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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Implant Dentist

Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile. Implant technology is a powerful dental resource, but you don't want to entrust your pearly whites to just anyone. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you.

  1. Check the doctor's credentials.

    Is the dentist a board-certified specialist in implant dentistry? Though licensed general dentists can legally place dental implants, not all general practitioners have the experience to do it well. No matter who you choose, make sure the dentist is licensed through the state dental board.

  2. Experience is critical.

    Much like other people, dentists get better at things the more they do them. You'll benefit from the experience of a dentist who has been placing implants for years. You'll also benefit by choosing a dentist who performs dental implant procedures on a regular basis. Ask how many implants the dentist places each year.

  3. Investigate the doctor's training.

    The best implant dentists didn't just go to dental school; they also completed extensive post-graduate training programs that focus specifically on implantology and prosthodontics. In addition, the best implant dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up to date on procedures and materials.

  4. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Make sure the dentist examines your whole mouth, not just your missing teeth. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  5. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual long-term treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  6. Look at before and after photos.

    Take a look at the dentist's portfolio before you make up your mind. Pay specific attention to cases that are similar to yours. Make sure that the photos are of actual work done by the dentist, not just stock photos.

  7. Don't pay too much - or too little.

    Some dentists charge more by marketing themselves as high-end luxury dentists offering cosmetic smile makeovers. Other dentists try to make up for poor materials and shoddy work by offering low prices. Beware the extremes.

  8. An honest dentist sets realistic expectations.

    Watch out for doctors who promise more than they can deliver. You want a dentist who will tell you what can and cannot be done for your smile. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

  9. Technology is cool, but it's not the only thing.

    A dentist with high-tech modern equipment and computers is more likely to be up-to-date on modern techniques. At the same time, however, don't let yourself be dazzled by a dentist's fancy tools; what really matters is if the dentist knows how to use them properly.

  10. Check out the facilities.

    Take a look around. What sort of equipment does the practice use? What is their sterilization process? Is it a comfortable atmosphere? Are the employees happy and helpful? Do they take the time to answer your questions?

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4698 Convoy Street Suite 203

San Diego, California 92111

Appt Tel: (858) 568-8941