If you are missing teeth, you have several options for replacing those teeth to restore your perfect smile. One of these options is dental implants. When choosing a doctor for your implant procedure, it is important to find someone who understands how implants interact with existing gum and bone tissues. For this reason, a periodontist can be an excellent choice for your implant procedure.
Dental Implant Treatment
Placing dental implants involves making incisions in the gums through which the implants are embedded directly in the jawbone. The implants are made of titanium. Titanium is important to the process, as bone will naturally bond with it. This bond enables the artificial root to stimulate growth in the jawbone in the same way a natural tooth root would.
After the root portion of the implant is set into place, the incisions are left to heal for a time. During this time, the jawbone also develops its bond with the titanium root. Once the implants are secure and the gums have healed, the prosthetic teeth are added, giving you a permanent, natural-looking smile.
The Importance Of Gum Health To Implants
In order for implants to be successful, the jawbone must fuse to the implants and the gums must heal properly and thoroughly. The healthy healing of the jawbone and the gums keeps the implants stable and ensures you will have your new smile for many years to come.
A periodontist specializes in gum health, and can make sure your gums are healthy before, during, and after the implant procedure. Before implant surgery, your periodontist can be sure there are no signs of gum disease that could impede proper healing. When your implants are healing, he can monitor your gums and ensure proper healing. Strong, healthy gums will support your new teeth and keep your smile bright and beautiful.