In order to safely and effectively perform oral surgery procedures such as wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant placement and corrective jaw surgery, an oral surgeon must complete a thorough educational regimen that includes both dental school and a post-graduate residency in the specialty. Some surgeons may also to pursue medical doctor degrees to further refine their surgical knowledge and skills.
A post-graduate residency in oral surgery gives practitioners the opportunity for in-depth study of the facial structures and surgical techniques used to address various oral health issues, as well as the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience performing such procedures. Because these specialists do provide such interventions on a regular (sometimes daily) basis, this extensive experience helps them to refine surgical techniques.
When you are considering providers for a recommended oral surgery procedure, you should investigate their educational background to make sure it is suitable for providing the desired treatment. Don’t hesitate to ask a specialist about where he or she went to dental school and completed a residency in the specialty.
In addition to the educational pedigree of an oral surgeon, patients should also consider any relevant board certifications and professional affiliations that may contribute to a superior quality of care. These specialists must complete a rigorous qualification process to earn board certification, and involvement in professional organizations at the local, state and national levels. Such activities indicate the provider’s commitment to keeping updated on the latest developments in the field.
Additionally, continuing education is an important component of the training of all dental providers, including specialists. It is required to maintain a dental license and also beneficial for surgeons to keep current on advances in surgical techniques and devices that can be used to achieve treatment goals.
The training and education that your oral surgeon completes is an important component of your care. To learn more about the qualifications of our providers, call our office at Austin Oral Maxillofacial Surgery to speak to one of our staff members or schedule a consultation.