Why Your Dentist Refers You to An Oral Surgeon

Best_DentistImplants, extractions, and other tooth problems that involve the bones of the jaw are handled by a specialty known as oral surgery.  If your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon, it is because there is a high level of integrity on the dentist’s part to create the best outcome for your dental problem. “A referral is also a three-way exchange of trust,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office. “A referral shows the dentist respects the expertise of the oral surgeon, the oral surgeon respects the dentist’s original work and judgment, and that the dentist trusts the patient to ask any questions about the procedure or what made the referral necessary,” she continues. This level of concern for trust is one of the many reasons Dr. Ford has been chosen two years in a row as one of the best dentists in the Valley.

An oral surgeon handles conditions such as impacted wisdom teeth, the placement of dental implants, and corrections in jaw fit and shape. “The implants are tooth root substitutes that are surgically anchored in place in the jawbone and act to stabilize the artificial teeth to which they are attached,” reports WebMD. In some cases, implants are placed singly or in multiples, sometimes without serving the purpose of supporting a denture.

Exact placement is important to long-lasting results. The jawbone must be free of infection, must be healthy enough to support a tooth, and must be kept healthy and clean after placement.

Oral surgeons are also needed to make corrections to jaws with irregularities prior to dentures being fitted. Once the jaw can support a denture, the patient will experience the dentures as far more natural and well-fitting.

“An oral surgeon gives sedation for the comfort of the patient,” says Dr. Ford, “and that promotes trust as well. A comfortable placement builds a good relationship for everyone on the team.”

And well-fitting, comfortable implants create the great youthful look that lifts your spirits and the spirits of those who see you smile.

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