If you have been exploring your tooth replacement options, you have probably heard something about dental implants. When looking for a tooth implant specialist, there are a few things you might what to consider. For instance, an oral surgeon is normally an ideal specialist for placing a tooth implant because he or she will have a tremendous amount of experience placing implants along with education and training to address common issues that tend to accompany tooth loss. Following are some helpful tips for finding the tooth implant specialist for you.
Understanding Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as a Specialty
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a specialist. What this means is that in addition to a standard doctor of dental surgery degree, an OMS continues his or her education and training in rigorous programs that provide focused information and experience with diagnosing and treating issues that affect all structures of the oral cavity and lower part of the face. Just as a patient would visit an orthopedic surgeon for knee surgery instead of a general practitioner, patients visit an OMS for complex and precise care such as the placement of dental implants, bone grafting procedures, and tooth extractions.
Choosing a Specialist
When you decide to choose a specialist for dental implants, you might want to ask your general dentist for a referral or two. Your dentist can give you names of surgeons with whom he or she trusts or has worked with in the past. You can also search for a specialist online. Consider using a search engine like Google or Yahoo! Be sure to tailor or search results to your location by entering the city you live in. From here, we recommend writing down a list of specialists in your area. Browse their websites and look for reviews and testimonials online to learn more about them. Once you’ve made a list, call their practices to ask if they are accepting new patients. From here, you may schedule a consultation or continue your search by calling other providers.
Our skilled surgeon, Dr. Tye, has advanced training and experience with placing dental implants. Contact Texas Oral Surgery Specialists today to reserve a consultation.