When you need to have surgical work performed on your teeth, chances are you want the best person you can get for the job. Unlike normal dental work like cleanings and fillings, when surgery is required, it is recommended to do as much research as possible on your prospective dental surgeon just as you would any other major decision.
No matter what operation you need to have done, you will need to visit an oral surgeon for him or her to do the procedure. This surgeon may be your regular dentist, or it may be someone else. Often times dentists prefer to refer their patients to a dentist that specializes in oral surgery. Sometimes they just think that a specialist will do a better job since that is their primary focus, while other times the only refer major operations to a specialist. Trusting your dentists decision is the best course of action in this situation, since they know their own abilities and skill levels better than you do.
Now, the choice of what oral surgeon does your operation is entirely up to you. You have the first and final say in who to choose. If you trust your dentist, you may take his or her recommendation to heart and simply choose that surgeon. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it always pays to shop around for the best person.
The single best source of information on oral surgeons is reviews from other people who have had work done by that surgeon. This is the first place to start, since no other method of research compares to this. No facts, figures, or certifications can equal the reviews of the end results each patient received, how they were treated while they were there, and their unique opinions of the entire process.