Dr. John Shillingburg has been a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon for so long now that he could probably perform even the most complicated procedures with his eyes closed and one arm tied behind his back.
Don’t worry; he wouldn’t actually try a wild stunt like that. But if anyone could, wouldn’t you guess that it’d be him, too?
While modern dentistry is providing patients who crave a more confident smile with more options than ever, there’s only one true outpatient surgery center capable of diagnosing and treating any mouth and jaw condition with ease. That office is none other than Dr. Shillingburg’s DFW Oral Surgeons in Flower Mound. Simply put: they do it all, and they do it right. This includes procedures as simple as wisdom teeth extraction to sinus lifts, dental implants, and reconstructive surgery.
With that type of experience under one roof, why would you go anywhere else?
“The biggest misconception people have is that they think they can go to dental offices that touts itself as a one-stop-shop and get all their needs taken care of,” said Dr. Shillingburg. He cited an article in the Journal of the American Dental Association that said dental implants placed in a specialty office have a higher success rate than those placed elsewhere. “It’s better to have things like that managed in a surgery office where sterility is similar to an operating room. We’re equipped for everything.”
He added, “When we have people come in with really difficult cases, I’m the one who manages those. It’s a big part of my practice, and I take a lot of pride in helping people feel better about themselves.”
If you haven’t guessed by now with some of the things Dr. Shillingburg has said, he’s a huge proponent of dental implants. Patients with even one or two missing teeth can have their teeth restored — not just replaced — with the surgical insertion of a dental implant. A dental implant is a cultural shift from more intrusive, painful, and old-school options such as partial dentures or a dental bridge. Essentially, it recreates the connection between the jawbone and tooth while restoring the natural function and feel of a tooth.
Previous options such as partials and bridges damage adjacent teeth longterm because of the forces that are generated on that tooth and the gums. When this happens, you turn a one-tooth problem into a three-tooth problem.
“I tell patients that all the time; implants really are the preferred way now,” Dr. Shillingburg said. “Instead of creating adverse forces on the adjacent teeth, dental implants maintain bone and reinforce adjacent teeth so that they last longer.”
Remember when we joked earlier that Dr. Shillingburg could likely do many procedures with his eyes closed? While not entirely true, he’s as good as they come. He is trained and credentialed in dentoalveolar surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, implant surgery, orthognathic surgery, facial reconstructive oral surgery, dental anesthesiology, and holds membership with the American Dental Association and is a Diplomate of both the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
He has also spared no expense in surrounding himself with top-of-the-line technology that makes his job seamless.
One newer piece of technology his office now uses regularly is the X-Guide, a revolutionary 3D turn-by-turn navigation system that improves the precision and accuracy of implant position, angle, and depth. Dr. Shillingburg can watch the drill as it is going into the bone and more easily steer clear of adjacent nerves, blood vessels, and teeth.
“If there is anything that really elevates us as a practice, it’s that device,” Dr. Shillingburg said.
DFW Oral Surgeons also has a 3Shape Intraoral Scanner that is 100% digital and has quickly replaced the traditional and often cumbersome way of taking full-mouth impressions. Impressions can be completed in a matter of minutes. For pain, they also offer a new option called Exparel, which provides long-lasting pain relief while reducing the need to use more dangerous opioids by 45%.
Many of us take our oral and dental health for granted, and when we are suddenly faced with severe problems, the consequences can be overwhelming. Having a doctor like John Shillingburg in your corner is a lifesaver.
“As an oral surgeon, my job is to manage complications,” Dr. Shillingburg said. “Maybe someone has come in, and they have a dental implant that failed. I enjoy fixing those and ensuring they enjoy their smile.”