Tips for choosing the right oral surgeon

Choosing the right oral surgeon can make all the difference when looking for a positive experience. Be sure to take the following into consideration.

Get referrals from people you trust

Most of the time patients are referred to an oral surgeon by their dentist, but this isn’t always the case. If you’d like to find an oral surgeon yourself ask around at the office or via your personal network. People often see an oral surgeon for their wisdom teeth removal, so it’s more common for your friends and colleagues to have a recommendation than you might think.

Double check online reviews

Once you have a few referrals to consider, look at their practice websites and social media pages to get a feel for the office culture. You can also check popular review sites to see what past patients have said.

Experience, training and professional memberships

It’s relatively safe to assume that any practicing oral surgeon will possess the skills required to perform oral surgery, but depending on the nature of your procedure, it might be worth a deeper dive to find an oral surgeon that specializes in the surgery you require. It only takes a couple minutes to do a quick check on a prospective doctor to see where they went to school, how long they’ve been practicing, which awards or accolades they’ve earned, and if they’re a member of professional associations.

Insurance and billing

Before you decide on the oral surgeon you’d like to go with, be sure to speak with their billing department to make sure your insurance is accepted at their practice. For elective, or non-covered procedures, ask about any available options for financing. In some cases, you may need to work backwards and contact your insurance provider first to ask which doctors are in-network.

Find out where the surgery will take place and plan a visit

Not all medical facilities are created equal. Some oral surgeons will have their own private operatory whereas others may perform surgery at a local hospital. Visit the building where your surgery will take place to make sure you feel as comfortable with the medical facility as you do with your surgeon.

Likability, personality and trust

While surgical skill and quality of care are extremely important, you should also feel comfortable with your doctor.