November 9, 2018
Dental implants are one of the most complex procedures in dentistry. They require several follow-up appointments after initial placement to ensure the gum tissue is healing properly and that bone is adhering to the implant. Such a complex procedure requires special expertise, not just your run-of-the-mill dentist. You’re going to want to choose a dentist who has the experience necessary to place implants right the first time as well as handle any complications if they occur.
While complications are rare, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Consider these four factors before choosing a dentist for dental implants in Worthington.
While all dentists are required to join a dental organization, such as the American Dental Association, it’s worth confirming if they are a part of other groups that focus on dental implant treatment. During your implant consultation, ask the dentist if they are accredited with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) or a similar group that focuses on the treatment. Ask them if they are continuing their education on implant procedure, which shows that they are staying on the cutting edge. These questions can make a big difference in confirming their restorative abilities.
While previous and current education is one thing, real-world experience is a completely different factor. It’s common for dentists to perform oral surgery or similar procedures during their residency, so ask them to elaborate on that experience. If they participated in mission trips to perform oral surgery in countries where people can’t afford dentistry, it shows that they have experience with endodontics, a key part of dental implant placement.
Office Accommodations and Technology
Just because a dentist has implant education and experience doesn’t mean they can necessarily meet all of your accommodations. Since they offer complex procedures like dental implants, it’s likely that their hours are going to be more limited than a traditional dentist. Is this implant dentist able to work within your own schedule? Do they offer 24-hour assistance in case of a dental emergency?
Furthermore, choosing a dentist with the right technology is just as important as choosing someone with the right skills. Ask them how they build your treatment plan for dental implants and what you can expect during the planning stages. This should help you feel more confident once your surgery day arrives.
Previous Patient Examples
If a dentist is willing to stand behind their work, they’ll likely show you successful implant cases from previous patients they’ve had. Asking the dentist for these examples is entirely reasonable, after all, it is your smile we’re talking about. You can also look to their online reviews for patients describing their experience. Keep an eye out for individuals who had restorative treatments performed.
Choosing the right dentist matters when you want dental implants. Before you choose, always schedule an implant consultation first!
About the Author
Dr. L.J. Adam has been performing implant procedures for 14 years. His experience and knowledge of placing and restoring implants will give you confidence in your new smile. To learn more about his practice or about the implantation process, you can contact him through his website.
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