At PerioNorth, our care is restricted to the specialty of periodontics. This includes any diagnosis and treatment for supporting structures of the teeth (gum tissue and surrounding bone), and also the surgical placement of dental implants. Your first visit will include an oral examination and a periodontal evaluation. Prior to determining a treatment plan, charting of teeth, gums and x-rays are necessary.
Some treatments may require that you sign an informed consent agreement. Health Insurance Regulations also require signing the Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices. Since most patients will already have their own general dentist to attend to their dental needs, the doctors will communicate all diagnoses, treatment plans, copy of x-rays and actual services rendered with the patients general dentist.
Several techniques are used to preserve the bone and minimize bone loss adjacent to the socket. In one common technique, the tooth is removed and the socket and any associated deformity is filled with bone or a bone substitute. The area may then be covered with a biocompatible barrier to enhance your body’s natural ability to heal itself by regenerating lost bone and tissue. The bone will be allowed to heal for about three to eight months, depending on the site, before an implant can be placed or restorative can be completed.
Socket preservation can greatly improve your smiles appearance and increase your chances for successful dental implants or other restorations for years to come.
Implant therapy may be a two stage process. The first is a surgical procedure using local anesthesia and sterile technique to expose the site and place a titanium fixture. Stitches are placed, post operative instructions are given, and several hours of inactivity are suggested following surgery. It is necessary for you to return in about one week for a post operative appointment, and we follow your healing closely for several more weeks. There may be a second appointment depending on the implant system. The second appointment is to uncover the top of the implant and place a fitting called an abutment to enable your dentist to start the process of making a crown. This is a minimal surgical visit with little post operative impact.
Implant therapy is time consuming and the healing cannot be rushed, but under certain circumstances the process can go more quickly. The doctor will discuss these events when appropriate. We work very closely with your restorative dentist to insure the best possible outcome. There are factors that can contribute to failure and these should be discussed with your surgeon. It is important that you have a good understanding of all surgical procedures, restorative therapy and cost before you engage in implant treatment.
Dental insurance varies as to coverage for implants, but patients are responsible for the total fee. Our office requires payment prior to the first phase of the treatment. If you have any questions or require addition information please ask any of our highly trained staff or your Doctor.
Night guards should be scrubbed with soap, water, and a toothbrush, rinsed thoroughly and placed in a plastic container in a cool, dry area.