What to Look for in Dental Implant Specialist
Some teeth conditions are not perfectly aligned such that there are abnormal space gaps in-between teeth and will look like that there is a missing tooth; in which case, this irregular condition can be corrected by a simple dental implant surgery, which is a process of restoring the natural teeth structure by properly replacing the missing tooth. Due to the complexity of performing a dental implantation, a dental surgeon specialist on this area is highly recommended, one who has the specialized training, experience, and skills combined to successfully perform it. 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.
To qualify as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, a candidate must attain 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. On the other hand, periodontists can also perform dental implant, even if their training is good for only a three-year residency program, but they can qualify and can also do periodontal (gum) surgery. ADA specially recognizes prosthodontists as specially trained dentists in tooth replacement, like dental implant, bridges and dentures, and since their trainings in their post-graduate residency program include all types of dental implant and prosthetics, full mouth reconstruction with implant-support dentures and anterior crowns, prosthodontists are highly qualified to treat dental implant issues.
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.