Parts 1 of this article discussed the type of implant and varying reliability of implant manufacturers that individuals should be aware of when deciding to get an implant. Part 2 discussed relevant considerations for patients to consider when deciding who should place the implant itself. This final part of the article analyzes the unique qualifications possessed by periodontists that equip them to both successfully perform implant procedures and oversee the success of the implant in the long-term.
Why are periodontists specially equipped to place implants?
The ideal implant candidate is someone with strong, healthy gum tissue. However, this ideal situation is rare; the very reason that many people require implants in the first place is that they have unhealthy gum tissue that has caused their teeth to loosen and fall out.
Periodontists are dental experts who specialize in treating diseased gums; they are exceptionally equipped in treating the area where the implant will be placed. Furthermore, dental implants are closely connected with the mouth’s bone and gum tissue, and the health of the bone and tissue weighs heavily in determining the longevity of the implant. Since periodontists specialize in treating precisely these areas, they are ideal members of your dental implant team.
Moreover, periodontists expertly care for the health of your gum tissue before, during, and years after the implant surgery. Post-surgery, it is imperative to maintain the health of the gum tissue surrounding the implant. Otherwise, patients risk developing peri-implantitis, a dangerous inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding the implant. Left untreated, peri-implantitis could cause the body to reject the implant.
To Conclude . . .
Get your facts about your treatment. Look for both the implant company’s credentials and your doctor’s training. It is important to feel comfortable about your investment and ask pertinent questions such as what happens if there is bleeding around your implants, what if your implant starts to feel loose, and what is the long-term success rate of the practitioner who will place your implants? By asking the right questions and receiving straightforward answers, patients can better insure that they are getting the best treatment available, not just the least expensive treatment advertised.
You should never believe one price fits all for dental implants, because every mouth is different, and every person has different needs. As enticing as the promise of an all-in-one sitting, low priced implant and crown may sound, it may not be all it is cracked up to be. As previously mentioned, the most expensive implant you will ever get is the one that you have to replace.