How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 4

Greetings to all of our returning readers as well as to our faithful followers!  If you have been an ongoing reader of this blog, then we’re pretty sure you already know that it has a long-standing reputation for its devotion to the education of its readers as well as the patients of Dr. Scharf. Dr. David Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who understands the importance of keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and modern research into the deep dark world of gum disease and how it can influence the lives of those afflicted with it, something he loves sharing with his readers and patients.  Recently, we began a new article series on the process of dental implant treatment in which we hope to familiarize you with incredible more modern technology for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. Last time, our installment included a discussion on the various types of dental implants and how they work, and accordingly, now that you know a bit more about the types of dental implants commonly used, we think it is time to discuss the applications of the phases and the step-by-step process of these procedures. We invite you to take another step with us on this journey down the road leading to the methods of dental implant treatment.

Step One: The Loss of a Tooth

Let’s start from the beginning — the actual loss of any tooth or teeth.  The need for dental implantation doesn’t occur until and unless there has been a loss of the natural teeth. This loss is something which can happen for a variety of reasons, and they’re not always because your oral hygiene was found lacking.  Cavities, injuries or a mixture of oral cancers are just a few of the non-hygiene causes of tooth and bone loss. Once lost, the other teeth, the environment as well as the geography of the oral cavity changes, some of those changes beginning almost immediately after the loss.  The longer the oral cavity is allowed to exist without filling that space, the higher the chance that the geography is affected.

Step Two:  The Evaluation

Step two is the evaluation of the overall condition of oral structures.  Depending on the severity of the geographic state of the mouth, this evaluation may require several visits to complete, gauging not only the condition of the various tissues but also the overall health condition of the patient.  This latter consideration is vital because some health conditions can interfere with either the advancement of surgical planning or the medications are taken for them can impede or prevent the essential healing process needed to make the procedures successful.  One should also expect much questioning and discussions about oral hygiene regimens, both those currently in place as well as those required before, during and after the dental implantation process.

Next time, we will continue with this step-by-step discussion about the process of dental implantation.  Until then, Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can evaluate and treat gum disease in any stage of development in you and your family.  If dental implants are an option for you, he will happily provide his expertise to restore your mouth and smile to make you proud and healthier!  Call him at (631) 661-6633 or pay him a visit at and let him explain how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.


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