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Here are key things to look out for when selecting a dental implant practitioner.

Hold Relevant Accredited Qualifications

  • Are they actually qualified to perform implants and the related adjunct surgeries?
  • Are they willing to refer you to qualified specialists when needed?
  • Do they stay current with their professional development?
  • Dentists cannot market themselves as “implantologists” or “implant specialists.”

Solid Track Record

  • Do they have a track record of placing implants?
  • Or are they just learning to do it?

Empower You

  • Are they prepared to spend time with you answering your questions?
  • Do they provide you with information you can use to make decisions?
  • Are they happy for you to get a second opinion?

Acknowledge the Complexities

  • Do they appreciate the complexity of implant procedures?
  • Or do they dismiss it as “easy” and “simple”?
  • Do they make decisions that take into account the long term goal of the implant and your needs?

Acknowledge the Risks

  • Are they able, and willing to openly discuss risks with you?
  • Or do they pretend there are no risks, or minimise your concerns?

Not Rushing or Selling Shortcuts

  • Do they take the time to understand your needs, plan your treatment, check and recheck measurements?
  • Or are they selling “cheap”, “fast” or “instant” implants?
  • Do they give you time to consider your options?
  • Or do they seem overly eager to just get on with performing procedures on you?

Employ Professional Facilities and Procedures

  • Do they have the right facilities to perform implant and related surgeries?
  • Or are they pressing general dental equipment into service?
  • Do they short-cut potentially risky procedures such as NOT using a qualified anaesthetist to administer IV anaesthesia?
  • Do they use articulators to communicate with dental laboratories?
  • Do they use surgical guides to maximise success?
  • Do they use up-to-date technologies like 3D imaging, visualisation and surgery planning software?

Use Quality Materials and Suppliers

  • Do they use quality, clinically proven materials from leading manufacturers?
  • Do they use certified and qualified dental laboratories and suppliers?