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Shopping For An Implantologist

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SHOPPING FOR A DENTAL IMPLANTOLOGIST

OLDER WESTERN NEW YORKERS REMEMBER SY SYMS REPETATIVE ADVERTISING SLOGAN “AN INFORMED CONSUMER IS OUR BEST CUSTOMBER”! IT STUCK IN MY HEAD AND NOW AFTER 20 YEARS WORKING WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS I REALLY KNOW WHAT HE MEANT. I LOVE WORKING WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO LEARN ABOUT THE DISCIPLINE. EVERYTHING ABOUT THEIR IMPLANT CASE JUST GOES SO MUCH SMOOTHER FOR EVERYONE.

UNTIL YOU DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE, IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS WHEN SHOPPING FOR YOUR DENTAL IMPLANTOLOGIST. SOME OF THE AREAS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER ARE:

FEES: FIRST READ MY PAGE “WHAT DOES AN IMPLANT COST”? THEN CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING CARTOON:

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IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO CALL A DOZEN DENTAL OFFICES ASKING THE RECEPTIONIST “WHAT DOES AN IMPLANT COST AT YOUR OFFICE?” AND YOU SELECT THE OFFICE WITH THE LOWEST FEE, DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU ARE CHOOSING WISELY? THIS BRINGS ME TO THE NEXT CONSIDERATION.

EXPERIENCE: THERE MAY BE TRUTH TO THE STATEMENT THAT, DOCTORS JUST STARTING OUT PLACING IMPLANTS WILL MOST LIKELY HAVE THE LOWEST IMPLANT FEES IN THE AREA. THAT’S HOW I STARTED 20 YEARS AGO, BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO DO IMPLANTS TO GET GOOD AT THEM – AND YOU HAVE TO DO A LOT OF THEM!

IT TOOK ME 10 YEARS OF PLACING HUNDREDS OF IMPLANTS BEFORE I HAD SEEN IT ALL. NOW, MORE THAN 50% OF MY TIME AT THE OFFICE IS SPENT PROVIDING BONE REBUILDING SURGERIES, PLACING IMPLANTS AND REBUILDING PATIENTS DENTITION.

IF YOU WERE SHOPPING FOR AN IMPLANTOLOGIST, I WOULD SIT IN HIS CHAIR FOR A CONSULT AND ASK HIM FACE-TO-FACE “HOW MANY IMPLANTS HAVE YOU PLACED?”. ANY NUMBER UNDER 200 AND I'D PROBABLY THINK TWICE.

DOCTORS ATTITUDE PRESENTING FORTHRIGHT INFORMATION: PHYSICIANS AND DENTISTS WHO TAKE THE HIGH AND ALMIGHTY ROAD – YOU KNOW “DON’T QUESTION ME AS I AND ONLY I KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU” . . . ETC, ETC ARE NOT MY FAVORITES. YOU WANT TO GO WHERE THEY INCLUDE YOU IN THE DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT PLANNING AND THE DETAILS OF YOUR IMPLANT CARE. I WANT TO GO TO THE GUY WHO SHOWS ME MY X-RAYS, MY MODELS AND MY CT SCANS. SOMEONE WHO EXPLAINS THE DIFFERENT PROCEDURES THAT MAY BE NECESSARY TO COMPLETE MY CASE AND ALL THE FEES I MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR. GO TO AN OFFICE WHERE YOUR INTELLIGENCE IS RESPECTED AND YOU ARE INCLUDED IN DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR CARE.

GO TO A DOCTOR WHO SELECTS AN IMPLANT BASED ON WHICH TYPE IS BEST FOR THE SUCCESS OF YOUR CASE. YOU WOULD THINK EVERY DENTIST WOULD WORK THIS WAY BUT A SMALL PERCENTAGE HAVE A PERSONAL INTEREST IN ONE TYPE OF IMPLANT, OR ONE MANUFACTURER. FOR EXAMPLE, SOME DOCTORS FEEL MINI IMPLANTS WORK EVERYWHERE AND ARE LESS LIKELY TO CONSIDER ALL OTHER OPTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE WE STOCK 1, 2 AND 3 PIECE IMPLANTS FROM 1.8mm X 10mm (MINIS) TO 6mm X 16mm (STANDARD WIDTHS) TO 9mm X 11mm (EXTRA WIDE MAXIS).

20 YEARS AGO WE COULDN’T DO HALF OF WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY! IMPLANTOLOGY IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN FOR DENTAL PATIENTS SINCE THE DISCOVERY OF NOVOCAINE.

WE HOPE THIS INFO HELPS AS YOU EXPLORE ALL YOUR OPTIONS.

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