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DR. KEITH GIBSON'S DEDICATION to providing the highest quality of individualized patient care has compelled him to integrate cutting-edge technology into the hands-on approach to dentistry that he has refined over several decades of service.

As a caregiver, craftsman, and surgeon, Dr. Gibson has cultivated a reputation as a skilled technician providing more “aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly” dental prostheses. By performing the entire process from gathering and analyzing data to constructing and maintaining implants and dentures himself using the most progressive technology available, he is able to ensure that patients receive the best possible experience.

Three-dimensional imaging, for example, allows him to “precisely locate important anatomical landmarks and structures.”  Until recently, often distorted two-dimensional panoramic x-rays were the sole means by which dentists could image a patient’s mouth for analysis. 

The use of a CT scanner “minimizes radiation while taking advantage of a more comprehensive snapshot,” and the image may be rotated or concentrated to focus on a particular area. Many individuals find that the ability to visualize Dr. Gibson’s explanations of personalized treatment plans gives them peace of mind as the implant planning process is carried out on-screen prior to the performance of any procedures. 

While more outmoded methods often require the surgeon to administer anesthesia and make incisions into a patient’s gums to determine the volume of existing bone and appropriate course of action, three-dimensional imaging eliminates the guesswork by allowing the bone to be viewed and implants to be planned on a computer screen, thereby reducing risk and increasing the probability of favorable results.

 

Dr. Gibson emphasizes the deleterious effects on bone after tooth loss: “Use it or lose it!  Losing a tooth sets in motion a cascade of events, a vicious cycle during which bone slowly dissolves, gradually reducing stability of the denture.”

Implants are the only way to halt this process, and their placement has the added bonus of corresponding to a more correctly-fitting prosthesis that aids in the maintenance of facial structure and the performance of daily activities such as eating and speaking.  Taking a preventative approach may contribute to better overall systemic health by avoiding periodontitis, which is the most prevalent cause of tooth loss in individuals over the age of forty.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), chronic bacterial infections that have the ability to release toxins that travel throughout the body have been linked to “other chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.” Dr. Gibson’s attention to detail ensures that initial warning signs can be addressed before they become more serious issues..