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Choosing the RIGHT and TRAINED Dental Implantologist

Presently more than ever, the choice of a dental implant dentist or surgeon is a critical decision that should be made with the utmost care. As we know, dental implant treatment involves surgery which requires advanced skill, knowledge and experience. So how do you choose a dental implant dentist? After all, in today's marketplace, many dentists perform at least some types of dental implant procedures. 

Choosing the right and University trained dental implant dentist for you, one with substantial experience in complex cases, extensive training under the formally structured 3 years University’s Post-Graduate Master Degree Program, and a knowledge-based approach that customized your needs and wants is critical to achieving the most successful outcome - your gorgeous new smile and optimal function. Educated and discerning people will realize that most dental implant therapy if done properly, is a complex and precise set of operative procedures that require proper and intensive training because the final outcome will dramatically affect our lives for years to come.

Selecting a dental implant dentist can be a difficult and confusing process. In the end, it is a personal decision that each person must make for himself or herself. We can, however, offer some guidance, which our patients have found helpful during the selection process. From our patients feedback, we believe the most important of these tips include the following:

1 Get to know your dental implant dentist and procedures involved

Most dental implant procedures are elective procedures, not emergencies. Time spent learning about your implant dentist training background, experience, the dental procedures, different techniques and materials will pay great dividends in terms of your understanding and emotional comfort later. If in doubt, see a couple different accredited and formally trained dental implant dentists for a consultation. This will clarify in your own mind those personal characteristics that you would like your dental implant dentists to have. Our office is happy to provide second opinions.

2 Post Graduate Master Degree Dental Implant Training

The legal training requirements for dentists who carry out implant treatment differ from country to country. In the United Kingdom implant dentistry is considered by the UK General Dental Council to be a postgraduate sphere of dentistry. In other words it is not sufficiently covered during the teaching of the university dental degree course and dentists wishing to practice in dental implantology legally need to undergo additional formal postgraduate training. The General Dental Council has published strict guidelines on the training required for a dentist to be able to place dental implants in general dental practice. UK dentists need to complete a competency assessed postgraduate extended learning program before providing implant dentistry to patients.

The degree to which both graduate and post-graduate dentists receive training in the surgical placement of implants varies from country to country, but it seems likely that lack of formal training will lead to higher complication rates. (extracted from Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_implant)

3 Choose a formally University trained implant dentist

In order to perform dental implant procedures at the highest level; technical skill, an artistic eye, and a rigorous program of post-graduate training from a University is an added advantage. It may surprise you to learn that the vast majority of dental schools don't teach any courses in implant dentistry in the undergraduate level. Your mouth is not the place for on-the-job dental implant training. Therefore, it is crucial that the implant dentist that you select have the right credential and continually completes series of continuous dental implant education. The implant dentistry field changes rapidly and keeping abreast of what is the state of art practice is paramount. In depth training is essential to learn the latest techniques and materials to get optimal results.

4 Use of 3D CT scanning

When computed tomography, also called cone beam computed tomography or CBCT (3D X-ray imaging) is used preoperatively to accurately pinpoint vital structures including the inferior alveolar canal, the mental foramen, and the maxillary sinus, the chances of complications might be reduced as is chair time and number of visits. Cone beam CT scanning, when compared to traditional medical CT scanning, utilizes less than 2% of the radiation, provides more accuracy in the area of interest, and is safer for the patient. CBCT allows the surgeon to create a surgical guide, which allows the surgeon to accurately angle the implant into the ideal space.(extracted from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental implant )

5 International Professional Implant Dentistry Credentialing

In implant dentistry, international professional affiliation is a hallmark of excellence in practice.

6 Integrity

Find a dental implant dentist who is honest in his/her assessment of your needs and of their ability to meet your expectations. Be wary of the doctor minimizing your recovery period and telling you just how "easy and simple" everything is going to be.