Why it Pays to Be Picky when Getting Dental Implants

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If you’ve been considering visiting an Elgin dental implants provider to enhance your smile, chances are you’ve come across a myriad of options. While many dentists offer them as a service, it’s important to recognize that a lot weighs on the first decision you make—which person to entrust with the job.

Experience is a Major Factor in Success

Generally speaking, dental implants have an incredibly high success rate. Most sources cite as much as a 98% success rate. There are actually numerous studies which confirm this, but few which dig a bit deeper into the results. See, many of these studies are performed in an academic setting, meaning you’re hearing about the results achieved by experts, not necessarily what a family practice down the street might achieve. When that’s taken into account, they have a failure rate that’s not 2%, but rather one that’s somewhere between 7% and 17.8%. To put the odds in your favor, you want to see a dentist who has undergone additional training and routinely performs the procedures.

Quality of Materials Can Determine Outcome

Let’s say you find two offices who can do the work for you. Office B is charging about one-third less than Office A. Sounds like a good deal, right? Maybe not. You have to ask yourself why Office B is charging less. Oftentimes, the answer is in the materials. A quality dental implant from a reputable company that’s been checked into by the FDA can cost well over $100, and that’s for the parts only. One of the questionable origins made with cheaper parts could be found online for just a few dollars. Unfortunately, those ones often fracture more often. That means they literally break off and the dentist has to surgically remove it, wait for you to heal, and place a new one. Most would agree it’s not worth the risk. You may never be sure which materials a dentist actually uses, but at least ask him and run a quick search online to see if it’s one that’s commonly used and trusted. Equally, you can check into the dentist’s online reputation. If he’s offering a deal and lots of people are complaining about their work failing, he very well could be using inferior materials.

Challenging Cases Require Expertise

It takes an experienced and educated eye to determine which procedures you’re a candidate for. Sometimes, the kindest thing a dentist can do is tell you that you’re not a candidate, particularly if you fit into a group with high failure rates. That said, if you’re having more than one dental implant placed, you also need to be working with someone who has an unusually deep understanding of the mechanics of the mouth. It’s even more imperative if you’re getting some form of implant denture, like All-on-4 or an overdenture. Bear in mind, if only one of the anchors fails, you’re back to square one on the whole prosthesis until that one is replaced and healed.

Book a Consult with an Experienced Elgin Dental Implants Provider

Few doctors go through additional training to home in their skills, but Elgin dentist Dr. Steve Sirin has studied dental implantology extensively and is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. That means no matter which option you go with, you can rest assured you’ll have the best possible outcome and a beautiful smile too. Call (877) 814-0977 or request an appointment online to book a consultation at Sirin Dentistry.

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