If you’re considering dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth, it’s essential that you take the time to find an implant dentist who has the necessary credentials and experience to effectively perform the procedure.
To ensure you’re receiving top-notch dental care, it helps if you have at least a basic understanding of the qualifications an implant dentist should have. It’s also a good idea to have some questions ready to ask potential providers when you meet them. This way, you can protect yourself from dangerous complications that can result from unprofessional surgery.
Qualifications Needed To Place Dental Implants
Only about 10% of dentists are certified by the AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry) to perform implant surgery. While some dentists may lack the recommended training, there aren’t any set guidelines that regulate implant dentistry so it’s vitally important to seek those who have experience and are trained to perform the surgery so you can expect the best results.
The AAID offers courses for dentists who wish to become implant specialists. Dr. Akeel has been a member of the AAID for 5 years. If your dentist is certified by the AAID, you can rest assured that they’re a leading implant provider.
Is Your Dentist Qualified to Place Dental Implants?
To avoid getting involved with an inexperienced dentist, it’s important to do your part as a patient and be aware of their credentials. Sometimes, all it takes is reading their bio online to learn about their training and experience. If your dentist’s bio is unavailable or lacking information, it could be necessary to ask some critical questions before trusting them to place your implants.
Some of these questions include:
- How many dental implant procedures have you performed?
- What is your education and training background in dental implant treatment?
- Which type of restoration would you recommend for me and why?
- What kind of anesthesia do you use?
- Do you have any before and after photos, or testimonials, from previous patients?
Importance of a Close Provider
There are a lot of advantages to choosing a qualified implant provider in your own area. Though it has a very high success rate, implant placement is still a major procedure that requires a significant recovery period. Because of this, it can be beneficial to find a dentist near your home where you know you’ll have help if you need it.
Here are a few advantages of choosing a provider in your area:
- You can count on your friends and family to support you
- Your dentist is nearby in case of an emergency
- You can plan to have someone drive you to and from your appointments
- It’s easier to schedule appointments
- Requesting check-ups or consultations on short notice isn’t out of the question
How To Find an Implant Dentist
Unfortunately, not every patient will be able to find a certified implant dentist in their immediate area. In these situations, we recommend that you contact the closest qualified dentist available and explain your situation to them.
Find an Implant Provider With Your Zip Code
If you’re struggling to find a specialist near you, the AAID offers a convenient search tool to narrow your search. After you enter your zip code, the site will generate a list of dental implant providers in your city.
Using this method, you can refine your search to only AAID-certified implant dentists and focus on finding the ideal location for your treatment.
Visit Dr. Akeel, Your Highly Qualified Implant Specialist
At Dentistry By Design, our implant dentist Dr. Omar Akeel has the necessary experience and credentials to place your dental implants. As an active member of the AAID, he has years of training behind him and continues to receive ongoing education to keep his skills sharp.
The first step towards dental implants is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Akeel by calling (434) 975-6181 and we’ll get started on your new smile.