Have you recently lost a tooth? Whether it was knocked out as the result of an injury or fell out because of periodontal disease, you have a big decision on your hands. What tooth replacement option will you choose for your missing tooth? There are several options available, but many people prefer dental implants for a variety of reasons, including durability, long-term reliability and comfort. If you decide to receive an implant, you’ll need to figure out who you want to place it. Should you choose your family dentist or go with a periodontist? Here are three reasons why periodontists are uniquely qualified to place implants.
Periodontists receive the same general training dentists do. However, their education doesn’t stop after dental school is over. They receive three more years of training that helps them become proficient in surgical procedures and diagnosing and treating gum tissue problems. This extra training makes them masters in dental implant placement.
Periodontists are very familiar with the bone structure beneath the gum tissue. It isn’t uncommon for people with missing teeth to experience bone loss in the jaw directly beneath the empty tooth sockets. Before implants can be successfully placed in these people, one or more bone grafts may be required. A periodontist is highly skilled in safely uncovering the receded bone tissue and grafting in new bone tissue to prepare the site for implant placement.
If you have gum disease, you should not receive implants until the disease is properly treated. Periodontists are intimately familiar with gum disease and know how to spot even the most subtle symptoms of the condition. They’re uniquely qualified to determine the health of your gums prior to placing dental implants.
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Dr. Stephen Strout is a skilled periodontist in Flemming Island, FL who has successfully placed many dental implants in patients with missing teeth. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Strout today, contact The Center for Dental Excellence today!