Here’s why an oral surgery clinic is an optimal place to get dental implants.

Dental implants are a surgical procedure and, if you need them, there is a likelihood that you will be referred to an oral surgeon. Over the past few years, however, it has become a trend for general dentists to offer dental implants as a service.

When it comes to surgical dental procedures, you can rely on the oral surgeons of the Alaska Center For Oral + Facial Surgery for innovative skills and the leading patient outcomes. Learn more about why you should choose an oral surgeon for dental implants.  

The Importance of Dental Implant Placement

Dental implants are a commonly practiced procedure, but as with any surgery, there are risks. By trusting your care to an oral surgeon, you can depend on us to make the right decisions for the best outcomes.

Why opt for an oral surgeon?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dental specialist that spends an additional four to six years out of their DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) training in a hospital environment honing and crafting their surgical skills.

While an oral surgeon has the skills for general dentistry, she or he agrees to forego that scope of practice to focus solely on surgical dental procedures. The scope of an oral surgeon’s practice includes the following:

  • Simple and complicated tooth extractions (including wisdom teeth removal)
  • Dental implants
  • Trauma to the jaw and face bones
  • Removal of cysts and tumors
  • Bite discrepancies
  • TMJ surgeries
  • Cleft lip and palate surgeries

While general dentists do perform dental implant surgeries, The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), has found that the success rate of dental implants is higher in dental surgery practices when compared to the same procedures being performed by general dentists.    

Not only do oral surgeons have more training and clinical experience when dealing with dental implants, but they are also exposed to a wider variety of complications that may arise during these dental surgeries — an oral surgeon will be able to manage these complications themselves, should they occur.

Why choose Alaska Center for Oral + Facial Surgery for dental implants?

Your dentist has referred you to us because of our superior dental skills and techniques involving dental implants. Consider general dentists as the family practitioners that care for your healthy smile, and they can perform any dental procedure which they are comfortable and trained in, such as filling cavities or a root canal. When procedures such as dental implants become more complicated, they will refer a patient to a skilled oral surgeon for the procedure.

Whether you were referred by your dentist or not, choosing an oral surgeon to perform your dental implants is crucial to the overall outcome. An oral surgeon comes with more years of training and experience and can address any complications that emerge. At our practice specifically, we also have oral surgeons that are able to administer anesthesia that makes the dental implant procedure much more comfortable.

If you need dental implants, there is no other clinic to choose than the Alaska Center For Oral + Facial Surgery
for our experience and patient-focused care.

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