Sometimes it can be tempting to go with the “one-stop-shop” option of getting dental implants at your general dentist. Although some dentists do offer dental implants as a part of their practice, if they are not actually periodontists they haven’t undergone the extensive training to offer the best results. In order to provide implants dentists take a short course, whereas a licensed periodontist undergoes years of additional schooling. In this blog, Dr. Steven Lieber and Dr. Jessica Stilley briefly explain dental implants, but more importantly explain the value of going to a trained periodontist for the procedure.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are added permanently into the jaw. They can be used to replace one or more teeth and the experience of having dental implants is very similar to having natural teeth. They are brushed and flossed, and allow you to eat, speak, and have confidence in your daily life. We get into the types of dental implants in a previous blog.
The Difference Between a Dentist and a Periodontist
Let’s go over some of the differences between dentists and periodontists as background information to our dental implant topic. Dentists and their teams conduct general teeth cleaning, tooth fillings / extractions, and general cosmetic and non-surgical periodontal care. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Their education includes three additional years of dental education in the area of periodontal disease and its treatment. More details on the difference between dentists and periodontists can be found on our website.
Qualifications of Dr. Lieber and Dr. Jessica Stilley
Dr. Steven Lieber established our practice in the fall of 1977 in Tampa, FL after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and completing his residency in Periodontics at this same institution. He has more than 40 years of experience and has placed thousands of dental implants.
Dr. Jessica Stilley received her BS in Psychology and her DMD at the University of Florida. She then attended Ohio State University for her Masters of Science and Periodontal training. She joined the Periodontal Health Center in 2008 and has been helping patients keep their teeth since. She was Board Certified by the American Board of Periodontology in 2009 and works to keep up with the criteria for this certification. We are proud of Dr. Stilley who recently co-authored a book on cosmetic dentistry, The Million Dollar Smile: Changing Lives with Cosmetic Dentistry. The book has input from Dr. Stilley and other professionals on what dental procedures should be considered in order to obtain a beautiful smile and focuses on her experience with dental implants.
With all of their years of experience on top of that, you can rest assured that Periodontal Health Center in the New Port Richey and Tampa area can treat concerns you may have regarding the health of your gums!
Other Reasons to Go with a PeriodontistOne of the most important reasons to choose a periodontist for your dental implant procedure, besides their training and experience, is that compared to dentists there are fewer risks of complications and a higher success rate for the procedure. Periodontists are experts on gums and soft tissues of the mouth, this makes them better ready to assist you with healing after surgery and to achieve the best cosmetic results as well.
Periodontal Health Center in the New Port Richey and Tampa area is ready to assist you with any periodontal concerns including dental implants. We even have a form on our website so that you can request your consultation appointment.