If you are considering dental implants, then you need to know about the potential benefits of choosing a dental implant specialist to place your implants. When working with a specialist — specifically a periodontist — your risk of complications is lower, your odds of success are higher, you can end up with better cosmetic results, and you can get better help managing gum disease to preserve your dental implants for a lifetime.
One of the most important aspects of working with a specialist is that you are less likely to suffer complications related to your dental implant procedure. In particular, working with a specialist can reduce your risk of peri-implantitis, according to a study of nearly 600 patients in a Swedish study.
The study showed that if you had your dental implant placed by a generalist as opposed to a specialist, you were four times more likely to develop peri-implantitis, about the same as the risk caused by having pre-existing gum disease.
Another potential benefit of working with a specialist is that they’re more likely to be experienced in dental implant placement. That’s primarily what they do, so they’ve gotten more opportunities to practice placing dental implants, which increases their success rate.
In fact, a retrospective of up to ten years on dental implants showed that the failure rate for dental implants placed by inexperienced dentists was over five times higher than that for experienced dentists.
Of course, it’s not always true that your specialist will have more experience, it’s just more likely. Ask them about their experience to be sure.
One of the most difficult aspects of dental implants to manage is the soft tissue (gums) around the implant, but this is crucial to the appearance of the implant. This is a periodontist’s area of specialty, and they can help you. By nurturing the gum tissue around the dental implant, a periodontist can help ensure an attractive result. If you experience receding gums around a dental implant, the implant will be exposed, and you may be forced to use a less attractive alternative to the natural implant appearance, such as a concealing partial denture that includes fake gum tissue.
With a specialist, too, you may be more likely to have more options, such as the ability to have a zirconia dental implant. This can also help you achieve a more attractive result, especially if you have naturally thin or translucent gums.
And because a periodontist is a specialist in the treatment of the gums and bones around your teeth or dental implant, they can help you combat gum disease, peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis affects about half of all dental implant recipients, and it’s the leading cause of dental implant loss.
Selecting a periodontist as your dental implant specialist means that you will be working with them throughout the entire follow-up sequence after your dental implants are placed. During this time, they will be able to identify and treat any gum disease that develops, which can keep it from threatening your dental implant.
Are you considering dental implants in Beverly Hills? If so, then consider a dental implant specialist at Nicolas A. Ravon, DDS, MSD. Please call (310) 275-5325 to schedule a consultation.