Modern dentistry has come a long way over the last decade. In the past, there were not as many options available for decayed, damaged, or missing teeth. Nowadays, there are a variety of restorative dental procedures. One of the most popular of these restorative dental treatments are dental implants.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jawbone. Once they fuse with the surrounding bone, they can support a dental prosthetic such as a crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture. For more information on implant-supported dentures, see our article on all-on-four implants. Dental implants are also known for their ability to restore both function and aesthetics.
While many dentists claim to be implant specialists, few actually are. Dentists do have some training to place dental implants, however there are many advantages to seeing a true dental implant specialist. Let’s take a look at the 10 reasons why you should see an implant specialist.
They are highly experienced
To become certified as a Fellow with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), implant specialists must complete a minimum of 300 hours attending implantology courses after completing dental school. The higher certification of Diplomate requires Fellows to complete about 570 hours of implantology education. Both levels must also prove their experience through written, oral, and case examinations. To become a Diplomate, they must also have treated at least 75 patients and practiced implant dentistry for a minimum of seven years. Through this rigorous certification process, the AAID ensures that only the best and most dedicated dentists become implant specialists.
The average recovery period is generally shorter after visiting an implant specialists. This is because their experience allows them to more efficiently place dental implants without disturbing the surrounding structures, meaning that there is less that needs to heal. It also means that there is less overall trauma associated with the implant placement. However, the total recovery time can vary based on the individual and the type of the procedure being performed.
Implant specialists can place dental implants in such a way that causes less post-operative discomfort to their patients. Again, this is because they are able to place dental implants more efficiently without disturbing the surrounding structures. More precise treatments means a localized treatment site and less pain.
Shorter length of treatment
Implant specialists pride themselves on being able to use specialized techniques to shorten the overall length of treatment. In some cases, implant specialists can even place dental implants and the prosthetic in a single dental appointment. This type of implant is known as immediate load implants. In other cases where extractions are needed, the extraction and implant placement can be completed within the same appointment. Even in cases where there is a two-part placement procedure, the total length of treatment is generally shorter because the recovery period is shorter. Ultimately, however, the estimated length of your treatment will depend on your individual dental needs.
Can treat complicated cases
If you have been told that your case is too complicated for dental implants, it is worth scheduling a consultation with an implant specialist. While not everyone is an ideal candidate for dental implants, implant specialists offer a different approach than general dentists. Using their specialized technique, implant specialists can treat more complicated cases.
Dr. Gregory J. Young is a Diplomate and board certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He is also an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Additionally, he provides education, training and mentoring to his colleagues in all phases of implant dentistry. He has over 37 years of experience and dedicates his practice solely to implant dentistry and training.