Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Why You Should Get Dental Implants from a Specialist in Periodontics and Implantology

Dental Implants
Dr. Pechak is a local periodontist that is an expert at dental implants. What many people don’t understand is that while many dentists conduct the dental implants procedure, they are not experts at it.  A regular dentist is not trained in matters of oral surgery.  They have graduated from dental school and are skilled in many types of procedures, but the majority of surgical training they have would come from on the job experience rather than from dental school.

In order to gain the knowledge and additional skills necessary to become an expert at installing dental implants, the dentist needs to have an additional three years of schooling.  This takes a desire and commitment to become a true expert at performing oral surgeries.  Just like a doctor goes to medical school in order to practice medicine, they don’t perform surgeries until they have gone through additional training.  Most people wouldn’t allow a general doctor to operate on them and in the same way we recommend that you don’t get your gums operated on by someone that hasn’t gone through the additional schooling.

Becoming certified as a periodontist and implant specialist requires completing the three years of schooling and going through the licensing process, something Dr. Pechak has done.  If your dentist suggests that you use dental implants in order to replace your missing teeth, we recommend that you speak with a periodontist prior to scheduling the procedure.  This way you can consult with an expert and make an informed decision about which provider you want to complete the procedure.

Only around five percent of general dentists have had the additional training and experience to make them as good as a prosthodontist.  This means that your procedure is more likely to have complications or an increased recovery time than if you go to an expert to have the process completed.

When you get dental implants, there are several stages to the process.  An impression of your mouth will be taken so that the new tooth can be created in a dental lab to match the size and shape of your other teeth.  This way it will blend in and look natural.  Before getting started, we will make sure that your gums are healthy enough for the procedure.  If not, we can treat your gums in order to remove any infection.

Next, we will implant a metal post under the gums and secure it to the jawbone.  This is the surgical step in the process and must be done carefully to ensure that the gums can heal quickly.  Over the course of a couple of months, the metal post and jawbone will fuse together. This creates a strong synthetic root system that is as sturdy as a natural tooth would be.  Once ready, we will then secure the new synthetic tooth to the metal post.  The result is a tooth that looks and feels natural.  The process uses advance dental techniques and as a periodontist, Dr. Pechak can ensure that your dental implants will look and feel amazing. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

How Does Laser Dentistry Make a Difference?

Laser Dentistry
If you have sensitive teeth, laser dentistry is an excellent option for getting dental treatments done.  It can also be used to help anyone that is having dental work performed and wants to minimize their recovery time and stay comfortable during treatment.

In our office, we use lasers primarily to treat gum disease.  Typically, patients with gum disease need to have the bacteria removed from underneath their gums.  Most dentists will do this by using a traditional metal dental tool to scrape away the bacteria.  This can irritate already sensitive gums and create a high level of discomfort.  By using lasers, we can zap the bacteria to kill it and do so without irritating the gum tissue.  The lasers won't burn the gum tissue or increase how sensitive they are.  This means that our patients can leave the office feeling better instead of worse off.

Another benefit to laser dentistry is that the lasers can be used to help stop the bleeding.  It is common for gums to bleed during dental procedures because of how easy it is to irritate them.  Dental lasers can stop the bleeding during treatment so that patients don’t have to wear uncomfortable gauze for hours, and the recovery time can be sped up.  It is easier to get dental work done when you know that your recovery time will be fast, and there will be minimal disruption to your life.

The recovery time is also reduced because as the laser cuts it also sterilizes the area.  This means that the overall risk of infection is diminished.  This is important for patients that struggle from a low immune system or are diabetic and have difficulty fighting infection. This reduces the risk of complications after the procedure is over.

Patients that are worried about going to the dentist also like the fact that lasers are quieter than a metal drill or other tools would be.  For people that have dental anxiety, the quietness of the procedure can help to ease some of the common dental fears.  When you combine this with the fact that the procedures are completed faster than they are with traditional dental tools, it makes it much easier to schedule a dental appointment.

If you have visited your normal dentist and found out that you have gum disease, you should schedule a consultation with our office prior to undergoing treatment.  We always recommend that patients understand what their options are and learn as much as possible about their condition and how to solve it before going forward.  It is important to compare the treatment methods offered by a traditional dentist and those provided by laser dentistry.
Ask questions and compare the process, recovery time, and risks associated with each prior to making a decision.  We are confident that you will find laser gum treatments are far more effective and more comfortable.  Once you are ready, schedule a procedure so that we can treat your gum disease and help you to start feeling better quickly.