Excellence in Oral Surgery
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What is the difference between a general dentist and an oral surgeon?
The difference boils down to scope and training. A general dentist typically manages your routine dental care. Their scope of practice includes services such as oral exams, professional teeth cleanings, fillings, crowns, root canals, and overall gum care. On the other hand, oral surgeons are specialists who have completed an additional four to six years of hospital-based surgical training and are uniquely qualified to provide a variety of surgical services to children and adults, such as wisdom teeth removal and dental implants.
What questions should be asked during consultation to ensure I use the best oral surgeon?
First and foremost, it is important to know your provider’s qualifications before you even make that appointment. How long have they been in practice? Where did they complete their residency training? Are they certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery? Do they have their own office? Potential red flags include a provider with credentials that cannot be easily verified, an individual who travels to multiple locations yet has no primary office, and an inability to meet your surgeon to discuss any concerns before scheduling a procedure.
What makes your office different from others?
Having been in private practice for over twenty years, I believe experience makes the difference. Our office was specifically designed and equipped for one purpose—providing oral surgical care. As such, I personally meet with each patient prior to scheduling any procedure so I can evaluate their condition, formulate a plan that all parties can agree upon, and answer any questions they may have. My staff will also provide a written treatment estimate, verify available insurance coverage, and calculate any copay or out of pocket expenses.
For the cowards in the room, what anesthesia options do you offer to your patients?
This is an important question because many have been traumatized as a result of being uncomfortable during a dental procedure. Beyond local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, we offer oral and intravenous sedation services, which allow us to complete your procedure safely and efficiently with little to no patient recall. Unlike other dental providers, our facility has been approved for office-based anesthesia and is routinely inspected to ensure compliance. For those who are not suitable candidates for office-based anesthesia, we also perform procedures on an outpatient basis at several local hospitals.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth that look and function like your natural dentition. With major advancements in bone grafting and implant design, many people are making them their restoration of choice over conventional dental bridges or dentures. Utilizing 3D imaging and advanced treatment planning software, our office can easily determine whether implants are a viable option for you.
About the Expert
Mark A. Craig, DDS, MD
Craig Oral Surgery
As one of the first dual degree oral surgeons in North Texas, Dr. Craig is a board-certified dental specialist and a licensed physician. Dr. Craig can place dental implants and remove wisdom teeth and has the expertise and training to manage various pathologic conditions of the oral cavity and jaws, repair complex facial injuries caused by trauma, correct congenital and acquired facial deformities, and manage TMJ disorders.
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