By Jaime A. Romero, Jr., D.D.S.
Trying to decide on an oral surgeon can be daunting. However, there are several resources available that can make the task much easier. Understanding your needs as a patient, along with the help and advice of your dentist, will go a long way in helping you find the right oral surgeon.
To find an oral surgeon who best meets your needs, consider the following:
. Length of time the oral surgeon has been in practice
. Hours the oral surgeon has logged in training and clinical experience performing the procedure you need to have done
. Estimated costs for the procedure and any pre- and post-op treatment plans
. Diagnosis and treatment plan proposed by the surgeon
Your personal dentist is a great resource in your search for an oral surgeon. Your dentist understands your situation, your history, and your surgical needs and is equipped to provide references that will best suit your needs.
There are several types of oral surgeons and practices, and each is equipped to handle specific oral care needs. Be sure you select an oral surgeon who specializes in your procedure or condition.
Before settling on an oral surgeon, read your insurance policy. Depending on the type of coverage, your insurance might dictate which oral surgeon you can use. Your insurance provider should have a list of available surgeons and practices that you can choose from. Research those surgeons and facilities to find one that best suits your needs.
Be proactive and thorough by researching education and experience of any potential candidates. Websites dedicated to specific practitioners and facilities can provide a wealth of information. You can find information concerning location, prices, insurance qualifications, types of procedures, and specialties online. Reputable sites usually showcase customer reviews, which can be a great way to get informed feedback from other patient experiences.
Look for an oral surgeon that has the right training and experience. Also, spend a little time getting to know your potential surgeon and the people who work in the office. It’s crucial that you feel comfortable during these delicate procedures. Make some phone calls, do some research, even visit the facility. Find a practitioner you feel comfortable with and can trust with your oral health.
If you are in the Nashville area, Solace Oral Surgery is here to help. Please call us at 615-320-1392 with any questions about our practice, and we would be happy to assist you.