Are dental implants right for you? Choose an ASIRD qualified team.
What is a Dental Implant?
More and more people are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. They're a long-term solution, just like your natural teeth. They even do natural teeth one better since they can't develop cavities. Plus, unlike a fixed bridge or removable denture, dental implants do not affect neighboring healthy teeth or lead to bone loss in the jaw. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Many patients describe dental implants as a more desirable option than fixed bridges or removable dentures. Their quality of life is exceptionally improved as patients are more confident in public situations because of the comfort and security implants offer.
While the advantages of dental implant therapy vary, most patients experience a minimizing of oral bone loss, reducing the risk of compromising adjacent healthy teeth. Stimulation is vital to maintaining healthy bone and gum tissue. Dental implants fuse to your jawbone to function just like your natural teeth. They stimulate the bone to preserve form and density.
The American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD) is a nationwide not-for-profit association dedicated to educating consumers on the value of dental implants and the importance of choosing an experienced surgeon and dentist team recognized for having a collaborative relationship to ensure optimal results. These teams work together throughout the process and are committed to providing customized, patient-specific, long-term solutions for your dental implant needs.
Why Choose a ASIRD Dentist?
Chances are you already have a dentist and are perfectly happy. However, when it comes to dental implants, it is important that you find out whether he or she is proficient in the restorative dentistry skills that are required. If your dentist is not an ASIRD member, be sure to ask how many dental implant cases he/she completed last year. Ask about the surgeon that will be placing your implant. Do they collaborate together as a team? Or are you simply being referred to the surgeon for the implant placement and then directed back to your dentist to finish the restoration?
When you work with an ASIRD dentist, you know that your dentist has completed extensive qualified continuing education in order to provide up-to-date dental care in a safe and comfortable manner.
ASIRD dentists are required to restore a minimum of five dental implant cases each year in order to maintain their membership. They must also complete extensive didactic and hands-on clinical training in technology, aesthetics and dental health. ASIRD dentists complete a rigorous clinical peer review process, which requires a high degree of commitment and skill. These qualifications of membership are how you know your ASIRD dentist is experienced in advanced procedures, techniques, and products, and will provide up-to-date dental care in a safe and comfortable manner. Through their commitment to education and technology, ASIRD teams are able to provide optimal treatment and quality dental care.
Why Use an ASIRD Team
Not every dentist routinely restores and maintains dental implants, and not all placers of dental implants are surgeons. By using an ASIRD team, rest assured that your dentist routinely restores and maintains dental implants and only a trained surgeon will place your implant. ASIRD membership is by invitation only and reviewed annually. Members must perform a minimum number of implant procedures each year in order to maintain their membership level, as well as maintain active participation in a dental education program.
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