I need 4 dental implants. My dentist wants to do them himself, but I want to go to a prosthodontist. The prosthodontist was recommended to me by one close friend and one workmate. I don’t know anything about how well my dentist places implants other than his word. I know that he took some classes, but that’s not good enough for me. If it was only one implant that I needed, maybe I would take a chance, but I don’t think I should take a change on 4 of them. With something as serious at implants, I probably shouldn’t be taking any chances right? I’ve had this dentist for 11 years, and he has placed crowns for me that are really beautiful. Am I wrong for insisting on going elsewhere for the implants? – Bobbie D.
Bobbie – Correct placement of dental implants is serious. If you prefer to find a skilled prosthodontist to do the work—one for whom you have recommendations from people you trust—your preference is completely understandable.
If you think your decision is interfering with your relationship with your current dentist, let him know how much you appreciate the work that he has done in helping you maintain good oral health and in giving you a beautiful smile. But also let him know your concerns and why you’ve chosen to see a prosthodontist for your dental implants.
In addition to the recommendations you received, a prosthodontist has received extensive post-graduate training in the replacement and restoration of teeth. Prosthodontists are very skilled in dental implant placement.
Every caring dental or healthcare provider understands patient rights. Your dentist knows yours and will likely respect your decision and cooperate with the prosthodontist so that you will a positive outcome with your dental implants.
This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.