5 Steps to Choosing the Right Dentist for Dental Implants
Select an expert dentist for your dental implants procedure.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dentists place more than five million dental implants every year. Do you think that you might need one? If so, you’ll want to choose the best dental implant dentist available.
A dental implant is a titanium post designed to replace the root portion of a missing tooth, which is then topped with an artificial tooth called a crown. It is designed to mitigate the risks associated with tooth loss, from shifting teeth to jawbone deterioration.
The right dentist for dental implants will be able to assess your teeth and gums to see if you qualify for this procedure. Then, they’ll perform each step with care and precision, keeping you as comfortable as possible throughout the treatment.
Not sure where to find such an expert? Today, we’re sharing 5 steps that can help you find the best dentist in the Villages!
1. Research the dentist.
Once you’ve created a shortlist of dentists in your area, take the time to research each one. Most dental practices will include a web page that features the profile of their team members, so start there. For example, you can find out more information about Dr. Rozensky and Dr. Roca on our Laurel Manor Dental Meet the Doctors page.
Take note of the education and training that each dentist has completed, as well as any advanced certifications that they hold. We can’t overstress the importance of choosing a qualified dentist to perform your implant treatment. This is a precise surgery that requires the utmost attention to detail and professional expertise.
2. Learn more about people’s experience with the practice.
In addition to the individual experience of each dentist, it’s also important to assess how experienced the dental office is as a whole. How long has the practice been in business and what is their track record with the community?
Some dentists will include case examples on their websites so you can see their handiwork for yourself. This includes before-and-after images that depict the kind of transformation their treatments can provide.
Often, dentists will also post reviews and testimonials directly on their websites, either on a dedicated page or at the bottom of their homepage. Read through these and look for repetitive themes that can reveal more about the way the practice operates. For instance, if multiple reviewers cite poor communication, lack of customer support, or any other red flag, then move on to the next provider. At the same time, take note of any glowing reviews that speak to a dentist’s professionalism, expertise, and character.
For instance, you’ll find testimonials like these on our site:
“I have extreme confidence in Dr. Rozensky. He encouraged me to get dental implants. I am so glad he did. I now feel better and have fewer digestion problems because I can properly chew my food. He always completely explains the process in a very caring and understandable fashion.”
In addition to reviews, you can also reach out to friends, family members, or colleagues who have undergone dental implant surgery in the past. Ask which dentist performed the surgery, how it went, and if they were satisfied with the results. If you can’t think of anyone firsthand, then you can use a tool like Facebook Recommendations to see if any of your online connections want to share their opinion.
3. Make sure they use the latest technology.
Over the past few years, there have been many technological advancements in the dental field. These have resulted in tools and processes that are smarter than ever before, which can greatly improve the patient experience.
At Laurel Manor, we’re proud to offer the latest, state-of-the-art dental technology to improve our level of care. From digital impressions and radiographs to sophisticated intraoral cameras and Cone Beam 3D imaging, you’ll find it all at our practice.
Ask about the technology that each dentist uses. Procedures like 3D imaging can make your implant process more comfortable from the very beginning, allowing your dentist to create a detailed digital replica of your face, jaw, teeth, and head. This painless process requires less radiation than a traditional CT scan and takes only 10 seconds!
4. Understand your financing options.
Before you schedule dental implant surgery, make sure that you understand what you’ll be expected to pay when the treatment is over. Dental insurance policies vary greatly, so call your agent and ask exactly how much you can expect to receive. While some won’t cover the actual surgery, they do cover the bridge, crown, or denture that the implant will support.
Most dental offices are willing to work with patients to help them afford their dental care. For instance, we’ve teamed with our financial partner CareCredit to offer monthly payment plans for patients who require them.
5. Meet for a consultation.
Another way to make sure a dentist is a great fit is to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation. During this time, you can learn more about how dental implants work, and you’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have. As you interact with the dentist, consider if their personality is a good fit for yours.
You should feel valued, respected, and comfortable during the entire conversation. If you don’t, then it’s time to look elsewhere. Personality is just as important as professionalism, and you want to make sure that the dentist you choose is one that you interact well with.
Learn more about dental implants today.
At Laurel Manor Dental, we’re dedicated to providing excellent dental care in a relaxing, patient-focused environment. In addition to dental implants, we also provide a range of other restorative and cosmetic dental services, as well as general dentistry, sleep dentistry, periodontal care, and more. Now that you know how to choose the right dentist, you can take the next step toward optimizing your oral health. We’ll work with you to develop a custom treatment plan that can restore your smile and improve your overall wellness from the inside out. Request an appointment today to connect with our dentists and get started.