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Old 05-21-2015, 11:05 AM
 
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I'm going to need a dental implant soon. My regular dentist can do the implant, but I'm thinking that it would probably be a good idea to go to an oral surgeon. Does anyone have any advice or insight? Has anyone had a general dentist put in their implant?
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:41 PM
 
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nothing wrong with either. ask them a few questions. you may want to search the net for some questions to ask your implant doc.

how did they learn to place implants and how was their training?
how many implants do they place per year?
ask for success stories and failures. ask for real patient testimonials.

make sure youre comfortable.

cost is a big factor for a lot of people, but IMO its more than just cost.

if youre dentist is skilled, then it shouldnt be an issue. They'd probably prefer to do it, you may end up going back to them to have it restored if you use the oral surgeon (unless they have someone on staff that can restore them).
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:27 PM
 
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Though not all dentists are oral surgeons, oral surgeons are dentists. It's possible that your dentist is -also- an oral surgeon. But implant surgery doesn't need to be done by an oral surgeon. If the dentist knows what he's doing and has a good track record, there's no reason why you should feel uncomfortable with him doing it. One of my implants was done by a dentist who had additional medical and surgical training and was qualified and experienced in oral surgery, but did not practice "as an oral surgeon" because he preferred for his practice be general dentistry. If one of his regular patients needed an implant, he provided the service for them. But he didn't take patients of other dentists to do any work at all.

The other implant - the first part was done by the oral surgeon - the prep, grafting, and the implant itself. The fitting for the crown and the placement of the final crown was all done by my dentist, who specialized in cosmetic dentistry.
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:03 PM
 
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Periodontists do these as well, I believe.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:43 PM
 
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I'm going to need a dental implant soon. My regular dentist can do the implant, but I'm thinking that it would probably be a good idea to go to an oral surgeon. Does anyone have any advice or insight? Has anyone had a general dentist put in their implant?

I opt for an oral surgeon for major work. That's literally all they do- oral surgery! IMO having your regular dentist do it is like seeing a general practitioner when you need surgery. You would want to see a surgeon that specializes in your particular need. Same applies with dentistry.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:46 AM
 
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I have two implants. The first one was done by a periodontist who had had special training to do implants. He was very good, very thorough, and did everything from the extraction to the bone grafting to the placement of the implant and then the impressions for the crown and the placement of the crown on the implant. There were multiple visits involved, some months apart to allow (for example) the implant to be solidly accepted by the surrounding bone before any stress was placed on it. Results were excellent. Four or five years later it is as solid as a rock and I never give it a second thought. Cost was about $4,000.

The second implant was also done by a specialist (not sure what kind, exactly) recommended by a family dentist. Cost was a little less - about $3,500. Also multiple appointments. The end result was just as good but there were some very anxious moments in between because he perforated my sinus cavity. Fortunately that healed O.K.

I decided that if I ever have to have a third implant, I am going back to the first guy. To hell with trying to save a few bucks - it isn't worth taking a chance on having problems.
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Old 05-30-2015, 11:29 AM
 
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There's always a chance of having problems. It's one of the potential risks of implant surgery. The second doctor could have been even -better- than the first, professionally, and might still have punctured the sinus. In fact, the first guy who you plan on going to from now on, might have punctured it if he had done that particular tooth.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:02 PM
 
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There's always a chance of having problems. It's one of the potential risks of implant surgery. The second doctor could have been even -better- than the first, professionally, and might still have punctured the sinus. In fact, the first guy who you plan on going to from now on, might have punctured it if he had done that particular tooth.
I understand the logic behind what you are saying, but in the interest of brevity I didn't explain the reasons why I don't think the "first guy" would have perforated the sinus on that other tooth. The "first guy", unlike the second guy, sent me to a specialized lab to get some sort of expensive x-ray, or maybe ultra-sound (damn, I wish I could remember the details better) which would show him the sinus cavity to let him know if he had to do a sinus lift.

I do realize there are no absolute guarantees in life, but I believe I have reasons to trust my first guy. Plus, remember that old saying, "Once burned, twice cautious"? Since the second guy actually did, in fact, puncture my sinus, and since I have a choice if I ever need another implant, my choice is clear to me.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:54 AM
 
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It is possible that a regular dentist can do the implant,but i think oral surgeon is good rather than regular dentist.because some time it involve risk also, so you should go to an expert surgeon . I had also one implants through Med-iterra medical tourism company in Croatia.
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:20 AM
 
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It is possible that a regular dentist can do the implant,but i think oral surgeon is good rather than regular dentist.because some time it involve risk also, so you should go to an expert surgeon . I had also one implants through Med-iterra medical tourism company in Croatia.
The only "Mediterra" I found in a google search were for gated retirement communities in Florida and a few recipe websites for Mediterranean food. Croatia is located at the coast of the Adriatic Sea, in eastern Europe. It is also -not- known for stellar health care. It ranks something like 40th. That means there are some worse, but it definitely wouldn't be on anyone's top 10 list of places to visit for the purpose of allowing someone to insert a scalpel into your mouth.
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