When you need dental implants, it may seem like a good idea to go to a general dentist, as someone who has experience with all sorts of tooth-related problems. Going to a periodontist may seem counterintuitive; why would a gum disease specialist be the best choice for dental implants? But in fact, a periodontist is most qualified to make sure that your dental implants integrate with your mouth and to monitor your progress while they heal. When a tooth is replaced with an implant, the only living tissue left in that area is the bone and gums that support it--exactly the tissue that a periodontist is trained to care for. With years of specialty training in addition to a general dentistry degree, a periodontist in Washington, DC such as Dr. Karl A. Rose has an extra edge that allows us to offer you the best chance at a successful implant placement.
Not every jaw is ready to receive dental implants. For the implant to integrate successfully, the jawbone needs to be strong enough to support it, and the area needs to be free of infections that could cause complications during healing. This can be a problem, especially when the original tooth was lost to gum disease. In those cases, it's normal to find active infections and deteriorated bone. A periodontist is trained to assess the strength and suitability of the bone and, if necessary, to prepare the area with bone and tissue regeneration. This is in addition to treating any existing gum disease, a task which is the periodontist's bread and butter.
While the implant site is healing, it must be monitored constantly to ensure that the implant post stays properly positioned and bonds to the bone, and to watch for infection, implant rejection, and other complications that can arise before the healing process is done. Again, this concerns the close and careful monitoring of the mouth's soft tissues--a periodontal specialty. If complications do arise, due to infection, irritation, or anything else, a periodontist like Dr. Rose will be best able to find and treat the cause.
Even a successful implant continues to be susceptible to gum disease. Periodontal disease deteriorates the bone that both teeth and dental implants depend on to stay in place. Without proper care and cleaning, you can lose the implant just as you lost the original tooth. While this includes your personal dental hygiene habits, it also means you should have regular dental exams and cleaning--and there is no one better qualified to identify and treat emerging problems than a periodontist.
Above and beyond the ordinary qualifications of a periodontist, Dr. Rose has been a leader in the development of dental implants and the techniques used to care for and place them. A bone regeneration treatment first developed by Dr. Rose is now widely used to prepare patients for dental implant surgery, augmenting the jawbone where it is insufficient. Throughout his career, both in general dentistry and in the more than thirty-five years since establishing his specialty practice, Dr. Rose has placed many implants and provided care and maintenance for the implants of many patients, with excellent results. Even among periodontists, Dr. Rose is uniquely qualified to place and maintain your dental implants.
Our goal is always to provide you with the highest quality care that will benefit your entire well-being. Contact us to schedule an appointment and let us start you on the road to your best periodontal health.