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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Periodontist or Oral Surgeon-Dental Implant?



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.


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