When asking this question, the answer will help you understand the level of knowledge, training and experience that your dentist has acquired in performing dental implants. Unless you are volunteering as an experimental patient at a dental school, you will want an experienced and competent periodontist with an extensive record of outstanding implants. A periodontist is a dentist with advanced dental education, an advanced residency and practical application in dental implants. A periodontist specializes in the oral complexities of the gums, jaw, teeth, and bone structure and how each area contributes to the good maintenance for total dental health.
Should your general practice dentist not be able to show you the proof that he has an extended education and experience in placing implants, then you may be better advised to seek a true professional. Typically a general practice dentist refers their implant cases to a periodontist in order to give their patient the highest level of care. If your general dentist refuses to give you a referral to a periodontist for your dental implants than you should seek a second opinion.
At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants of Las Vegas, Dr. Ed De Andrade is a periodontist who earned his DDS at New York University College of Dentistry in 1995. Since then, he completed a two year tenure working as a general dentist at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in NY and then, in his current specialty, at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affair Medical Center before starting his current practice here in Las Vegas over 12 years ago.
Dr. De Andrade’s superior expertise in the field of dental implantology is evidenced by the recognition he has received from his peers. He has been voted a ‘top periodontist’ several times by his peers here in Las Vegas. This honor is the result of more than 1,000 votes from other dental professionals.
He is a member of the National Dental Honor Society where admission is only extended to the top graduates from dental colleges. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a position which denotes the ultimate level of professional achievement in periodontics. His experience extends beyond his accolades, placing thousands of implants in his lifetime.