Your dentist may offer an oral surgery referral for several reasons, including if you need your wisdom teeth removed, you have a painful jaw disorder or you need some type of facial reconstructive surgery. If you are in this position, the team at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can help you.
Your Dentist Is Your Best Resource
Your dentist has a vested interest in ensuring you get the best oral surgical care possible, because you’re their patient. Their job is to support your long-term dental health, so they will send you to the best oral surgeon they know.
Your dentist may be the one who initially told you that you needed an oral surgeon. Take their recommendation seriously — they have the experience to know the difference between an adequate surgical team and an amazing one.
Dentists Know What to Look For
Dentists know that all oral surgeons are technically trained at a high level. It’s a specialty that takes many years to gain certification in. Dentists also have additional knowledge about how oral surgeons operate that can help you receive better care.
For example, would this dentist use this surgeon for their own children? Does the surgeon use the best, most efficient techniques and tools? Have past patients had success with that specific oral surgery team? Your dentist knows what to look for, so they are the resource you should trust when you’re searching for a surgeon.
Medical doctors sometimes also offer these referrals. For example, if you’ve been in a car accident and have sustained facial trauma, an oral surgeon may be the right professional to treat the issue, and your doctor will offer the referral instead of your dentist.
Referrals Ensure Good Communication
When your dentist offers a referral, you can bet that your dental staff and the oral surgery team will have good communication leading up to and following your procedure. That means you will have support on all sides as you go through your recovery process.
Next: Your Consultation and X-Rays
Once you get an oral surgery referral, you will visit the surgical office for a consultation. Here, the surgeon will take their own X-rays of your face or jaw. In some cases, the X-rays provided by your dentist may suffice, but sometimes oral surgeons must take pictures from different angles to determine the best course of treatment.
At your consultation, your surgeon will review your case and provide their recommendation for treatment. At that point, you can decide to go forward with the procedure or get a second opinion from another office.
What if You Don’t Have One?
If you don’t have an oral surgery referral, you can still be treated by an oral surgeon, but you may have difficulty getting insurance to cover the costs.
Do you have more questions about the process of getting an oral surgery referral? Feel free to reach out to our team at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery — we have answers.