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I’m looking for an oral surgeon. How can I be sure my doctor fits my needs?

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To make sure you get the right oral surgeon, find one who has experience in the surgery you need. Dental implant surgery is different from jaw alignment, also called orthognathic surgery.

Websites can help you get specific. If the doctor’s specialties aren’t listed -- many will simply say “oral surgery” or something generic like that -- do another search.

Track down a site for the doctor’s office or the hospital where she works. It may list specialties and have a biography on the doctor.

SOURCES:

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Who We Are.”

Consumer Reports: “How to find a good doctor.”

Consumer Reports: “How to find the right surgeon.”

Cleveland Clinic: “How Do You Judge Quality.”

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Who We Are.”

Consumer Reports: “How to find a good doctor.”

Consumer Reports: “How to find the right surgeon.”

Cleveland Clinic: “How Do You Judge Quality.”

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 29, 2018

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