Always consult a specialist for your surgical needs

If you are considering having any kind of surgery, my best advise to you is to ALWAYS CONSULT A SPECIALIST.

Only specialists have the 3-5  years of training above and beyond dental school. Specialists receive intensive specialized training under strict supervision of an accredited university. General dentists and physicians do not have such training and may not be in a comparable position to handle any complications which could arise after surgery. Specialists receive hundreds of hours of clinical training, must read thousands of scientific articles and journals, and take many Board/ Regional/National examinations to ensure quality control and qualify to perform surgery. General physicians and dentists do not go through such rigours and do not have the years of experience dealing with various complications in university-based environments. Anyone can perform a surgery. Few can handle the complications that can arise.

Remember that when you are seeking various medical and dental opinions, you should NEVER allow cost to skew your judgement. Remember the old saying: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. There is nothing in this world that you can’t find for lower price or inferior quality. Benjamin Franklin once said that “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”.

As well, an old friend of mine used to have a saying: People who pay for quality only cry once! 

My advice to my patients is that if you cannot afford to do your treatment right now with someone who is a specialist, you are better off waiting until you can afford to do it right. Otherwise, you risk not only losing all your money, but you also risk your safety and well-being by having specialized, high-risk services performed by an unqualified or under-qualified operator. Most of the time, complications arising from operator error are not reversible and you could be disabled for life. In some cases, you could even die from such complications.

ALWAYS ASK YOUR PHYSICIAN OR DENTIST IF THEY ARE A SPECIALIST AND ASK TO SEE THEIR SPECIALIZED CERTIFICATE. YOU CAN ALSO CHECK ONLINE  OR SPEAK WITH THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OR COLLEGE OF DENTAL SURGEONS OF ONTARIO TO CHECK AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE PROFESSIONAL IN QUESTION IS ACTUALLY A SPECIALIST. 

NEVER TRUST ANYONE! ALWAYS VERIFY FIRST!

As in anything else in life, when it comes to shopping around for the best surgeon, the old adage “buyer beware” applies.

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