You may be aware that oral surgeons must complete a post-graduate residency in order to be certified in the specialty. Did you know that your oral surgeon has to complete ongoing courses long after graduating from dental school, though?

This continuing education is required by the American Association for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, along with state licensure boards, and it gives practitioners the opportunity to stay current on the latest dental technology. Ultimately, your oral surgeon’s continuing education experience helps to enhance your care. [pullquote]Continuing education is particularly important for practitioners who place dental implants due to the ever-present technological advances that improve patients’ experiences with the devices.[/pullquote]

Continuing education is particularly important for practitioners who place dental implants due to the ever-present technological advances that improve patients’ experiences with the devices. Dental implants have come a long way since the mid-twentieth century discovery that titanium fuses with bone, and conscientious implant dentists keep up on those developments to improve patient care.

Modern dental implants have evolved significantly in the past several decades, with changes in shape, surface materials and surgical techniques all leading to better patient outcomes. Dental implant manufacturers continue to engage in research that produces superior products.

While attending a dental implant seminar, oral surgeons gain knowledge of these latest developments in surgical techniques and materials used in manufacturing the implants. Other practitioners may fall behind if they don’t attend such courses, but our EverSmile network of dental professionals is dedicated to achieving clinical excellence through improving our skills and knowledge base.

Most oral surgeons fine tune their skills by placing dental implants in numerous patients, but if they don’t keep up with changes in the field, all of that experience may be meaningless. When selecting an oral surgeon for your dental implant treatment, consider this aspect as well.

Dental implants require a significant commitment on the patient’s part, and it’s important to choose a qualified, knowledgeable and experienced practitioner. Be sure that your oral surgeon keeps up with dental implant continuing education, and ask about how the knowledge gained in those endeavors will impact your treatment.