As we discussed in our last article, the dental implant process is complex and requires skills beyond those of a normal general dentist. While general dentists are trained to do dental surgery, they have not had extensive exposure and training beyond the basic requirements to become a dentist. Only Periodontists or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons have completed post-graduate specialty training in surgery. The implant procedure is very complex and the doctor performing the procedure should be educated, trained, and have experience in all areas of periodontics to become an expert in the field of Dental Implantology.
So how do you know if your dentist is qualified? It is hard to sort through the “implied expertise” you will find on-line and in the dental clinic advertisement to find the actual qualifications of the dental professional that you will entrust with your new smile. Many clinics and dentists will claim to be an expert “Implantologist.” The American Dental Association only recognizes 9 areas of dental specialty, and implantology is not one of them. (You can find the complete list on the ADA website here) Most of the dentists providing implants have completed post-graduated training programs where they learn the skills needed to give their patients the best possible care and results. Along with the training in Implantology, your dentist should be skilled in sedation, potentially bone grafting and treatment of gums and surrounding tissue. And for the best experience, look for a dental professional who has a highly trained and experienced staff too.
To be sure your Dentist is truly skilled here are a few questions to ask:
For more information on Dentist Qualifications for Dental Implants, you can read this article:
Dental Implants have become a great alternative to dentures for restoring a beautiful, natural looking smile. Implants are more comfortable than dentures, last longer, and look like your natural teeth. While Dental Implants have been growing in popularity, the media has been flooding our televisions, in-boxes, social media feeds, and internet searches with information about them. Some of this information might be misleading and confusing. The next few articles we post here, we will review some of the information out there and try to help you, our patients, have a better understanding before making important decisions about your smile and your dental health.
You may have heard:
A general dentist can perform the oral surgery required to place dental implants and there are many general dentists that advertise dental implants.
It is true that any dentist can legally perform the oral surgery required for the placement of dental implants. The reality is that the surgical training that a general dentist receives is substantially less than the training a periodontal specialist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon completes. In fact, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Periodontists are the only surgical specialists recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA.) The additional 3 to 4 years of residency training during which a good deal of time is spent on anesthesia training and diagnosing and treating potential complications. While most dental implant procedures are performed routinely, it is comforting to know that when you are working with a licensed Periodontist, that extra training is on your team!
Dr Jeffrey Hameroff is the only licensed Periodontal Specialist in Hernando County. In addition to his resident specialty training, Dr Hameroff has completed additional training for IV Conscious Sedation and extensive studies in the field of Oral Implantology. For more information on Dr Hameroff’s qualifications, visit our website and be sure to click the link to review his complete CV.
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Periodontal Therapy Center
Dr Jeffrey Hameroff, DDS
7320 Forest Oaks Blvd.
Spring Hill, FL 34606