Dental Implants – Advantages of Specialized Skills, Advanced Technology, Optimal Comfort

Posted on Jan 10, 2024 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

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Advancements through computerized technology have things running more efficiently and, in many cases, culminate into superior outcomes. This is true in dentistry, especially for those who opt for dental implants to replace missing teeth.

There are many reasons for people to choose dental implants, including:

– Designed to last a lifetime

– Look, feel and function like natural teeth

– Won’t decay or need repairs

– Restore chewing and biting comfort and stability

– Enhance overall health and confidence

– Halt the process of facial bone loss

Occasionally, dental implants are occasionally offered by general dentists. As a periodontist, however, I am referred most of our dental implant patients by other dentists and dental specialists. This is because a periodontist has advanced education and skills in the diagnosis and treatment of all areas of the tissues in the mouth (including the reshaping of gum tissues).

Periodontists are also specialists when it comes to the diagnosis and placement of dental implants. They are trained to understand the intricate concepts involved in selecting the proper type of implant based on each individual. These skills include the understanding of precision placements of implants at proper depths and angles. Additionally, periodontists are able to optimize your comfort and treatment outcome.

Still, another reason we are referred patients for dental implants because we can offer patients a wider variety of choices when it comes to implant systems.

There are many types of dental implants. Various systems are designed to support one replacement tooth (the “restoration”), a bridge of two or more teeth, or a full denture supported by several strategically-placed implants. Understanding the unique advantages of all systems enables us to choose the best type for the patient’s individual needs and goals.

For example, the All On Four dental implant system is designed to support non-removable teeth on just 4 implants (per arch). With its specially-designed implanted portions, these longer implants can fully distribute biting and chewing forces.

All-On-4 is an ideal choice for people who have lost bone mass due to lengthy periods of tooth loss. Because “All On 4” implants can be placed in minimal bone, many patients are able to avoid the need for bone rebuilding procedures prior to traditional implant placement.

In the placement, a periodontist is also the best “go-to” in dental implant skills. Here’s why…

For a dental implant to serve as a lasting tooth replacement system, it must be positioned in the jaw bone to specific depths and angles. An implant that is wrongly positioned can function less efficiently and lead to the need for removal.

For example, a periodontist can incorporate bone rebuilding procedures into treatment to a proper depth for patients missing a great deal of bone mass (typically due to missing natural teeth for many years). This can help to restore bone that has occurred in the mandible (lower jaw) or maxilla (upper jaw), which may also require a sinus lift.

Another example is a patient who has lost teeth due to periodontal (gum) disease. Because a periodontist combines advanced skills in treating gum disease as well as in dental implants, these patients have an added advantage when it comes to treatment success.

When it comes to the best way to pinpoint and tackle specific issues with our health, it makes sense to see a doctor who has received specialized training in that area. This helps to take the guesswork out of diagnosis and enhances the potential for a successful outcome in an efficient process.

A periodontist also has a reputation for being able to optimize patient comfort. Because a periodontal specialist is uniquely skilled in the care of gum tissues, he or she can provide a conservative approach to the placement process. Through respectful treatment of oral tissues (in both placement and exposure for restorations), less disruption to the gums allows for faster healing and higher comfort levels.

In our Western NC periodontal dental office, we incorporate our care with the advantages of some of the most advanced technology in dentistry; many options which are not readily available in other dental offices in our region. These computerized images offer advantages to patients in helping to minimize treatment needs.

These include:

  • LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) with PerioLase MVP 7 – an advanced protocol that efficiently and effectively treats advanced gum disease with the added advantages of a dental laser. This offers a non-surgical alternative for patients with moderate to severe periodontal disease and has even been found to stimulate bone regrowth in damaged areas.
  • Cone Beam Imaging – is ideal for diagnoses and treatment planning through images that provide a clear view of the upper and lower jaw (including nerve canals), with rotations that show sagittal, axial, and coronal planes in a process that is quick, painless and at minimal radiation levels.
  • CareStream Cone Beam Computer Tomography Imaging – is enhanced tomography that works with 3D imaging for exceptional detail and range.
  • CS 3600 Intraoral Scanner – quickly and comfortably captures digital impressions to create precision models or appliances accurately and easily (crowns, inlays, onlays, bridges, orthodontic appliances, aligners, custom abutments) without the need for bulky, goopy trays.
  • Computerized Dental Implant Placement – an advanced system for pre-surgical positioning of dental implants using a 3D model of the patient’s jaw. Once the implant type is selected, a template is developed for optimal treatment success.

For optimal comfort, we offer several sedation options, including oral and IV sedation. Oral sedation is a pill that helps patients relax. It also has an amnesiac effect, leaving most with little or no memory of treatment afterward. I.V. sedation (also known as “twilight sleep”) places the patient in a deeper sleep state and erases memory of the procedure. It is administered by a doctor of anesthesiology for optimal comfort and safety.

In our Western NC periodontal dental office, anesthesia is overseen by a Medical Doctor (MD) who is a board certified Anesthesiologist. With both sedation options, patients are closely monitored with advanced safety equipment throughout treatment.

Our goal is to help people move forward with treatment affordably for enhanced appearance, self-confidence and sense of security.

For those who have bypassed dental implants because of cost, our payment plans are often able to help patients enjoy the benefits of their dental implants without straining their budget. Most of these payment plans require no down payment, are interest-free, and have no prepayment penalty.

If you’ve considered dental implants in the past but have held back because of obstacles that may actually be overcome, begin by calling our Asheville periodontal dental office and speaking to our friendly staff at: 828-274-9440. Many dental implant patients find they were able to achieve the healthy smile they desired once they consulted with us and learned the options based upon their individual needs.

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