Selecting a Practitioner
Here are key things to look out for when selecting a dental implant practitioner.
- Hold Relevant Accredited Qualifications
Are they actually qualified to perform implants and the related adjunct surgeries?
Are they willing to refer you to qualified specialists when needed?
Do they stay current with their professional development?
Dentists cannot market themselves as “implantologists” or “implant specialists.”
- Solid Track Record
Do they have a track record of placing implants?
Or are they just learning to do it?
- Empower You
Are they prepared to spend time with you answering your questions?
Do they provide you with information you can use to make decisions?
Are they happy for you to get a second opinion?
- Acknowledge the Complexities
Do they appreciate the complexity of implant procedures?
Or do they dismiss it as “easy” and “simple”?
Do they make decisions that take into account the long term goal of the implant and your needs?
- Acknowledge the Risks
Are they able, and willing to openly discuss risks with you?
Or do they pretend there are no risks, or minimise your concerns?
- Not Rushing or Selling Shortcuts
Do they take the time to understand your needs, plan your treatment, check and recheck measurements?
Or are they selling “cheap”, “fast” or “instant” implants?
Do they give you time to consider your options?
Or do they seem overly eager to just get on with performing procedures on you?
- Employ Professional Facilities and Procedures
Do they have the right facilities to perform implant and related surgeries?
Or are they pressing general dental equipment into service?
Do they short-cut potentially risky procedures such as NOT using a qualified anaesthetist to administer IV anaesthesia?
Do they use articulators to communicate with dental laboratories?
Do they use surgical guides to maximise success?
Do they use up-to-date technologies like 3D imaging, visualisation and surgery planning software?
- Use Quality Materials and Suppliers
Do they use quality, clinically proven materials from leading manufacturers?
Do they use certified and qualified dental laboratories and suppliers?