The founder of Smile By Design, Dr. Donian Shen, explains how patients seeking dental implants should select a dental professional with extensive training in implantology to achieve optimal results.
Mountain View, CA — There are many events that can lead to the loss of one or more teeth, including decay and injury. The gold standard treatment option, according to Mountain View dentist Donian Shen, DDS, is dental implants. She explains that this surgical procedure requires a great deal of skill, training, and experience to perform effectively. Dr. Shen suggests patients should carefully review a dentist’s credentials before selecting them for care.
Dr. Shen says the first thing a patient should look for in a qualified dentist is training in dental implantology. Many dentists who offer this treatment perform the planning stage of the dental implant process, she says, and leave placement to an oral surgeon. She says this approach is common practice and can provide good results if the dentist is experienced and collaborates with a skilled surgeon. However, Dr. Shen adds that a dental professional with a background in implant surgery can both plan and perform the surgery from start to finish.
As a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI), Dr. Shen is involved in every stage of the dental implant procedure at her private practice. The complicated process includes planning, creating restorations, placing the implants, and applying the restoration. Each step must be performed at the highest level, and she says performing the work almost exclusively in-office allows her to maintain an unparalleled level of quality control.
When choosing a dentist for dental implants, Dr. Shen says patients should also consider whether the physician has training in bone and tissue grafting. In the event an individual has inadequate jawbone density for implants, she says the person often will either be ineligible for treatment or referred to another dental professional for surgery. Dr. Shen’s experience studying at the Carl Misch Institute allows her to perform bone and soft tissue grafting as well as dental implant surgery.
Dental implants offer many benefits, but Dr. Shen reminds patients that this is a surgical procedure and only experienced and qualified dentists should perform the treatment. She notes that patients can also review the dental professional’s before-and-after gallery to see examples of patient results and read through their testimonials for more information on what to expect. Dr. Shen says achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is ultimately worth the extra research effort.
About Donian Shen, DDS
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Donian Shen is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI). She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and mentored under Dr. Misch at the Carl Misch Institute. She is also trained in Oral Conscious and IV Sedation dentistry. Dr. Shen is a member of several prestigious dental associations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and the American Dental Association (ADA). She is available for interview upon request.
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