5 Ways Your Choice of Implant Dentist Matters
Specific ways that your dentist’s skill can affect the success of your dental implants.
Did you know that dental implants have a success rate of over 95 percent? They can restore the natural look and function of your missing teeth for many decades, provided that you choose a qualified implant dentist and follow your dentist’s instructions carefully.
Here are 5 specific ways that your choice of implant dentist can affect the success and longevity of your dental implants.
Quality of Initial Assessment
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants—at least not without some preparation. For example, if you currently have a gum disease infection you would need to wait for it to heal, and if you already have significant bone loss in your jaw you may need a bone graft. If you are a smoker, you will need to kick your habit before dental implant surgery. It is very important to work with a dentist who understands these factors and can make sure you do not undergo treatment unless you are ready.
Proper Implant Placement
For a successful implant procedure, it is essential that the implant pegs be placed correctly. This should be no trouble for an experienced professional. But if your implant dentist—or the oral surgeon they refer you to—lacks experience, they might make an error that could compromise your implants.
Understanding of Healing Process
Experienced implant dentists understand that patients need ample time to heal after implant surgery. They will not make mistakes like placing your permanent implant crowns too early, which could result in destabilization of the implant peg or even the eventual failure of the implant.
The quality of your crowns is also very important for a successful dental implant procedure. The best implant dentists use technology like the iTero scanner to create a highly accurate digital image of your mouth and order the custom crowns required to top your dental implant pegs. The iTero scanner is not only far more comfortable for patients than traditional mold-making techniques; it also gives the dental lab a much better chance of creating a crown that will fit perfectly the first time. This means you won’t have to deal with the disappointing delays that could come from working with a dentist who uses outdated methods or a substandard dental lab for their crowns.
Follow Up Care
Finally, you want to be sure that your implant dentist is someone who you can rely upon for expert care after your permanent implant crowns are placed. You will need to keep up with your routine dental cleanings and exams, and it is best to visit an office that knows your history and understands how to care for dental implants.
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If you would like to learn more about the experience of getting dental implants at California Dental Group, please contact us and request an appointment with one of our skilled implant dentists.