Every year, our doctors talk to men and women who are truly confused about whether they should visit a dentist or an oral surgeon for their tooth extractions. This is a legitimate question and one we’d like to take time to answer in this blog since tooth extractions are nothing to mess around with or wait for.
While both dentists and oral surgeons like our doctors are qualified and trained to perform tooth extractions, dentists generally do not pull teeth in every circumstance. There are instances when surgical intervention is required, and an oral surgeon like the doctors at AOS should be chosen in these cases.
What Type of Tooth Extractions Do You Require?
To know whether you should choose a dentist or an oral surgeon, you should first start with this question, “Do I need a simple extraction or a surgical extraction?” If you have a tooth or teeth that are undamaged and are completely visible above the gum line, this is considered a simple extraction. A dentist is able to properly and safely perform tooth extractions of this type. However, if you have a tooth or teeth that are damaged, diseased, or completely hidden beneath the gum line, an oral surgeon should be chosen for tooth extractions like this, as surgical means will be required for the removal.
Other Reasons to Choose an Oral Surgeon for Tooth Extractions
Oral surgeons like our doctors are fully trained in surgical procedures pertaining to both the soft and hard tissues of the mouth. Additionally, they have the ability to safely administer the full range of oral anesthesia for their patients.
There are many other reasons why men and women choose oral surgeons for tooth extractions, including:
- You have cracked or fractured teeth – Patients who have cracked or fractured teeth will need to see an oral surgeon for their tooth extractions.
- Your facial structure may mean you need to see an oral surgeon – If the teeth that need to be removed are oddly positioned in your mouth, or if you have limited jaw mobility or a large sinus cavity, you should choose an oral surgeon for your tooth extractions.
- You’re at an increased risk of experiencing complications – Even if you only require a simple extraction, the truth is, complications can occur. If you have a medical condition that puts you at a higher risk of experiencing complications during tooth extractions, you should visit one of our oral surgeons for your procedure. They have the training and education to know how to deal with medical complications, should they occur.
Choose AOS Oral Surgeons for Your Tooth Extractions
If you believe you need to have a tooth extraction, or you’ve been told by your general dentist that an oral surgeon should perform the procedure, don’t hesitate to call our office today to book your initial consultation.
Our doctors will fully evaluate your oral health and work with you to develop a treatment plan to suit your individual needs. Simply call us today.