A patient’s need to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth with dental implants is one of the most common reasons they visit an oral surgeon. Dental implants have become such a popular procedure that professional interest has spread; many dental practitioners and corporate dental companies now offer dental implant placement services even if they are not qualified to do so. Many of these practitioners don’t have the same level of training as an oral surgeon and do not perform the procedure appropriately. We ask that when you visit anyone who is offering dental implants, they answer specific questions before you make your choice on who performs your procedure. We have listed five questions below that you want to ask your doctor:
- What is their success rate with dental implant procedures?
- Shoot for at least a 95 percent success rate, which will ensure your best recovery. You want to go to a doctor that not only knows the procedure but also is almost always successful!
- How would I be disqualified to receive dental implants?
- Your doctor should schedule a consultation appointment with you prior to agreeing to the procedure. When you visit the practice of an experienced oral surgeon, you will receive a consultation. You will have a thorough oral examination and a discussion of your medical history before formulating a treatment plan.
- What is their level of training?
- To place dental implants, oral surgeons must complete specific training requirements and gain in-hospital experience through their residency program. These requirements are meant to have them gain the licensure to practice, but many other dental practitioners gain training after completing a weekend course. You can’t deny the value of experience.
- How many dental implants have you placed in your career?
- Since dental practitioners are not specialists, they are therefore not regularly performing dental implant procedures. In contrast, oral surgeons perform dental implant procedures very often. You want the answer to this question to be a high number—it shows their true level of experience and aptitude.
- How long should I expect the procedure to take?
- The timing for this procedure should neither be rushed nor should it take too long. Most dental implant placements take no more than an hour.
You need to have all the information necessary to make the best decision possible. While dentists and other institutions may make claims that they perform dental implant procedures, you want to ensure you are getting the best, and these questions will help you make that determination. The best option can be found in extensive experience and knowledge, and when you select a trained oral surgeon, you get both! If you still have questions, or you are ready to come in and meet our skilled team, please feel free to contact Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery and schedule a consultation.