As you are a valued patient in our office, we know you are a forward-thinking individual. Your overall health is a top priority to ensure a long and happy life. Farber Center has your health in mind as well and would like to remind you the end of the year is quickly approaching. This is the perfect time for you to take advantage of any remaining or unused dental benefits through your insurance
Today, if a tooth needs to be removed first and then an implant placed at a later date, that timeframe is still approximately six months. However many times in my practice we are placing an implant at the same time as the tooth is removed. We call that “immediate implant placement” and the total treatment timeframe is now only about three months.
This may sound stressful, but it does not have to be. If you are a proactive patient, you will avoid a great deal of stress, as well as pain, which may come from ignoring a dental issue and allowing it to develop into an actual emergency. If you have a toothache that you have been tolerating, it could erupt into a real problem for you, and at the worst possible time – on vacation, Open House at your child’s school, a family outing, your grandson’s little league game, etc.
You may be a candidate for Laser Pocket Disinfection. LPD may used as a preventative measure to reduce chances of Periodontal Disease developing. If you have gingivitis, LPD can help reverse the symptoms it causes. LPD can also be used to treat patients on a perio-maintenance program – ask your dentist if this is something you should consider. LPD is pain-free and studies have shown absolutely no negative side effects results from the procedure in over 25 years of therapy. The treatment is safe for use around crowns, bridges, sealants and implants, or any other pre-existing dental work. LPD is beneficial to patients who have recently had surgery, or are scheduled to have surgery, as it reduces the bacteria that may enter the bloodstream.
Periodontal disease for most patients is a silent disease because they do not feel it and they do not see it. I compare periodontal disease to hypertension or high blood pressure, because in both cases people walk around with the condition and they are not aware of it. If they do not go to the dentist or see their hygienist regularly, periodontal disease often remains undetected. In my periodontal office, this is what we do day in and day out: diagnose periodontal disease. In a matter of minutes we can determine the level of disease and then recommend a course of treatment.
“This is going to sound weird, but I have always loved teeth!” This is the response you will hear if you ask one of our newer team members, Kristen, about how she got into the dental hygiene field. “I loved my childhood dental hygienist and always begged my mom to take me to the dentist.” From an early age, Kristen recognized her passion for overall health through dentistry and pursued it immediately.
With proper maintenance, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Dental implants should be maintained just like we maintain our natural teeth. Typically we recommend three to six month hygiene visits both with the periodontist and the hygienist. The reason is that we get a lot of bacteria in the mouth, and an implant is really a sophisticated medical device. Like any other medical device, it needs proper care and maintenance
Many people do not realize they have gum disease until the symptoms are severe and noticeable. What starts out as Gingivitis may develop into Periodontitis, which has been linked to other health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, pre-term birth, and stillborn deaths.
There are a lot of myths about dental implants. Some people say, “Well, is it still experimental.” And they’ve been around for over 50 years now. The other is discomfort, pain. We really don’t see that very often. There’s some soreness involved. The other myth that I hear about: “It’s going to take forever, Doc. My friend had this placed. It took two years – a year.” With today’s technology, the systems that we’re using, a patient can get an implant restored in six to eight weeks.
When it comes time for your dental appointment, your thoughts typically revolve around one thing: your teeth! Naturally, what else would you be thinking about? At Farber Center For Periodontics & Dental Implants, we want to make sure you feel comfortable and at ease. With this in mind, we realize every detail matters to ensure precaution and safety.