WHAT IS AN IMPLANT SPECIALIST?
When seeking out a dentist to provide dental implants, one might look for a “Specialist in dental implants in Surrey” in the same way that one might look for a specialist periodontist if complex treatment of the gums was required. Unfortunately, it is not as easy in implantology because there is not a specialist list in implants.
The general dental council (GDC) lists certain types of specialities within the field of dentistry but , to repeat, there is NOT a specialist list for dental implantology. Thus, it is important to be aware that the claims made of being a “Specialist in dental implants” are not supported by the GDC. The definition of a specialist is on the GDC website:
- What fields can dentists specialise in? (opens in a new window)
The word “Implants” does not appear at all.
The word “Implants” is only mentioned in passing as a type of restoration but the surgical placements of dental implants is not recognised within any category. It is thought to influence the successful outcome of dental implant treatment if the dentist has a suitable postgraduate qualification in dental implantology (such as an MSc), has enough experience in providing this treatment, is up-to-date with the most current techniques and ideas, and has a well-trained team around them. Obviously, the clinic needs to be fully equipped with the relevant equipment beyond that for regular dental treatment.
What should I ask of my Implant Dentist?
The questions to ask when looking for a dentist suitably qualified to place, restore, and maintain your dental implants might include;
- How long have you been doing this type of work?
- What is your success rate?
- How many implants have you placed?
- What implant systems do you use?
- Are you familiar with lots of different systems?
- Is this the most modern way to help me with my problem?
- Can you cope with any complications that might arise?
- Do you have long-term experience of maintaining dental implants? This is very important
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