At the Dental Partners of Boston, our dental implant specialists are specially trained. After graduating as dentists, our specialists each attended an additional three to four years in a hospital-based residency program. In other words, our Periodontist Dr. Guzman have received formal training and education – including in surgery and anesthesia – significantly greater than a general dentist. Specialists with this type of training are the only surgical specialists recognized by the American Dental Association.
Many people have a problem when searching for dental implant services: it is technically legal for a dentist to perform this type of surgery. If a patient is not careful, he or she could fall victim to an undertrained dentist who is willing to perform this service, but will often be unprepared for the risks and complications that could arise. When hiring a general dentist instead of a dental implant specialist, patients run a real risk of having service performed below their standards. This sometimes results in misdiagnosis, painful surgery, and surgical complications.
Often, dentists take an abbreviated surgical training course that lasts from one to three days. If this is the case, the dentist certainly hasn’t been prepared to predict, diagnose, and treat potential complications.
On the other hand, our Boston dental implant specialists keep patients in safe hands. During their three to four years residency training, substantial focus was placed on anticipating, diagnosing and treating complications. During their programs, our specialists routinely treated strange and complex cases, which are often never seen in a dentist’s private practice. This level of expertise ensures safety, and quality.
Often, a general dentist will recommend receiving dental implants. If this is the case, patients should make sure they receive service from a dental implant specialist. Here are some important questions they should ask:
- How many surgical training courses has the dentist taken? How long was each course?
- How many courses has the dentist taken specifically on the management of complications?
- How long has the dentist been placing implants?
- How many implants does the dentist place per year?
While these are good questions for identifying a dental professional, you can know you are in safe hands with the Dental Partners of Boston. If you are considering dental implants, schedule an Appointment with us today!