Everyone should see a dentist on a regular basis for cleaning and exams. These routine check-ups are critical to your oral health. A general dental practice is also well-equipped to perform common procedures, such as simple extractions, fillings, root canals, and bridges.
To minimize risk, you should see an oral surgeon if you need an advanced procedure, such as wisdom tooth extraction or dental implants. Not only do oral surgeons have extensive training and experience, their facilities are equipped specifically for surgery and must undergo regular safety evaluations.
Board certified oral surgeons receive 4-6 years of additional specialized training and provide services in offices specifically designed for oral surgery.
For optimal safety and comfort you should have the opportunity to have a pre-surgical consultation with your surgeon to address any concerns you may have regarding your procedure and recovery.
Unlike a general dental office, oral surgery offices are specifically designed to safely provide oral surgical services. Oral surgery offices must undergo office anesthesia evaluations every 5 years to maintain membership in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
A reputable oral surgery office will have the ability to see you for a follow-up at any point in your recovery, as well as provide on-call services for after hour complications.
Oral surgeons are the only recognized ADA surgical specialist that by law can provide all levels of anesthesia to ensure optimal comfort and safety of all surgical procedures.