How Do You Find the Right Dental Implantologist?
The planning process for dental implants can include many specialists, including a periodontist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, a prosthodontist, and occasionally an ENT specialist.
Dental implants are intimately connected with your gum tissues and underlying bone, so periodontists are an excellent choice to help you install your implant. It’s worth noting that both periodontists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons have specialized training in the field of implant surgery.
Another way to find an accredited implantologist is through this directory provided by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).
So how does one become an implantologist? AAID implantologists have attained different levels of certification. AAID associate fellows have 300 hours of continuing education in implant dentistry under their belt, as well as 1+ years performing implant surgeries. AAID fellows have been performing implant dentistry for 5+ years and have 400 hours of continuing education in the same field. Both AAID associate fellows and fellows have also completed oral and written exams.
An even higher certification is if they are a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. These dental professionals need to have practiced implant dentistry for at least seven years and completed implant procedures on at least 75 people.
That said, can a general dentist perform an implant surgery? The best way to be sure is by asking your general dentist if they’ve attained any level of certification from AAID.