With so many dental offices advertising dental implants at bargain rates, it’s easy to think that any dentist is qualified to place them. But it’s not nearly that simple.
The Difference Between a Dentist and a Specialist
Oral surgeons and periodontists are recognized by the ADA (American Dental Association) as specialists. General dentists are legally-qualified to place implants, but they usually haven’t had the extra training specialists receive, which includes three or four years beyond dental school.
You don’t have to visit a specialist to get your implants. However, you deserve to have experienced care.
How Much Training Is Enough?
Many general dentists want to offer dental implants. Thus, they take a course to learn about placing them. These trainings are often only up to three days long.
That’s enough time to learn how to place an implant successfully, but it’s not enough to gain much experience. Specialists spend years handling tricky cases so that they figure out how to anticipate outcomes associated with implant surgery.
You may find a dentist willing to place implants at a ridiculously cheap rate. While you may save money initially, keep in mind that this is a way many new implant providers gain experience. If something goes wrong, you’ll have to pay out more to get expert help in fixing things.
There are plenty of great dentists out there with lots of implant experience.
Make sure you do your research. Ask questions such as:
Ask your dentist for more information on finding a skilled implant provider in your area.
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