Although a general dentist may perform tooth extractions, more complex surgeries may be outside of the general dentist's competence. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive specialized training to treat many conditions affecting the face, mouth, and jaw.
Even if a general dentist is capable of performing the surgeries below, referring to an oral surgeon can make the process more comfortable for the patient. Oral Surgeons have more training which can make the process faster and less stressful for everyone.
Reasons you may be referred to an oral surgeon:
- Tooth Impaction (common for third molars “wisdom teeth”)
- Anatomy of tooth (roots of teeth can be curved and make extraction more difficult)
- Bone Graft/Implant Placement
- Sinus Lift
- Jaw Surgery
If your general dentist recommends seeing an oral surgeon, there is a reason behind the referral. Whether the reason be for patient comfort, a difficult procedure or a procedure not offered at their office, your dentist’s goal is to give you the best experience and improve your oral health in the best way possible. General dentists like to do as much as possible for the patient, but there are circumstances where it is best to have a patient see the oral surgeon.
Call or text our office at (724)347-2722 if you have been referred to an oral surgeon and have any questions or concerns.