Your general dentist has recommended that you get dental implants to replace your missing teeth. They tell you that dental implant surgery is simple and easy. They can complete the procedure, though they might have to brush up on some skills. You’ve decided to do some research and learn that getting treatment from your general dentist may not be the best choice. It seems that experience in dental implant treatment might matter after all. But why?
Dental implant treatment is not simple
Even a single missing tooth requires special planning to ensure that the dental implant placed provides optimal function and aesthetics. Dental implants are not a one-size-fits-all treatment. They require first that the doctor has the foundational knowledge and training in facial anatomy, surgical techniques, and even dental implant materials to provide the most personalized and predictable treatment. This experience also helps an implant dentist know when it’s not safe to place an implant and how to help patients become candidates.
Dental implant treatment may involve multiple procedures
In some cases, patients can have a dental implant placed and restored without needing additional procedures. However, many patients must also complete treatments like tooth extractions, bone grafting, or gum disease therapy before undergoing dental implant surgery. You’ll want to see an implant dentist who also has training and experience in these procedures so that he or she properly prepares your mouth for the best possible outcomes.
Dental implant treatment needs to be precise
You may think that the only planning needed is on the day of your surgery, but this is simply not true. Proper planning for dental implant treatment begins on day one and includes an assessment of your medical and dental history, an examination and 3D cone beam imaging, and other surgical and restorative planning. Especially in cases involving the replacement of an arch of teeth, precision in planning and surgery is vital to the outcomes of treatment and the long-term success of the dental implants and prosthesis. You’ll want to choose an implant dentist who completes all these phases of treatment routinely.
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Choosing an experienced and skilled implant surgeon like Dr. Dan Holtzclaw has many advantages, some you may not even realize. Don’t settle when it comes to your dental implant treatment. Trust in a team that has placed over 25,000 dental implants and completed 2,000 full arch treatments with a 99 percent success rate. Schedule your consultation today.