Oral Surgeons – Who They Are and How to Find One

dca-blog_oral-surgery-three-people

If you develop a problem with a tooth that falls outside of your general dentist’s scope, you may be referred to an oral surgeon. The dental surgeon receives special training to perform advanced surgical procedures such as wisdom tooth extractions and dental implant placements. Oral surgeons also specialize in restorative surgeries and cosmetic procedures. In addition, they can diagnose and treat oral cancer and injuries such as knocked-out teeth and fractured jaws. Four years of surgical residency in a hospital plus four years of dental school is required to become an oral surgeon.

Do Oral Surgeons Use General Anesthesia?

If you need oral surgery or extensive dental work, general anesthesia may be required for pain control. Oral surgeons are trained to administer all types of anesthesia, so they can make your experience as comfortable as possible. General anesthesia is usually reserved for extensive work that involves incisions into soft tissues. Local anesthetics such as lidocaine are adequate for smaller repairs. If you receive general anesthesia, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery.

How Can I Find a Qualified Oral Surgeon?

It’s usually not difficult to find a qualified oral surgeon. In many cases, your family dentist can recommend someone who is located nearby and accepts your dental plan. Before committing to an appointment, be sure you are comfortable with the surgeon and his or her credentials. It is also advisable to discuss potential costs with your insurance provider before undergoing extensive dental procedures. If you don’t have a family dentist in South Bend, check your local listings for available providers. In a crisis, go to your local hospital emergency room for care.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in South Bend, call The Dental Center of Indiana today at (855) 979-3358 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of Indiana, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of Indiana.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
They are good to deal with and treat you with respect and make you feel at ease
Maury B.
Dr Douglas is fantastic! He makes sure to take the time to get your dental work done precisely. Each time I go, I feel like I’m his only patient there. I feel comfortable in there care. They […]
BMoney B.
the dentist keizer i believe was his name who has taken over all my dental work since i was about 20 has been amazing. super friendly, explains things so i fully understand, and even goes above and […]
Alyssa W.
Dr Lauren was the best with my special needs daughter. The team was great. Made all the accommodations she needed to get her teeth taken care of. Thank you so much and we will be back
Rae B.
Friendly, caring , short wait time, thorough
Maurshane H.
super friendly people and gentle and great with my boys! defiantly recommend them to anyone! I also love them to for my own care all around great experience and great dentistry!!!! :-)
Dawn H.
Did very well at getting my daughter to get to know you better before you just took her to do her teeth
Skyaira P.
Friendly staff and they cared about my dental needs.
Ariadna R.
The staff, the dental assistants and especially the doctor are so welcoming and wonderful with children. It is unlike any other dentist office I have been to … Very, sincerely caring.
Giovanni M.
friendly and efficient attention
Ivan L.
The service was excellent from the moment I walked in. The entire staff had a genuine, welcoming smile and seemed to care about every client. I have rarely seen such authentic friendliness and caring […]
Lori H.
Very helpful!
Frederic D.
Staff is very friendly and professional.
Lucia O.
Wife in wheelchair, staff goes out of way to help her.
Jeanette C.
The hygienist was extremely patient
Ellayna P.
Very patient friendly, not many people like going to the dentist but everyone in the office makes it a pleasurable experience.
Debbie S.
Great service, fast and efficient
Michelle D.
My dental hygienist is excellent.
Darlene J.
Dr. Cochran
Jonale H.
The patience and kindness given to my little ones was beyond measure!
Logan B.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here