Your dental implant procedure depends heavily on your implant dentist. If you are looking for a dentist who does implants in San Diego, you have hundreds of options, but not all of them are equally qualified to perform your dental implant procedure. Here are some important questions you have to ask an implant dentist to figure out if they’re right for you.
Do I want one implant dentist or two?
This is one of the most important questions because there are many general dentists who perform dental implant procedures without the proper qualifications. In fact, it’s hard to say that any single dentist is really qualified to be an implant dentist because the procedure has several phases, each of which might be best managed by a different type of dentist.
For example, a periodontist is trained in surgery of the gums and bones around the teeth. A periodontist is a recognized dental specialist with additional training and qualifications in this area. This is more than a weekend course that some dentists might take to be “qualified” to perform dental implant procedures, it takes years to earn board certification as a periodontist. Learn more here why you should choose a periodontist to perform your dental implant procedure.
On the other hand, a cosmetic dentist might be the best dentist for placing the crown on top of a dental implant.
How many dental implant procedures have you performed?
Studies show that experience is of vital importance. An experienced implant dentist may have a failure rate that is 1/10th or less than that a novice implant dentist.
Can I see before-and-after pictures of your dental implant patients?
You want to make sure that the results an implant dentist is achieving look natural and attractive. The only way to know is to look at pictures. Most dentists will have some before-and-after pictures on line, but there may be many more if you talk to them in person.
Can I talk to some dental implant patients?
The photos give you vital information about an implant dentist’s results, but they don’t tell you how the process was. In order to find that out, you have to talk to previous patients. A quality implant dentist likely has many patients who are happy with their results and eager to speak to patients about their experience.
What will my dental implant experience be like?
You want to talk to an implant dentist about the treatment plan for you. You want to know how they will approach your treatment, and whether they have flexibility built into the plan, or if they always follow the same procedure. You want to talk to your implant dentist about options and see how they respond to your input.
Don’t Just Listen to the Answers
It’s important to learn what an implant dentist has to say in response to these various questions, but it’s also important to listen to the tone of their answers. You are evaluating the dentist not only for their technical expertise, but also their treatment philosophy and approach. You want to feel like you’ve found a dentist you want to work with, not just one you could settle for. After all, you may be working with this dentist for a year or more for the implant itself, and possibly much longer when it comes to follow-up care.
If you are looking for a San Diego implant dentist, want to know if you’re a dental implant candidate, or answers to other dental implant questions, we invite you to consider Strober Dental. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn whether we’re the right dentists for you.