Dental implants are the most effective way to replace your teeth, and they are an investment into your smile, your oral health, and your life in general. To ensure you have the best experience possible, you should work with a dental implant specialist. While making your selection, keep the following criteria in mind.
Board-Certified Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon
Ideally, you should not get dental implants from a general dentist. To safeguard your oral health, you need to work with a dental implant specialist. These oral surgeons go through advanced training, often spending two or more years in the classroom than a general dentist. They also complete extensive mentorship and training programs, and of course, have to pass a board certification test and stay current with continuing education requirements.
As you compare different board-certified oral maxillofacial surgeons, you should also look for one who has attended top notch institutions and worked with high quality mentors.
Dental Implant Specialist Who Has Extensive Experience
Your mouth deserves a dental implant specialist with extensive experience. An experienced surgeon has completed thousands of surgeries. They have worked on everything from outpatient surgeries to extremely challenging cases in high-risk trauma centers. When a surgeon has this kind of experience, they understand the morphology of the mouth inside and out. They have a steady hand, and you can trust them with absolutely anything.
Other surgeries you may want your specialist to have experience with, include facial cosmetics, rejuvenation surgeries, corrective jaw surgeries, pathology cases, and of course, facial and oral implants.
Respect Among Colleagues
When assessing any professional, look at how they are received by their peers. If an oral surgeon’s colleagues and other dental professionals respect them, that’s a strong indicator that the oral surgeon excels at their post. Keep in mind that other dentists and surgeons understand the industry, they know what information is important, and they can assess each other more critically than outsiders can.
If a dental implant specialist does a lot of lectures or gets invited to be a visiting surgeon at other facilities in the country, their colleagues likely have a lot of respect for the specialist and their knowledge base. Other signs of respect within the industry include working as a medical broadcaster, media appearances, and being published in academic or industry journals.
When selecting a dental implant specialist, also look for someone who works in a great environment. You want to feel comfortable with their clinic and their staff, and to ensure you get the best treatment possible, you should make sure they have cutting edge technology to use throughout the dental implant process.
If possible, look over patient testimonials to see how other patients feel about the specialist you’re considering. Positive reviews can be really reassuring when you’re trying to choose an oral surgeon.
Ready to make an appointment with a dental implant specialist? Then, contact us today at Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery. We specialize in oral and maxillofacial surgeries, and our board-certified surgeons are well respected throughout the community and the oral surgery industry in general. We look forward to helping you start the journey to dental implants.