Each year, around five million Americans have one or more wisdom teeth surgically removed. Oral surgery is more common than you might think.
Finding the right oral surgeon could mean the difference between having a good or bad experience, though.
If you are currently choosing an oral surgeon then you came to the right place. We’ll explore options for oral surgeons and what types of questions you should ask.
Ask What Procedures Are Performed
First, you’ll want to make sure that the type of oral surgery you need is offered by the surgeon. Some oral surgery practices focus on one type of procedure like dental implant placement.
Oral surgeons who offer a wide range of surgical options are often more skilled and experienced than surgeons who only perform one type of oral surgery.
At Brown and Neuwirth Oral and Cosmetic Surgery Center, we offer a wide range of oral surgery procedures that include:
- Dental implants
- Bone grafting
- Wisdom tooth removal
- Facial trauma surgery
- Orthognathic surgery
Once you find a surgery center that offers the procedure that you need, you can refine your search by exploring these topics.
As with any medical profession, the quantity and quality of training undertaken by your oral surgeon matters. Proper training is the base on which surgeons cultivate their skillset.
First, you’ll want to ensure that the prospective oral surgeon has graduated from an accredited dental school. The stature of the university they graduated from matters too.
Then, you’ll want to look for what type of post-dental school training they underwent. Continuing education is another important component of education that you want to look for. For example, does the surgeon give presentations or publish scholarly articles?
Surgeons who stay active by giving lectures and publishing are more likely to understand the latest treatment options and surgical procedures. By working with a well-trained oral surgeon, you can enjoy peace of mind.
Our esteemed oral surgeon, Dr. Christopher Brown, earned his Bachelor of Science in Dentistry from UNC at Chapel Hill. He then continued his studies at UNC before completing a four-year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Connecticut.
He joined his current home at Brown and Neuwirth Oral and Cosmetic Surgery Center in 1993. Dr. Brown is board-certified with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In 1994, Dr. Brown is widely published.
Experience of the Oral Surgeon
Finding the right surgeon sometimes requires looking beyond formal training. An experienced oral surgeon understands how to handle complex surgical problems with precision.
An oral surgeon who has been actively practicing for more than five years likely has seen and handled enough surgical situations to meet your surgical needs. An experienced surgeon will also have a better understanding of how to handle dental emergencies or unexpected situations with ease.
Beyond measuring the number of years, you can directly ask the surgeon how many specific procedures they have performed and what the outcomes have been.
Photos of Past Work
You can always ask to see photos of past work. Any professional surgeon who promotes the quality of their work will have ample photos for you to look through. Be sure to ask about specific details about the case and whether some cases were similar to yours.
Costs and Cost Factors
Your goal here isn’t to necessarily go with the lowest offer. In fact, you’d be well advised to cross out the surgeons who charge the lowest fees. Doing so can help you remove inexperienced surgeons.
Oral surgeons should also offer reasonable fees. A surgical bill that is 50% higher than the average of the other area surgeons should be considered unreasonable.
Once you have narrowed down the options by price (cutting the bottom and possible price gougers on top), you can choose the right surgeon by looking at other criteria.
One of your first steps should be to get a recommendation from your dentist. He or she will know which surgeons have a good reputation and which ones do not. Your friends might also be a good source of information.
After that, read client reviews. Does the surgeon have overwhelmingly positive reviews?
Don’t let a few negative reviews dissuade you. A competent oral surgeon will politely reply to those comments.
If you live in or around a city, you can expect to have ample surgical options within a 30-minute commute. You don’t want to have to drive an hour or more to and from oral surgery.
A short commute lets you return home promptly to recover. You may continue using the oral surgeon. In case of a dental emergency, you don’t want to have to make a lengthy drive.
The Quality of the Location
When you visit the oral surgery practice, you’ll want to take note of how hygienic the space is. The cleanliness of the outside office space is a good indicator of the quality of the indoor surgical space.
Take note of how modern the equipment appears. You can schedule an office visit before your surgical appointment. Or you can look at online photos to access the quality of the facility.
Learn More Tips on Choosing an Oral Surgeon
Choosing an oral surgeon doesn’t have to be a hassle. Checking references and reviews and following the tips in this article can ensure that you work with the best oral surgeon in your area.
When you do choose an oral surgeon, we hope you’ll choose Dr. Brown. His many years of experience and advanced training have made him the oral surgeon of choice for our North Carolina patients.