If you’ve thought about having a major dental therapy completed, you’ve probably asked your general dentist about the procedure as well as how much it will cost. In many cases, your general dentist may even offer this procedure at their practice, or in other instances they may prefer to refer you to a specialist for the treatment. What does a dental specialist have to offer that your routine dental provider does not?
Dental specialists receive an additional 2-3 years of formal dental education after their 4 years of dental school. This training is focused on a particular area of dentistry, such as endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, or other specialty based on the preference of specialization by the dentist. After completing intense hands-on training as well as certification in appropriate area, the specializing dentist begins providing expert patient care in the related field.
By selecting to have your dental procedure performed with a specialist such as an oral surgeon, you know that you’re receiving efficient treatment by a doctor with extensive experience in your given procedure. This improves the quality of care you receive, as well as the success of your treatment. In many cases the office is also set up to better handle specific types of treatments in the number of techniques that are used, as well as the equipment available.
Choosing specialist care may come at a slightly higher investment in treatment costs, but in most cases your dental insurance can still cover a portion of your fees. Making the investment in specialist care is one that can assure you’ll receive the most advanced, successful treatment-specific care available to the modern dental patient.
Posted on behalf of Dr. John Carey, North Metro Oral & Implant Surgery
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