How to Choose an Oral Surgeon
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon, or OMS, is a dental specialist who can diagnose and treat a wide array of problems affecting the face and mouth. At Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery, we are experts in performing many different types of surgical procedures to help restore and improve your oral health, the functions of your mouth, and the aesthetics of your face. When it comes to surgically treating issues affecting your face and mouth, you want an expert. Here are a few tips on how to choose an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Speak with Your Dentist
Often, you may be recommended to go to an oral surgeon by your regular dentist. If that is the case, ask your dentist to see whom they would recommend. There is a good chance that your dentist knows of at least one oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Ask your dentist why they recommend that particular surgeon. You can also inquire about their background and what they specialize in.
Ask for a Recommendation
You do not have to go to an oral surgeon just because your dentist recommends them. If you know of a family member or friend who has had oral surgery, ask them whom they used and if they would recommend that you them as well. Alternatively, they may tell you whom to stay away from. Either way, a recommendation from a trusted family member or friend can be invaluable.
Check with Your Dental Insurance
If you have dental insurance and plan on going through your insurance to have your surgery done, make sure you contact your insurance company to find out which oral surgeons are in network. You can then use that list to find a surgeon who best suits your needs.
Look for an Expert
Your face has multiple components. When it comes to repairing issues with these components, you want an expert. Better yet, you want an expert who has experience performing the type of procedure that you need. You can start by looking at websites. These pages may provide you with information into what procedures the oral surgeon is experienced in performing. You may also find out information about their background, education, professional affiliations, and experience in general.
As you begin to narrow down your search, make sure that you read reviews. You can find all kinds of interviews online. You may find reviews directly on the webpage of the oral surgeon. You may find reviews on Google or on other websites dedicated to accumulating them. Look for an oral surgeon that has a good amount of positive reviews.
Ask for a Consultation
Do not be afraid to ask for an initial consultation. You can learn a lot by reading reviews and looking at a website, but it is important that you are comfortable with the oral surgeon. The best way to gauge this is to meet with them in person. When you meet with them, do not be afraid to ask questions about their experience and opinions about your specific situation. If you do not feel comfortable with the surgeon, it is probably better to move on to another one. The more comfortable you are with your surgeon, the more pleasant the experience.
If you need oral surgery, you want an expert who can handle your specific situation and provide you with the best possible outcome. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, contact Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery today at (208) 343-0909.