Can General Dentists Do Implants?

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Dental implants beautify your smile and revive your confidence. Imagine no longer having to chew on one side or be embarrassed over denture slips.

With this highly effective restorative treatment, you no longer have to imagine.

But, you may wonder who places them and whether general dentists do implants.

You may also be curious if the dentist you see for routine cleanings and exams is the right person for the job.

At Farmer & Williamson, serving Wichita, KS, and the nearby region, we want you to have total confidence in the dentist you choose for a major dental treatment like implants. So let’s discuss how implants are part of our scope of practice.

The expertise of general dentists

Contrary to popular belief, general dentists possess the necessary expertise to perform dental implant procedures.

While many assume specialized training in oral surgery is necessary to perform dental implant treatments, general dentists receive a comprehensive education in various dental procedures during their dental school training.

This education equips us with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to carry out implant treatments successfully.

Continuing education and skill development

Many general dentists, including us, commit to continuous learning and skill development. Many pursue post-graduate education and training in implant dentistry to enhance their expertise.

By attending workshops, seminars, and advanced implant courses, we stay updated with the latest techniques, advancements, and best practices in implant dentistry, allowing us to offer high-quality implant treatments to patients.

Some examples of training a general dentist may receive in implant dentistry includes:

  • Implant-specific courses – post-graduate courses centered on dental implantology
  • Residency programs – training underneath a practitioner skilled in implant surgery and prosthetics
  • Organizations and study clubs – groups dedicated to helping dentists better understand the dental implant procedure
  • Mentoring/preceptorship – experience working under an implantologist to gain knowledge to perform implants
  • Certifications/diplomates – continuing education and other similar programs focused on dental implants

Collaborative approach

In cases that require complex dental implant procedures or involve special circumstances, we often work collaboratively with dental specialists, such as oral surgeons or periodontists.

By partnering with specialists, we ensure patients receive the most appropriate, extensive care. This collaborative approach allows for the best possible outcome for the patient.

Assessing individual cases

While our dentists can perform dental implants, we assess each patient’s unique situation.

Some patients may require specialized care due to their specific oral health condition, bone structure, or medical history. In such cases, we may refer patients to a dental specialist with the necessary expertise to handle complex cases.

However, it’s important to note that we can perform many routine implant procedures effectively, providing patients with a convenient and streamlined dental experience.

The notion that general dentists can’t perform dental implant procedures is a misconception. Dr. Farmer and Dr. Williamson are skilled professionals who received a complete education in various dental procedures, including implants.

Moreover, by actively pursuing continuing education and collaborating with specialists when needed, we make sure our patients receive high-quality care.

Therefore, the next time you ask yourself, “Can general dentists do implants?” remember that we can provide you with a seamless and successful dental implant experience.

We can give you the results you desire because, when it comes to dental implants, we’re fully capable of delivering exceptional results.

Give us a call today for a consultation! A natural-looking solution for tooth replacement from expert dentists awaits you!


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Farmer & Williamson is located in Wichita, KS, making our practice conveniently located for those in Andover, Derby, El Dorado, Newton, Maize, Salina, and Emporia. 

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