Patients want to feel confident in their decisions regarding their dental health and the treatment they receive. The choice to undergo dental implant surgery can be life-changing as it can restore function and aesthetics, boosting patients’ self-esteem and ability to eat various foods without discomfort. Choosing a board-certified oral surgeon can provide a safer, more comfortable experience.
Oral surgeons complete the same training as general dentists but then continue on to pursue four to six years of specialized surgical training that includes emergency medicine, plastic surgery, general surgery, and other rotations. This equips them with in-depth knowledge of not just the teeth and gums, but also facial structure and anatomy. They understand the complexities of dental restoration, including dental implants, to deliver quality results and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.
Anesthesiology is also included within their training enabling oral surgeons to keep patients as safe and comfortable as possible during procedures. General dentists are often limited in the type of sedation they can provide, while oral surgeons can administer the full range of sedation from nitrous oxide to general anesthesia depending on each patient’s situation. During the planning process, the surgeon can discuss the patient’s medical history and any concerns they may have to recommend an appropriate level of sedation.
Continuous Professional Development
To obtain board certification, oral surgeons undergo rigorous written, oral, and hands-on evaluations. They must complete ongoing professional development in the latest techniques and advances in the field to maintain this designation. Board certification is not required, but it shows a dedication and commitment to their practice and a desire to provide their patients with the highest level of care. Patients can trust that their oral surgeon complies with best practices and highest standards for implant treatment.
Surgical planning for dental implants may include the need for tooth extractions and/or bone grafting. A board-certified oral surgeon can perform all of these procedures, meaning patients do not need to see multiple providers. The surgeon can coordinate treatment to minimize discomfort, risk of complications, and recovery time. They can quickly address problems during surgery due to their extensive medical and dental knowledge and experience to promote implant success.
General dentists focus on overall oral health and bi-annual examinations. They may have some experience placing dental implants, but it is not necessarily a procedure they perform regularly. On the other hand, oral surgeons are intimately familiar with the dental implant process because it is something they frequently do. They often have access to more advanced technology than a general dentist because oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide more specialized services.
Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
Dental implants generally have a high success rate when properly placed and well maintained. By choosing a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon like Dr. Bennett, patients can have greater peace of mind that they are receiving exceptional care from a highly trained provider in dental implant placement and regenerative technology to support positive outcomes. Schedule a consultation with Glacial Sands OMS by calling (219) 964-4321 to learn more about dental restoration options.