Your dental professional has recommended you get a dental implant. Now what?
If you’re the type of person who shops around before choosing a mechanic for your car or a plumber for your home, you should be equally diligent and find the best dentist – especially when it comes to dental implants.
Specifically, choose an implant dentist that:
- uses the best materials from the most reputable companies;
- customizes your treatment to be as unique as you are; and
- is trained and capable of placing a dental implant in its exact position.
Here’s what you need to consider when choosing the best dental implant specialist for you.
Not All Dental Implants are Created Equal
The other day a patient came into the office with a loose crown on a dental implant. A quick X-ray showed the implant to be an obsolete dental implant. You may be wondering how that can be.
Not all implant companies are the same. Some patients’ have dental implants made by manufacturers that no longer exist or product lines that are discontinued. They’re tough to fix if something goes wrong.
Good dental implants can – and should – last for decades. However, that requires choosing a reputable dentist and a high-quality dental implant from a reliable manufacturer. It’s important to talk to your dentist to ensure you make the best choice.
Additionally, dental patients need to put in the effort to keep their dental implants from failing by practicing good oral hygiene.
One Size Dental Implant Does Not Fit All
Sometimes in the evening, I watch as my wife sends code to the international space station to program a high definition camera that takes images of Earth. Technology is so amazing. Yet, it’s easy to use inferior dental implants.
Make sure that before you undergo dental implant surgery, your dentist and the laboratory custom fabricate the abutment for you. The abutment is the support for the crown that attaches to the implant. It must be specific to your mouth and needs in order to look like a natural tooth, to function properly one million times a year, and to withstand over 160 pounds per chewing cycle.
Dental Implant Planning is Key to Success
How important is the placement of dental implants? In the mandible, there are nerves that run through your jaw, known as the Inferior Alveolar Nerve. Bump it with a dental implant and you may not feel parts of your face. In the upper jaw, there are sinuses. If your dentist punches those with an implant, you could wind up with a sinus infection.
Dental implants must be far enough away from adjacent teeth, away from adjacent implants, and away from the gum line. They can’t be angled too far toward the cheek or too far toward the tongue. To get it right, a good dental implant specialist uses a CT scan to plan the location in advance. The implant must be in an exact position to function properly. Close enough is not good enough.
Before you decide it’s time for dental implants, make sure you choose the right dental professional and the best dental implants.