Dental implants are becoming more widely available and increasingly popular among patients looking to replace lost teeth. While implants are incredibly long lasting and life-like, the success of the procedure largely depends on the experience and skill of the oral surgeon or dentist placing them. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or be used to anchor a set of prosthetic teeth. Our oral surgeon offers some helpful tips for choosing the right dental professional for patients considering implants.
Why Choose an Oral Surgeon?
While dentists can certainly perform the implant procedure and do a great job, oral surgeons possess additional training and education to perform surgeries throughout the oral and maxillofacial region. Oral surgery is a specialty in the field of dentistry and in many cases, oral surgeons typically have more experience with dental implantology.
An oral surgeon can also provide advanced treatments that general dentists do not have experience with, such as tissue and bone grafting. Lack of adequate bone structure in the jaw is a leading reason behind dental implant failure. Before placing an implant, an oral surgeon will closely evaluate bone density as well as the overall health of a patient to develop the proper course of treatment.
Patients are strongly encouraged to ask their dental professional if they received ADA-recognized dental implant placement training in a formal setting before proceeding with treatment.
Consider Implants as an Investment
Another factor patients should consider is which manufacturer their dentist or oral surgeon uses for the dental implants. Many newer dental implant companies do not have strong track records of success. Ask your dentist what company he or she uses and how reputable that company is before receiving treatment. Keep in mind that sometimes a low-cost implant is not always the best option.
Dental implants are an investment in one’s health. The old adage “you get what you pay for” rings true when it comes to prosthetic teeth. Patients should be wary of low cost implants because they may not be as durable as needed. When considering implants, patients should evaluate the cost of their alternative options. For example, dentures and bridges will require more maintenance and patients will need new prosthetics every few years. The maintenance and replacement costs add up and will ultimately exceed the cost of a dental implant over time.
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