When choosing a dentist for your dental implants, it is vital to make an informed decision. Dr. Thomas J. Horak and our team recommend that you learn as much as you can about the procedure, the dental professionals involved, and their unique process so that you can determine who will be the best fit for you. Never be afraid to ask too many questions – the right dentist will always seek to address any and all of your concerns while making you feel as comfortable as possible about the procedure and results you can expect.
The dental implant procedure is a multiphase process that requires extensive skill in both oral surgery and restorative dentistry. While possessing a working knowledge of these two areas is relatively common, it is rare that an individual will achieve full mastery of both the surgical placement of dental implants and the accompanying dental restorations. More often than not, your best choice will be a dentist who utilizes the team approach to dental implants. Ideally, this team approach will involve an established history of mutual respect and collaboration between an experienced oral surgeon or periodontist and a skilled restorative dentist.
Training & Experience
When choosing an implant dentist, we recommend asking about their specific training and level of experience in dental implants. Restorative and cosmetic dentists who participate in continuing education programs focused on implant dentistry topics are more likely to stay abreast of the latest techniques, materials and advancements in dental implants, which could translate to a better overall experience for you. Equally important to training is discovering the amount of experience the dentist and surgeon have had. The more patients they have seen and procedures they have performed, the more likely they are to effectively handle challenges that may arise in future cases.
Any implant dentist you are considering should be able to walk you through the entire process of replacing your missing tooth or teeth with dental implants. After a thorough evaluation, he or she should be able to tell you if you are indeed a good candidate for the procedure and provide you with the recommended options for treatment. Your dentist should also give you a stage by stage description of what will be done and what you can expect. Before committing to an implant dentist, it is imperative that you feel comfortable and fully informed.
Often the best indicator of a great implant dentist will be revealed in the results they have achieved for their patients. Ask to review a gallery of previous dental implant patients’ before and after photos – ideally photos of patients that have received the same type of implants and restorations that are being recommended for you. Patient testimonials can be revealing as well, relaying information and feedback about the entire dental implants process.
Contact Dr. Thomas J. Horak about Dental Implants
If you are considering dental implants and are looking for an implant dentist you can trust, contact Dr. Thomas J. Horak to schedule a consultation. Dr. Horak works together with a trusted surgical specialist to provide his dental implants patients with expert care and outstanding results.