New treatment techniques and technologies are always being introduced in oral surgery, and it’s important for the specialty’s practitioners to make sure that they are in the know about the latest and greatest developments in their field. Doing so can improve a patient’s care whether they will be undergoing a dental implant placement, surgical extraction or some other surgical procedure.
One major resource for an oral surgeon who wants to keep his or her knowledge fresh is a dental implant seminar. Dental implant technology has improved tremendously since the introduction of these devices for patient care in the 1980s. Implant designers and producers are continually fine-tuning the design of their devices as well as the surgical approaches to inserting them in the jaw.
When an oral surgeon attends a dental implant seminar, it presents an opportunity to get educated on these developments. Furthermore, the surgeons can network with each other and share information to expand their knowledge base.
You may think that this is not an important consideration when you’re looking for an oral surgeon to provide you with dental implants. However, you don’t want a provider who is relying on outdated appliances or instruments. That could ultimately have a negative effect on your treatment. So, when doing your research, don’t hesitate to ask the surgeon how he or she keeps tabs on developments in the field.
Professional associations at the local, regional, state and national levels can also give surgeons the chance to keep their knowledge fresh. These organizations typically sponsor continuing education events and conferences and host networking events that give these specialists more opportunities to interact. Ask if your surgeon is a member of any of these groups, too.
Dental implant technology is always changing, and you want to be sure that the provider who is placing your dental implants has access to the state-of-the-art equipment and appliances and is staying current on surgical techniques as well. If you have any questions about our surgeons and their continuing education efforts, please feel free to call our office or ask about this at your initial consultation.