If you have lost a tooth or are struggling with a loose denture, you may be considering dental implants. To attract more patients, dental offices offer implants at a reduced cost. Should you go with the least expensive option, or stick with a trusted dentist or recommended specialist. Before making that decision, there are two very important factors that should be considered.
-Which implant system does the surgeon use?
-How experienced is the surgeon that will be placing the implant?
Cost is one of the most important considerations for the patient. However, problems can and do occur with dental implants. Long-term integration and health, proper function, and support from the dental implant manufacturer will ensure that even if you encounter an issue, you will not be left with a useless post in your mouth. Cost should not be the only consideration in the decision making process. What should you look for when selecting a dentist to place an implant?
Make sure the dentist that will be placing the implant will use some of the best materials available. Ask your dentist which implant system they use. I would look for the implants to be from a reputable manufacturer, which means a company that has been around for a long time and has good success rates. There are a handful of companies that have been fit that criteria:
- Nobel Biocare
- Dentsply Sirona (Previously Astra Tech)
- Zimmer Biomet
This ensures that you will get support from your dentist, and your dentist will get the support from the manufacturer in the future if you encounter a problem. There are other companies that were not listed that provide quality products. It is always best to ask questions and do your research.
Experience of the surgeon is also important. A dentist that has been placing implants for a long period of time is more likely better at handling complications that may be encountered during placement surgery. It is okay to ask your dentist about their experience and comfort level. Most good dentists will inform you of possible challenges that a case presents. A more experienced dentist will have an effective placement technique that has been proven over time through successful completed cases.