Choosing a Qualified Implant Dentist is Important to Your Oral Health
When choosing an implant dentist, you want to make sure he or she has specific skills, experience, and board certifications. Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin is board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery, as well as extensively trained in dental implant placement. In addition to dental implants, his Salt Lake City, UT-area office includes all necessary technology to provide a complete range of oral surgeries, including wisdom teeth removal, bone grafting, and reconstructive procedures. When receiving care at our practice, we will ensure that you are relaxed and comfortable throughout every stage of your treatment.
The Importance of Board Certification
Because dental implant placement is not considered a specialty, anyone with dental implant certification can place implants. Although dental implants can be costly and are not always covered by insurance, it is vital that you do not cut corners when you choose who to perform your surgery. This procedure should be viewed as an investment into your long-term oral health. While many general dentists can place implants, you will receive far superior results from an oral surgeon who is board-certified.
When dental implants are placed by a skilled professional and properly cared for, you have a greater chance of your results lasting for a lifetime.
An oral surgeon has extensive education, special training, and certifications on how to treat the face, jaw, and mouth. When dental implants are placed by a skilled professional and properly cared for, you have a greater chance of your results lasting for a lifetime. As a board-certified oral surgeon, Dr. Hopkin is recognized by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as a trusted medical professional who can deliver the highest standard of care for patients.
Questions to Ask Your Surgeon
When considering who you want to perform your dental implant procedure, we recommend asking friends and neighbors about who they have had perform their dental procedures. We also recommend reading online reviews to get a better understanding on the doctor’s approval rating and success rates. Once you have found an oral surgeon you are interested in, set up an initial consultation, and during that appointment, consider asking certain questions to gain a better understanding on their qualifications. Helpful examples include:
- How long have you been performing dental implant surgery?
- What kind of training have you received in implant dentistry?
- What is your success rate?
- Do you have before and after photos I can review from previous surgeries?
- Who will be involved in the dental implant procedure?
- Will I need to go to someone else to have the implants restored? If yes, will you and the other doctor work together?
- How long will the procedure and recovery take?
If at any point you are uncomfortable with the oral surgeon you are meeting with, it is important to take a step back to ask yourself why. Listening to your gut instinct can help ensure you achieve a successful outcome.
Meet Dr. Hopkin
If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Hopkin and learning more about dental implants and the implant procedure, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Hopkin Oral Surgery today. You can reach us online or give us a call at (801) 277-3942. Dr. Hopkin will perform an evaluation and take all the time necessary to answer any questions or concerns you have about the overall treatment process.