Why See an Oral Surgeon for Dental Implants

Robert G. Hale, DDS at Woodland Hills Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryThe growing and deserved popularity of dental implants as a long-term solution for missing or failing teeth has led to an explosion of providers offering the procedure. A patient, confronted with a dizzying array of options, may understandably be confused about who to turn to. However, to achieve the best outcome, the choice is clear: dental implants should be placed by an oral surgeon

Oral surgeons are the most qualified dentists. They must complete twelve to fourteen years of education before they can practice as oral surgeons, which consists of a science-based undergraduate degree, dental school, and four to six years of postdoctoral training. This training includes extensive clinical rotations in surgical procedures and an

anesthesia. Board certification, which oral surgeons receive after they pass their board exams, allows them hospital admitting privileges as well.
This education and training makes oral surgeons the only dental professionals qualified to perform surgeries. Even the simplest implant procedure—the placement of a single implant into healthy bone—is, in fact, surgery. An oral surgeon has the knowledge and skill to not only perform the implant procedure correctly, but also to manage care both before and after the procedure to minimize the risk of complications and promote healing.

Regardless of what you might read in an advertisement, dental implants are not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Depending on a patient’s situation, including their age, the condition of bone in their jaw, and the number and location of teeth to be replaced, the implant procedure may need to be customized to produce the best possible outcome. Many options are available for implants where bone may be lacking, a replacement tooth must be fit into a narrow space, or when a patient’s overall health makes multiple surgical procedures risky. An oral surgeon is best qualified to fully determine the patient’s individual situation prior to any surgery to ensure that the treatment plan properly addresses the patient’s needs and avoids potential problems.

Although dental implants generally have a high success rate, failures do occur. When problems crop up, oral surgeons are the only dental professionals who have the training to address serious complications of the procedure. Complications can include nerve damage, postoperative infections, or failure of the implant to bond to the bone, among others. Addressing these issues properly may require additional, specialized surgical procedures to repair or replace problematic implants, and only an oral surgeon is qualified to provide them.

Successful dental implants are a life-changing intervention for patients with missing or failing teeth, one that provides a natural-feeling replacement while preserving bone health in the jaw. Having implants done correctly provides a solution that, properly cared for, can last a lifetime. Consulting an oral surgeon gives you the best possible chance for long-term success of your dental implants. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hale, please call 818-999-0900.

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