You know the advantages of dental implants when it comes to replacing missing teeth: great lifetime value, no embarrassing slips or hassle like dentures, and strong bone health benefits. But how do you choose a dental implant expert, a dentist who has the skill to provide your dental implants?
First, keep in mind that there is a significant difference between “dentists who do implants” and “dental implant experts.” Your teeth are as unique as you are. It takes a skilled dental practitioner to provide a quality dental implant and experience.
So what should you look for in a dental implant expert?
First, of course, your dental implant expert should be a licensed dentist. Yet, while this is a fundamental quality, it alone not does make someone a true dental implant expert.
Second, your dental implant expert should have education specific to dental implants. This means they have 300 or more hours of postdoctoral or continuing education related to implant dentistry.
Next, your dental implant expert should be experienced. Dental implants are not "one size fits all." They are complex, sophisticated dental devices, and you should expect your dental implant expert to have one or more years of experience in the practice of implant dentistry.
Finally, your dental implant expert should be competent. At a minimum, this means they have demonstrated competency in implant dentistry through an independent, peer-evaluated, bona fide process. The dental implant expert should have performed a variety of treatments ranging from a single tooth to replacing multiple teeth on a number of different patients
With this information, you can begin searching and interviewing dentists to find one that is truly a dental implant expert.
Of course, this search and interview process could take days and days. Fortunately, there is an easier option: you can locate an implant dentist that has met these standards and been credentialed by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).