I am a General Dentist , practicing more then 25 yrs, with an primary interest in restoring function as well as esthetics . Cosmetic Dentistry is not a recognized specialty within dentistry, we ( dentists) all have the skillets to do it., so I choose not label myself that way. The majority of my continuing education over the years has been in Implant Dentistry( also not a specialty). Through numerous lectures , hands on courses ( some involving cadaver specimens) and the 2 yr Comprehensive Training I received at NYU, where I remain on as faculty , I have acquired the ability to better restore a patients mouth, in many cases even without drilling teeth. Please refer to the Implant page on my office website to answer some of your questions....http://www.mahopacdental.com/implants/ While preserving a tooth in most cases is best , through the use of implant dentistry, more predictable outcomes can be achieved, rather than putting the patient through "heroic" procedures with less predictable outcomes.