Choosing a dental implant provider can seem like a daunting task. You know you should be asking questions, and deciding who is the best dentist to take care of you and your family. But how do you know what to look for?
For dentists who strive to be the best dental implant providers in St. Louis and beyond, it’s not enough to get their DDS. Search for a provider who’s put in the time and energy to learn about implant dentistry. Dental professionals who are vigilant with their continuing education can be trusted to know the latest in implant technology and surgical techniques. Ask about the courses they have taken or certifications they have received.
Due to the advanced nature of implant placement and maintenance, dentists undergo frequent training to stay up-to-date. But what adds significant value is the time they have devoted to learning and working with implant organizations around the country. These organizations offer new training, as well as fresh perspectives and ideas. Search for a dental implant provider who is an active member in organizations such as
It’s perfectly fine to ask how long the provider has been placing implants. Don’t be afraid to ask how many implants they have placed, and about their success rate.
Can they provide before and after photos of real cases they’ve worked on? These can show you their quality of skill, including how they’ve handled complicated cases in the past. Another sign of good experience is the services they can provide, or refer you to, to better prepare you for implants. For example, ask if they provide bone grafts or soft tissue augmentations, or can clear your mouth of any tooth decay or gum disease, before receiving dental implants.
Just because an implant provider situated hundreds of miles away says they’re the best, that doesn’t mean this is true. You may be surprised to find that perfectly competent and caring implant providers live here, in your hometown. If you chose to go out-of-town for a provider, take into account what the costs of transportation may be, whether by public transport or on your personal vehicle. Factor in the cost of gas, food, or even lodging if necessary.
An implant provider who invests time in continuing education can provide the latest techniques in placing and maintaining implants. However, some of these advancements can’t be achieved without the technology to back them up. During your consultation, ask about the type of technology that they house in-office. This can include:
CBCT Scanner: This is typically a panorama X-ray scanner, and can take full 3D or a rounded 2D picture of your mouth and skull. They reveal all the hidden details of your oral health, including bone density, damaged teeth, and more.
Intraoral Camera: An intraoral camera is a small camera fixed to a wand that can be inserted into the mouth and take individual, surface-level pictures of any teeth. These pictures can be saved to your records and used to keep track of diseases or prepare for advanced treatments.
Milling Machine: A milling machine is a device that creates dental crowns, veneers, or bridges all in-house without a need for a laboratory. The machine uses a piece of porcelain or ceramic to carve the dental piece, based on scans of the patient’s mouth.
This last factor is entirely subjective but no less important. A dentist is someone you should like and trust. Always meet with a provider and make sure that this is someone you feel comfortable working with.
Dr. Barry Brace and the rest of our talented team are more than dental care providers. We are dental perfectionists, striving to provide the perfect smile for all patients. Whether you need a single dental implant or a full arch, our dental team has the skill and technology to help you achieve your dream smile.
We want to make sure our office is a perfect fit for you and your dental needs. Schedule an appointment with our St. Louis dental office to meet our team by calling 314-762-6784. We pride ourselves on providing the St. Louis community with a safe, caring, professional environment they can trust.
Dr. Barry Brace
St. Louis County Dental Partnership
469 S Kirkwood Rd
St. Louis, MO
Monday: 7:30am - 7:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am - 7:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 1:00pm