How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 5

Welcome back!  We welcome you, whether you are returning readers, faithful followers or new readers who are joining us for the first time!  For those of you who have been ongoing readers of this blog, we believe we have already established that we have a long-standing reputation for its devotion to the improvement of our readers as well as the patients of Dr. Scharf.  As you may already be aware, Dr. David Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who, understanding the importance of keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and modern research, and how it influences the lives of those afflicted with it, loves to share any information which he feels is pertinent to his readers and patients.  Our current article series focuses on the process of dental implant treatment, and we hope to familiarize you with the incredible technological options for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. In our last posting, we began a discussion about the step-by-step process involved in dental implantation. You are invited to ride along with us as we continue this journey on the road to dental implantation treatment.

More About the Evaluation

In our last blog post, we talked a bit about the evaluation, mentioning some general things which will be addressed by Dr. Scharf.  Dr. Scharf is a board certified Periodontist, but beyond that certification, he has amassed extra years of training in periodontal health as well as the process of placing the dental implants we’ve been discussing.  Because he has all of that extra training and experience, he will well-qualified to review the results of the examination itself, and the variety of imaging and testing, to determine what procedures for which you are best suited.  He will carefully examine and review the data, providing an in-depth explanation to you, to ensure you know exactly what conditions exist and what options are available to you.

Step Three:  Pre-Implant Surgery

Because some of the caused by gum disease can take years to surface in other systems and parts of our bodies, patients having periodontal disease who need dental implants may be relatively healthy beyond the destruction that is occurring in their mouths.  In this case, you’d likely be thinking that dental implant surgery could move forward fairly quickly, when in fact, the surgery to place the implants is delayed because of conditions in the mouth.  Now, the testing and imaging done in step two comes into play at this point, revealing the condition of the boney structures that need modification, or extra tooth removal to accommodate the dental implant, or even bone grafting needed to support the alveolar ridge.  While these procedures need time to heal like any other surgery, these surgeries will help your dental implants look and feel comfortable and attractive.

In our next post, we will discuss tooth extractions and bone grafting so that you have a better idea of the depth and details of the process.  Until then, we highly recommend that you call Dr. Scharf at (631)661-6633 or visit him online at  He wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and he’ll be happy to tell you about how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

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