How to Identify a Qualified Oral Surgeon

Oral health touches just about every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. In a way, the mouth can be considered a doorway to the body. It can be the entryway for a variety of bacteria, if you’re not careful.  Certain infections can affect the entire body, and symptoms often first appear inside the mouth. Oral health touches just about every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. In a way, the mouth can be considered a doorway to the body. It can be the entryway for a variety of bacteria, if you’re not careful.  Certain infections can affect the entire body, and symptoms often first appear inside the mouth.

Oral health is important, no matter a person’s age. If a major infection requiring surgery is discovered, your dentist may refer you to an OMFS (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon). But how do you check if the recommended surgeon is qualified?

How to Identify a Qualified Oral Surgeon

Here are some few tips to identify an experienced oral surgeon: 

1. Talk to your dentist. Your dentist will likely be the person who suggests you need an oral surgeon, and will probably recommend a specific individual. Ask about this oral surgeon and other patients’ experiences with him/her. Some suggestions:

● Why do you recommend this surgeon?

● What is their specialty?

● Do you know their background/education?

2. Check credentials. If possible, look up the surgeon on the internet. What school did they attend? Have they fulfilled the requirements needed to become a certified oral surgeon? Check that they have passed the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  Also, check the patient reviews. If you cannot find this information, ask around. Maybe a relative or a friend has heard of the surgeon.

3. Visit their clinic. After doing your research, call the surgeon’s office and book an introductory appointment. It is important you feel comfortable with the doctor before scheduling surgery. Do you trust the surgeon? Ask them questions about the surgery.

How to Identify a Qualified Oral Surgeon

Identifying a qualified oral surgeon can be simple, if you already have a dentist you trust. Visit Cosmo Dental Centre at 373 Clarke Road, London, Ontario, N5W 5G4 for your oral surgery needs. Contact us at (519) 659-2767.

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