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General Dentist or Oral Surgeon: Who Is Qualified to Extract Your Teeth?

Whether it’s pesky impacted wisdom teeth or an abscessed tooth, you need to have the affected ones extracted. Tooth extractions can end your pain and save your smile!

The question is: who should you see to get your tooth extracted?

General Dentist vs. Oral Surgeon—The Difference

Your family dentist is qualified to perform routine teeth extractions. However, he or she is likely very busy with performing a variety of other procedures. General dentists place fillings, perform root canals, design crowns, repair dentures, besides many other services. They don’t necessarily specialize in removing teeth that are impacted or difficult to extract.

Oral surgeons, on the other hand, have a few extra years of education to prepare them specifically for operating on structures of the face. They’ve removed hundreds to thousands of teeth before they even graduated from dental school!

How Complex Is Your Case?

One important factor to consider when deciding who should perform the extraction is the complexity of your situation.

General dentists can perform basic tooth extractions. But they may not have the needed equipment or experience to handle the situation if things take an unexpected turn or are hard to reach.

An oral surgeon is prepared with the resources necessary to avoid complications and may have better anesthesia options than those available in typical dental offices.

How to Find an Oral Surgeon for a Tooth Extraction

You can simply ask your regular dentist for recommendations on choosing a good oral surgeon. Schedule a checkup with your family dentist to find out what your tooth needs. Ask about treatment options, your dentist’s experience, and the pros and cons of referring out to an oral surgeon.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

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