Men and women who are in need of a tooth extraction are often confused about who they should contact to perform the procedure – a dentist or an oral surgeon? Having your tooth pulled is nothing to mess around with, or wait on, so be sure you’re choosing the right type of doctor to best suit your specific needs.
Dentists and oral surgeons are both able to perform tooth extractions, but dentists are not qualified to extract teeth in all types of circumstances. To know whether or not you should choose a dentist or an oral surgeon like Dr. Scherer for your tooth extraction, keep reading as we discuss this topic further.
Simple Extraction or Surgical Extraction?
To begin, let’s first talk about simple tooth extractions vs surgical tooth extractions. When patients have a tooth that is completely visible above the gum line, a general dentist is able to properly extract it with forceps. If you have a tooth, such as a wisdom tooth that is partially or completely hidden below the surface of the gum line, or there is bone interference with the tooth or tooth roots, an oral surgeon should be contacted for the extraction. Surgical tooth extractions performed by an oral surgeon like Dr. Scherer require stitches to close the incision site so that healing can progress properly.
Other Reasons Why You Should Choose an Oral Surgeon for Your Tooth Extraction
In addition to their ability to perform surgical tooth extractions, oral surgeons are also chosen by residents for tooth extractions for several other reasons:
- Your facial structure may necessitate the need for an oral surgeon. If you have a tooth or teeth that need to be extracted, but the way your teeth are positioned in your mouth, large sinuses, or limited jaw mobility make it impossible for a general dentist to successfully perform the extraction, you will need to see an oral surgeon like Dr. Scherer for treatment.
- If you have cracked or fractured teeth, you will need an oral surgeon. Men and women who need their cracked or fractured teeth removed will require an oral surgeon, as the procedure is more intense and requires the use of oral anesthesia.
- If you have dental anxiety, you will need the help of an oral surgeon. Some patients have such intense dental anxiety that the mere thought of sitting in a dental chair is enough to make them hyperventilate, much less sit through a simple tooth extraction wide awake. An oral surgeon has the medical license and qualification to safely administer the full range of oral anesthesia, which can help patients who need a tooth extraction but suffer from dental anxiety.
- If you’re at risk of experiencing extraction complications, you need to see an oral surgeon. Things can go wrong during a tooth extraction, even a simple one, as noted above. If you choose an oral surgeon like Dr. Scherer for your tooth extraction, you can rest assured that he has the ability to deal with complications such as complex root systems or cracks during the surgery. If you choose a dentist to pull your tooth and they run into a problem, you will have to see an oral surgeon to complete the procedure safely. No one wants to go through that, so start with an oral surgeon for your tooth extraction.
Let Oral Surgeon Dr. Scherer of Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center Take Care of Your Tooth Extractions
If you suspect you need to have a tooth extracted, call Dr. Scherer today. He can fully evaluate your affected tooth and safely remove it.
Simply call his office today at (630) 364-2888 to book your initial consultation!