When it comes to a task as important as replacing a tooth, it is imperative to find the best dentist available. Dental implants are complex restorations that require a great deal of expertise and specialized knowledge.
Below, Dr. Wayne Sutton of Sonoma Smiles share tips to help you find the right provider for your needs.
Look for Someone with the Proper Credentials
You should look for a dental implant expert that has the education, training and experience necessary to successfully place and restore these sophisticated devices. The more experience someone has, the lower the risk of complications and the greater the chances for success.
Earning credentials from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) is a good indicator that a dentist is qualified to perform your implant treatment. The AAID’s requirements for credentialing are extremely rigorous and require a dentist to invest a lot of time and energy into their education and training. It is also a good sign if the dentist stays abreast of advances in implant technology and participates in continuing education to hone their skill set.
Know What Questions to Ask Your Potential Implant Dentist
An implant dentist’s website can tell you a lot about their background and credentials, but scheduling a consultation or a “meet and greet” is a great way to find the right fit for you.
When you meet with your prospective implant dentist, be sure to ask questions about their education and training. It is perfectly appropriate to inquire about how many procedures they have performed and what their success rate is. The consultation is a good opportunity to ask about the treatment options available to you (e.g., traditional vs mini dental implants) and ask about a general timeframe for treatment, as well as any other specific questions you have.
Look at Before and After Photographs
As you narrow down your choices for an implant dentist, you should look at examples of the dentist’s previous work to get an idea of the sort of result you can expect. Photographs may be available on the dentist’s website, or they may keep an album of images in their office.
Read Patient Reviews
The last bit of information that can be very helpful in your search is patient reviews. Find reviews from patients who had their dental implants placed by the dentist you are considering. (You can look on websites like Yelp, Healthgrades or Zocdoc.) Peruse the reviews for details about their experience with the provider.
Meet Our Rohnert Park Implant Dentist
Dr. Wayne Sutton is the implant dentist Rohnert Park and the surrounding areas trust for world-class care. A Fellow of the AAID, Dr. Sutton has many years of experience placing and restoring implants, and stays up to date with all leading advances.
To schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Sutton, please call (707) 585-2555 or email our office today.