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Why Choose a Periodontist

To obtain the best surgical care and most successful outcome, it is important to choose a surgical specialist, such as a periodontist, for your treatment. By choosing a specialist, you will benefit from the latest surgical procedures for periodontal surgery and the surgical placement of dental implants, which will be customized to your needs. There are only 2 surgical specialties recognized by the American Dental Association: Periodontal surgeons and oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Advanced surgical techniques involving bone grafting, sinus grafting, and dental implants are best understood and performed by periodontists and oral surgeons who are board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology or the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. As periodontists are the experts in the tissues that surround and support the teeth and implants, periodontists possess the most relevant skills in order to achieve the best surgical and aesthetic outcomes. Dr. Jenkins is a board-certified periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Additionally, Dr. Jenkins can perform cosmetic periodontal procedures to help you achieve the smile you desire.

Another important reason to choose a surgical specialist for the placement of dental implants or cosmetic periodontal surgery is that it will reduce the risk of developing complications and increase the rate of success. Studies confirm that having surgery completed with a specialist results in a higher rate of success and a lower rate of failure and complications when compared to non-specialists.

As far as costs are concerned, you definitely get what you pay for. A specialist may charge more than a general dentist for surgical services, but it is important to know that a periodontist has many years of additional training and education in an ADA recognized specialty program after dental school. Graduating with a dental degree from dental school alone allows any dentist to perform any procedure that they choose, similar to your family physician. However, it is unlikely that you would have your family physician perform cardiac surgery or orthopedic surgery for you. In the same respect, it is a good idea to have a surgical specialist, such as a periodontist, perform your periodontal or implant surgery. 

Additionally, Dr. Jenkins utilizes premium implants and biomaterials, which increases the cost but also optimizes surgical success. Surgical procedures and dental implants are definitely an investment, so give your surgical treatment and dental implants the best chance for success by trusting your care to a board-certified periodontist.

Periodontists are the specialists in the soft tissue and bone surrounding and supporting natural teeth and dental implants. When it comes to aesthetics, a periodontal surgeon is the most qualified specialist to ensure optimal aesthetics around your teeth and implants as they have a comprehensive understanding of the oral biology as well as healing of the bone and soft tissue.

Teeth and implants are prone to developing periodontal disease. Periodontists are the experts in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of periodontal disease around teeth and implants. When disease occurs around dental implants, it is called peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. Treating peri-implantitis is challenging as well as unpredictable and best managed by a periodontist. Improper implant placement, management, or surgical technique can lead to increased risk of failure or developing implant disease. Minimize these risks by trusting your care to a periodontist to ensure long-term stability and success of your natural teeth and dental implants.


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