Why See A Periodontist for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a highly popular treatment for replacing missing teeth. It is a unique treatment that uses small titanium posts to support ceramic crowns. The posts are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. The bone fuses to the posts gradually as you heal, a process known as osseointegration, stabilizing them within your jaw. Once healed, they are sturdy and secure. The crowns are anchored to the posts with small screws and are not removed. While many practices offer dental implants as a treatment, High Plains Periodontics & Implant Dentistry believes that your dental implants should be placed by a periodontist.
What Is a Periodontist?A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the tissues that surround and support your teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligaments, and the jawbone. Like all dentists, we go to school for four years. After those four years are over, however, we continue our education and training for an additional 2 to 3 years. During this time, we focus on the biology of the mouth. We learn the best surgical techniques that restore your oral health and provide you with the best long-term solutions. Thanks to this extensive education and training, we become experts in treating gum disease, reversing gum recession, tooth extraction, bone grafts, and the placement of dental implants.
Improving Your AppearanceThe ceramic crowns used for dental implants to replace the visible surfaces of your missing teeth look exactly like your natural teeth. They can be stained and finished to perfectly match the color of your surrounding teeth, and ceramic reflects light just like tooth enamel. However, the appearance of the crowns is only a part of restoring your smile. Your gums also play a role in your smile. Crowns do not support gums the same way that your natural teeth do, so it can sometimes make growing the tissue around the implants difficult, compromising the results. We have an in-depth understanding of gum and bone healing, helping to provide you with the best aesthetic results possible.
Effective Treatment for Gum DiseaseWe are also experts in the treatment of gum disease. With gum disease being the leading cause of tooth loss, having effective treatment is essential to enabling the proper placement of dental implants. Gum disease is also one of the top threats to implant success. We can help to significantly lower your risk for complications due to gum disease, increasing the rate of long-term implant success.
Lowering Your Risk for ComplicationsWhile the success rate of dental implants is around 96%, there are still complications that can occur that can compromise their stability or even cause complete implant failure. While peri-implantitis, caused by gum disease, is one of the leading causes of issues, other issues include improper integration, infections caused by surgery, damage to adjacent teeth, and nerve damage. Your implants are a major investment, and they should last a long time. A periodontist has the knowledge, experience, and expertise needed to significantly reduce your risk of facing complications, giving you your best chances for strong, stable, long-lasting dental implants. Implants are a more involved treatment than bridges and dentures, and therefore require the expertise of a specialist. For more information on dental implants and how we can help, call High Plains Periodontics & Implant Dentistry today at 806-686-4366.