful smile, but it can also lead to bone loss and shifting of your remaining teeth, not to mention a number of other health problems. Both, Dr. Kakkar and Dr. Khokhar, are trained implant specialist. They can perform both the surgical placement and the restoration of your dental implant. By replacing one or more teeth with dental implants, the doctors give you the comfort and the confidence to eat, speak, and smile.

Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper placement  and diligent patient maintenance. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feel like your own teeth.

Under proper conditions and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas, they are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your own.

Dr. Kakkar will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, we will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.

Implant Overdentures

Do you avoid foods like steak and apples because of uncomfortable dentures? Do you wish you could eat, smile, and speak with confidence again? Implant overdentures may be the solution for you. With implant overdentures, Dr. Kakkar anchors the denture in place with strategically-placed dental implants. After the procedure, your dentures will no longer slip or click, and you can eat a healthy diet of hard-to-chew-foods. Implants will also stimulate jawbone growth and help fill out the facial profile for a more youthful appearance.

Mini Dental Implants

If you would like to secure your dentures but cannot withstand traditional implant surgery, then mini implant dentures offer a solution. These toothpick-sized implants can be placed in the jaw in a very minor procedure, and dentures can be delivered that same day. With mini dental implants, there’s no healing period and no waiting to attach the dentures. You can even enjoy a light meal following the procedure.

What are the Uses of Dental Implants?

  • Replace single or multiple teeth without affecting natural teeth.
  • Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
  • Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge

Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.

Esthetic Dental implants look and feel natural. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they help prevent bone loss and gum recession which may be caused by bridgework and dentures.

Save Natural Teeth with the placement of dental implants, your natural teeth do not need to be ground down for a bridge. This preserves your natural teeth which is the goal of modern dentistry,

Confidence and Reliability Dental implants will improve your smile, function and confidence as the restoration would be fixed on your implant. So you don’t have to worry about it getting loose while you are talking or eating. The success rate of implants is high and are a great option for replacing missing teeth.

Are you a good candidate for dental implants?

  • You are in reasonably good general health and your periodontal health is stable.
  • Your jaw must have enough bone to support the implant. Bone volume can be increased with procedures like bone grafts and sinus elevation surgery.
  • There must be enough space to place the tooth over the implant.
  • You must understand what the treatment can offer.
  • You cannot wear your denture or chew well with your denture because they are loose, cause pain or are embarrassing.
  • You have loose or uncomfortable dentures and want to secure your denture.

Replacing a Single Tooth

Even a single missing tooth can have a huge impact on your overall oral health, causing remaining teeth to shift and contributing to decay and gum disease. Dr. Khokhar can restore the tooth to its original form with a dental implant, which is the only tooth-replacement option that replaces the tooth, as well as the tooth’s root. A single titanium post anchored in the jawbone serves as the tooth’s root, and a custom-designed crown replaces the portion that shows when you smile. Implant-supported crowns look and feel natural, and they help prevent the jawbone deterioration that accompanies tooth loss.

What are the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge?

A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge.

Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, a single implant can be more esthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. And, the cement holding the bridge in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.

Replacing Several Teeth

If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

What are the advantages of implant-supported bridges over fixed bridges or removable partial dentures?

Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. Other common treatments for the loss of several teeth, such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, are dependent on support from adjacent teeth.

In addition, because implant-supported bridges will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth root may begin to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, implants are esthetic, functional and comfortable. Gums and bone can recede around a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, leaving a visible defect. Resorbed bone beneath bridges or removable partial dentures can lead to a collapsed, unattractive smile. The cement holding bridges in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay teeth that anchor the bridge. In addition, removable partial dentures can move around in the mouth and reduce your ability to eat certain foods.

Implant Bridge

How will the implants be placed?

First, implants, which looks like screws or cylinders, are placed into your jaw. Over the next two to six months, the implants and the bone are allowed to bond together to form anchors. During this time, a temporary teeth replacement option can be worn over the implant sites.

Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implants and attach extensions. These small metal posts, called abutments, complete the foundation on which your new teeth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.

There are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require this second step. These systems use an implant which already has the extension piece attached. We will advise you on which system is best for you.

Finally, replacement teeth, or bridges, will be created for you and attached to the abutments. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak.

Replacing All of Your Teeth With Regular and Mini Implants

If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

What are the advantages of implant-supported full bridges and implant-supported dentures over conventional dentures?

Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported full bridges or dentures are designed to be long lasting. Implant-supported full bridges and dentures also are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing you to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity.

In addition, because implant-supported full bridges and dentures will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With conventional dentures, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, implants can be more esthetic and easier to maintain than conventional dentures. The loss of bone that accompanies conventional dentures leads to recession of the jawbone and a collapsed, unattractive smile. Conventional dentures make it difficult to eat certain foods.

How will the implants be placed?

First, implants, which looks like screws or cylinders, are placed into your jaw. Then, over the next two to six months, the implants and the bone are allowed to bond together to form anchors for your artificial teeth. During this time, a temporary teeth replacement option can be worn over the implant sites.

Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implants and attach extensions. These small metal posts, called abutments, along with various connecting devices that allow multiple crowns to attach to the implants, complete the foundation on which your new teeth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.

There are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require this second step. These systems use an implant which already has the extension piece attached. Your periodontist will advise you on which system is best for you.

Depending upon the number of implants placed, the connecting device that will hold your new teeth can be tightened down on the implant, or it may be a clipped to a bar or a round ball anchor to which a denture snaps on and off.

Finally, full bridges or full dentures will be created for you and attached to your implants or the connecting device. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak.

Implant Overdentures with Mini Implants

Do you avoid foods like steak and apples because of uncomfortable dentures? Do you wish you could eat, smile, and speak with confidence again? Implant overdentures may be the solution for you. With implant overdentures, The doctor anchors the denture in place with strategically-placed dental implants. After the procedure, your dentures will no longer slip or click, and you can eat a healthy diet of hard-to-chew-foods. Implants will also stimulate jawbone growth and help fill out the facial profile for a more youthful appearance.

Placement of Mini dental implants is minimally invasive as they are half the diameter of regular implants. Therefore, less bone volume is needed to secure the implants. Usually no incisions are needed thereby minimizing post-treatment discomfort.  The procedure takes about 90 minutes and patients can walk out with their dentures securely in place.

Mini dental implants are less costly than traditional implants. They are more affordable for many people. Single teeth may be replaced in certain situations with Mini dental implants with less cost to the patient.

If you would like to secure your dentures but cannot withstand traditional implant surgery, then mini implant dentures offer a solution. These toothpick-sized implants can be placed in the jaw in a very minor procedure, and dentures can be delivered that same day. With mini dental implants, there’s no healing period and no waiting to attach the dentures. You can even enjoy a light meal following the procedure.

Sinus Augmentation

A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. If you've lost bone in that area due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to place implants.

Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. In one common technique, an incision is made to expose the bone. Then a small circle is cut into the bone. This bony piece is lifted into the sinus cavity, much like a trap door, and the space underneath is filled with bone graft material. We will explain your options for graft materials, which can regenerate lost bone and tissue.

Finally, the incision is closed and healing is allowed to take place. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about four to 12 months before implants can be placed. After the implants are placed, an additional healing period is required. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the sinus is augmented.

Sinus augmentation has been shown to greatly increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Many patients experience minimal discomfort during this procedure.

Ridge Modification

Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. This defect may have been caused by periodontal disease, wearing dentures, developmental defects, injury or trauma. Not only does this deformity cause problems in placing the implant, it can also cause an unattractive indentation in the jaw line near the missing teeth that may be difficult to clean and maintain.

To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. We will tell you about your options for graft materials, which can help to regenerate lost bone and tissue.

Finally, the incision is closed and healing is allowed to take place. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about four to 12 months before implants can be placed. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the ridge is modified.

Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Ridge modification can enhance your restorative success both aesthetically and functionally.

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