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Periodontal Health and Dental Implants

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Dental Implants

Although dental implants have been widely available for over three decades, many patients are still unaware of the many benefits they offer.  Dental implants are often the ideal treatment option for patients who are missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically embedded in your jawbone to replace a natural tooth root. A dental crown, bridge, or full-arch denture is then attached to the implant post to replace the entire structure of the missing tooth. Our practice uses advanced imaging techniques to plan your treatment and ensure your comfort and safety.

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants has many functional and aesthetic benefits. In addition to making your smile whole again, dental implants help prevent future bone loss by providing stimulation to the jawbone – just like a natural tooth root. Your implant will support a crown, bridge, or denture crafted from materials that have the appearance of natural teeth. Dr. Robert Ferrell has a wealth of experience and knowledge in implant dentistry, and you can expect the best possible care.

Dr. Ferrell will coordinate with your dentist to help you experience the maximum benefits of dental implants. After your implants are in place and your jaw has healed, a custom denture, crown, or bridge is attached.  Dental implants can provide the ultimate support for dentures and other restorations. They allow your new smile to look natural and healthy, but also provide many functional purposes.  Dental implants keep your restorations firmly in place, allowing you to enunciate clearly, as well as enjoy all of your favorite foods without hesitation. Implant-supported restorations are the closest alternative to your original teeth, allowing you to live life without feeling self-conscious as a result of missing or damaged teeth.

Periodontics

Dr. Robert Ferrell specializes in periodontic treatment at his South Ogden office. A periodontist is a type of dental specialization that pertains to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease that affects the gums and jawbone. The gum tissue serves to surround and support the teeth, and the underlying jawbone anchors teeth firmly in place. These tissues are extremely important to your overall dental health as they are the foundation for the teeth.  Periodontists must complete several years of extra dental training in order to properly treat the function, health, and aesthetics of the jawbone and tissues. Dr. Ferrell is a part of the American Academy of Periodontists, and strives to maintain current techniques by continuing his periodontal education each year.

Cosmetic Gum Procedures

When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession breaks through the healthy band of tissue, the only tissue remaining is a soft, fragile tissue, which is not designed to withstand the forces of function and brushing. Gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth.  When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.

Cleaning & Prevention

Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet and continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist & hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.

Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth.

Maintenance

It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention.

In addition to your periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your appointment will usually include:

Examination of diagnostic x-rays
Examination of existing restorations
Examination of tooth decay
Oral cancer screening
Oral hygiene recommendations
Teeth polishing

Working with your General Dentist

Our office communicates with your general dentist on a regular basis. This creates a team approach and informs your dentist of your dental progress here in our office.

Complex Cases

Our office works closely with your general dentist on every complex case. At times a dental lab will also be involved. We will communicate with you and give you the best estimate of the expense, time, and healing process. We will work hand in hand with you and your dentist to make sure you have the most pleasant experience.