Dental implants are a fantastic permanent alternative to bridges and dentures. They can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. A dental implant looks and functions much like real teeth in that it is extremely durable, and it is almost impossible for others to differentiate between implants and natural teeth just by looking at them. Although dental implants have become an increasingly popular tooth replacement solution, many patients choose to have them placed by a specialist like a periodontist.
A periodontist is a licensed dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, oral inflammation, cosmetic periodontal procedures and the placement of dental implants. They receive at least three additional years of training beyond dental school to become experts in their field of study. Many specialize in dental implants and often coordinate with a patient’s dentist to develop the best treatment plan.
About Dental Implants
The ideal candidate for dental implants is in good health and has adequate jaw bone to receive the implant. The gum tissue should also be healthy and free of periodontal disease. In an outpatient procedure, small posts are inserted into the jaw where the top of the implant will rest. The nature of the implant itself will stimulate circulation in the jaw and help prevent bone deterioration if cared for properly.
Any existing gum disease must be treated before receiving dental implants to prevent implant failure. Dental implants become a permanent structure in the mouth, like natural teeth, so brushing and flossing are still necessary. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also vital to long-term implant success. A dental professional has the special skills and tools necessary to remove plaque build-up on natural teeth and dental implants alike, which promotes good oral health and a great smile. Dental implants can last decades, if not a lifetime, with proper care.
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Oral health is closely related to overall health, so we understand how important your smile is. A bright, beautiful smile is paramount to looking and feeling great. If you are considering dental implants or just have questions about the process, call our office today. Our highly trained staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We are always happy to answer questions and explore the options that will help you achieve your smile goals.