Nowadays, many dentists claim to be ‘implant specialists’ or ‘implantologists’. The continuing success and popularity of dental implants among patients have resulted in dentists taking implantology courses to join in on the success of this treatment.
However, patients need to be wary of dentists who boast these titles as they are not recognized specialties. What is more important are the dentist’s adequate training, qualifications, experience and skills that are greatly needed in the positioning, placement, and maintenance of dental implants.
In some instances, general practitioners are able to start practicing dental implantology from attending weekend seminars or short training courses. Patients need to be wary about these certifications especially if these dentists have only done only a few implants after gaining these recognitions.
In the forefront of dental implants are oral surgeons and to some extent, periodontists. Oral surgeons were the first ones to practice implantology and therefore have theoretical and clinical experience even before starting their own practices. When it comes to handling complications and difficult cases, they have the best training and knowledge needed for these instances.
General practitioners, however, should not be shunned as they can also provide great treatment. These skills can be acquired through years of practice as well as continuing education coupled with their dedication to providing quality dentistry.
Patients can ask their prospective dentists about their dental training, years in practice as well as the success rate of previous dental implants they have done. A dentist who is able to explain the ins and outs of dental implants is honest and genuinely caters to the health needs of his/her patient is crossed out of the list of suspicious practitioners you might encounter.
Do not be afraid to ask for before and after pictures of previous cases your dentist has handled and let him/her explain the potential costs as well as procedures you will undergo for the implant treatment. Usually, a dentist who seems to boast about knowing everything but not really giving you the complete set of treatment options possible should raise a red flag too.
A good dentist should not only be good at explaining but should also be a good listener. This shows that they are willing to learn more about your needs and opinions and therefore would take them into consideration as they devise a treatment plan for you.
As the cost of dental implants remains at the higher price range, it is important to choose the right dentist who will give you the best results. Choosing the right dentist for the job can make the difference between a failed and a successful treatment. If you can do a thorough background check when you shop for a phone or a car, what more for something that is expected to last a lifetime?