Which Oral Surgeon is the Right One for You?

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Looking for the best oral surgeon in Cincinnati? Staring down the possibility of oral surgery can be daunting, even if it’s just a routine wisdom tooth extraction. But what if you’ve had an accident and need a full mouth reconstruction? You don’t want to trust just anyone with poking around in your mouth – the face and jaw are made of extremely intricate systems your oral or maxillofacial surgeon should be highly-skilled at dealing with. So how are you supposed to make the right decision on which oral surgeon to choose? If you are willing to ask questions, do some research, and meet a few surgeons, you can find the right one for you.

Unfortunately, there is no one “best” choice, because the best oral surgeon for you depends on your needs. There are over 94 oral surgeons in the Cincinnati area, but only a few will meet all your criteria.

When you’re looking for any kind of professional, you do some digging, right? You ask friends and neighbors. You look online to see who has good reviews. Do the same with your search for the right maxillofacial surgeon for the procedure you need done.

Get a Recommendation from your Dentist on a Local Oral Surgeon

Before you start with an oral surgeon, you generally start with a regular dentist. When they recommend oral surgery, they are likely to refer you to an oral surgeon. Don’t just say, “Thanks.” Ask why they recommend this person. Ask about the oral surgeon’s background and specialties. Ask your dentist if they would go to this person for the problem you are experiencing, or send their spouse or children. Your dentist should be able to answer all these questions comfortably if they have an above-board, professional working relationship with this oral surgeon, and they should provide you with a referral so you can get a foot in the door.

Poke Around Online for Oral Surgeons in Your Desired Specialty

Next, it’s time to do some research. The internet is a great resource for all things good and bad. Read the online reviews or oral surgeons critically to make sure the reviewer was looking for what you are seeking. People want different things in a medical provider, and an oral surgeon who did a great jaw reconstruction on one guy doesn’t necessarily apply to your need for a dental implant. Make sense?

Scrutinize the education, experience, professional affiliations and other facets of the surgeons who appeal to you. Who specializes in the procedure you are going to have? As most oral surgeons work in private practices, checking the BBB’s website is a great way to see their business’ report card. Look up ratings, complaint numbers and reviews to make sure your desired practice is as great as it portrays itself to be.

Call the Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana state medical board if you can’t find details you are looking for.

Check out the Oral Surgeon’s Office or Website

Depending on the issue at hand, many reputable oral surgeons may offer an initial consultation. During the appointment, ask about their experience and recommended course of action.

Make sure the place where the surgery will be done is highly rated, has the proper credentials, and specializes in your type of oral surgery. Find out a little about the team. What roles does each person play? Who will assist with your surgery and what are that person’s credentials?

The choice may come down to a gut instinct. Do you get a good vibe from the surgeon and the staff? Is the office clean and up-to-date?

The best choice to perform the oral surgery is the doctor who makes you feel comfortable and confident, takes time to answer all of your questions, and has a strong track record in the procedure that has been recommended for you.

Here at Wilmington Oral Surgery, we understand that you want to be totally sure before you put yourself in our hands. Check out the many online reviews of very happy patients who have worked with Dr. Puckett and the Wilmington Oral Surgery team so you can feel comfortable scheduling your appointment with us today.