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Local Periodontist Says You Should Make Every Effort to Save Your Natural Teeth

Thursday, October 6th, 2011


Local Periodontist Says You Should Make Every Effort to Save Your Natural Teeth

Adairsville, GA – 10/6/2011 – Despite the increasing popularity and incidence of dental implants, Leroy B Alford DDS, a practicing periodontist and Life Member and Diplomate of the the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) says when faced with tooth loss as a result of periodontal disease, every effort should be made to save your natural teeth.

Dr. Alford stresses the importance of considering all periodontal treatment options, especially when it comes to invasive procedures such as tooth extraction and dental implant placement.

“There is a widespread misconception that extraction along with implant placement is quicker and more convenient than undergoing routine periodontal therapy that can actually save a patient’s natural teeth,” explains Dr. Alford.

Traditional periodontal treatment, including non-surgical and surgical techniques, has high success rates. It has also been shown that periodontal procedures such as implant placement, when not followed by good professional and at-home care, will often fail.

“Implants are not a no-maintenance alternative to natural teeth,” says Dr. Alford. “Many people don’t realize that dental implants, like natural teeth, require regular oral hygiene like tooth brushing, flossing and routine check-ups to prevent implant failure.”

Natural tooth preservation is now more attainable than in the past. For example, recent scientific advances in regeneration have made restoring lost gum and bone tissue more predictable.

However, if a natural tooth cannot be saved, dental implants do provide a useful solution. “Dental implants are able to restore the function and aesthetics lost when a tooth is deemed hopeless,” says Dr. Alford. “With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.”

Dr. Alford encourages patients to discuss all treatment options with his or her dental professional. “When a tooth may be lost due to periodontal disease, it is crucial that a clinically-proven approach is taken. Your dentist or periodontist should work with you to determine the best possible course of treatment for your particular case.”

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About the AAP:

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is the professional organization for periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. They receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school, and periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAP has 8,400 members worldwide.




We now offer MDI Mini Implants

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Mini Dental Implant

It is estimated that 30 million people in the US have no teeth. This year the first of the Baby Boomers turn 65. Ninety percent of the denture patients are unhappy with the fit of their dentures due to continuous bone loss from wearing dentures.

We are pleased now to be able to offer patients a minimally invasive implant system to secure loose dentures.

The typical patient has a loose denture due to bone loss and is embarrassed to eat or laugh in public. They have too little money, time and bone for traditional implants. They also only see their dentist when the denture becomes too loose to tolerate.

The benefit of a Mini Dental Implant retained denture is the immediate improved quality of life. You can talk, laugh and eat foods you love in public without worry of embarrassment. Many patients tell us that this is the best thing they ever did!

MDI implants are implants with smaller diameter (less than 3.0 mm). They are a one piece design and are indicated for long term use in full denture stabilization and partial denture stabilization.

There is a minimally invasive surgical protocol with an overall 94% success rate.

Patient satisfaction greatly improved after placement of Mini Dental Implants!

On a scale of 1-10, 30 patients rated life before and after MDI implants.

(As per ASPECT)

Before MDI Implant After MDI Implant
Retention 1.7 9.6
Comfort 2.2 9.4
Chewing Ability 2.3 9.3

We have had wonderful success with traditional implants supporting dentures in the lower jaw. No one should ever wear a lower denture without implant attachment and support. We are now pleased to add MDI Implants to our treatment options.


All About Dental Implants

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. If you still have questions after reading this information, have a conversation with your periodontist. What procedures may have to be completed before placing my implant? 

A procedure called “socket preservation” is sometimes needed to preserve bone and minimize bone loss adjacent to a tooth that has been removed. One common technique is to fill the socket with bone or bone substitute and allow the bone to heal for approximately four to twelve months before implant placement. 

Ridge modification” may be needed if you don’t have enough bone to support an implant. This bone loss could be caused by periodontal disease, wearing dentures, injury, or trauma. During this procedure, bone or bone substitute is added where needed to ensure a proper foundation for implants. Your bone usually needs four to twelve months of healing time before placing implants. 

Sinus augmentation” may be needed to place implants in the upper back jaw, where your bone is very close to your sinus. In this procedure, the sinus floor is raised so there is more room for new bone to grow to provide a proper foundation for implants. After four to twelve months of healing time, you will be ready to have your implants placed. All of these procedures have been shown to greatly increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. 

What are the advantages of an implant over a bridge or denture? 

A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options, including:

• Maintain the integrity of your remaining teeth. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that the adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge. When replacing multiple teeth, bridges and partial dentures rely on support from adjacent teeth, while implant supported bridges do not.

 • Maintain bone health. Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, your jawbone is better preserved. Implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep your bone healthy and intact. With a bridge or denture, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth starts to deteriorate.

 • Long-term benefits. In the long term, implants are esthetic, functional, and comfortable. On the other hand, gums and bone can recede around a bridge or denture which leaves a visible defect, deteriorated bone from bridges and dentures can lead to a collapsed and unattractive smile, and cement holding bridges in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that are anchoring the bridge. Finally, removable dentures can move around in your mouth, reducing your ability to eat certain foods.