Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as dental implants. In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.
If you are considering dental implants, there are two questions you absolutely need to consider: 1) The experience and qualifications of your surgeon, and 2) The quality and the track record of the dental implant that is being used. In California any dentist is allowed to place dental implants, even if they have not had the proper educational background or the training. As a periodontist I have had additional years of training after dental school specifically focused on advanced surgical procedures, such as dental implants. I also pride myself in being a lifetime student of this field. I continually attend advanced educational seminars in implant dentistry and am one of the recognized leaders and educators in this field. You can rest assured that you will be in great hands under my care. Additionally I will always use the most advanced and premium dental implants that are available. I will not use the lower tier dental implant brands because I have seen too many unfortunate mishaps and failures with poor quality implants.
Dental implants have come a long way over the years in both technique and appearance. Dental implants, while one of the greatest advancements in dentistry, absolutely have to be administered by a skilled and qualified surgeon for it to be a safe, predictable and painless procedure.