If you are faced with tooth loss, or perhaps have dentures that you wish to replace with dental implants, you may have looked into this procedure. You’ll probably be aware that more and more dentists are offering dental implants, and it could be that your general dentist provides this treatment. In this case why should you choose a periodontist instead of your general or family dentist?
Your Periodontist Specializes in Treating Gums and the Bone Underneath
Your San Ramon Periodontist has undergone several years of additional and highly specialized training that makes them uniquely qualified to treat any problems with gums or the bone underneath. Dental implants are inserted through gum tissue and into the jawbone which is precisely a periodontists area of expertise. In addition, your periodontist is more likely to have specialized equipment to plan and carry out this type of oral surgery.
Dental Implants Need to Be Properly Planned & Inserted in Your Jaw
The planning procedure for dental implants is quite involved, and this is necessary to ensure treatment is a success. In general, dental implants have success rates in excess of 95% and this is largely down to dentists carefully screening patients for their suitability for treatment and then taking the time to plan treatment.
The treatment procedure begins with a full consultation that includes a checkup, dental x-rays and a CT scan. At this stage your San Ramon Implant dentist is looking to see if you have sufficient bone to support the dental implant, and they’ll want to know your medical history to assess your suitability. If you decide to go ahead, the next stage is to actually plan the insertion of the dental implant and this requires a great deal of skill.
A Periodontist Places Many Dental Implants Each Year
It’s important to choose a dentist such as Dr. Janice Kaeley at Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry in San Ramon CA as she places many implants each year whereas your family dentist may only do one or two. This type of skill level is essential to make sure your implant looks and feels good once treatment is completed as it must be inserted in precisely the right place to avoid any important structures and to ensure it looks entirely natural once fully restored with a crown, bridge or denture. It’s even more important to visit a periodontist for dental implants if your case is at all complicated.
Periodontists Can Carry out Additional Procedures Such as Bone Grafts
Quite often it’s necessary for patients to have bone grafts to build up the bone levels prior to placing dental implants. This helps ensure there is plenty of bone to support the dental implant and the gum tissue, increasing the chances of long-term success. Sometimes the bone grafts can even be placed at the same time as a dental implant, but it is a skillful process and is best carried out by someone who regularly carries out these specialized procedures.
With proper care, dental implants should last for decades or hopefully for life so it’s well worth taking your time in choosing your dental implant dentist. The time spent selecting an expert such as Dr. Kaeley should help ensure you get excellent and long-lasting results.
ABOUT YOUR SAN RAMON, CA, PERIODONTIST DR. KAELEY:
We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To Schedule An Appointment with Dr. Kaeley contact our San Ramon, CA, dental office today by calling (925) 860-7071. Our office welcomes new patients in and around San Ramon, CA, including Dublin, Pleasanton, Danville, Blackhawk, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Castro Valley, Pleasant Hill and the surrounding Contra Costa County communities.