Who Should Perform Your Dental Implant Surgery?

Thanks to dental implant surgery, a missing tooth does not have to sentence you to a life of hiding your smile. You can get an implant-supported crown or bridge that will replace the missing tooth with one that looks and functions exactly like the one you lost.

There are many different disciplines in dentistry. Which kind of dental professional is best qualified to give you a dental implant that will serve you for many years to come?

How to pick a dentist for implants

A person can lose a tooth in any number of ways. If the person loses their tooth as a result of injury, they will probably visit a general dentist first. A person who loses their tooth because of gum disease will be in constant contact with their periodontist.

These dentists will either give the patient advice and a referral to a specialist or in some cases, do the procedure themselves.

There are a few types of dentists that undergo the training needed to place dental implants, but they each have different levels of experience and training.

1. General dentists

They are often the first point of contact for many people who have lost a tooth. Some general dentists continue their education and training over the course of their careers. They choose to specialize in dental implant surgery and are therefore capable of placing dental implants.

It is really important for a patient to make sure that their general dentist has a proven track record when it comes to dental implants. The general dentist should have countless happy customers and the testimonials and portfolio to prove it.

General dentists that do not have the certification, training and experience to perform dental implant surgery will refer their patients to a specialist.

2. Periodontists

After they graduate from dental school, periodontists go back to school for a few more years. During this time, they learn all about the structure of the tissues that hold the teeth in place. They also learn to treat the diseases of the gum and the jaw, including surgery.

When they graduate and get certified, periodontal dentists spend their days treating the gums. Most of their time is filled with procedures like gum flap surgery and dental implant surgery. This is why periodontal dentists are qualified to do implant surgery. Many of their patients are referrals from general dentists. If a person is already seeing a periodontist because they have gum disease, then said periodontist should be the one to place the implant.

3. Oral surgeons

Of all the specialists that can place a dental implant, oral surgeons are the most qualified. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons spend most of their work hours performing surgeries or preparing for them.

If a person needs a bone graft in preparation for a dental implant, an oral surgeon is the best person for the job. In cases where the donor-bone comes from the patient's own body, oral surgeons will know where to harvest the bone in order to cause minimum stress.

Ready to get started?

When you lose your tooth, a skilled dentist will get you the best care possible. If they can perform the procedure themselves, they will be happy to show you samples of their work.

Call us for a consultation if you are considering getting dental implants.

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