Dental implants provide a functional, natural looking replacement for teeth that are missing or damaged beyond saving. The placement of dental implants can be a minor surgical procedure that can be performed by any dentist or dental surgeon. Then why choose a periodontist for your dental implant surgery? Consider the following benefits.
Training and Expertise
A periodontist is a dental specialist who has specific training and expertise in caring for the support structures for the teeth. The support structures for your teeth include periodontal (gum) tissue, the jaw bone, and the ligaments that connect the teeth to the jaw. Periodontists are experts on these structures and tissues, making them especially qualified to perform dental implant surgery.
Dental implants are shaped like screws and are surgically placed in the jaw. They replace the root of the tooth that is missing and use the existing bone, ligaments, and gum tissue for support. A periodontist can place dental implants safely without damaging the support structures.
Periodontists typically perform more dental implant placement procedures than general dentists who provide a wider range of services. This level of experience results in better outcomes for patients and a higher chance of dental implant success. Choosing a periodontist that also is a professor or instructor at a Dental School or another academic institution can offer exposure to even more experience.
A large part of the success of dental implant placement is due to the use of advanced technology. Technology is used in the planning process as well as the placement process. A periodontist is more likely to have the most advanced technology available for dental implant surgery, such as:
- Cone Beam Scanner (CBCT). A cone beam scanner provides 3D images of the teeth and the bone structure of the face which aids in the planning of dental implant placement.
- Regenerative Medicine. Using growth factors such as Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF), Growth Factors, and highly researched bone and soft tissue graft substitutes will ensure better healing, less pain, and a more successful surgical outcome.
- Dexis® Digital X-ray. Digital X-rays use significantly less radiation than traditional film X-rays for safer imaging.
- SOLEA® Laser Technology. Dental lasers are quieter, more comfortable, and less invasive than traditional dental tools.
- Piezosurgery®. Piezosurgery is an advanced technology that offers fewer complications, reduced swelling, and better osseointegration (fusion of the implant with the bone) after implant placement.
All of the benefits listed above contribute to accelerated healing for an overall faster recovery after dental implant surgery. Experience and training make periodontists better equipped for dental implant placement, technology makes the process easier. You may be able to resume your regular daily activities and eating habits days or even weeks sooner.
Another reason to go to a periodontist is to receive necessary preparatory procedures before dental implant surgery. Not everyone is immediately a candidate for dental implants. If one or more teeth have been missing for a few months or years, the support structures have most likely deteriorated and are not fit for dental implant placement. Bone and soft tissue grafting may be needed to strengthen the jaw and regenerate lost bone tissue before a dental implant can be placed.
Periodontal (gum) disease is another condition that may need to be treated before dental implant placement. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue caused by plaque and calculus buildup on the teeth. Severe gum disease is one of the leading causes of missing teeth as it damages the gums and jaw bone. Before you can receive one or more dental implants, gum disease must be treated and under control. Otherwise your implants are at a higher risk of dental implant failure.
Why Choose Scott H. Froum, DDS?
Dr. Froum is a dual board certified periodontist and implantologist with over 20 years of experience performing dental implant placement surgery and many other periodontal services. Dr. Froum teaches at Stony Brook Dental School and lectures both nationally and internationally on dental implant complications. Through the use of technology and advanced techniques, Dr. Froum provides successful dental implant surgery for patients, even complex cases that may not otherwise qualify.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dental implants better than bridges?
In many cases dental implants are the best tooth replacement option. When replacing a single tooth, a dental implant looks and functions like a natural tooth. It won’t affect your healthy teeth in any way. Bridges require the healthy teeth to be reduced to support the crowns on each end of the bridge and may eventually become permanently damaged.
Will my insurance cover dental implants if I go to a periodontist?
Dental insurance does not always cover dental implants, but if your plan does, it should be covered just the same whether you go to a dentist or a periodontist. Contact your insurance provider for more information.