Some general dentists are comfortable performing straightforward extractions. However, most dentists refer patients to oral surgeons for surgical removal of teeth because of their extensive experience, performing surgical procedures on a daily basis. Oral surgeons generally handle the more complicated extractions, such as:
- Teeth that are damaged or fractured
- Infected teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
- Teeth that are impacted (not fully erupted through the tissue)
- Third molars (wisdom teeth)
In addition, patients are referred to an oral surgeon if they would be more comfortable receiving sedation or general anesthesia during surgical procedures. Oral surgeons are highly trained and experienced in the administration of anesthesia.
Our surgical facilities are equipped with modern operating rooms and state of the art monitoring equipment for safe delivery of anesthesia and our team of surgical assistants is certified in oral surgery, including anesthesia. For patients with complicated medical issues, we also have an accredited outpatient surgical center with a nursing staff and an anesthesiologist.
Special Considerations for Dental Implant Patients
Dentists also refer patients who are considering dental implants to an oral surgeon to remove teeth utilizing a special surgical techniques that preserve the bone surrounding the teeth. This procedure creates a better surgical site for implant placement.