Dr. Brad Hylan Attends Advanced Training Seminar in Mini Implants

In July, Dr.  Hylan traveled to Niagara Falls, New York to participate in a day long Mini Dental Implant Training Course. The course was taught by one of the leading experts in the world on Mini Dental Implants, President of the International Academy of Mini Dental Implants, Todd. E. Shatkin, DDS, of Amherst, New York.

The course trained dentists from around the world on Dr. Shatkin’s innovative, patented technique in mini dental implant placement that replaces a single tooth, multiple teeth and even a full set of teeth in just one short visit and stabilizes loose dentures in less than an hour. Attendees learned the latest advances in technology and dental procedures to offer the best in patient care.

One of the reasons that mini dental implants are becoming so popular is that they make dental implants affordable. Because of the efficiencies in placing them, they cut the cost for the patient in half.

Mini dental implants provide patients with the ability to eat and speak with comfort and confidence. Dr. Hylan can now offer mini dental implants to patients with this new technique that is minimally invasive, less costly and time-efficient. Patients can receive the treatment in one short visit, go out and eat a meal.

For more information on mini dental implants and cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact Hylan Dental Care at (216)251-8812.

Source: Shatkin F.I.R.S.T., LLC
2500 Kensington Avenue
Amherst, NY 14226

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After a tooth extraction, how soon can a bridge be placed?

I was wondering how soon a bridge is typically placed after a tooth extraction? One of my upper molars was extracted and my dentist placed a bridge immediately. There was no time set aside to apply pressure to the extraction site for a blood clot to form since it was done so soon. Do you think the dentist was rushing things?

– Linda from Nevada


This is difficult to assess without having actually seen your case. That said, it sounds like you are in the clear and your dentist likely did the appropriate thing.

From your post, I am unsure whether the dental bridge was a permanent bridge or just a temporary one? Either way, the bridge itself can place some pressure on the extraction site. In some cases though, the pressure is not necessary. This is because sometimes it just doesn’t take that long for the bleeding to stop. Placing gelfoam, an astringent, or electrocautery are other procedures that can be used to place pressure to the site. Then there are those cases where the bleeding stops in a matter of minutes without the use of any pressure.

One of the benefits of placing a bridge so quickly is that it will not allow for any movement among your adjacent teeth which happens when a tooth is extracted. When your teeth move there are alignment and bite problems that can occur.

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Gum appearance after dental implant

Recently, I had a dental implant put on one of my front teeth. Now, I feel like my gumline is off. Basically, the tooth with the implant appears to be higher than my other front teeth. When I talked it over with my dentist, he recommended a temporary crown. He said this should make the gumline look like it does for the rest of my teeth. I’m afraid that the temporary crown will look fake and that is precisely why I payed for a dental implant. Do you think that this tooth is just always going to look fake?

I had a dental flipper before and in my opinion, it looked better than what I have now.

– Camille in ColoradoCamille,

The idea behind the crown recommendation is to see if the gum will grown down to meet the tooth. Unfortunately, it is likely that this will not happen. You need to stress how important it is to have the temporary crown look like the rest of your teeth to balance out your smile and make it more natural-looking. It is possible to fix the scenario you have described.

Your concern is understood because you should have a symmetrical look when you smile. That said, do your gums show when you smile? The reason I ask is that many people don’t show their gums even with a big smile. It may be something to consider before you end up having to spend additional money to fix this.

If the gums aren’t in the correct position, you may have issues when the dental implants are surgically placed. If this was the case, the dentist should take care of making this right because it may require additional surgery.

If you aren’t satisfied with the responses of your dentist, an expert cosmetic dentist should be able to help you.
Best of luck!
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Does a tooth extraction weaken the teeth next to it?

Does extraction of tooth weaken the surrounding teeth in due course of time?
– Nandini from India

Dear Nandini,
Yes, the extraction of a tooth CAN weaken the tooth next to it, in course of time, but not in every situation.

If the missing tooth is not replaced, the tooth next to the space will typically drift or tip into the space that tooth occupied. This not only disrupts the bite, but it will likely cause unusual bite stresses on this tooth, causing it to weaken.

If the missing tooth is replaced with a bridge, it puts extra stress on the teeth the bridge rests on, which would be the adjacent teeth. If the dental bridge is well constructed and well maintained, those teeth may bear up just fine under that stress, but they may not.

The best way to preserve the health of the adjacent teeth when a tooth is missing is to replace that tooth with a dental implant. This requires no preparation of the adjacent teeth and doesn’t add any stress to other teeth.

Also, the opposing tooth in the other arch can be weakened. For example, if a lower tooth is extracted and no replacement is made, the upper tooth that bites against it can drift downward into that space, which weakens it. Whether or not that happens depends on the particular way your teeth meet.

I hope this is helpful.

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