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A dental implant specialist is your best option if you are looking to replace a missing tooth. Implants are the only missing tooth replacement option that addresses the bone tissue loss that is associated with the loss of a tooth and its roots. The roots serve an important purpose in keeping the jawbone stimulated. Once they are gone, the bone tissue around the area they were anchored begins to disintegrate. This can cause changes to the person’s appearance, making their face appear sunken.

When it comes to the installation of implants, not all dentists are trained to install them. The procedure requires oral surgery and some dentists do not have the training for that. Implant installation is typically done by periodontists, prosthodontists, and oral surgeons. These are the three main specialties the American Dental Association recognizes as dental implant specialists. These dentists have three to four additional years of training after dental school that covers how to perform surgical procedures on the mouth.

A general dentist can also go through training and become certified to install implants. While these professionals have the skills needed to place implants, it should be noted that their knowledge base regarding oral surgeries is not as wide as that of a periodontist or an oral surgeon.

Dental Implant Specialists Versus General Dentists

When it is time to install an implant in a person’s jawbone, patients are better off going with someone who specializes in placing implants and performs the procedure frequently. That person will generally be more skilled at installing implants than a dentist who knows how to perform the procedure but rarely ever does so.

A dental implant specialist can provide a higher level of care and that lowers the risk of complications developing during or after the procedure.

Implants that are fitted by a specialist also tend to look better. The specialist’s additional training often translates to them having all the tools needed to make the implant and the artificial tooth look as aesthetically pleasing and as natural as possible.

Choosing the Right Dental Implant Dentist

Finding the right dentist can seem like an overwhelming task, but it is not really that difficult if the patient knows where to start their search. The following are some simple ways a person can find a good dental implant dentist.

Take a close look at the dentist’s qualifications. Make sure the person is certified to install implants by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and the American Dental Association (ADA). The higher level of education usually translates into better results.

It is also important for patients to ask the right questions when looking for an implant dentist. Ask questions like how long the treatment will take and what to expect down the road. Also, ask for before-and-after photos of patients they have worked within the past.

Patients can use platforms like the AAID’s search tool to find a dentist that can install implants close to them.

The Bottom Line

Are you dealing with a missing tooth? Talk to a dental implant specialist today.

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