- August 14, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Philadelphia PA dental implants expert Dr. David DiGiallorenzo has released a list of questions that should be asked of dentists when patients select a professional to place their implants.
It is important to select someone who has received extensive training in the specialty and who has a track record of success when it comes to performing the procedure, said DiGiallorenzo, a Philadelphia, PA periodontist.
“There are eleven specialties within the dentistry field, and dentists have a general scope of practice upon completing dental school,” said the Philadelphia, PA periodontics expert.
Those who wish to pursue a specialty typically must undergo an additional three to five years of training after dental school. Dentists often earn an additional master’s or doctoral degree in their specialty in the process.
Because there is a lack of rules that govern what dentists can do, many biomedical device manufacturers have begun offering weekend courses on dental implant placement and some dentists go back to their offices and perform these intricate procedures with just a couple days of training under their belts.
Following is a list of questions to help patients determine whether their dental professional possesses the training and experience necessary to place dental implants.
The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness recommends patients ask these questions if they are considering a general dentist, endodontist or prosthodontist to place their implants:
- How long has the doctor been placing implants, and how many does she/he place annually?
- How many surgical training courses did the doctor take, and how long was each course?
- How many implants-related continuing education courses has the doctor attended annually?
- How many courses has the doctor taken on managing complications related to dental implants?
- Ask to see before/after photos that show the results that were achieved.
For dentists who are oral surgeons or periodontists, patients should ask these questions prior to selecting a professional, according to the IDIA.
- How many years of experience does the doctor have in placing implants and how many procedures does he/she perform annually?
- How long has the doctor worked with the doctor who will restore the implants, and how many cases have they done together?
- Does the doctor have before/after photos to show the results that they have achieved as a team?
If you would like to learn more about dental implant procedures or you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of the Philadelphia, PA periodontists in DiGiallorenzo’s practice to discuss your dental implant needs, please call 610-228-4366 in Collegeville; 570-505-6908 in Williamsport; or visit Dr. DiGiallorenzo’s Web site: http://www.perioimplants.us/.
About Dr. David Digiallorenzo
Dr. David Digiallorenzo, or “Dr. D,” graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1993 and completed a specialty in periodontics and dental implantology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
He is a past associate clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics. He teaches nationally and internationally and is a regular contributor to dental literature.
Dr. D’s private practice in suburban Philadelphia concentrates on periodontics, dental implantology, advanced reconstructive case management and TMJ treatment. It is a unique dental spa with two full-time massage therapists that specialize in reflexology, reiki, massage, aromatherapy and homeopathy. This combination creates a relaxed, optimal healing response.
Dr. D has two office locations: 184 W. Main St., Ste. 200, in Collegeville, PA; and 121 E. Fourth St. in Williamsport, PA.
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