Implants & Periodontal Care
At Kessler Dental, we know that dentistry is more than just teeth. The supporting structures of gum and bone are integral to overall oral health.
Our team provides comprehensive periodontal care including treatment of periodontal disease, implant placement, bone grafting, and cosmetic contouring of gums. With multi-specialties service all located right here, your Doctors can work together to provide the best possible treatment outcome.
What Our Patients Say About Our Periodontal Care
"Kessler Dental is a one-stop shop, which is fantastic because my dental care requires endodontics and periodontics along with the general dentistry. I feel very fortunate for having found Dr. Kessler, her team, and her staff. She is a highly skilled dentist. I experienced no anxiety in the placement of my first dental crown by her.
Dr. Schatz performed my first root canal. At first, I was apprehensive about the procedure but soon found Dr. Schatz's technique gave me such confidence that I relaxed and took a nap during it.
Dr. Halpern recently performed my gum graft. I found her skill and ability to ease my nervousness. Diane always has helpful tips for good dental hygiene. Beverly, Nancy, and Tara are always helpful, friendly and courteous ready to greet you with a smile. I wholeheartedly recommend Kessler Dental."
- Cathey D
Periodontal Care and Why It’s Important
Red, swollen and bleeding gums are telltale signs of gingivitis. Irritated gum tissue will pull away from your teeth, creating pockets, a condition called periodontitis. The pockets attract bacterial growth, irritating the gums more. If not treated, the bone and tooth-supporting structures can become damaged or destroyed. The CDC estimates that approximately 47% of American adults have periodontal disease.
Your gums are not the only thing that is affected by this bacteria. Your mouth is the body's gateway and oral bacteria can increase health risks in other ways including heart disease, pregnancy complications, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and strokes.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Dr. Kessler and our periodontists, along with our trained hygienists, diagnose and treat gum disease to render your bone and gums healthy again. Initial diagnosis will include the measurement of the pockets surrounding each tooth and x-rays to measure bone loss and may include OralDNA, a salivary test which provides an accurate diagnosis of periodontal bacteria.
This information enables us to select the most effective treatment which may include cleaning plaque and tartar from under your gum line (deep cleaning or scaling and root planing, SRP), placement of localized antibiotics (Arestin) and or surgical procedures when warranted.
Since periodontal disease cannot be cured, but only maintained, after initial gum therapy, it is important to be seen every 90 days for a visit with the hygienists (periodontal maintenance ) to keep the bacteria level in check and prevent further destruction of bone and gum tissue.
Dr. Wendy Croll Halpern
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation that can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several teeth by anchoring a fixed bridge or an entire arch by anchoring a fixed or removable implant retained denture.
What is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?
The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. The team at Kessler Dental will collect the data needed to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
This process will include dental x-rays, assessment of your periodontal health and a medical history review and often a CTBC of the jaw bone to pre plan placement of your implant(s). Your restorative dentist, (Dr Kessler, or one of her associates) will work together with our periodontists to provide coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you. One of our treatment coordinators will review the process for start to finish along with your estimated financial obligations and financing options should you need them.
Once all the preparations are complete, the periodontist will place the tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take from six to 12 weeks.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, Dr Kessler will place a small connector post -- called an abutment -- to attach to the implant to securely hold the new tooth. At this time a digital impression is taking to use in fabrication of your new tooth, we will match the color to your natural teeth. The replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.
Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implants that retain and support a removable denture.