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What to Look for in Dental Implant Specialist

What can be described as an abnormal teeth condition is when there is a visible space gap in-between the row of teeth, which would look like there is a missing tooth, of which this situation can be properly corrected using a dental implant restoration, which is the proper replacement of the missing teeth by surgery and aims to rehabilitate the unnatural teeth setting to come close to a normal state condition. Because dental implant procedure is a complex form of dental procedure, it can only be performed by a highly trained, experienced, and skillful dental surgeon specialist. One must know that the American Dental Association (ADA) has not really established a branch in dentistry on dental implant, which, in perspective, will mean that there is no title called dental implant specialist; however, ADA recognizes only these surgical specialties – Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Periodontist, and Prosthodontist.

In order to know if an oral and maxillofacial surgeon has the qualification to perform dental implant, one must try to glean on his/her education record, which should consists of – four years of post-graduate hospital residency training, which consists of a year in anesthesiology administration, trainings in surgical removal of wisdom teeth, corrective jaw surgery, bone grafting, and surgical replacement of dental implants. Periodontists may only go to a three year residency program but their training includes surgical dental implant procedures as well as periodontal (gum) surgery. When it comes to tooth replacement, ADA recognizes prosthodontists as they are trained to do dental implant restorations, bridges, and dentures, and their post-graduate residency program consists of all types of dental implant procedures and prosthetics, such as complicated full mouth reconstruction with implant-supported dentures and esthetic anterior crowns.

What is equally significant in choosing the right dental implant specialist in not just basing on his/her educational attainment and number of years of experience, but one must also see that the doctor has the empathy to let his/her patient be at ease with the procedure, communicating effectively in the following areas: willing to explain each procedure, answering each patient’s questions with clarity, and being able to explain well the different techniques that will be introduced and the reason for doing so. When it comes to financially funding a dental implant procedure, we know for a fact that this process is costly depending on the patient’s condition; therefore, it is always advisable to discuss the payment to the doctor concerned before anything is final and one must know that there are clinics that offer financial options, some with no-interest, just so that those who badly need this procedure can be afforded to them. If you are relying on the internet to search for the right dental implant specialist, keep in mind that even the best practitioners can get a bad review online, therefore, it is still advisable to visit a chosen specialist and discuss your dental problem with him/her.

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