Some patients may wonder why their dentist refers them to an oral surgeon for certain interventions rather than provide those treatments themselves. Oral surgery is a highly specialized field, and its practitioners perform such procedures routinely, becoming increasingly experienced in the knowledge needed to treat conditions ranging from impacted wisdom teeth to tooth loss to complex malocclusions, along with many other conditions. Typically, a general dentist would not be as well-versed in such interventions.
Furthermore, these specialists complete education above and beyond that of a general dentist and pursue continuing education opportunities, such as a dental implant seminar or a presentation on a new anesthetic agent.
Before being able to practice in this field, an oral surgeon must complete a residency after graduating from dental school. This post-graduate training focuses more narrowly on relevant information to the specialty, such as facial structures and oral pathology. Additionally, surgeons-in-training get extensive hands-on experience in performing procedures during their residencies.
After finishing their formal training, these surgeons educate themselves in an ongoing manner as well. In order to maintain their professional licenses, they must accrue a certain number of continuing education hours each year or every other year, depending on the licensure period. These courses help surgeons to stay updated on the newest techniques and technologies in the field. For example, a dental implant seminar may focus on an innovative implant design or placement technique that produces more predictable results.
These specialists also stay informed by participating in related dental organizations, such as the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and American Dental Association, or similar groups convened at the state and/or local level. These groups give surgeons opportunities to network with their peers and learn from their knowledge, as well.
When choosing an oral surgeon, you should investigate his or her qualifications, including educational background. Please call our team at EverSmile for more information on the professional trainings that our providers have completed.