When you’re considering opting for a dental implant as a form of missing teeth replacement, it’s understandably a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, implant-based restorations don’t come cheap, so it pays to ensure you get the best restoration possible which is a dental implant that will last for many years. One way to ensure that this happens is to choose the best dental implant professionals.
Of course, they don’t have to be specialist oral or maxillofacial surgeons. However, they should be experienced enough to have completed at least fifty dental implant restorations successfully.
So, why is this important?
With experience comes adaptability
In essence, no two dental implant treatments are the same. Patients who seek implant treatment often have differing needs. Dentists who have completed fifty or more implant restorations are more likely to have come across a wide range of scenarios, and they should, in theory, have the ability to customise a treatment to suit the specific needs of the patient.
This is without putting the patient or the dental implant procedure at risk. During treatment, they should also be able to provide the highest standards of care, meaning the experience will be far better for the patient overall.
A dental implant professional can lower the risk of complications
The average rate of dental implants failure is around 3-5%. While that doesn’t seem a lot, if you then consider the amount of patients undergoing dental implant procedures on an annual basis, over 500,000 per year at last count, you soon realise that it’s a common problem.
While there are many factors outside the control of the implant dentist, some implants can and do fail because of the inability of the chosen dentist. As a result, an experienced dentist should be able to ensure that problems like incorrect dental implant placement, unnecessary overloading, and nerve tissue damage are avoided.
A dental implant professional offers higher quality aesthetics
Part of the lure of a dental implant is that it’s probably the most natural-looking form of tooth replacement available. As such, you’ll no doubt want the permanent crown (the visible part of the implant) to be as lifelike as it can be. Many experienced implant dentists have the skills and have invested heavily in the right equipment to ensure the patient receives an exact match crown, often utilising the latest 3D milling techniques. In addition to perfect colour-matching, permanent crowns can even be made with slight blemishes to blend in flawlessly with the rest of your smile. This is something you might not get if you opted for a dentist who was just expanding into offering dental implants as a form of treatment.
So, now you know why you should choose the best dental implant professional for your implant restoration, the next question is ‘how do you go about finding them?’
Let’s take a closer look…
Dental implant professionals have outstanding credentials
Most dental websites will list the qualifications and special interests of the dentist in question. In this case, you’re looking for someone who has over and above the standard dental qualifications needed to become a dentist. This includes postgraduate qualifications in implantology, memberships to implant dentistry societies, or international memberships of worldwide implantology organisations.
Good dental implant professionals are transparent
A good dental implant professional will understand that patients are seeking the best person for the job and therefore will be open and honest when it comes to questions. For this reason, don’t be afraid to ask the dentist questions like:
- What experience do you have? – Roughly, how many dental implant surgeries have you performed?
- Do you participate in ongoing and up-to-date training?
- What type of dental implant do you use? – An experienced implant dentist will usually use implants that have great proven outcomes
- What is the rough cost of a dental implant restoration with you? They should be upfront with their expenses
- What technology does your practice possess? – In other words, is he a digital implant dentist? A skilled implant dentist will invest in the best equipment to ensure the very best experience for the patient.
- Do you have evidence of before-and-after pictures that you’re prepared to share? – A good dental implant professional will be more than happy to do this.
An experienced dental implant professional will have some good recommendations
The obvious place to look for dental implant recommendations is online. With more and more emphasis being placed on review sites like WhiteCoat and Trust Pilot, these places are always a good place to start when seeking out recommendations, so be prepared to do some research.
In addition, friends and family may also be able to recommend a good dental implant professional, so don’t forget to ask around.
So there you have it…how to find a good dental implant professional, and why you should!
Here, at Evergreen Dental, our Sydney team are highly-skilled and experienced dental implant professionals. With years of experience in oral care, backed with some of the best digital technology, patients can rest assured that they’re in safe and knowledgeable hands. To find out more, book a consultation with Dr. Ryan Chou and the team today. Call us at (02) 8074 3849, and take the first steps towards restoring your smile.