Implant dentistry is the most permanent way to replace missing teeth, but you shouldn’t necessarily just trust any dentist to handle your implants. Instead, you should work with a specialist. Why’s that important? Take a look.
To become an implant specialist, dentists have to earn their dental degree, but then, they have to complete additional training in advanced dental implantology. Generally, when someone is a dental implant surgeon, they are an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a prosthodontist.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon has four years of post-graduate training in a hospital, where they also train in how to administer anesthesia. In contrast, a prosthodontist also has post-graduate training, but they tend to focus completely on tooth replacements and prosthetics such as implants, restorations, and dentures.
That said, training is just one part of the equation. You should also see a specialist because they have a lot of experience in this area. If you choose to visit a dentist or oral surgeon for your treatment who specializes in implant dentistry, you get someone who handles these procedures on a regular basis. They know how to deal with any complications that may arise when performing a procedure.
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An implant consists of a very small post that goes into your jaw bone and a small cap or crown on top of that. In order to get an implant, you need a healthy jaw bone, and a specialist can be essential in that situation. First of all, they can accurately assess whether or not your existing bone can accept the implant. If not, they may recommend a jaw bone graft or a similar procedure in order to build up the bone in your jaw so it is strong enough to accept the dental implant placement.
Additionally, when you work with an implant dentistry specialist, they have the technology that you need to get through this process. They can take digital X-rays to get a clear, comprehensive look at your mouth, and they also have other tools such as intraoral cameras or dental magnification loupes to ensure the highest-quality images for the highest-quality dental care.
Of course, when you get a dental implant, you want it to look and feel great, and that is, perhaps, the most important reason for choosing an implant dentistry specialist. They have the training and experience to ensure that your dental implant looks natural and that it functions just like your other teeth. You can regain proper use of your jaw while still maintaining an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
If you’re missing teeth, it’s time to contact us at Walton Center for Family Dentistry. Our dentists have training in advanced implant dentistry as well as several other areas, and we’ve handled countless implants for our patients. Give us a call at 770-450-2030 or use the online form to schedule a consultation today. We look forward to helping you achieve the strong, healthy smile you deserve.