Who performs the implantation?
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Where can I find an experienced dental implantologist?
Dental implantology has not been and is not one of the fields that young dentists study in dental school/at university. Special implantological training is usually acquired by already practicing dentists. This training can vary greatly in scope, ranging from weekend seminars to theoretical and practical coursework that can take many months to complete. Don't worry about asking your dentist about his or her experience in oral implantology.
A number of scientific and professional associations in dental implantology strive to achieve comprehensive and quality-oriented continuing education, issuing certificates to dentists who can demonstrate extensive experience in placing dental implants and in-depth scientific and technical knowledge.
One of these certificates is issued by the Consensus Conference on Dental Implantology, of which the BDIZ EDI European Association of Dental Implantologists is a leading member with special responsibilities. The members of BDIZ EDI have committed themselves to excellence in the field of dental implantology.
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How to prepare for my first consultation...
Allow ample time for the first consultation any good implantologist will do the same.
Before going to your consultation appointment, try to learn as much as you can so you know what will be discussed there and so you are able to tell the implantologist what else you would like to know. The information offered here should already cover a lot of ground in this respect.
- Any general information will have to be based on an average patient, whereas you are an individual with your very own general history and your own specific medical peculiarities and requirements.
- Be honest with yourself and your implantologist: If you choose to keep important information to yourself, you may be suffering the consequences at a later stage.
- Tell your implantologist if you drink alcohol in larger quantities and frequently; if you are a heavy smoker; if you have to take medication; if you are under a lot of stress; if you have a habit of grinding your teeth; or if your intention to maintain good oral hygiene are good but you do not always succeed. These days, most forms of treatments can be performed anyway.
- A written cost estimate will help you assess the financial aspects. Some patients greatly overestimate the cost, while others may underestimate it. The final bill ought not to come as a surprise.
So you have made your decision in favour of dental implants?
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