Why I Became a Diplomate of The American Board of Oral Implantology and Implant Dentistry

As a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, I have received extensive experience in implant dentistry as well as oral reconstruction, not to mention countless hours of continuing education.  For me becoming an American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID) diplomate was initially about assessing my current practice and confirming my credentials.  I never expected how great of a reward I would get for my practice, as well as the personal satisfaction I would receive from completing the examination process.

Currently, any dentist or surgeon with a license to practice dentistry can place dental implants without advanced education, or even experience with implant placement.  As dental implants replace many traditional dental procedures, dentists are now feeling the pressure to place implants despite having minimal surgical experience.  Furthermore, there are now several weekend courses that “certify” dentists as having advanced education in implantology, when they have only completed the surgery on a mannequin or a single patient.   In our current time of social media and online marketing this leads to overstated claims to the general public of “expertise” or “advanced knowledge” in the discipline without confirmation by their peers.

The American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry is an organization that was established in 1969 in order to recognize advanced education in the discipline of dental implants.  Practitioners must first qualify through an initial written examination, or by being a board certified periodontist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon.  After the initial qualifying stage, the applicant must next submit a detailed portfolio of their cases complete with images, radiographs, and follow-up.  The final step of the certification process consists of a rigorous oral examination in which the applicant must defend their own cases as well as treatment plan and manage cases provided by the board.

After becoming a certified ABOI/ID diplomate, I have become a much more effective communicator within the implant team at Hill Country Oral Surgery, and I can now lead the team much more effectively, in all phases of the implant treatment – from diagnosis to final restoration.  I look forward to practicing at the level of excellence certified by my ABOI/ID diplomate status.

Can I Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted without Narcotic Pain Medications?!

Opioid treatment for postoperative pain has long been an integral part of treatment following oral surgery.  Although very useful and well tolerated by many people, these medications come with their own issues.  Before recently we did not have a lot of options for those patients who wanted to avoid post-operative opioid medication use.  With the advent of Exparel, a local anesthetic specially formulated to provide pain relief for up to 3 days following the surgery, WE NOW HAVE OPTIONS!

I am often faced with a myriad of situations for which patients would like to minimize the use of post-operative narcotics.  There is the patient who would like to return to work earlier with a clear head, or the student who needs to get back to the books for an exam.  Believe it or not there are those patients for whom narcotic medications do not even work, and some patients who just cannot tolerate the side effects.  If you are one of these patients, then we have an answer for you.

Exparel is administered at the time of surgery along with other traditional local anesthetics, and then the surgery is completed as usual.  The anesthetic has a special structure that prevents it from diffusing away from the surgical site, and allows it to be metabolized slowly over time.  The result is a constant level of anesthesia at the surgical site that lasts days, allowing you to avoid those times when the pain is at its highest level.  For many patients this can allow us to avoid opioids altogether.

Contact us today, for more information on narcotic-free recovery from wisdom tooth extraction and other oral surgery procedures.