Choosing a Dental Implants Surgeon

If you're thinking about dental implant surgery in the Chicago area, you have many options. But it's easy to be misled by advertisers and information found on the Internet. Although dental implant surgery is performed frequently and has a high success rate, there are risks involved with all surgical procedures, extractions and cosmetic periodontal surgery. Many people assume that these procedures are very simple, when in fact they are not.

Treatment Planning

We use SimPlant® software which is the world's first interactive 3D Implant Planning System for more accurate and predictable treatment planning of dental Implants.

No more guessing

SimPlant®  is precise preoperative planning software that provides an increased level of confidence and an extra margin of safety for our patients.

Real 3D planning allows us to find the ideal position of the implants, while taking into account both clinical and esthetical considerations.

For Successful Dental Implant Surgery

The success rate of dental implant surgery can be partly attributed to skilled surgical specialists who have completed residency programs. During any given surgical procedure, patients benefit from their:

  • Knowledge of surgical techniques
  • Ability to diagnose problems
  • Ability prevent or treat complications

There's a major difference between surgical specialists (Oral surgeons, for example) and a general dentist and/or a physician who has taken an abbreviated course on dental implant surgery. But patients are not always aware of this difference.

Read more about outcomes of implants and restorations placed at general dental practices.

The Difference is Comprehensive Training

Because they have completed comprehensive training, surgical specialists have the experience necessary to diagnose and manage complications that can potentially occur in your procedure.

It’s true that some dentists, prosthodontists and endodontists have undergone training in surgical implant placement, and have succeeded in performing operations for their own patients.

But many of them have never encountered problems like dental implant failure and other complications. For surgical specialists, these challenges are routine and they’ve been trained to handle them. Unfortunately, some patients who choose a less-qualified physician experience complications that may have been avoided had they chosen a surgical specialist.

Are You Considering Dental Implants? Make an Informed Decision

Protect your oral health – make an informed decision when considering dental implants or any other surgical procedure. Ask your physician these questions when seeking a procedure.

1. What’s your specialty?

The ADA recognizes only Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons and Periodontists as surgical specialists.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons frequently perform wisdom tooth extraction, orthognathic jaw surgery, dental implants, and even facial reconstruction procedures. Some OMS surgeons also perform aesthetic procedures in facial plastic surgery. After dental school, OMS surgeons undergo a minimum of 4 years of training within a hospital residency program.

2. How much experience do you have in dental implant surgery?

A surgical specialist will always share their qualifications and background with you. They have extensive training and experience, and they continually attend educational courses.

Ask about:

  • The number of implant cases they have performed and how often.
  • Their continuing education and contributions to scientific literature.
  • Their training in dental implant surgery and treatment of complications
  • Speaking to their patients.
  • How much the staff knows about dental implant surgery (their support is valuable).
  • Photos of successful dental implant procedures they have performed.