Why Choose a Surgical Specialist?
Implant dentistry is the central focus of our practice and many options are available when considering dental implant treatment. Even though implant dentistry is not a specialty by itself, it usually requires two or more properly trained dentists from different specialities working “as a team”, to complete your treatment and provide long-term success. It is this “team” approach to implant dentistry that works seamlessly and provides the highest level of care for the patient.
When considering implant dentistry, you should seek a competent, properly trained and certified doctor to provide you with advanced levels of care. There are many facets to consider in implant dentistry and we consider education of our patients to be an important part of the process. It is our mission to ensure that patients are properly informed before undergoing any treatment. We provide advanced techniques which allow for less invasive procedures and more predictable outcomes.
Why Choose a Surgical Specialist?
- Article from the American Dental Association:
Outcomes Of Implants And Restorations Placed In General Dentist Practices
Many doctors offer implant placement and may be able to provide limited levels of performing bone and/or soft tissue foundations when needed. Many of these same doctors also fabricate and place the implant crown(s) as well. Although this may seem “convenient” there are some simple facts to consider as you make a decision regarding an investment in your dental health in an attempt to achieve long-term results.
Our doctors are properly trained board certified surgeons that will take into consideration existing general health conditions and medications; anatomy (i.e. nerve, sinus location); bone structure (proper height and width); adequacy of gum tissue and it’s health, as well as the possible need for additional bone or gum tissue. If any of these areas need to be addressed prior to surgery (medical clearance, developing potential implant sites, etc.), a surgical specialist is the most qualified to handles these issues as well as potential complications.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (the surgical specialists of the dental profession) complete four to six years of surgical residency that specifically train them to diagnose, treat and manage the conditions, defects and injuries of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face.
As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, our doctors completed residency programs that enables them to perform a wide variety of procedures in both an office setting and a hospital environment. Their residencies incorporate extensive training in anesthesia administration, sedation and general anesthesia, all of which the surgeon may appropriately, competently and safely administer in their surgery office to meet the unique requirements of the patient and the procedure. Office based surgery is often the most efficient and cost effective way to perform many procedures while maintaining maximum patient comfort and safety.
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the professional organization representing more than 8,500 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States, supports its members’ ability to practice their specialty through education, research, and advocacy.
AAOMS members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office examinations, ensuring the public that all office procedures and personnel meet stringent national standards. Both Dr. Gary Lines and Dr. Donald Hoaglin are Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons with AAOMS and are fully trained to care for the complete surgical spectrum of dental implant care.