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Business category "dental implants periodontist" is misleading and should be changed. 0 Recommended Answers 3 Replies 5 Upvotes
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I wanted to address the business category of "dental implants periodontist."

Currently, this category is misleading and incorrect because it is bundling a procedure with a specialization. "Periodontist" already has its own category in Google My business. I would like to see Google change it to simply "dental implants."


Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the treatment of gum disease. While they can perform dental implant procedures, they're not the only ones.

Placement of dental implants can also be performed by General Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Maxillofacial Surgeons, and Prosthodontists.

The importance here is not their field of specialization (if they have one), but that they have training and experience in implantology.

Here is the American Academy of Implant Dentistry's guide to their credentials. You can see that the candidate doesn't need a particular specialization; they only need to be a licensed dentist with the proper training, having passed specific exams.

The American College of Prosthodontists has this statement, pointing out that General Dentists and specialists can place and maintain dental implants (and they make recommendations about cases where specialists may be more appropriate).

Lastly, the American Board of Oral Implantology lists their application requirements. You can see that both dental specialists and non-specialists can apply:

Having worked with prosthodontists and general dentists with a focus on implantology, I would like to see Google make this change so that they can be found for this service without having to falsely advertise themselves as periodontists.
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Thanks for bringing this up.  I'll send it along to Google to suggest they correct this.
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Hey Guys,

I just wanted to update you that I heard back from Google and they have added a category for "Dental Implants Provider".

I'm seeing it live now in my dashboard.
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This is great news!  Thank you
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