Munster Implant Dentist Offers Patient Educational Resources on New Website

Dr. Jay Platt, Munster oral surgeon, is pleased to announce that he is now providing detailed procedural information and continuing education event schedule on his new practice website.

Dr. Jay Platt, implant dentist in Munster, is excited to offer doctor and patient educational resources on his practice’s new website. On the Jay Platt Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center website, patients and referring doctors are now able to view detailed explanations of single and multiple dental implants in Munster, frequently asked questions, and other procedural information. General dentists can download an online form from the website for easy patient referral.

“In today’s world, an increasing amount of patients are conducting online research on the best dental implant options. Launching this dental implants-specific website allows both patients and referring doctors to learn more about tooth replacement from a trustworthy source. They can view read more about the various procedures and click on the links of interest for a compilation of dental information. This easy-to-navigate website also helps referring doctors stay up-to-date on implant-related continuing educational dates,” said Dr. Platt, Munster implant dentist.

Patients and referring doctors can visit http://www.jplattdentalimplants.com to read about dental implants procedures, view the biographies of Dr. Platt and his staff, and learn more about his state-of-the-art-Munster dental office. Dr. Platt’s mission is to make each patient’s visit a positive and relaxing experience.

For referring doctors interested in learning more about the latest dental implant techniques, Dr. Platt regularly hosts continuing educational courses. His upcoming presentation, titled “Dental Implants: Assessment & Maintenance Strategies,” is scheduled for late October. Please contact Dr. Platt’s office at 219.864.1133 for specific details.

Besides dental implants, Dr. Platt also provides bone grafting, wisdom teeth extractions, jaw surgery, oral pathology, TMJ disorder treatment, and more to residents of Schererville, Munster, and the surrounding areas. The Jay Platt Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center team is dedicated to providing high quality oral surgery procedures in a comfortable environment. To contact Dr. Platt, please visit http://www.jplattdentalimplants.com/contact.html for full contact options.

About Dr. Jay Platt:

Dr. Platt practices all phases of oral and maxillofacial surgery, concentrating on all types of extractions, placement of dental implants, exposure of impacted teeth, pathology and corrective jaw surgery. He has great interest and experience in intraoral bone grafts and placement of dental implants. As the founder of the Northwest Indiana Dental Implant Study Club, he has been a leader in the area of dental implants for many years. The use of nitrous oxide and IV anesthetics in the office to allow for maximum patient comfort is a big part of his practice.

Jay Platt, DDS is originally from Fort Wayne, graduating from high school in 1979. From there, he spent 3 years at Indiana University in Bloomington and entered Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1983. After graduating from IUSD in 1986, he did a one-year general practice residency at the Indiana University Medical Center, gaining his certificate in 1990. In 1992, Dr. Platt became Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He was awarded fellowship in the American College of Dentists and is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Association, Indiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Northwest Indiana Dental Society. Dr. Platt is also a diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the International College of Oral Implantologists. He is a past member of the Board of the Northwest Indiana Dental Society and past President of the Indiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Platt currently resides in Munster, Indiana with his wife, Bobbie, and three sons.

Schererville Oral Surgeon Shares Benefits of Dental Implants as a Tooth Replacement Option

Dr. Jay Platt, Northwest Indiana oral surgeon, shares information about the benefits of dental implants.

If you are missing teeth due to oral injuries, periodontitis, or dental caries, you are not alone: according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth, and by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their teeth. In the past, patients who lost teeth only had two tooth replacement solutions: bridges and removable dentures, which required frequent replacement and often led to dental complications such as bone loss and periodontitis. However, since their invention 50 years ago, dental implants have been rising in popularity as a permanent, healthier option to replace missing teeth.

What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are lifetime tooth replacements that appear and function like natural teeth. Patients with dental implants can eat and talk the same way as they would with their natural teeth. Implants consist of a titanium post; an abutment that is positioned over the post as a foundation for the new tooth; and a crown that acts as the replacement tooth. The final crown is shaped and colored to match the natural teeth.

Why Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth, correcting malocclusion and preventing future dental complications. Other benefits of dental implants include:

•   Immediately improved appearance and self-confidence, since dental implants look like natural teeth
•   Bone and gum tissue loss prevention because the bone is being stimulated
•   No alteration of neighboring healthy teeth required
•   No slipping or shifting as with dentures
•   Prevention of misaligned teeth
•   Improved ability to chew and speak
•   Decreased chances of periodontitis as compared to dentures and bridges
•   Lifetime solution for missing teeth with proper care

Are Dental Implants Painful?
Despite the misconception that dental implants are painful, most patients report minimal discomfort.   Many patients simply take ibuprofen or acetaminophen after implant surgery and are able to return to work the next day.

Cost of Dental Implants versus Bridges and Removable Dentures 
While some patients opt for dentures and bridges instead of dental implants based on short-term cost, it is important that one takes into consideration all of the different variables of tooth replacement options, including long-term cost. Dentures and bridges may need to be replaced or adjusted every couple of years. Patients should also consider that as they wear down, loose dentures and bridges may harm surrounding teeth and cause painful sores in the gums.

Bridges require the filing down of neighboring teeth in order to use them as an anchor for the bridge, damaging otherwise healthy teeth. These surrounding teeth may crack, leading to additional dental work to restore the teeth. Tooth decay is common in patients with bridges, as cleaning under bridges can be difficult. Inadequate cleaning may lead to periodontal disease, which is expensive and difficult to treat if it progresses to an advanced stage.

Dentures may cause gagging in some individuals and alter the ability to chew and speak. They also speed up the bone loss process, as there are no teeth in the jawbone to stimulate it. As the bone degenerates, patients will need to continuously replace their old dentures to fit the shifting bone and gums. Additionally, ill-fitting dentures can cause gum sores. Whereas dental implant installation is a one-time cost, dentures require several replacements, increasing the cost in the long term.

Dental implants can significantly improve one’s oral health and prevent further tooth loss. To learn whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, consult your general dentist. You can also read more about dental implants on Dr. Jay Platt’s website, http://www.jplattdentalimplants.com.

About Dr. Jay Platt, DDS:
Dr. Platt practices all phases of oral and maxillofacial surgery, concentrating on all types of extractions, placement of dental implants, exposure of impacted teeth, pathology and corrective jaw surgery. He has great interest and experience in intraoral bone grafts and placement of dental implants. As the founder of the Northwest Indiana Dental Implant Study Club, he has been a leader in the area of dental implants for many years. The use of nitrous oxide and IV anesthetics in the office to allow for maximum patient comfort is a big part of his practice.

Jay Platt, DDS is originally from Fort Wayne, graduating from high school in 1979. From there, he spent 3 years at Indiana University in Bloomington and entered Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1983. After graduating from IUSD in 1986, he did a one-year general practice residency at the Indiana University Medical Center, gaining his certificate in 1990. In 1992, Dr. Platt became Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He was awarded fellowship in the American College of Dentists and is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Association, Indiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Northwest Indiana Dental Society. Dr. Platt is also a diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the International College of Oral Implantologists. He is a past member of the Board of the Northwest Indiana Dental Society and past President of the Indiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Platt currently resides in Munster with his wife, Bobbie, and three sons.