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Dental Implants: Are They for Me?

By Thomas D. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.D., and William R. Laney, D.M.D., M.S.

Who Should Place Implants?

Implant treatment is a highly technical, complex form of dentistry. It is not a type of treatment that all dentists can or want to provide. Ask your dentist about his or her training and experience with dental implants. If you are considering this type of treatment and your dentist does not work with implants, he or she may be able to refer you to someone with the necessary training and experience.

Implant treatment may be provided in several ways:

  • Implants can be placed in your jaw by a team of dental specialists. This might include an oral surgeon or a periodontist who performs the surgical procedures, and a prosthodontist or a restorative dentist who designs and makes the teeth.
  • A dentist who has had extensive implant and dental training and limits his or her practice to implants may both perform the surgery and make the teeth.
  • A general dentist with particular knowledge, skills, and training may include implant procedures in his or her practice and perform all the procedures.

A team approach (several doctors) to treatment is generally preferred, because all members of the team see the patient for consultation, examination, and planning before any treatment is started.

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