Is an Oral Surgeon Also a Dental Implant Specialist?

Implant Specialist Lubbock, TX

Having your teeth replaced by a dental implant specialist is a great way to restore missing teeth because they stay in permanently and feel just like your own. You can chew your food and have a vibrant smile because no one can tell just by looking at you that you have dental implants. 

While dental implants have become a common procedure, there still are some risks. An oral surgeon is someone who was educated and trained in specialized dentistry and then spent an additional four to six years out of their “Doctor of Dental Surgery” or “Doctor of Dental Medicine” training in a hospital environment where they crafted their surgical skills even though an oral surgeon has the skills of general dentistry they give that up so that they can focus solely on being an oral surgeon. 

A better success rate

While it is true that general periodontists perform dental implant surgeries, the Journal of the American Dental Association has found that the success rate is much better when a patient sees an oral surgeon as the dental implant specialist. This is because, in addition to advanced training and clinical experience, an oral surgeon has been exposed to a wider variety of complications so that they are better prepared for anything that may arise during the surgery. 

Some of the concerns an oral surgeon is highly trained to address include diminished bone density and nerve position. If you have gum disease or any other medical condition, an oral surgeon will be better prepared as your dental implant specialist

What to expect

The process begins with the planning period, where molds are taken of your teeth to ensure that later when the dental implant is inserted, it will fit into your mouth and align around your current bite. Creating this mold offers an exact impression of your teeth, and this is how you and your oral surgeon can expect a perfect fit.

During the procedure, you will likely be consciously sedated with a local anesthetic. Your gums are cut open, and holes are drilled into the bone. This is when the post for the dental implant is inserted. Now that the implant is inserted, a process called osseointegration can begin. This just means that your jaw bone will grow into the implant, making it seem like a natural part of you. Now you can plan a second surgery where the abutment is attached, and this is where the crown and the artificial tooth will be placed. This is when you can begin chewing your food with your new tooth and get on with your life with a brighter smile.

Dental implant surgery has a very high success rate, but you can do your part to make a successful outcome even more likely. You will need to practice daily oral hygiene to ensure your oral health. You will want to keep the gum and tissue surrounding the implant clear of particulates during the healing process. Even once you have fully healed and your new tooth or teeth feel like a part of you, it will be important to brush and floss just as you do with your natural teeth.

Request an appointment here: or call High Plains Periodontics And Implant Dentistry at (806) 686-1262 for an appointment in our Lubbock office.

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