- January 12, 2011
COLLEGEVILLE, WILLIAMSPORT AND PHILADELPHIA, PA – Williamsport, PA dental implants specialist Dr. David DiGiallorenzo has released a list of the two primary reasons why patients in need of dental implants or the laser-assisted new attachment procedure- called LANAP– should seek treatment from a periodontist instead of a general dentist.
A periodontist is a dentist who has completed 2- to 6-year post doctoral residencies in the surgical disciplines of dentistry after graduating from dental school. This specialty involves sophisticated diagnostics, genetics, DNA, antimicrobial therapy, and surgical skills- including implantology, prosthetics, regeneration therapy and microsurgery.
Some dentists complete just two days of training before offering dental implant procedures in their offices, said DiGiallorenzo, a Williamsport, PA periodontics specialist who has practiced dental implantology and periodontics since 1995. He is an internationally-known speaker on these topics.
“No rules govern what a general dentist can and cannot do,” DiGiallorenzo said, “unlike medical doctors, where a general practitioner wouldn’t consider doing an orthopedic procedure or a heart procedure.”
Although there is nothing preventing general dentists from offering dental implant and LANAP procedures, something patients should consider prior to selecting a professional for either treatment is their experience level. Specialists such as the Williamsport, PA periodontists in DiGiallorenzo’s practice perform these intricate procedures daily.
“How often does a general dentist do these?” DiGiallorenzo asked. “If I had to choose, I would want a professional who has done thousands of these procedures, as opposed to one who may have performed dozens of them.”
© 2011 Sinai Marketing and Dr. David Digiallorenzo.