How to Choose the Right Dental Implant Dentist (Dental Surgeon) for your Treatment
Date: November 30, 2012 Richard Jones

Deciding on having a dental implant treatment is the first step that you have to make towards getting a solution for your missing teeth problem. Once you have decided on actually going through with the treatment, it will then be important to choose the right dental implant surgeon who will guide you through the entire treatment process. However, it might be a little bit more difficult to look for, and eventually decide on, who the right dental surgeon would be. There are various things that need to be considered in choosing the right dental implant surgeon for your needs; these things will help you in evaluating which surgeon will best address your needs with regards to the dental implants treatment.

Who is the Right Dental Implant Surgeon?

The right dental surgeon will be able to give the proper assessment when it comes to the dental implants treatment that you need; this assessment should take into consideration your dental and overall health, the alignment of your jaw, the aesthetic impact of the implants on your appearance, and the need for any supporting treatments that are necessary for the treatment’s successful completion. The right dental surgeon will also be able to give you a comprehensive and easy to understand explanation regarding the costs of the dental implant treatment – one of the areas of the entire implants treatment that cause the most confusion; the right dental implant surgeon should be able to present to you in detail what the treatment costs (for every step of the way) will be.

Is Your Dental Surgeon Qualified to Place Dental Implants?

The right dental implant surgeon should have the proper qualifications to be able to provide you with the best dental implant treatment available. The qualifications are easier to check and verify since dentists are governed by the General Dental Council (GDC), and the dental surgeons who perform dental implant treatments are required to undergo structured post-graduate training; the dental surgeons are also required to complete CPD (continuing professional development) hours.

Going for a dental implant treatment abroad may involve more research on your part when it comes to the qualifications of the dental surgeon to skillfully carry out the treatment, since you may have to get in touch with other countries’ dentistry governing bodies – and then determine for yourself if their minimum qualifications meet the standards that dental implant surgeons should have. In any case, do not hesitate to ask for documentation proving that the dental surgeon has the qualifications needed for the placement of dental implants, as this will help you decide on who the right dental implant surgeon is for your specific implant needs.

What is the Dental Surgeon’s Experience and Success Rate with Implant Treatments?

It may seem like an embarrassing question to ask, but asking a dental surgeon how many dental implants he or she has successfully placed will give you an idea of how qualified he or she is; you can also ask how many years the surgeon has been in practice, and how many of those years were dedicated to implant treatments. Studies show that for a dental surgeon to achieve the level of success and experience of more “seasoned” implantologists, he or she will need to have placed at least 50 dental implants. The dentist’s success rate with implants treatment should also be considered, as this information will tell you, more or less, how successful your own treatment will be in the hands of a particular dental surgeon.

Factors Concerning the Implants Treatment

It should be noted that some dentists only deal with one part of the dental implant treatment; the dental surgeon may either deal with just the implant itself, or just the dental restoration (such as a dental crown). It may be more convenient and less stressful for you to look for a dental implant surgeon who can complete the entire treatment (from the placement of the implants to the attachment of the dental restoration) for you.

Information about how the dental surgeon plans to go through with the assessment phase of the treatment, which is an integral part of the entire dental implants treatment, will be very beneficial to know. The presence of state-of-the-art facilities to be used for diagnostic purposes can give you an idea of how precisely the assessment phase will be undertaken – and how accurate the results will be in preparation for your dental implant treatment.

It can also be very advantageous to ask about which type of dental implants a dental surgeon uses, as the quality of the dental implant system will have a direct impact on the long-term success of the treatment. Asking a dental surgeon about the measures that he or she takes to ensure safety before, during, and after, the implant treatment can provide you with a clear picture on how the dentist will deal with complications – should they arise in any phase of the treatment.

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