I am planning on investing in implant overdentures. I don’t want a dentist short-changing me on quality. Therefore, I am hoping you can give me two pieces of information. I would like to know the best material for dental implants as well as the best material for dentures, as they will go on the overdentures. I want to make sure he uses the right material so I have a good outcome.
I want to nudge your approach in a different direction for a moment. Managing the materials your dentist uses will not be the greatest indicator of a successful outcome. For example, you can have the best paint, brushes, and canvas, but one artist will create a masterpiece while another is a complete hack.
What you really want to investigate is the post-doctoral training of the dentist. In the case of dental implants, dental school alone is not enough. They really need to have invested in post-doctoral training in how to place them.
That is the first thing I would look at. After that, I would ask them what their success rate is in placing implant overdentures. If it is anything less than 95%, I would move on to someone else.
Do this, and you’ll have the best chance at a good outcome.
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