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Glendale, AZ 85306

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Dental Implant Surgery: General Dentist or Oral Surgeon?

Dental Implants, Oral Surgery, DentistrySouthwest Oral Surgery in Glendale is dedicated to giving you the best care available, no matter what your particular concern is. Our highly trained staff continually receives the latest education and stays on top of the latest advances in technology so you can rest assured that you will receive the most advanced care for your situation.

One of the most popular procedures we perform is dental implant surgery, in which we place an artificial tooth root into your jaw so that it can hold a replacement tooth or bridge. While this is a highly technical procedure, more and more general dentists are beginning to offer it in their practice, which may leave you wondering who is best to place them – an oral surgeon or a general dentist?

Why Would I Get a Dental Implant?

If you have broken a tooth or had a tooth pulled for any reason, you may be considering an implant to replace that missing tooth. Because broken and missing teeth often make us feel bad about ourselves, replacing missing teeth helps us maintain our dignity. It’s also important to make sure that all of our teeth are present and in good condition to help avoid other issues, such as bone loss. Because each case is different, it always best to have oral surgeons perform the procedure.

What’s the Difference Between an Oral Surgeon and a General Dentist?

Following dental school, oral surgeons complete an additional four years (or more) in a hospital-based residency program, training alongside medical residents in a range of specialties from internal medicine to anesthesiology. Many oral surgeons, including our own Dr. Robert Buch, also go on to earn their MD degree, giving oral surgeons a level of expertise that simply isn’t available from a dentist with a DDS degree.

But Doesn’t a General Dentist Know How the Procedure Is Done?

Although a general dentist may have good knowledge of the procedure, many dentists refer patients to oral surgeons for a variety of procedures that are beyond their scope of practice. Consider the difference between your family doctor, who can take care of your basic needs, and a cardiologist. Your family doctor has a good basic working knowledge of the heart, but the cardiologist specializes in it and knows the latest techniques and procedures.

A general dentist is wonderful for maintaining your dental health. They provide regular exams, cleanings, and can perform uncomplicated procedures like simple extractions, just like your family doctor maintains your overall health. However, for more complex procedures, it is always best to turn to the experts. Sometimes a situation may be more complicated than originally thought, and it’s best to have an expert on hand who can resolve the problem safely, effectively, and efficiently.

Our understanding of the latest advances in procedure techniques as well as our state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide you with the most current care and procedures. The oral surgeons of Southwest Oral Surgery can determine if implants are the best choice for you, and our advanced knowledge of this procedure makes us the logical choice. Give us a call today at (623) 792-5794 to schedule your dental implants consultation.


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