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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Periodontist or Oral Surgeon-Dental Implant?

09/01/2009

Question:

I suspect that an oral surgeon will say an oral surgeon is best, and a periodontist will say a periodontist is best, for a dental implant. The tooth in question is the upper left central incisor, tooth #9. Could I have an independent opinion, with the basis? Offhand I would say an oral surgeon has more experience with bones, while a periodontist has more experience with gums, so that an oral surgeon would be the way to go.

Answer:

There are certainly excellent oral surgeons and periodontists in regards to implant placement.  Your referring prosthodontist or general dentist probably prefers to make this choice for you based on his/her experience with previous referrals.

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Response by:

Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD
Professor of Restorative & Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University