A lot of dentists offer dental implants today. While you might think you're getting a bargain from a general dentist, know that just because your implants look the same, it doesn't mean they're the same quality. Periodontists are uniquely qualified to ensure your dental implants are placed correctly and they integrate with the bone as they should. Here are several reasons you should come to a periodontist for your dental implants.
A periodontist is a specialist in the gums and bones that support the teeth. These are also the structures that will support your implants. This expertise comes in handy especially if you require tissue regeneration or treatment for periodontal disease before implants can be placed. Typically a general dentist will have to refer you to a periodontist anyway if this is the case.
Periodontists like Dr. Brown are required to complete extra schooling that includes dental implantology as part of their course work. This is a primary area of study for them, not something they learn as a supplementary service later in their careers. They also tend to keep their skills sharp by performing this procedure on a more regular basis than dentists who offer a wide range of general dentistry services. Because of this, periodontists understand that thorough planning is essential for successful implants. This includes proper diagnosis, 3D imaging to assess the quality and quantity of the bone, and a complete treatment plan covering the entire process from beginning to end.
While you won't have to worry about cavities in your dental implants, they are subject to many of the same threats your natural teeth are. Implants can fail as the result of poor placement and infection of the surrounding tissue. Many periodontists have the equipment and expertise to save your implant when others cannot. LAPIP is a procedure that utilizes soft tissue laser to target infected tissue around the implant and allows your bone to repair itself and reintegrate with the implant.
Dr. Stephen Brown is a periodontist who provides dental implants in Philadelphia. He has not only performed the treatment for hundreds of patients. He has been a leading voice in their development over the years and currently teaches other periodontists how to place implants and restorations. Dr. Brown would be happy to sit down with you to explain the process and examine your mouth to let you know what to expect during the dental implant procedure. He is dedicated to providing his patients with the best results in the least invasive way possible. Contact The Perio Group to schedule an appointment.