Should I See a Dentist or an Oral Surgeon for Dental Implants

Should I See a Dentist or an Oral Surgeon for Dental Implants

If you have been told that you require a dental extraction, one of your first thoughts beyond the procedure itself will almost certainly be about how you can replace the gap in your smile. Missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speaking, as well as have a detrimental effect on how you feel about the appearance of your smile. Have you previously lost single or multiple teeth, but are dissatisfied with your current archetypal restoration, which could be a bridge or denture? These conventional solutions have many limitations that can prove frustrating for patients. Perhaps then it is little wonder that so many people are now turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth.

Dental implants have revolutionized tooth replacement and are one of the most sought-after dental treatments today. As a result, huge numbers of dental professionals have decided that this is a treatment that they would like to be able to offer patients. While there are now many different dental practises that offer dental implant surgery to patients, unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that they can all perform the procedure to the highest standards.
 

Dental implant procedures are complex, surgical processes

If you don’t already know a great deal about dental implants, you may not realize quite how invasive the process to receive them truly is. The design of dental implants features a porcelain crown, which is custom designed for each patient and provides the visible part of your artificial tooth. However, this isn’t all. The porcelain crown is secured to your mouth using a titanium post. This post is inserted into the jaw bone via the gums, protruding slightly out of the soft tissue so that the visible part of the tooth can be attached. The positioning of each implant post is essential to the success of the process, as well as ensuring that there are no adverse effects for the patient. As such, specific tests to check on the health and density of the bone, as well as x-rays and CT scans to determine implant placement locations, must be carried out. As you can imagine, this requires a great deal of training, and experience is extremely valuable when it comes to planning the procedure.
 

Can dental implants be placed by any dental professional?

At the current time, the American Dental Association permits all general dentists to perform dental implants. Obviously, this is under the assumption that they have had sufficient training in the techniques and processes used and they have the necessary equipment present in their dental surgery. Although any dentist technically can place dental implants, they may not necessarily have the same training and experience. They may also not have some of the cutting edge equipment, such as that needed for CT or CB scans, which are considered to help make the process safer and as accurate as possible.
 

Why choose an oral surgeon for your dental implant procedure?

Oral surgeons undergo education and training beyond that completed by a regular dentist. Although there are several routes into the discipline, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon must complete a four-year degree in dental surgery and four years of dental school, along with an additional four to six years of education and training whilst in residency. Therefore, you can rest assured that by choosing an oral surgeon for your dental implants, you will be selecting a professional who has already shown incredible commitment and dedication to their chosen profession. If they are also board-certified, they will have been proven to achieve and continue to maintain the highest standards within their profession. This is because the process to achieve board certification requires repeated demonstration of practical skill alongside written knowledge.

Oral surgeons also work in different environments to general dentists. They are used to operating in large medical centers and hospitals, and with a range of other professionals and specialists. When you choose an oral surgeon to complete your dental implants, they will work closely with your regular dentist to achieve the best possible outcome from your procedure.

Finally, oral surgeons tend to have better access to the latest diagnostic technology, which is essential for planning and executing dental implants with complete precision and accuracy. These important tools can also help to ensure that there is minimal tissue drama, and there is the lowest possible risk of complications from your procedure, enhancing the safety profile of the surgery as well as patient outcomes.

If you are looking for an oral surgeon to complete your dental implant procedure, our dedicated and experienced team would be delighted to assist you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at the New York Institute of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Brooklyn, NY today by calling (718) 808 9922.