What a clinician thinks and does when planning treatment for a case that requires dental implants affects the patient's future wellbeing. Should the clinician think like a prosthodontist, periodontist, maxillofacial surgeon, endodontist, or general dentist, or should a clinician think as a dental implantologist? There is no doubt that thinking is based on knowledge and experience. Knowledge is based on where a person received their implant education, and experience is based upon one's practice life and whether that life involved a residency, fellowship program, comprehensive continuing education program, and/or private practice setting.

The issue is: What is the right way to think? If a clinician is to be a true dental implantologist, he or she must be aware of all aspects of dentistry. Implant dentistry has expanded extensively in recent years. Every aspect of dentistry is involved in treatment planning, treatment, and lifetime maintenance. No matter what one's training...

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