Do I Need a Special Dentist for Dental Implants?

I hope this question doesn't sound foolish. But, I am seriously considering a dental implant for a missing tooth, and I am not sure what kind of dentist I need to go to for the dental implant. I see many titles for dentists when I search around, but I am not sure what they all mean or if they could help with implants. Are there special dentists for dental implants that I need to go to first? Thanks for your help.

2 thoughts on “Do I Need a Special Dentist for Dental Implants?

  1. The answer is yes. Either an oral surgeon or periodontist are the best types of dentists for implant placement. The crown (restoration) can be done by a general dentist or prosthodontist. To help find the right person, it is important to ask the right questions also.
    Dr. H. Ryan Kazemi

  2. That is not a foolish question at all, in fact it is a very good question, and you should be seeking a dentist with special implant training. Certain specialists, such as periodontists (gum specialist), & oral surgeons have this additional training, but not all. Keep in mind that many general dentists or prosthodontists also have this additional training and can do ALL the work in one office.
    More importantly this is not the first thing to think about. First you must find a RESTORATIVE dentist with special knowledge about restoring dental implants, of course this may be your regular family dentist whom you should consult if you already have one. The first decision is “what kind of restoration do I need?” If you are only replacing one tooth this will be a simple implant supported crown, but even then there are several options. Once that is decided then you will need a dentist, possibly the same one, to place the implant. Some dentists do all the work and some refer their patients to have the implant placed before coming back to get the restoration.
    Hope that helps.
    Dr. David E. Azar
    David E. Azar, DDS, FICOI, MgIDE

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