06 Jul 5 Tips When Looking for an Oral Surgeon
Has your dentist recommended that you see an oral surgeon? Perhaps you need your wisdom teeth extracted or want to look into replacing lost teeth with dental implants. Following are some helpful tips to find the right practice for your oral surgery needs.
#1 Ask for Your Dentist’s Recommendation
If you haven’t already, ask your dentist for a recommendation. He or she will know of great oral and maxillofacial surgeons in your area. Dentists frequently collaborate with oral surgeons for treatments like wisdom teeth extractions, dental implants, and full-mouth reconstruction.
#2 Learn About A Surgeon’s Education and Training (including Continuing Education)
Once you have a list of potential surgeons, take time to learn more about their education, training, and experience. You can do this by visiting dental practice websites and calling their offices.
The type of training and continuing education a surgeon has can help you find a specialist best suited to you. For instance, if you’re in need of tooth replacement, look for a surgeon who focuses on implant dentistry in his or her continuing education.
#3 Inquire About Dental Insurance and Financing Options
Before you start making appointments, you want to make sure your dental insurance is accepted by an oral surgery practice. Many times, dental insurance doesn’t cover all of your expenses so if you’re on a budget, you will want to inquire about whether a practice offers financing programs like payment plans.
#4 Ask About A Practice’s Available Services
Not every oral surgery practice offers the same services. Some practices may focus more on cosmetic treatments like injectables, crown lengthening, and implant dentistry than reconstructive services, jaw surgery, or oral pathology. Bottom line: make sure the practices you call offer the treatments you are interested in.
#5 Consider Convenience – A Practice’s Location and Its Accommodations
If you’re in need of treatments that require multiple office visits, the location of an oral surgery practice might be very important to you. Similarly, there might be accommodations you need such as flexible scheduling. If these aspects of care matter to you, be sure to ask about them before your appointment.
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