Looking to get an implant? You’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed over choosing the right dental specialist. While overwhelming at first, having the right resources will help in making the right decision for whom to see for your implant procedure.
Unsure where to start? Here’s what to look for in a dental implant specialist and how to know when you’ve found the right one.
Choosing A Dental Specialist Over a General Dentist
A dental implant is considered a surgical procedure, so choosing a dentist who specializes in the field of implants and other surgical procedures is best. Choosing a specialist who has had extra training related to dental implants will better be able to provide the type of care you deserve while having an implant placed.
Choosing a dental specialist gives you the added benefits of:
Lowering Your Risk of Complications
The more knowledge and experience a dental professional has, the less likely you are to experience any complications from surgery. For this reason alone, choosing a specialist over a general dentist is always recommended.
Specialists Offer High-Quality Aesthetics
In addition to their top-notch, extensive training for implants, dental implant specialists also typically have better equipment and more advanced dental technology since most of their patients they see are for surgical reasons, and not general cleanings and exams. Specialists have the tools to make the artificial tooth and surrounding gums look more natural and more aesthetically pleasing.
Managing and Preventing Gum Disease
Part of a specialists dental implant training is learning the specifics of gum disease and infections that can occur during implant treatment. Whether you choose a periodontist, a maxillofacial surgeon or a prosthodontist, they will be an expert on the treatment of gum disease if it does occur.
Finding A Dental Implant Specialist Near You
When you’re looking for a great implant specialist, you’re probably also looking for one in your area as traveling a long distance after dental surgery is the last thing anyone wants to do. First and foremost, begin your search by making sure that the specialist you’re considering is certified to do dental implants, preferably by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and the American Dental Association (ADA). Looking for a dental implant specialist rather than a general dentist will help to ensure you’re getting quality and experienced care because of the extra schooling and training required in order to be a certified specialist.
Resources To Find a Specialist
Finding a specialist in your area requires a little research on your part. There are a number of tools and resources you can use to help you find a specialist including:
Asking Friends and Family
Hearing about someone’s experience first hand is one of the most helpful ways to find a professional that you can trust. Asking local friends and family if they know of a good professional will help you know their quality of work before your procedure, and this professional will also likely be in your area.
A Referral From Your Dentist
If your dentist isn’t a certified implant specialist, asking them whom they recommend their patients to for implant needs is a great way to find a local professional with experience you can trust – especially if you trust your dentist. If you don’t trust your dentist and their recommendations, it may be time for you to find a new dentist too!
Use The AAID’s Website
The AAID provides a helpful search tool that allows you to search by zip code and set a mile radius to find a locally certified implant specialist. You will be provided with a list of certified dental implant specialists and from there you can read online reviews of their patients experiences.
Dr. Zymantas with Premier Dental is an ABOI diplomate and is board certified with the American Board of Oral Implantology, which symbolizes the highest level of competence in implant dentistry. If you’re looking for a quality implant specialist in the Naperville area, look no further than Premier Dental.