Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Did you know that some implant companies will sell their implants to a dentist with zero training and experience? That's right, you could be his or her very first attempt at placing a dental implant. Even a dentist with some training may not have taken any courses in advanced head and neck anatomy, a curriculum that should be a bare minimum for competency to place a medical device into a living patient's bone. How do you discern who you can or cannot trust to place an implant or to perform any other invasive procedure? You have to ask about their training. Periodontists, oral surgeons, and some other dental specialists receive training in anatomy and implant placement in an actual residency or post-graduate training program. They have plenty of experience even before they place an implant in private practice. The question that you should ask are as follows: How much training do you have with regard to dental implants? How many have you placed and for how long? What certifications do you have? What professional organizations do you belong to? How much continuing education in dental implants do you complete annually? If something goes wrong, do you have the knowledge and skill to identify and correct the problem? What brand of implants do you place? If the answers are not satisfactory or evasive, you are better off finding someone else to place your implants.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Laser periodontal surgery is comfortable. The old flap and graft procedures yielded considerable soreness, but LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure) is vastly superior when it comes to post-operative pain. I've yet to have a patient who has had it done both ways prefer flap procedures. We want our treatment to be effective and pain free, which is why most of our periodontal treatment involves LANAP. No cutting, no suture, very little discomfort. Let us show you how effective periodontal treatment should be.
There was a time, when I was first in practice, that dental implants were a rarity. People had little idea what they were and why they might need them. Times have changed and the average patient now wants an implant over any other method of tooth replacement. There's good reason for the popularity of dental implants. Across a myriad of studies, the success rate for dental implants is 95-98%. I can't think of another procedure in dentistry that even approaches that kind of success rate. Heck, orthopedic surgeons would be thrilled to have access to a hip replacement with that kind of effectiveness. Now, by state law, acceptable alternatives to any type of treatment have to be offered to patients who are seen in our office, and that includes doing nothing at all as an option. That being said, teeth play a huge part in our lives, from eating to smiling, so, why not get the very best replacement? In most cases, dental implants are the best alternative, and, in many cases, the least expensive when you take into account that most people will keep an implant for a lifetime. The same cannot be said for fixed bridges and conventional dentures.