Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles, periodontist in Boca Raton, explains how his specialty is focused on saving teeth and replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
Our first priority is to save teeth and we always look at a patient with the idea that we would like to save as many teeth as possible and ideally we want to save all their natural teeth. The focus of the field of periodontists is to save teeth by treating the infection that causes periodontal disease. If we get to it early we can typically stop the disease process. Sometimes we can regenerate the bone and gum that have been lost as a result of periodontal disease, and we can prevent people from losing teeth even though they may have had periodontal disease.
However, saving natural teeth is sometimes not possible due to disease or decay. Sometimes when the process has gone too far, then we get into the next phase which is the replacement of teeth that cannot be saved and this is typically done with dental implants which serve as replacements for the roots of the teeth that have been lost.
Trying to save every tooth is also not always a reasonable approach if though it may be possible, because sometimes even though you can make the effort to save a tooth it does not in some cases make sense to attempt to save it, either because the tooth has a poor long-term prognosis or because keeping that tooth is not consistent with the overall treatment plan.
When teeth have to be replaced, then we talk to the patient about dental implants. We teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene at home and of course we recommend that patients keep up with professional visits at their dentist’s office or our periodontal office. When patients follow our recommendations, they can expect their dental implants to last for many years—often a lifetime.
Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles
South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
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