So you’ve decided to get dental implants. Congratulations! This is an exciting step towards filling in the gaps in your teeth and getting the smile of your dreams. Dental implants are a reliable, tried-and-true procedure with a high success rate and a long lifespan. Once the procedure is finished, you’ll have replacement teeth that are just as strong, functional, and attractive as the real teeth that preceded them — maybe even more so! And you’ll be able to enjoy those replacement teeth for decades before they need to be replaced, with no change to your habits, lifestyle, or diet.
But before you can get that procedure done, there’s an important decision that has to be made first: Who is going to put that dental implant in your mouth?
The Importance of Choosing the Right Dentist
The dental implant as we know it has been around since the sixties, and it is a commonly performed, relatively low-risk procedure. However, it’s still a surgery, and therefore it’s imperative that you find the most qualified dentist to execute it. A poorly trained or inexperienced implant dentist could perform a procedure that has a higher risk of failure, or you could end up with an implant that doesn’t look the way you want it to.
The average dentist has certainly learned about implants in dental school. However, knowing how to perform a procedure and being well-trained in that procedure are two very different animals. You may have taken chemistry in college — but does that mean you’d be the right choice to perform a risky chemistry experiment today? Similarly, dentists who didn’t receive dedicated dental implant training and don’t perform dental implants routinely may not be your best and safest choice.
How to Pick a Winner
Instead, you should look for a dentist with serious dental implant training and plenty of experience. For example, Dr. Weinstock didn’t just learn the basics of implant dentistry in his doctoral program; he followed that education with further training in dental implant placement at the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. And in his cosmetic dentistry practice, he performs dental implant procedures regularly.
Of course, a good resume doesn’t necessarily make a good implant dentist, either. You should also ask your dentist about his experiences with implants, and request to see before and after photos from other patients to get a firsthand look at their handiwork.
In the end, selecting an implant dentist is a choice that could impact you for years to come. That’s why it’s so important to thoroughly vet your options, and explore all of your choices. A good cosmetic dentist will be more than willing to sit down with you and discuss their experience and their qualifications to make sure you are comfortable.