Dentists maintain the oral health of patients by providing treatments that fall under general dentistry. Procedures like cavity treatment, teeth whitenings, and dental cleanings are performed every day across the United States by dentists who attended dental school after college and then passed the requisite state board exams to practice as licensed dentists.  

If you require oral surgery, your dentist will likely refer you to a trusted oral surgeon. Oral surgeons are dentists who hold medical degrees. If you are looking for an oral surgeon in the Colleyville, Southlake, or Euless, TX area, Dr. Chris Tye (a board-certified oral surgeon) graduated from both dental and medical school. He has over 25 years of professional experience and offers dental implants, wisdom teeth extractions, TMJ surgery, and more. 

Unique Training, Unique Treatments

Oral surgeons are specialists who perform surgical procedures on the mouth, jaws, face, and teeth. Some dentists perform minor oral surgeries, but if you are looking for experienced care, oral surgeons may be your best option. 

Dentists focus on:

  • Routine exams and cleanings
  • Addressing tooth decay
  • Placing fillings
  • Placing prosthetics
  • Providing oral hygiene advice
  • Treating infections
  • Performing cosmetic procedures

Oral surgeons routinely perform:

  • TMJ surgery
  • Dental implant placements
  • Bone grafts
  • Tooth extractions
  • Corrective jaw surgery
  • Treatments to address facial trauma

Dr. Tye focuses on complex surgical procedures, meaning he has vast amounts of experience placing dental implants and performing other forms of oral surgery. That experience matters, and so does the formal education that Dr. Tye has undergone.

Dr. Tye is board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. To gain that important distinction, he had to complete a difficult evaluation process that was monitored by other certified oral surgeons. To maintain his certification, Dr. Tye must regularly retake comprehensive board exams. Dr. Tye graduated from both medical and dental school, becoming the first dual-degree Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon in Tarrant County. 

Dr. Tye holds hospital affiliations with Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Grapevine. His professional association memberships include:

  • Board Certified Diplomate of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Texas Dental Society
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry Certified PACE Continuing Education Provider and Instructor

In short, dentists focus on a wide range of non-surgical dental procedures to prevent or treat dental problems. Dentists may periodically engage in minor surgical procedures like tooth extraction when needed. Oral surgeons are specially trained to perform all forms of oral surgeries. Their advanced medical training allows oral surgeons to administer sedation and anesthesia directly to patients. Oral surgeons undergo advanced medical training that gives them a deep understanding of the physiology of the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face. This is one reason why dentists refer surgical procedures to trained oral surgeons. By working with an experienced oral surgeon, you can lower your risk of post-surgical complications.

Schedule Your Procedure with a Trusted Colleyville Oral Surgeon

Dr. Tye brings over 25 years of professional experience in addressing your oral surgery needs. Our office recently began placing the advanced Straumann AlloGraft Ring, which allows many patients to forgo bone grafting before dental implant placement. To work with one of the most respected oral surgeons in North Texas, please contact our office online or call (817) 552-3223.