Before undergoing any surgery, it’s vital that you research dental professionals extensively to ensure you receive the best possible outcome. While any general dentist with the proper training and qualifications can place dental implants, because this procedure involves oral surgery, it is recommended that you choose an oral surgeon. Your smile is a fundamental trait, and it shouldn’t be trusted to just anyone.
Below are five reasons why oral surgeons make a great choice for placing dental implants. To schedule your consultation with a board certified Colleyville oral surgeon, please contact our office today by calling 817.552.3223.
Oral Surgeons Have the Highest Level of Education
General dentists typically spend seven to eight years in earning a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine). Once they have achieved their education and passed their licensing exam, they are cleared to practice general dentistry procedures, including dental implants.
After completing dental school, individuals interested in becoming oral surgeons go on to complete four to six years of additional training, most often in a hospital-based or surgical environment, focusing their time and efforts on dental surgical procedures. Some, such as Colleyville oral surgeon Dr. Chris Tye, go on to be become board certified. Oral surgeons certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offer the highest standard of care and procedures and participate in ongoing continuing education courses to maintain this status.
Oral Surgeons Have Extensive Training and Experience
While general dentists spend hours each week identifying cavities, tooth abnormalities, and performing dental fillings, oral surgeons spend their time extracting teeth, placing dental implants, and surgically correcting jaws. Oral surgeons are not only trained in the basics of general dentistry, they have experience in treating injuries and diseases of the mouth, jaw, face, neck, and face. Because the success rate and longevity of your implant-supported restoration is heavily dependent on the strategic placement of your dental implants, it’s important that you select a knowledgeable professional to place yours.
Oral Surgeons Can Better Handle Complications
Although dental implant surgery is minimally invasive and low risk, even under the best care by the most qualified professional, complications, such as overly large sinuses, broken teeth, bone infections can arise. Oral surgeons understand the anatomical structures, nerves, and inner workings of the mouth, sinuses, and jaw, making them experts at placing dental implants and handling complications. They also have more advanced tools and technologies in-office allowing them to deliver comprehensive care and address complications immediately and more effectively.
Oral Surgeons Can Offer Stronger Sedation
While general dentists offer local anesthesia, and in some cases oral conscious sedation, you will not be completely asleep during the procedure. Oral surgeons have a surgical background and are equipped at delivering the highest level of sedation with IV or general anesthesia. If desired, you can be fully sedated throughout your dental implant surgery and rest easy knowing your oral surgeon is certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.
Meet Dr. Tye
If you are considering dental implants to improve your smile, we invite you in to meet Colleyville oral surgeon Dr. Tye, tour our facility, and discuss your options. Please call our Colleyville, TX, office today at (817) 552-3223.