Dental Implants

What Is an Implantologist?

Published on 03/05/2024

Been referred to an implantologist for treatment? You might be wondering what this type of dental professional does and why they are the right person for your treatment. A referral to an unknown dentist can be daunting, but it’s important that you seek out support from the right type of dentist – particularly if you are looking for highly specialised treatment.

In this guide, we’re taking a look at the role of an implantologist and how they can help you smile with confidence again.

What is an implantologist?

All implantologists are dentists, but not all dentists are implantologists. To become an implantologist, a dentist has to undergo additional training which can take between 18 months and three years. At the end of the training, they will then be allowed to call themselves an implantologist.

What can an implantologist help with

What can an implantologist help with?

You should consider visiting an implantologist if you are thinking about getting dental implants or implant retained dentures. You can also visit an implantologist if you would like advice and support following treatment.

If you’ve been rejected for dental implants in the past by a regular dentist, it could be worth visiting a specialist. The dental implant treatment is changing and advancing all the time, and this means that new treatment plans could be available that would make dental implants a possibility for you.

Some implantologist also offer more advanced services, like bone grafting or sinus lifts. These treatments may help to make dental implants a possibility, even if you’ve been told you can’t have them in the past.

Can anyone visit an implantologist?

Can anyone visit an implantologist?

You would only need to visit an implantologist if you’re thinking about dental implant treatment, and this will typically start with a specialist consultation. The consultation typically has a fee attached, and this will cover the cost of your X‑rays, CT scans and digital scans.

Implant dentists may run special events where you can enjoy a reduction on your initial fee, but spots for these typically sell out quickly.

How do I choose the right implantologist?

The first place to start is often your usual dentist. You might not be aware that they also offer dental implant treatment. Speak to them about the possibility of starting implant treatment with them. They will either handle the treatment in house, or they will offer a referral. They might refer you directly, or they might offer you recommendations for a selection of implant dentists to choose from.

If you are searching independently for an implant dentist, you should start with a Google search or ask friends and family for recommendations. If you find a dentist you would like to work with, make sure you ask about their credentials and their training. You can also ask to see testimonials from previous patients, or case studies of dental implant treatment plans.

Can I see an implant dentist on the NHS?

Can I see an implant dentist on the NHS?

Dental implant treatment is not currently available on the NHS. It may be offered as a treatment in very rare cases, but it is not commonly offered. For this reason, you will only be able to see a private dentist if you are looking for dental implant treatment.

While it might not be available on the NHS, there are treatment plans available to help you to spread the cost of your treatment. A payment plan will mean that you can get started with treatment without worrying about the upfront cost of dental implant surgery.

Ready to get started with your dental implant journey?

Get in touch today to book an appointment with our dental implant team and learn more about how this treatment might help you.