Some patients are not aware that dental implants are not teeth. Implants are placed in the bone to act as the artificial replacement of the tooth root upon which a new tooth (crown) can be connected, or the implant can be used to help secure a variety of other types of appliances like full or partial dentures. Consequently when someone says "I want an implant", what he or she is really saying is " I want a new tooth supported by an implant."
A periodontist like Dr. FitzPatrick works in conjunction with your restorative dentist, as a team, to deliver a well planned, well executed implant supported restoration. Dr. FitzPatrick provides the surgical care (implant placement)associated with the implant treatment, and the family or general dentist handles the restorative care (new tooth or teeth).
Because of their specialized formal education, periodontists possess intimate knowledge and experience with the interface between an implant, bone and gum tissue as well as extensive surgical training. They are uniquely suited to assume the responsibilities of surgical implant therapy. In addition, periodontists are extensively trained in managing the many possible barriers to dental implants as a treatment option, as well as possible surgical complications associated with treatment. Patients should not overlook these important considerations when evaluating their treatment options.
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