Knowledge and experience are entirely different things that can make the difference between a quality and mediocre dental job. Experience is not something that can be taken lightly when it comes to All-on-4 dental procedures (or any major dental treatment for that matter), as it requires extensive surgical dexterity and planning, both of which come only with years of practice. In the US, all dental practitioners partake in their undergrad studies for a two-year period and obtain a bachelor’s degree. They then go on to obtain DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) credentials for another four years. Of course, dentists undergo additional training before they can perform dental procedures that are more complex, be it an implant placement procedure or sedation process.
Interestingly, the All-on-4 dental implant technique is something that is not taught in Dental School. This is exactly why not all dentists are able to perform the procedure. If you were to look at periodontists, you will see that they go through three years of exclusive training on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease following the initial four years in dental school. They specialize in periodontal procedures, while they can also carry out traditional dental implant procedures. On the other side, we have prosthodontists who undergo exclusive training with regards to dental restoration and replacement during dental school. This is usually a three to four year course following graduation. They can carry out dental procedures that involve bridges, dentures, veneers, crowns and implants, to name a few. Take even the general training that most dentists undergo, for instance. It equips them with the skills and knowledge required to carry out examination and diagnosis, alongside prescribing medications for patients, whether it is sedatives or antibiotics. They can also carry out other dental procedures that come under prosthetic, periodontal, restorative, endodontic or exodontic dental care, treating everything from a small tooth extraction to a slightly complex root canal procedure.
However, All-on-4 can only be picked up through dedicated advanced training, alongside experience. This is exactly what makes Dr. Hagi suitable for the role. The training and experience that he brings to the table is what sets experience apart from knowledge. Dr. Hagi has a reliable skill set to back his knowledge on the All-on-4 dental protocol technique, picked up during his many years of dental practice and training. This enables him to offer finer results that a simple book-based learning system cannot reproduce.