What is the difference between a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology (DABOI) and a specialist in dental professions like oral surgery, periodontal and general dentistry? Specialist training does incorporate some of the requirements of a DABOI, but it is minor in comparison to that of a DOBOI. When searching for a dentist to place implants, look into their qualifications before booking an appointment.
A DABOI is tested on their knowledge of head and neck anatomy, bone physiology, dental materials, histology, immunology, internal medicine, pathology, pharmacology, radiology, occlusion, grafting, surgical procedures, gum treatments, restorative options, restorative options including root-form, plate-form, subperiosteal and ramus frame implants. While specialists in dentistry do not incorporate all these techniques or processes. The requirements for surgical placements far exceed what is required for specialists to graduate from their respective specialties.
Requirements to obtain diplomatic status, in my time, required doing implants for 10 years and working on over 100 cases. Out of the 100 cases, 10 cases need to be shown per the committee’s request. Besides these requirements, I had to submit one case totally lacking teeth and one partially missing teeth in the upper arch, as well as, one totally lacking teeth and one partially missing teeth in the lower arch. Of these cases, the restorations needed to be completed and in function for one year.
An extensive written exam that is measured psychometrically and an oral exam to state how you would restore certain cases to measure your knowledge of implant dentistry is also required. Specialists have not gone through these rigorous examinations to prove their knowledge of implant dentistry. In matter-of-fact, oral surgeons and periodontists can go through these exams to show their knowledge specifically on implant dentistry, but most chose not to.
There is a difference in training, experience, and testing in the knowledge of implant dentistry, but most individuals do not understand the difference. Diplomates have the utmost experienced clinical knowledge for implant dentistry and your implants should have the expertise of such an individual. Another issue to consider is that implant dentistry is a restorative portion of dentistry with a surgical component. This means you need good knowledge of how teeth need to look and function correctly to place implants for a successful outcome in function and aesthetics.
Finally, patients should consider the tools their dentist is using. Are they the best materials and tools to be working with? And are they working to meet the standard of care required for implant dentistry or are they cutting corners to save money?
At Kusek Family and Implant Dentistry, we use only the highest quality implants and the top dental labs in the United States which are the leaders in their field of dentistry. To schedule, your implant appointment call us at 605-371-3443.