Dentist or Oral Surgeon?

If you are having any problems with your teeth, or experiencing any pain or discomfort the first thing you should do is contact your Dentist.

Your dentist will evaluate the area where the issue is and will then determine whether an extraction is needed. This consultation typically involves X-rays and an examination of the affected area.

Once this done your dentist will make a recommendation about whether they can perform the extraction in office, or whether you need to be referred to an oral surgeon.

Reasons for Referral to an Oral Surgeon

There are many different reasons why your dentist may refer you to see an Oral Surgeon rather than doing the extraction themselves.

Impacted Teeth: If your teeth are impacted, or fully below the gum line, removing them becomes much more difficult than simply pulling them out. The procedure will likely involve general anaesthesia and cutting into the mouth to remove the teeth. Sounds like surgery, right? So, it makes sense that a trained surgeon would be required to complete it successfully.

Facial Structure: The positioning of your teeth in your mouth may make it difficult for a dentist to perform the extraction without causing discomfort. Things like large sinuses, or limited jaw mobility necessitate an extraction by an oral surgeon.

Cracked or Fractured Teeth: Teeth that are already cracked or fractured are likely to break more during the extraction, which requires a more intensive surgery like what’s needed for an impacted tooth.

Dental Anxiety: Regardless of the physical situation with your tooth, some patients prefer to be asleep for an extraction if they suffer from dental anxiety or a fear of going to the dentist. In this case, an oral surgeon is needed to administer general anaesthesia. Never receive anaesthesia from someone who is not a trained professional in case you have an adverse reaction to it. Here at Beacon we offer happy air to nervous patients. Our Dentist Karen is fully qualified to offer this treatment to patients so no one should worry about coming to the dentist.

Extraction Complications: As much as any dentist strives perfection, things can go wrong during some extractions. If the tooth has complex roots or cracks during the procedure, an oral surgeon may be needed to complete the process. In this case, you would be referred to a surgeon as quickly as possible to minimize discomfort and the risk for further complications.


If you are experiencing any dental problems give us a call today and have a chat with us to see how we can help you and devise you an effective treatment plan.

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