Many patients are unaware of what makes a periodontist different than a general dentist, especially when it comes to the placement of dental implants. A periodontist is a dental specialist who has received an additional three years of training focused on the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. This additional education gives periodontists an in-depth knowledge of surgical procedures and how to perform them for improved success.
While it is true that many general dentists can place dental implants themselves, there are many reasons you should still choose a periodontist in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Dental implants can last a long time, often the rest of a patient’s life if they are properly cared for. This also means that the mouth needs to have healthy gums, bone and be free of disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is a common concern for many patients and often restricts the ability to have implants placed until the disease is cleared and the patient has healthy gums again. Periodontists are also specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease to ensure a successful implant placement.
Since dental implants are a surgical procedure, there is a risk of complications if the doctor does not have advanced training. Studies have shown that implants placed by specialists have a lower rate of complications than those placed by general dentists. Most implants placed by periodontists have a 98% success rate! Why risk this significant investment to your health and happiness to anyone less than a specialist in implantology?
When replacing a missing tooth, you want it your dental implant to look natural and blend seamlessly in with your existing teeth. This is an aesthetic touch that periodontists study and understand. A periodontist is able to replace a missing tooth in a highly aesthetic area, like a front tooth, to make it blend in with your natural teeth and gums. This is a challenging location to place an implant as there is almost zero room for error. Choosing a specialist ensures that your new tooth is restored with attractiveness in mind.
Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley are experienced periodontists in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and are specialized in the placement of dental implants to improve health and aesthetics to the mouth. If you are seeking to replace missing teeth with dental implants, schedule a consultation at our office today!