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Why Choose Ridgecrest Periodontics & Dental Implants

Why Choose Ridgecrest Periodontics & Dental Implants


Periodontics is a term that refers to the specific treatment of dental issues dealing with the infection and inflammation of the soft tissues in the mouth, usually gum tissue. Early inflammation of the gums is called gingivitis, and advanced infection is called periodontitis. A periodontal dentist helps to manage and heal the gum tissue. If left untreated, periodontists can lead to bad breath, gum recession, and infections. Tooth loss sometimes occurs as a result of periodontal disease.

A periodontist can also help manage these outcomes with treatment for bad breath, grafts for the recession, and tooth implants for tooth loss. Ridge Crest Periodontics office in Idaho Falls performs many of these remediations for periodontitis in a professional and caring atmosphere. If you need periodontitis treatment or want more information about dental implants, we have the answers to your questions!

Treatment For Tooth Loss Due To Periodontitis Or Other Causes

In the past, if a patient wanted to treat tooth loss, the answer was to fill in gaps caused by missing teeth with a bridge or to wear dentures. A bridge is a dental appliance made of plastic and metal that snaps onto the teeth next to the gap where the missing tooth once was. A prosthetic tooth would be attached, so it would appear as if a tooth was still in the mouth. Bridges could be cemented in or could be removable. The removable types were called “flippers.” If several teeth were missing, patients often just opt for conventional dentures, which require the removal of all teeth on the upper or lower jaw.

Now, patients have a much better choice for a replacement tooth through dental implants. Dental implants are just what they sound like — appliances that are permanently implanted into the jawbone. Implants can be used for crowns, bridges, single-tooth replacement, or partial or complete dentures.

The results are more natural looking as they are “part” of your jaw, and since they are permanent, they fit better and make eating, speaking, and other activities involving the mouth more like an actual set of teeth. Our periodontist can give you a beautiful and sweet functional smile back after tooth loss from periodontal disease or other causes of tooth loss.

How Dental Implants Work To Give You A Beautiful Smile

The procedure is pretty straightforward when you consult with the periodontist at Ridge Crest Periodontics and determine that most dental implants are the best choice for you. During the procedure, a titanium post, called an implant body, looks like a small plug or implant screw and is surgically implanted in your jawbone. Titanium is ideal, as it fuses with your actual jawbone. This is beneficial for a few reasons.

The implant won’t move around in the socket if it is fused to the bone, and the implant body will help prevent bone loss in the jaw. Later, an “abutment” is attached to the post protruding from the jaw bone. The abutment is the part in which the crown (the prosthetic tooth) is cemented. Implants can anchor full or partial dentures, not just single teeth. So if you have extensive tooth loss, implants can still be a fantastic means of achieving a great smile and a healthier mouth. We will love to schedule a consultation if you are thinking about how dental implant surgery work. Our team of healthcare professionals is empathetic, kind, and waiting to help you get started on your journey to better dental health. Please visit our blog page and read about dental implants here for more information.

Ridge Crest Periodontics And Dental Implants

Ridge Crest Periodontics is committed to providing our patients with the latest and safest technology in implant dentistry and the utmost care to replace missing teeth. Our periodontist, Dr. Moulton, is an Idaho native and loves to serve his local patients. Our team of surgical assistants and careful administrators are all here to help you along the way with any questions or concerns you may have about dental implants.

We are also experts at serving our patients with other periodontal issues, including periodontal cleaning, gum recession solutions, periodontal disease and gingivitis, and treatment for bad breath. We also provide holistic periodontal care for patients who want more natural teeth and less invasive periodontal treatment. The health and aesthetics of your gums, teeth, and mouth matter to us.

Our dental implant experts have the best options for you. We assure our patients that their implants fit, feel, and function like your own teeth, so you can get back to living life to the fullest. If you are concerned with any of these topics revolving around dental implants like the healing process of the implant site, implant failure, and such, we would love for you to contact us as soon as possible so we can discuss treatments or surgical procedure to get you healthy and happy with your smile along with proper oral hygiene. We are excited to hear from you!

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