With demonstrated success rates of over 95 percent, dental implants are the most reliable and effective way to enjoy new teeth that look and function exactly like natural teeth.
Of course to achieve that kind of success, you need a qualified, experienced professional to place your dental implants. So how do you find the right one? Well, fortunately, there’s an easy way to make sure a dentist has the necessary skills and experience to place implants.
Simply find out whether he or she is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. The ICOI is the world’s largest association of dental implant professionals and also the leading provider of continuing education on implant dentistry.
Membership in the ICOI means that your dentist strives to keep current on the latest techniques and to keep improving clinical skills throughout his or her career.
The ICOI has even established three advanced levels of membership that dentists can achieve based on their commitment to advanced training and documented record of clinical success.
Ask your dentist if he or she is a member of the ICOI or go to the organization’s website and use the search tool to find an ICOI member dentist near you.
The dentist you select may be a general dentist, periodontist, oral surgeon or prosthodontist. However, no matter which type of dentist you choose, you will want to make sure that implants are a significant part of his or her practice. After all, training is only part of the equation. Experience is the other.
Once you have found a well-qualified dentist with a proven track record, schedule a consultation. When the two of you meet, your doctor will be happy to answer any questions you may have to make sure you’re comfortable and confident before undergoing the procedure. Properly placed implants can last a lifetime. Finding a dentist whom you trust to get it done right means restoring your smile and the confidence that you’ve been missing.