Who is an implantologist? What is the difference between a dentist and an implantologist? Can my dentist insert dental implants properly or should I go to a dental implantologist”? Read this blog post to discover the answers to these very important questions!
What are the two most common types of dentistry?
Quite a wide variety of fields exist in dentristy nowadays. Two of the most popular professions within the industry are general and cosmetic dentists. In the majority of cases patients need basic work: fillings, extractions, root canal treatment or some kind of preventive treatment; often they are just in need of a general check-up.
Those dentists whose expertise is in comestic dentistry can provide treament that make a patient’s teeth look whiter, brighter and more natural.
Now, let’s take a closer look at implantologists.
Who is an implantologist?
An implantologist is a dentist who has undergone and completed extensive training and has vast experience in inserting dental implants.
Inserting dental implants is quite unlike filling a cavity or extracting a tooth. Why? Simply because it requires far more expertise and experience on the part of the dentist.
Consider the following!
You need dental implants. Who would you prefer to receive treatment from?
Would you prefer a dentist who had been practising general dentistry for more than 40 years but who had never inserted a single dental implant?
Would you prefer a dental implantologist who had been inserting implants, but nothing else, for 15 years?
In both cases, the dentists are highly-qualified and well-experienced, but in different fields of dentistry.
A, You need dental implants. Who would you prefer to receive treatment from?
Would you choose a dentist who is specialized on placing dental implants?
Would you choose a dentist who is specialized on cosmetic dentistry?
B, Would you prefer a dentist who has general practice for 10 years and had never placed a single implant?
Would you choose a dentist who has been practicing for only 2 years, but had been placing implants and nothing else?
How can you ensure that you choose the perfect implantologist?
Ask these questions in order to make sure that an implantologist is sufficiently qualified and in a position to provide you with the best possible treatment:
- What treatment options do you use to replace missing teeth?
- How many dental implant procedures have you performed?
- What is your success rate?
- What type of anaesthesia do you use?
- Can you show ‘before-and-after’ pictures of other patients you have treated?
If the dentist is unable to answer any of these questions, for any reason, that should raise a red flag.
What else can you do to play it safe?
- Visit several surgeries to get several opinions.
- Make sure the implant specialist uses the latest and best materials and techniques.
- Check the potential dentist’s awards, certificates and accreditations. Make sure they are still current and valid!
- Carefully chose an implantologist who:
- is dedicated to quality care.
- can create an individual treatment plan that will meet your goals.
This is an investment in your oral health and appearance, so it is well worth the time and money it takes to find the best!
Would you like to know more about placing dental implants? You can get further information about the procedure here.