Many straightforward extractions can be performed by a general dentist. However, most dentists refer patients to oral surgeons for surgical removal of teeth because of the extensive experience specialists have, performing these 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)
- Wisdom teeth (third molars)
In addition, patients who would be more comfortable receiving sedation or general anesthesia during surgical procedures are usually referred to an oral surgeon for surgical removal of teeth, as oral surgeons have extensive training and experience in the administration of anesthesia. Our offices 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 outpatient anesthesia.
Special Considerations for Dental Implant Patients
Patients who are considering dental implants are also referred to an oral surgeon so that the teeth can be removed with special surgical techniques that preserve the bone surrounding the teeth, which creates a better site for implant placement.