In a recent survey of dental patients, over 91% of consumers wanted to learn how a top quality dentist would select a dentist for him or herself.
Jay Elliott, D.D.S. at New Teeth Dental Solutions discusses how he would choose a dentist if he needed a dental implant procedure.
If I needed a dentist for an implant I would first look for experience, experience, experience. In my opinion there is nothing as important.
The number of years of experience is important, but the number of dental implant procedures the doctor has performed is even more important. For example, if a dentist has 20 years of experience that is great. But if he or she only places a few implants a year, then that would make a difference in my decision.
I would also seek out a clinician that has extensive experience in all aspects of implant dentistry.
I wouldn’t want to go to one person for the surgery and then another dentist for the teeth. I want someone skilled in both aspects, someone who will take responsibility for my entire treatment, not just a part of it. Only a limited number of dentists in the United States perform both phases of implant placement.
For that, in my opinion, there is no better resource than the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, www.aaid.com. The organization is over sixty years old, the oldest dental implant group on earth. The AAID’s philosophy is one of training, examination and credentialing of dentists capable of providing the entire treatment.
Additionally, I would look for a dentist who stays up to date with the latest state-of-the-art technology. I would want a practitioner who has an in-office 3-D CT scan. Today, with the advancement of CT scan technology, dental implant placement is much more precise. Using three-dimensional software, combined with the patient’s CT scan, allows a dentist to measure and plan all phases of dental implant placement. This information allows dentists to significantly improve your results.
Finally, I would want someone that I feel comfortable with – someone who I feel really cares about me and has my best interests at heart.
That is how I would choose my implant dentist. That is also how I strive to practice dentistry at my office in Houston, Texas.