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If you are expecting to have a tooth (or teeth) extracted, you may want to ask, “Who should remove my teeth?” Both general dentists and oral surgeons have been trained for extraction, there are differences. The oral surgeon is a specialist in the field of dentistry and will have had more training to be certified in the area of surgery. Also, depending on the length of time they have been practicing, they will have had more experience due to the day to day operations they are engaged in. So, the pertinent question any patient needing a tooth extraction should ask is, “How difficult is the extraction?” In the case of a more complicated procedure, you will want the oral surgeon to do the operation.

Here are some reasons why:

If you experience anxiety about seeing the dentist and expect to have a hard time of it contemplating a complex procedure, the oral surgeon can put you completely under with general anesthesia. It takes special certification to do this that a regular dentist may not have.

If there are any complications that arise during the operation from either the anesthesia or the surgery itself, an oral surgeon is better prepared to deal with it. The advanced training and experience that the oral surgeon is exposed to comes in handy for emergency situations.

At times, a patient will have an abnormality that creates some difficulty for a particular extraction. For instance, a tooth may be positioned oddly, it could have a complex root system, there may be issues encroaching into the sinus cavity, or compromised teeth that risk breaking apart during extraction. Any of these scenarios cause the extraction to become more difficult. Now, an oral surgeon is required, and it is best that the patient start out with one.

If you’d like more information on the differences between a general dentist and an oral surgeon, call our helpful team at Pacific Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Phone: 818-365-5636, or come by our office in Glendale, California.