You’ve been told by your dentist that you need dental implants to replace missing teeth. And now you’re wondering where you should go to have the procedure done. We know that this decision can be overwhelming and even confusing. That’s why we offer you this guide—a list of things to consider when choosing an oral surgeon.
The Importance of a Specialist
If you’re thinking: “I love my dentist. Why can’t my dentist perform my oral surgery?” The truth is, your dentist probably can, but here’s the thing. An oral surgeon’s sole focus is oral surgery—all day, every day. As a specialist, Dr. Valiente, our oral surgeon at Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, has undergone extensive and concentrated surgical training unique to oral surgery, and he has specialized equipment and materials close at hand. In fact, an office like ours, equipped with instrumentation specific to oral and maxillofacial surgery, allows for Dr. Valiente to perform procedures quickly, precisely and comfortably. Another bonus: Oral surgeons are trained and certified to administer anesthesia—truly optimizing the comfort of your treatment.
The Ins and Outs of Oral Surgery
Oral surgery is a surgical specialty that is built on a dental foundation. In other words, when Dr. Valiente finished dental school, he went on to attain specialty training beyond the expertise of his dental credentials. Oral surgery is, simply put, mouth surgery and jaw and facial reconstruction, and Dr. Valiente has been practicing this unique specialty since 1995.
The Specifics of Oral Surgery Training
Upon completion of dental school, dental graduates have the option of choosing a specialty. Oral Surgery was Dr. Valiente’s specialty of choice which meant:
- 4-6 years of hospital training in a variety of areas, including anesthesiology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, intensive care, general surgery, ENT plastic surgery, and neurosurgery.
- Extended study and skill development of the mouth, face and jaw region.
- Hands-on experience, thorough research and complete analysis of:
- Dental Implant Surgery
- Bone Grafting
- Wisdom Tooth Removal
- Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery)
- Facial Trauma
- TMJ Surgery
- Pathology & Reconstruction
- Facial cosmetic Surgery
The Details Behind Board Certification
Dr. Valiente has been a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons since 2000. As a board-certified oral surgeon, he completed an additional series of rigorous requirements, from written and oral examinations to a review of his surgical expertise by a panel of peers, proving he’s achieved the highest level of competence. Dr. Valiente maintains his certification by continuing to fulfill ongoing professional education requirements provided through national meetings, seminars, lectures, and special courses.
The bottom-line? Choosing a board-certified oral surgeon to perform your oral surgery is choosing the most qualified and highly trained surgeon within a specialty, specifically, the mouth, face and jaw region. This will not only guarantee the best treatment possible, but also ensure a peace of mind that you are truly in the hands of an expert.