There are a lot of myths about dental implants, but today we'd like to talk about what is probably the most common and definitely the most serious one: that all dentists are equally qualified to place dental implants. As a periodontist, we have three additional years of advanced surgical training to learn how to properly place dental implants. Whereas, a lot of the general dentists only go through a weekend dental implant course as opposed to what we go through. To properly diagnose a treatment plan, place dental implants and deal with the complications, it does take several years of advanced training. Another common myth is that dental implants are very painful and take a long time to place. The truth is that they are actually a very short duration of treatment, and they are actually a very comfortable treatment. Most patients have minimal discomfort after the procedure and can get by with just Tylenol and Advil.