If you’ve lost a tooth before, at some point in your life, you might opt to get a dental implant. We’ve sung its praises before, and for a good reason. A dental implant is one of the most successful dental restorations you can ever get. However, as we also noted before, it doesn’t always go smoothly. Sometimes it depends on the implant you get. Other times, it depends on the dental implant dentist. But what exactly are implant dentists? And why are they important?
Before we begin, we’d like to note that there is no such thing as a “dental implant specialist.” Placing a dental implant is not part of the dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The term “implant dentist” may refer to any dentist in charge of the implantation. They are often a periodontist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
That said, let’s delve into further into what an implant dentist is and their role in oral health.
An implant dentist is responsible for a successful dental implant
In a previous article, we talked about how you could get the best dental implants around and what you should look for to get them. Aside from the implant itself, you must also find the right implant dentist who could place them.
An excellent implant dentist can spell the difference between constant, expensive trips back and forth to the office and a seamless implant that will last you years. When looking for a dental implant dentist, your dentist might refer you to a dental surgeon, who may be either of the following:
- Periodontist. Periodontists need to finish the required years needed to pursue a dentistry degree. Aside from this, they must also pursue a few extra years to specialize in the periodontum, or the gums and oral bones.
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Like periodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons also need to pursue extra years of specialization. These additional years include anesthesiology and hospital residency training.
An implant dentist is crucial to dental implant surgery
While dental implant dentists are an essential side to dental implant surgery, they share the glory with prosthodontists. Prosthodontists are in charge of creating tooth replacements. During the treatment, the dental implant dentist will send the prosthodontist a mold of the patient’s teeth. This mold will then serve as the basis of the new teeth the prosthodontist will craft.
To ensure a truly successful dental implant, then, both sides must be both be able to focus on their jobs and work together. It’s not enough for an implant dentist to operate well with a faulty implant. Nor is it enough for a prosthodontist to provide a sturdy tooth if the implantation is wrong. Because the success of the operation relies on the success of both sides, no one person should bear the brunt of it alone.
If you find yourself in Hawaii and are looking to get a dental implant, feel free to head to our office at Bishop street. Our team of dental surgeons will be happy to help you with your needs.