I have been researching dental implants. It sounds like I will need three dental implants and that I may be a candidate for bone grafting. Can you give me any information to help me understand how a dentist determines this? Also, can my general dentist do the implants or should I see an implant dentist? I had a bridge done when I was 16 and have noticed bone loss. Now that I’m 42 I want to make sure I am dealing with an experienced dentist that can make the right decision about my dental implants.
– Victoria from Mississippi
Typically you are a candidate for bone grafting if you are in good overall physical health. Other than that, there are x-rays and CT scans that can aide in the decision-making process. This technology will reveal a great deal of information about your specific case, how much bone is present, and where the nerves are located, etc.
If your dentist feels that you may need bone grafting, it is highly recommended that you see someone that is very experienced with dental implants. Although, implant dentistry is not a licensed specialty it does require a significant amount of training beyond dental school.
There are general dentists that perform the dental implant procedure, but it is important to research the dentist’s credentials, training, and experience. Things you are looking for would be an affiliation and training with professional organizations such as the International Congress of Oral Implantology, the Academy of Osseointegration, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. These entities provide intense training and equip dentists with the latest information and technology available in the implant dentistry field.
I hope this information was useful.
This post was provided by Plano dentist Whitmore DDS.