When it comes to deciding which doctor and practice you should use for your dental implant procedure, it is important that you do your research. Our many implant patients are always shocked to learn how little consideration some people put into choosing the doctor who will perform their treatment. It is important that our current and prospective patients understand that not every implant provider is made equally. In fact, we have learned that there are many doctors out there who simply take a weekend course on implants before returning to their practice and offering to provide the procedure. These doctors have not put in the time and effort to ensure that they are experienced enough to achieve the best possible results.
Before you agree to have any doctor place your dental implants, there are some questions you can ask that can help guarantee that your oral health is in the hands of someone who can do right by you. We encourage you to read on to find out what you can do to make sure you are putting your trust in the right doctor.
How long has your dentist been working with dental implants?
Chances are you probably don’t want to work with a dentist who doesn’t have a lot of experience with dental implants. A doctor with only a year or two worth of implant placements isn’t going to have the experience or knowledge necessary to provide the best possible implant results.
Dr. Munira Lokhandwala has been placing dental implants for over 10 years now. Over this time, Dr. Lokhandwala has placed hundreds of successful implants. With this kind of experience, you can rest assured that the doctor will be able to ensure that your smile goals are reached.
How much training has your dentist had in implants?
Dental implants are constantly advancing, with new technologies and techniques being incorporated every year. In order to keep up, it is important that your dentist attend continuing education courses regularly. Before you agree to work with a dentist, you should ask them for a list of the training they have received and the classes they have attended.
Dr. Lokhandwala has attended a large variety of different dental implant related seminars and training courses. For instance, in 2004, she attended a training session in mini-implants at the University of the Pacific in California. The next year, she attended a comprehensive dental implant program in San Francisco. Most recently, she was made a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, an accomplishment that has a lot of prestige in the implant community.
Can your doctor provide before and after photos of previous implant patients?
One of the best ways to tell if your dentist has the ability to provide you with the best possible implant results is to see pictures of their previous work. We dentists tend to be somewhat vain and keep pictures of all the work we complete. If your dentist is unwilling or unable to show you pictures of his or her previous dental implant work, it is definitely something you should be concerned about.
Dr. Lokhandwala is more than willing to provide you with pictures of her previous implant work. We keep careful records of all the implant work we complete at our practice, taking extra steps to chronicle the work we do from start to finish.
Will my dentist work with my insurance?
While it is true that dental implants are not usually covered by dental insurance, more and more companies are beginning to cover at least a portion of the treatment. You should make sure that your dentist is supported by your insurance network. Here at Starbrite Dental, we will work with any PPO insurance plans to make sure that you get the most out of your benefits.
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As you can see, Dr. Munira Lokhandwala has the knowledge and the experience required to ensure that your dental implant treatment is successful in accomplishing all of your smile goals. If you would like to find out whether or not you might qualify for treatment with dental implants, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!