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Our experience and training are unmatched!

Dental implants have become the standard of care for tooth replacement. With more and more patients wanting dental implants, many different dental providers are now advertising and performing dental implant surgery. Some of these providers are quite capable and generally do a good job, but most have no formal surgical training. And none have the type of training and surgical experience that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon has.

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon has extensive training requiring four years of college, four years of dental school, and a minimum of four years in a hospital surgical residency. The surgical residency provides rigorous training in not only surgery but also in anesthesia and pain control. The surgical training encompasses a broad scope, including repair of facial and jaw fractures and soft tissue injuries, jaw reconstruction, oral pathology, TMJ surgery, and of course a great deal of emphasis on tooth extraction and dental implant placement. This type of training prepares us for the management of the many different situations that are unique to each individual patient.

In addition to the above-mentioned training, Drs. Bluhm, Dorsch, and Vandervort are all board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Board certification requires passing two separate exams, both written and oral, after the completion of residency. A written re-certifying exam is then taken every 10 years to maintain board-certification status. Attaining the status of a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon serves as an indicator to our patients that we have an extensive knowledge base, sound clinical judgment, and are held in high regard by our specialty organization.