Implant Dentistry and Periodontics - Michael D. Edwards, DDS, MSD
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Why Go to a Periodontist for Dental Implants?

Did you know that there is no law in any state that restricts surgical practices by a doctor or dentist's field of study? This means that many dentists can offer dental implant placement, even though only periodontists are trained in dental implant placement as an official part of their specialization. Periodontists receive an extra two years of post-graduate training in order to learn more about dental diseases, oral anatomy, and dental implant placement. Also, since they specialize in dental implant placement, they often do more of these procedures than other dentists, which helps them to hone their surgical skills and anticipate complications. Working with a periodontal team like the one at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics is a great first step to achieving the healthy, beautiful smile you have always wanted.

Dental Implant Preparation

Without proper placement, dental implants can fail, which is why it is so important to work with a trained periodontist in Indianapolis. The implant procedure relies heavily on the bone and surrounding tissue being healthy and strong enough to receive an implant. Without careful preparation and attention to detail, your new implants could end up loose or infected, or could fail altogether.

Dr. Edwards will work hard to determine whether or not you are an eligible candidate for dental implants, and prepare your mouth and jawbone before surgery. Because losing teeth can cause your jawbone to resorb, some patients require bone grafting before dental implants can be placed. Because every patient's smile is different, the dental implant process is longer for some people than others. However, on average, receiving dental implants takes between 4 and 12 months. Although this might seem like a long time, this careful, delicate preparation is done to protect your oral health and your dental implant investment.

Dentists Have A Responsibility To Refer Patients


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The placement of dental implants is part of a periodontist's specialty and goes hand in hand with the study of gums and bone. Request an appointment today to discuss dental implants with Dr. Edwards.

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If your dentist offers to do your dental implants, you should keep in mind that the American Academy of Periodontology has issued a report that recommends instances when dentists should always refer patients to periodontists. These instances include any time patients present with:

●      Severe or Aggressive Periodontitis:Severe periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and extensive infections that can be life-threatening.

●      Bony Defects: Periodontal lesions or bone defects of the jaw can make dental implants more difficult to place, or compromise the structural integrity of implants.

●      Significant Root Exposure:Significant root exposure can make teeth less stable, especially when the area is supporting an implant.

●      Peri-Implantitis:Some dental implants can become inflamed and infected, which can cause periodontal abscesses. Peri-implantitis can also cause implant failure, during which your implant could fall out.

Because dental implants involve cutting into the gum tissue and operating on the jawbone itself, working with a periodontist to have your dental implants placed is a way to limit the risk of complications, such as peri-implantitis. 

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If you are considering getting dental implants in Indianapolis and Fishers, make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Edwards today by filling out this convenient online form. We look forward to meeting you and serving your periodontal needs.