Why do I need an oral surgeon if I have a dentist?
The relationship between your oral surgeon and your general dentist is key to ensuring optimal results for your surgical needs. Generally speaking, patients are typically referred to an oral surgeon by their general dentist. Your dentist may suggest that you see a specific surgeon near you, or provide several recommendations for you. In some instances, your dentist may suggest that they can take care of your surgical needs at their office. Here are a few things to consider while making a decision about your surgical care.
Educational Background and Training
While all dentists must attend four years of dental school prior to receiving their dental degree, oral and maxillofacial surgeons spend an additional four to six years of extensive study and intensive training in medicine, surgery, anesthesia, cosmetic and trauma surgery, corrective jaw surgery, and implant dentistry. Once training is complete, many oral surgeons submit for written and oral examinations to achieve board certification and some even receive medical degrees after completing medical school.
The Structure of the Oral Surgery Office
Oral surgery offices are built from the ground up with a focus on outpatient surgery and anesthesia. While many high-tech, state-of-the-art dental offices exist, surgery and anesthesia are not typically the focus when general dental care practices are being built. From anesthesia and safety equipment to optimizing patient flow and recovery, the oral surgery facility is uniquely designed for outpatient surgery. All oral surgery offices undergo onsite examination and certification to ensure office-based anesthesia standards are met. In addition, the surgeon and their team focus solely on surgical care every single day.
What procedures does an oral surgeon perform?
While many people think of wisdom teeth when they think of oral surgeons (and we are indeed the wisdom tooth experts), there are many other procedures oral surgeons perform with great skill. Oral surgeons are trained in sophisticated dental implant placement and the various hard and soft tissue grafting procedures that are done to optimize implant results. These procedures are routine for us. We also treat orthognathic or jaw issues and traumatic facial injuries.
What sets Peachtree Oral and Facial Surgery apart?
Dr. Paul E. Anderson opened Peachtree Oral and Facial Surgery in 2010. With the addition of Dr. Damian Jimenez in 2019, we have 2 board-certified surgeons in our office. Our team provides service in a safe, convenient, caring environment for Peachtree City, Newnan, Fayetteville, and the surrounding areas of south metro Atlanta. The most important thing that sets us apart, however, is our incredible team. Many of our team members have been a part of our family for years and each member has developed the skill and expertise to excel in providing exceptional patient care. Our surgeons, clinical assistants, and administrative team are deeply committed to providing safe, comfortable, and compassionate patient care.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our team today at 770-302-0101.