Dentists are general oral care providers. Simple tooth extraction, root canals, routine checkups, and preventive measures are standard dental procedures performed by a dentist.
When it comes to addressing complex dental procedures such as impacted extractions, wisdom teeth removal, and biopsies, the expertise of an oral surgeon is required.
What is the difference between a dentist and an oral surgeon?
Both dentists and oral surgeons undergo the same fundamental background with their dental degrees. Oral surgeons are dentists who specialize in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), requiring an additional four-year training after completing a dental degree. The OMFS specialization ensures that Oral surgeons are trained to treat complicated dental conditions.
How will I know if I need an Oral surgeon?
Your dentist is your first point of contact for any dental health concerns. Your dentist will perform the initial checkup and analysis and based on the results, he or she will refer you to an Oral surgeon should you need one.
What are the types of dental problems that require an Oral Surgeon?
Procedures handled in Oral surgery are characterized by complex conditions that involve overlapping fields of dentistry, medicine, and surgery. The conditions below typically require an oral surgeon. These may, however, vary depending on your case. Consult your dentist to get a proper diagnosis:
- Installing of dental implants
- Surgical removal of oral cysts
- Extraction of impacted tooth
- Surgical correction of TMJ conditions
- Cleft Lip and cleft palate correction
- Surgical treatment for Sleep Apnea
- Jaw surgeries