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How do I find a dental implant dentist?

Search for an AAID credentialed implant dentist in your area or verify that the dentist you’re considering has earned the AAID credential.

Many professionals place dental implants. Some learned how in a weekend course; others attended short training programs. The dental implant experts listed on this website have earned a prestigious American Academy of Implant Dentistry credential, a stringent requirement that must be earned through education, training, examination and the demonstration of competency in implant dentistry.

A quick fix isn’t always a long-term solution.

While cost and procedure time may be factors in choosing a treatment option to replace missing teeth, it is important to do your homework and carefully choose a well-qualified, experienced dental implant expert and the restoration method that will meet your long-term needs so that you can eat, smile, laugh, talk, play and enjoy all your activities.

What the


Credential Means     

Demonstrated qualifications, knowledge, skills and competence in implant dentistry

Education, training and experience in implant dentistry

Completed 300 or more hours of postdoctoral or continuing education related to implant dentistry

Trained in dental implant process, including diagnosis and surgical placement of dental implants and/or the placement of replacement teeth

Meets national standards of education and practice in oral implantology


Questions to ask when selecting an implant dentist to restore your missing teeth.  Just as you would with any medical or surgical procedure, you should ask questions about the implant dentist’s experience to make sure the dental professional is qualified and can provide you with the best treatment. Suggested questions include:

  • What treatment options do you use to restore missing teeth?
  • How many dental implant procedures have you performed?
  • What’s your success rate?
  • What’s your education and training in dental implant treatment?
  • Which technique* and type of replacement teeth or appliance do you recommend for me, and why?
  • What steps are involved in the process and where and by whom are they performed?
  • What should I expect throughout the process in terms of pain, recovery time, eating, etc.?
  • Will I have teeth throughout the process?
  • What type of anesthesia do you use?
  • What are the risks of the treatment option you're recommending?
  • What are the benefits?
  • Can you share before-and-after pictures of other patients you have treated?

* Many patients and even some professionals use the terms “bridges” and “dentures” differently or generically. Some bridges and dentures are supported by dental implants and some are not. The end result between non-implant and implant restorations differs in terms of appearance, fit, function, feel, after-care and how long the restoration will last. Be sure to ask your dentist to explain which type of bridge or denture is recommended for you and if it will be secured to your jawbone or teeth, or if it will be removable.

Learn more about AAID credentialed dentists.

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