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Who Should I Visit for Tooth Extraction?
Having a tooth extracted may not be on the top of someone’s lists of things they want to do. However, sometimes it is necessary for the betterment of a patient's oral health that a tooth is removed. This could be due to the amount of damage that has been done to the tooth, or if the decay has reached a level that cannot be fixed with a dental filling or inlay.
However, a common question is of who is best to complete a tooth extraction?
Dentist or oral surgeon?
A dentist's focus
Of course, a dentist's primary job is to keep a patient's teeth in the best condition possible. This is done by completing bi-yearly exams and cleanings, along with showing the proper way to brush and floss the teeth. Showing the patients the best oral hygiene routines will set them up for success in having optimal oral health.
An oral surgeon's focus
On the other hand, an oral surgeon has another focus in the dental field. Having completed the same training and credentials as a dentist, an oral surgeon has gone the extra step to focus on alleviating and fixing issues with the teeth and gums. They do this by completing surgical procedures with the teeth and gums, including cutting into the areas that need to be fixed.
Oral surgeons are also experts when it comes to the jaw bone. By having this knowledge they can ensure that their patients have the best oral health after having any type of oral surgery. This aspect makes them experts in their field and they are who dentists send their patients to when the procedures are more advanced than they can handle in their dental office.
Which is better for a tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction is a fairly simple and routine procedure. A dentist is well equipped and knowledgeable to be able to do this in any dentist office. The only reason an oral surgeon could be suggested is if there are other underlying issues that need to be addressed.
If this is the case then an oral surgeon with their knowledge and expertise would be the best and most beneficial professional to turn to. This would also include if multiple procedures are needed for a single patient as well as if the time-line and steps need to be decided upon by someone with more experience.
In the end, a dentist is a great solution for a tooth extraction. However, if they suggest that an oral surgeon would be a better fit for a patient's specific needs, it should be heeded to and an oral surgeon should be sought out for a consultation.
More questions about tooth extractions?
Have more questions about having a tooth extracted? Contact us today and we can answer any additional questions you may have. Our trained staff is always ready to answer your questions and help you make the best decisions for your teeth and overall oral health.
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