Tooth Extractions: Do I Need a Dentist or Oral Surgeon?

Tooth Extractions: Do I Need a Dentist or Oral Surgeon?

June 5, 2018

One of the most common questions asked in a dental office is about tooth extractions. If you are unsure as to whether you need a dentist or an oral surgeon, we’re here to clear up a few things. A dental extraction is definitely nothing to be taken lightly, so it is important to choose the right care provider for this exact situation. To make a long story short, both a dentist and an oral surgeon can perform a tooth extraction procedure, it all comes down to what exactly needs to be done.

Getting Started: Dentist or Oral Surgeon?

Of course, if you’re having any kind of problem with your teeth, the very first person you should see is your general dentist. He or she can appropriately examine the situation at hand and decide whether an extraction is necessary, or if another kind of procedure should be performed. That would be the moment in which your dentist will take on the procedure themselves or if they feel more comfortable referring you to an oral surgeon of their choosing.

Reasons for Referral to an Oral Surgeon

The specific reasons your dentist would want to refer you to an oral surgeon can me one of many that include:

  • Impacted Teeth – If teeth become impacted, or have less space than they need to have a simple extraction, an oral surgeon is called into question to perform the surgery with the proper tools and anesthesia.
  • Facial Structure – The positioning of your teeth may make it more difficult for a dentist to remove them.
  • Cracked or Fractured Teeth – A cracked or fractured tooth needs to be handled with great care in order to safely remove the teeth to cause the least amount of discomfort to the patient.
  • Dental Anxiety – An oral surgeon is qualified to give patients more intense anesthesia so they don’t have to be awake for their operation.
  • Extraction Complications – Some things can go wrong during an extraction performed by a dentist. In this case, an oral surgeon will be called in to to perform the surgery.

If you feel like you are the appropriate candidate for a tooth extraction but you still have a few more questions, feel free to give us at Sweetwater Dental Studio in Sugar Land, TX, a call. We’d be happy to hear from you.

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