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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.