Dental implants can turn a smile you feel uncomfortable about into one you proudly share with the world. They can also provide a more convenient, comfortable, and natural-looking alternative to dentures and last a good deal longer that alternatives such as a bridge.
Choosing the right professional to work with can help ensure wonderful results and overall positive experience. Dana Samet, DDS, and her team have the skills and expertise to create the smile you want.
Why you don’t want just any dentist for implants
Prepping your gums and positioning a dental implant in the right way requires a high level of experience and skill. Some dental implant dentists only diagnose the need for implants and coordinate with a dental implant surgeon for the rest. You then return to the initial dentist for placement of the crown. Other dental implant dentists take care of the entire process.
Factors to consider when choosing your dental implant dentist
Because dental implant placement isn’t a designated specialty in the field, it’s important to learn about a provider’s level of training and experience. Important factors to consider include:
- How long they’ve been working with dental implants
- Their level of training in implant dentistry
- How many previous implants they've successfully placed
- Whether you’ll work with one dentist or a team — and why
- Whether there’s a plan in place to organize treatment between dentists if needed
- How long the entire procedure is expected to take
- Whether the dentist(s) have gleaned positive ratings and reviews
- Your comfort level with the dentist or dental team
Red flags to look out for when selecting a dental implant dentist
Consider looking elsewhere if you learn that a dental implant dentist lacks experience, isn’t transparent about their credentials, or avoids answering your questions, or you feel generally uncomfortable with the person or team.
The dental implant process can take four to six months or even longer if you need bone-grafting before an implant is placed, so it’s very important that you invest that time and money in care you feel confident about.
Benefits of working with a qualified dental implant dentist
When they’re well-placed and properly cared for, dental implants can bring a broad range of perks. Many people appreciate how stable and just like natural teeth they act and feel. They can also preserve your jawbone, allowing you to eat normally.
Research shows that dental implants usually have a very high success rate of 95%, making them safe and effective alternatives to options such as dentures.
Dr. Samet has extensive experience in providing dental implants and assessing your dental health before helping you choose an action plan. Call our office to book a consultation and learn more about dental implants and how they may help you smile with pride again.