If you’re considering dental implants, one of the most important steps is finding the right doctor for your treatment. An experienced implant dentist will be able to walk you through the treatment process so you know what to expect. But before you choose your dentist, there are a few questions you should ask to know if they have the necessary training and experience to offer successful, long-lasting treatment.
The top 4 questions to ask
- What is your experience in dental implants? Especially if you have more serious problems, such as advanced gum disease, severe bone loss, or an underlying medical condition, finding a highly trained dentist will be in your best interests. Choose a dentist who specializes in dental implants and completes these surgeries and related procedures (bone grafting, tooth extractions, etc.) on a regular basis.
- What are your credentials? An oral surgeon will have more specialized training in dental implants than a general dentist. Similarly, someone who is board-certified means they’ve continued their training and education beyond degree requirements. A dentist who completes continuing education in dental implants each year also most likely is up to date on the latest technologies and techniques in implant dentistry.
- What types of sedation do you offer? While the dental implant surgery itself only requires local numbing agents, many patients opt for higher levels of sedation to ease anxiety. Ask your dentist if they offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV sedation, and if none of these options are available, you may want to keep searching. Sedation can help make your surgery go smoother and give you a better overall experience, especially if you’re anxious about the procedure.
- What technology do you use? Even the most experienced and skilled implant dentist can benefit from the added precision and accuracy that comes from using advanced technology. While a dentist isn’t required to use such technology as CBCT imaging and guided implant placement, they significantly increase how successful and long-lasting your treatment can be.
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