When it comes to dental implants, the question often arises: “Oral Surgeon or Periodontist for Implants: Who’s Better?” Both professionals have extensive training in their respective fields, but they also have unique areas of expertise that set them apart from one another. This article will delve into the differences between oral surgeons and periodontists, their roles in dental implant procedures, and the factors that might influence the choice between the two.
Understanding the Roles: Oral Surgeon vs. Periodontist
Oral surgeons focus on the surgical aspects of the mouth, jaw, and facial areas. They perform a wide variety of surgical procedures, including complex tooth extractions, fixing birth-related defects, treating traumatic jaw injuries, and removing cancerous tumors in the mouth.
On the other hand, periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. They are trained to improve oral health less invasively and without the need for advanced surgical procedures. They also specialize in placing dental implants and maintaining the overall health of the tissues in the mouth.
Dental Implants: A Closer Look
Dental implants are one of the most successful and efficient ways to replace missing teeth. They mimic a natural tooth’s form and function, including the tooth root and crown. The success of dental implants depends, among other factors, mainly on the patient’s gum and periodontal health.
Research has shown that the higher the degree of osseointegration (bone formation around the implant), the higher the success rate and longevity of dental implants. Dental implants typically have a success rate of 98-99% with a skilled and experienced doctor.
Who’s Better for Dental Implants?
Both oral surgeons and periodontists are trained in dental implant procedures. However, oral surgeons often take on more complex implant cases that require additional surgical procedures.
A periodontist, with advanced surgical training in implant dentistry, is trained to improve oral health less invasively and without the need for advanced surgical procedures. They are also trained to perform bone grafting, sinus lifts, tooth extractions, and every aspect of the dental implant surgery and treatment.
A study found no statistically significant differences in early implant failure rate between oral surgeons and periodontists. Another study found no difference, in terms of implant survival rate, between periodontitis and non-periodontitis patients.
In conclusion, the choice between an oral surgeon and a periodontist for dental implants largely depends on the specific needs and oral health of the patient. Both professionals are equipped with the necessary skills and training to perform dental implant procedures. However, oral surgeons are often preferred for more complex cases, while periodontists may be better suited for cases that require a less invasive approach and focus on gum and periodontal health. It’s always best to consult with your dentist to determine the most suitable professional for your specific needs.