My patients are important to me. I’ve earned their trust during the 20-plus years I’ve been practicing at my location, and I want to continue to do my best for them. Whenever I have to send them to another practice to place dental implants, they aren’t that happy about it.
“I want you to do it,” they say. “Why can’t I have it done here?”
Who could blame them? Deciding to undergo a dental implant procedure is a big and often life-changing decision. They want to go through the process (the entire process) with someone they know and trust.
This is the main reason I’ve gone through extensive training, purchased the necessary equipment, and started offering complete dental implants at my facility.
Here’s a quick rundown of the amount of training I’ve gone through and what I will continue to go through to learn the surgical procedures that we offer at our practice.
Last year I started my implant training through Implant Seminars, Inc. with Dr. Arun Garg. I went through the first level, an implant continuum that totaled 88 hours in Boston. During the summer of 2014 I joined the international dental implant association, and in December I went to the Dominican Republic to complete 30 hours of live patient hands-on training.
At the end of last year, I earned a fellowship and started my introduction for my first advanced degree. So far this year I completed 88 hours for advanced level two of implant dentistry. This session was in Miami and the first of four sessions.
In November I’ll go back to the Dominican Republic for another live patient hands-on course, and by the end of the year, I’ll be a diplomat of the International Dental Implant Association.
I also invested in a new 3-D scanner, and equipped my facility with everything it needs to perform these procedures.
Not to pat myself on the back here, but not a lot of general dentists want to invest in learning and offering complete dental implants late in their careers. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, only 10 percent of general dentists place their own implants.
There are a lot of reasons this may be. Placing implants is a big investment, regarding both time and money. To make this decision, this large investment has to be worth it. I’m happy to say that my patients are who made it worth it for me. And now I can offer these procedures at a lower cost and with more convenience than my patients had access to in the past.
So thank you, patients!