5 Reasons Dental Implants Should be Placed by an Oral SurgeonDental Implant Placement graphic

If you are considering dental implants to restore missing teeth, you should choose an oral surgeon. Although some dentists do dental implant surgery, they do not have the same expertise an oral surgeon offers. If you aren’t sure whether an oral surgeon is the right choice, consider the following reasons:

1.    Oral Surgeons Have More Training in Implant Surgery

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon pursues 4 years of additional education, training and hospital residency after receiving their dental degree. To become a diplomate of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, oral and maxillofacial specialists must pass a rigorous OMS board exam. The result is a greater understanding of oral and dental anatomy and more experience in a wide range of oral surgery procedures, including dental implants.

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2.    Oral Surgeons Perform More Dental Implant Procedures

A dentist’s focus of their practice is typically preventive, family, or cosmetic dentistry. They do not routinely perform oral surgery and do not have the extensive experience of an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons perform surgeries, including dental implant placements, every day. Due to their greater experience with the procedure, oral surgeons can perform the surgery quickly, efficiently, and with less post-operative pain.

3.    Dental Implants Sometimes Require Additional Procedures

Many patients require procedures such as tooth extractions, bone grafting, and or a sinus lift bone graft before implant surgery. These procedures are performed regularly by oral surgeons. Bone grafting and sinus lifts, in particular, are procedures requiring an in-depth understanding of bone structure, growth, and regeneration and the anatomy of the jawbone and sinus cavities that a general dentist may not have.

4.    Complication Management

Although rare, complications may arise during dental implant placement. If there are complications, an oral surgeon is better prepared to handle the situation. A general dentist may need to refer the patient to an oral surgeon to resolve the issue.

If your need for dental implants is related to facial trauma or injury, an oral surgeon can perform other corrective facial or oral surgery ensuring seamless care and optimal healing.

5.    More Anesthesia Options

Oral surgeons can offer a wider variety of anesthesia options when placing dental implants. If you suffer from dental anxiety or do not want to be awake during your implant surgery, an oral surgeon can offer IV sedation and, in some cases, general anesthesia for your comfort. While general dentists can provide local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, not all offer IV or general sedation.

If you are considering dental implants, we provide expertise, compassionate care, and the benefit of years of experience to ensure you are thrilled with your dental implants and experience minimal discomfort.

To schedule a consultation, contact the Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants at Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants Office Phone Number (813) 968-5400 today.