We can get warranty on second hand cars.
We can get warranty on just about every disposable household appliances. Yet dental professionals tend to shy away from warranty or guarantee, on one of their most proudly accomplished dental restorations - dental implants.
Why is this so? I dare challenge this status quo...
Dental implants are the most predictable and logical method of replacing a lost or damaged human tooth. We now have multiple decades of clinical and basic sciences research to support us, and many years of clinical experiences to know what works and what does not. As the number of cases of dental implants, and the number of clinicians performing these treatments both increase, patients should know and understand what is the realistic outcome and longevity of this type of treatment.
After 9 years of general dental practice, medical mission and academia, I have chosen this specialty field with passion and with a renewed mission in life. After 10 years of specialty practice, I say all implants placed by a qualified clinician should receive a lifetime warranty.
This isn't a rhetoric, nor a marketing claim. A simple conviction and philosophy, whereby I provide the best possible therapy I can perform, with the best materials and knowledge, and with the patient partnering in a life-long maintenance and care. Why not? I know it should work.
Jin Y. Kim, DDS, MPH, MS Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry Fellow, International Congress of Oral Implantologists Fellow, American Academy of Implant Dentistry