What Makes an Expert Dental Implant Surgeon?

It seems everyone these days is calling themselves an expert at dental implant surgery.

Some dentists take a short course in order to learn how to place dental implants in a few months (or weeks) of training. Others learn how to place dental implants during a specialty training program yet do not have hospital based surgical training or hospital admitting privileges to take care of you if something goes wrong.  Finally, there are surgeons who may have similar training experiences and qualifications but have not achieved an expert mastery level (which requires at least ten years of practice after completion of training).

How then do you determine exactly who is an expert dental implant surgeon when there are many differences in training and experience?

As a patient, you want a surgeon who not only places hundreds of implants a year but who also has many years of surgical experience with excellent outcomes. You want a surgeon who uses technology as tools to improve surgical outcomes but doesn’t rely exclusively on it in order to compensate for deficiencies in surgical technical skill or experience. You want a surgeon who works well with your dentist to optimize esthetic outcomes for the dental implant crown that attaches to the implant. You want a surgical team that is skilled and handles your type of case every day. You want a clear and precise understanding of the financial cost of your surgery. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you want a surgeon and staff who will treat you with respect, kindness and compassion.

Not all surgeons are created equal. In an article published in the New York Times in 2013, investigators conducted a study by videotaping surgeons performing the same procedure. They found that a small group of surgeons had superior technical skills which made for better outcomes for their patients. These expert surgeons were gentle with tissues, had better hand-eye coordination and performed the procedures faster. The result was that the expert surgeon’s patients had less pain, infection and need for re-operation.

At GeislerOMS, we meet the criteria for expertise in dental implant reconstruction. Dr. Geisler is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has over twenty-five years of surgical experience treatment planning and placing dental implants. She is known for her excellent technical skills and clinical judgement. Her complication rate for dental implant surgery is less than 1%.

Dr. Geisler is trained not only as a surgeon but also as a scientist. Using her scientific knowledge evaluating clinical evidence, she selected one implant system for use in her practice. This system has the best long-term outcomes for dental implants based on over fifty years of data  and offers the most restorative options for dental implant crowns and dentures. This implant system serves as the model for all other dental implant systems.

Dr. Geisler has introduced new standards of care for the administration of antibiotics prior to dental implant placement based on her publication in the Journal of the American Dental Association in 2009. In addition, she reviews for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Dental Implant section and has authored reviews on risk of failure of dental implants with early loading.

An excellent listener and communicator, Dr. Geisler and her staff will treat you as family and will work well with your dentist to optimize your outcome. We want you to have a beautiful smile and will work hard to make that happen.

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