Do you need to have a tooth replaced? In many instances, dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement option for most people. Getting one or more dental implants is a big step. But in order for an implant procedure to be successful, it needs to be performed by an experienced dentist or periodontist.
How do you find the best dental implant dentist in your area? Here are some tips to find the most highly qualified professionals for your procedure.
Ask for Recommendations
Word of mouth is still the best advertiser. Ask your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, etc. for a recommendation. Be sure you talk to someone who has had a dental implant procedure at the office they recommend, because not every procedure is the same. Going to a dentist for preventive maintenance does not make someone informed enough to recommend the same dentist for a dental implant procedure. You may even want to ask specifically for a periodontist recommendation, because a periodontist specializes in procedures involving the gums and jaw, including implants. Access the internet reviews to find the highest rated clinicians and what reviews are saying.
Insist on Experience
Find out how many years of experience a dentist has before considering them. If they perform dental implant procedures, ask how long they have been doing them and if they are usually successful. This is another instance where insisting on a periodontist is a good idea, because in order for a dentist to specialize in periodontology, they must complete additional training in that field to add the specialty to their credentials.
Find a Periodontist with Specialized Training in Implant Therapy
Periodontists have already completed additional training to perform oral surgical therapy including soft tissue therapy and esthetic treatment that is very important to implant therapy. It is also important that they have additional ongoing training in the constantly evolving field of implant therapy. No two situations are the same so the additional training and experience allow the dentist to adjust to this to bring about a successful end-result. A bone graft procedure may be necessary before the implant can be placed. Implant therapy requires experience and precision to place the implant in the proper position with the proper support so that the tooth replacement will have a good long-term success.
Look for Evidence of Technology
Advancements in technology have made the dental implant procedure more efficient, less invasive, and increasingly successful. Find an office that incorporates the latest technology and advanced equipment to make your dental implant procedure as precise as possible. Ask what types of technology they use and when their equipment was last updated. Keeping up with technology should be a priority for a dental professional.
Find Someone Who Does Implant Supported Bridges or Dentures if you Need Them
If you’re replacing more than just one tooth, you need a dentist or periodontist who can also fit you for a bridge or dentures. Implant supported dentures are increasingly popular because the implants provide a solid anchor so that dentures don’t slip. They also help to preserve the jaw bone and keep it from weakening where the natural teeth are missing.
Ask About Anesthesia and Oral Sedation
If you tend to get nervous about dental procedures, it may be in your best interest to seek out a dentist or periodontist who can provide you with oral sedation. Oral sedation allows you to go to relax during the procedure. Typically, you will remember little of the actual treatment. It is minor sedation, not the kind of general anesthesia that is used for major surgery in the hospital. Even so, find someone who is trained in proper administration of oral sedation for your own safety.
Progressive Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Looking for the best dental implant dentist in Eatontown and Howell, New Jersey? Progressive Periodontics and Implant Dentistry meets all of the above criteria. Dr. Gordon is a highly trained, experienced periodontist with an emphasis in dental implant therapy and oral sedation. Our office is equipped with the latest technology to enhance your experience. We also provide a complete range of periodontal services for your convenience.
Call 732-389-3400 to make an appointment at our Eatontown office or 732-364-2025 for our Howell office. You can also request an appointment at either office. We look forward to providing you with the best possible dental implant experience.