A Periodontist is a dentist who possesses a particular level of expertise regarding all of the structures that support the teeth. Periodontists receive highly specialized education and experience beyond dental school in order to provide the highest level of care. In contrast to a general dentist who may focus on the health of the tooth structure, a periodontist’s specific interest includes the gum tissue, the underlying bone, and the microscopic connecting fibers.
In recent decades, as specialists in dentistry have realized the advantages of dental implants, Dr. Beth Meyers Tomlin, your periodontist serving Dallas, has become an even more valuable member of the dental team. Periodontists play an important role in the planning, placement, and maintenance of dental implants. Your periodontist is the specialist of choice in terms of gum surgery and even cosmetic augmentation in the vicinity of your dental implant.
Where a patient may be missing one or more teeth, a dental implant is often the very best alternative for tooth replacement. Dental implants are permanent restorations that become integrated with the jaw bone at the site of the missing tooth. There must be adequate, healthy bone structure at the implant site. During implant placement, it is also important to care for the gum tissue that will surround the implant.
Fortunately, your periodontist is well-prepared to address all of the concerns related to this method of tooth replacement. If the implant site is lacking adequate bone quality or quantity, your periodontist may include a bone graft procedure for added support. A periodontist is also the dental specialist most experienced in preparing the gum tissue for proper healing at the implant site.
Often, for the most ideal dental care, a partnership must be formed between the patient, the general dentist, and a team of dental specialists. Specialists such as periodontists can provide the individualized and specialized care necessary to achieve the best results.
You deserve the highest level of dental care available. Trust Dr. Tomlin to provide the skill and advice that you can rely upon. Call 214-949-1836 to schedule your appointment today.