04 Aug 2023
3 min read
By Dr. Azim Malik
Specialist Periodontist and Implant Surgeon
There may be occasions where one dentist would agree to perform a surgery where another dentist would refuse.
I think that's quite subjective.
Some will be less strict.
Others are more careful – it's all about preserving your success rate.
Some doctors boast success rates of 97%, 98%, 99%.
This relates to the survival and function of dental implants over a specific period of time.
Those are the doctors who are very careful and are the doctors you should choose for implant surgery.
I think word of mouth is a good way to choose a dentist.
Some online reviews can be manipulated.
But if you know someone who's had a good experience you should listen to them.
For example, they may have been to a doctor or dentist and had implant surgery and they may tell you that, five years down the line, they have not had any problems.
In this case, you know you're probably likely to get a good outcome if you go to that dentist.
It's also important to check their qualifications.
These days it's possible to take a relatively short implant course and then start placing implants.
But implant training in my opinion is a completely different specialty.
It can take years and years.
So I think the best way is to ask for recommendations and also check qualifications.
As I say online reviews should be approached with an air of caution.
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