The Five Secrets of Dental Implants by SRSTech


Dental Implants are becoming very popular but most people don't really understand the risks and challenges. Here is a list of the five secrets most dentists will not tell patients about dental implants. Also, what potential patients need to ask the dnetal implant provider.

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									   The Five Secrets about Dental Implants that Your Dentist Does Not
                          Want You to Know

  An Interview with Dr. Alvarez-Carrera - Oral Implantology specialist and
               Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University in California

by Mark Shapiro

1.      Most dental insurance policies do not cover dental implants. This is
beginning to change but what this means for most people is that they end up paying for
the procedures out of their own pocket. You will find that the level of education, training
and experience varies among dentists who perform dental implants. Even if you need a
basic dental implant treatment, you need to do your research and find a competent
Implant Dentist. Be aware that you get what you pay for. The cheapest work is often not
the best. You should find a dental professional who specializes in dental implants.

2.      Dentists do not need special training or certification to do dental implants.
You may have noticed the sudden plethora of ads in your newspaper and on the radio
touting all kinds of deals on dental implants. However, in order to do dental implants, a
dental professional is not required to complete much training. In fact, many dentists (in
the US as well as in Mexico and other countries) may have only completed a one-day
seminar offered by an implant product manufacturer. That's ALL they need to do
implants. They do not need any serious training, additional certification or professional
education. In fact, many may have only completed a weekend seminar offered by an
implant product manufacturer.

3.      Experience is very important! Not everyone can do implants well. If you are
considering dental implants, you need to find someone with surgical and prosthetic
implant experience - especially if you have severe periodontal disease or if you need
multiple implants. Inserting Dental Implants is a highly technical and sensitive surgical
and prosthetic treatment which requires a high level of expertise. There are risks for
dental implants if not done correctly the first time. These include local and systemic
infection, failure, bone loss, nerve injury and the possibly that there might be “inadvertent
perforation of the nasal sinus.” Some can be serious life threatening complications. Dr.
Alvarez-Carrera from highlighted the importance of
formal education, training and experience. He quoted the recent article in OsseoNews by
Dr. John P. Schmitz, DDS, MS, PhD, in which Dr. Alvarez-Carrera agrees with the
advanced educational requirement for dentists performing implant dentistry, saying that
simple dental implant and bone graft cases should be considered as complex cases and
should be referred to a highly trained implant dentist.

4.    You don't have to wait six to eight months to get teeth after your initial
implant surgery. Most inexperienced dentists will want you to wait six to eight months
after they insert the implants before you come back for your "permanent" teeth. While
you wait for the implants to heal, you will have to wear dentures. Not only are temporary
dentures are often very uncomfortable, awkward and expensive, it is often much healthier
for your mouth to get what is known as "immediate loading."

"Immediate loading" or "Same Day Dental Implants" is the process by which your dental
implant specialist creates a "temporary" bridge and locks it in onto your new implants.
The same day you get the implants inserted, you can walk out of the office with a
temporary bridge that not only looks like a set of regular teeth, but after a few weeks of
healing, enables you to eat and chew. (You may not be able to eat corn on the cob or
chew hard food, but it is much better than dentures! You have fixed teeth!) Not everyone
is a candidate, so you need to be examined.

Using a temporary fixed bridge enables your implants to heal without the discomfort of
dentures. Dentures often have to be refitted several times to correct sore spots that
develop. Also, by maintaining controlled stress on the bone via the "temporary fixed
bridge", it encourages bone growth. Your jawbones need the "exercise" from chewing
and eating to maintain their health and consistency.

5. You can save a lot of money by going to a foreign country like Mexico in order to
save money on your implant procedure. Because of lower overhead and labor costs in
Mexico, you can save between 40 to 60 per cent of what the procedure would cost in the
US. Some Mexico Dental implant specialists and Dentists in Mexico have been doing
implants and other procedures for much longer and more successfully than many of the
dentists in the US who have recently added this procedure to the list of what they can do
in their office. You want to check Dr. Alvarez-Carrera from Loma Linda University at .

What do you need to ask before you get dental implants?

What type of training did you get? Formal 3-year specialty, or just weekend seminars?
How long have you been doing implants?
How many implants have you done?
How often do you place or restore implants?
What is your success rate?

 To prevent something going wrong or to avoid experiencing serious complications,
patients should only use a dental implant specialist with years of experience and
extensive training and certification. Also, if possible, check their credentials and talk to a
few happy patients.

For more information about dental work and dental implants, you can contact the Dental
Implants Center (htttp://
Call (619) 202-0233 or toll free at 1(888)287-9169, or E-mail: .

You can also follow Dental Implant Center at FaceBook and at YouTube


About Dental Implants Center

Dental Implants Center ( offers a wide variety of
services, from check-ups and cleanings to bonding, cosmetic crowns and wisdom teeth to
specialized dental implant treatment. Dr Alvarez-Carrera has over 25 years of Implant
experience and has successfully completed treatments on thousands of implant patients
with over a 99% success rate. He graduated from a formal postgraduate 3-year specialty
training in Oral Implantology at the Dental School at Loma Linda University in
California and is currently an Assistant Professor there, teaching new dental professionals
how to correctly do implants. He is actively involved giving seminars and lecturing
around the world on the topic of dental implants. He is a member of the Academy of

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