Implants More Successful with Seasoned Periodontist
Dental implants can provide a great alternative to traditional bridges or dentures for tooth restoration. However, not all dental implants are successful. Although implants offer a number of benefits over other, older forms of tooth restoration, recent evidence suggests that a number of factors including the experience level of the surgeon have a significant effect on the outcome of the procedure.
According to a new study from the Journal of Oral Implantology, the success of dental implants is at least partially determined by the number of surgeries the periodontist had previously performed. The study indicates that there is a statistical difference in implant success rates between a trained and a novice dentist.
Implant Therapy in Los Angeles
When choosing a periodontist for dental implants, it’s important to consider the doctor’s educational record. Dentists who have participated in only weekend and continuing education courses may not possess the same experience and skill level as periodontists who have completed three-year post-graduate programs. Choosing a skilled periodontist can help ensure that your implants are successful. Dr. Alexandre Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky are the only two board-certified periodontists in the Brentwood area and are highly experienced in the area of dental implants. Both doctors completed USC’s prestigious certificate in Advanced Periodontology and Implantology and are widely regarded as specialists in the field, regularly speaking and publishing about the subject.
Because they involve replacement tooth roots, implants offer a stronger foundation for new teeth. Dental implants fuse to the bone, making teeth less likely to move around in the mouth and cause problems with eating and speech. Since implants look and feel more like your own teeth, they tend to raise self esteem more than traditional dentures. Implants are also more durable and longer-lasting than other forms of restoration. Overall, researchers declared the success rate for implant-supported fixed dentures to be 90%.
In order to be a candidate for dental implants, patients need to have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant. Further, certain medical conditions can impede the success of dental implants. According to the Journal’s study, tooth grinding and diabetes both have a deleterious effect on success rates. Over 28% of patients with diabetes experienced implant failure. Further, 29% of patients with bruxism, also known as tooth grinding, suffered implant failure in the study. The location and length of the dental implants utilized did not appear to have a profound effect on implant success rates.
In general, dental implants can be a highly effective means of restoring missing teeth, offering less treatment time and faster healing than other forms of dental restoration, along with more durable, natural-looking teeth. Further, healthy dentition can do a great deal to improve your quality of life. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause periodontal disease and infections and even affect your ability to eat and speak. Patients who receive dental implants report enhanced tooth function and also greater self-esteem and confidence. If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, feel free to contact the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Therapy for more information.
Contact Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky
When considering dental implants, it is clearly important to consider the experience level of your periodontist. For more information about dental implants and other implant therapy in Los Angeles, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky, please feel free to call us at (310) 299-8329.
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