Dental implants are a great option to permanently replace missing teeth. Unlike other options such as dental bridges and removable dentures, they are the only non-removable option that does not involve modifying and potentially damaging adjacent healthy teeth.
Dental implant surgery, while minimally invasive is still a surgical procedure. As a result, in our practice, we feel that dental implant surgery should be performed by fully trained Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a subspecialty of dentistry that requires an additional 4 to 6 years of intensive training in both surgery and medicine. We feel that Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified to manage the complexities of bone, tissue, and nerves involved to give our patients the best possible and safest outcomes. This has been confirmed by a recent study which suggests that dental implant outcomes are best when performed by a specialist.