How to Choose the Best Dentist For Dental Implants

United States, California, San Diego – 06-16-2020 ( — Considered the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth, dental implants typically require a multi-stage treatment plan to effectively restore lost form and function. Dr. John Weston and Dr. Nicholas Marongiu of Scripps Center for Dental Care delineate what patients should look for when selecting a skilled implant dentist for their needs.  

San Diego, CA — Dental implants offer unrivaled security and long-term results when compared to other tooth replacement options. With a success rate of roughly 98 percent, dental implants have the longevity to serve as steadfast restorations for years, or even decades, into the future. That said, the success of dental implants is often reliant on the skills and experience of the dentist placing the implant(s) and restoring the implant(s). San Diego dentists John F. Weston, DDS, FAACD and Nicholas C. Marongiu, DDS, AACD of the La Jolla-based practice, Scripps Center for Dental Care, outline a few tips to simplify the research process.  

As two AACD-accredited dentists, Dr. Weston and Dr. Marongiu emphasize the value of a multi-specialty team when restoring missing teeth with dental implants. Properly placing implants involves care across many different specialties, including periodontics, oral surgery, prosthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Weston and Dr. Marongiu clarify that a team approach utilizing experienced professionals from every field is key to achieving first-rate results. This allows individuals a “one-stop shop” to rehabilitate their smile rather than having patients visit multiple dental offices. At Scripps, Drs. Weston and Marongiu collaborate with in-house periodontists, prosthodontists, implant surgeons, and restorative dentists to help ensure a seamless continuity of high-quality services. “Our specialists are all working together to educate the patient, provide treatment options, and extend truly comprehensive care,” Dr. Marongiu comments. 

Also crucial to achieving the results you desire is exploring a practice’s before-and-after gallery and online reviews. According to Dr. Weston and Dr. Marongiu, both of these avenues provide insight into the satisfaction of previous patients who have undergone treatment with dental implants—a factor that can help you determine whether a practice is well-equipped to address your needs. The availability of sedation dentistry to complement your treatment may also inform your decision, especially if you are prone to dental anxiety or often feel apprehensive before undergoing a dental procedure.  

Lastly, the confidence you feel when entrusting a dental professional with your care should be the ultimate determinant of your choice. Dr. Weston and Dr. Marongiu urge patients to schedule an initial appointment with a potential dentist in order to ask about credentials, learn about the practice, and discuss whether dental implants (or another restoration) are an ideal treatment option for their needs. At the end of a consultation, you should believe you have a good understanding of the dental implant process and feel confident in your dentist’s ability to achieve your goals.  

About John F. Weston, DDS, FAACD

Dr. John Weston is a skilled cosmetic dentist at Scripps Center for Dental Care and an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). As one of the few dentists in the country who have earned this credential, Dr. Weston is heavily involved in the research, publication, and teaching of innovative cosmetic dentistry techniques. He is currently serving a term on the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry and belongs to an array of other professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. Dr. Weston has been a recipient of San Diego’s “Top Cosmetic Dentist” award for 10 years in a row. Dr. Weston is available for interview upon request. 

About Nicholas C. Marongiu, DDS, AACD

In addition to his role as a lead dentist at Scripps Center for Dental Care, Dr. Nicholas Marongiu, or “Dr. Nick,” is also among less than 500 dentists worldwide who hold the distinction of being an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently on the Board of Directors for the AACD, as well as a Delegate from the 13th District for the American Dental Association. Dr. Marongiu regularly educates students and other dentists on the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry, serving as part of the adjunct faculty at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Marongiu is available for interview upon request.  

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