Many of the procedures performed by oral surgeons are also available at a local general dentist’s clinics. This leaves many patients to wonder which type of provider they should choose for their oral health treatment needs. It is important to recognize, however, that while both providers may be ‘qualified’ to treat a problem, oral surgeons have far more expertise and training in complex treatment protocols than dentists do.
What is the difference in training and education between oral surgeons and dentists
oral surgery (known formally as oral and maxillofacial surgery) is a post graduation course after the bds. They learn to diagnose, treat and manage dental and health issues pertaining to the mouth, face, jaws, and surrounding soft tissues.
My dentist takes out wisdom teeth. Why should I choose a oral surgeon instead?
While dentists can remove wisdom teeth, most of these procedures are not simple extractions. In fact, the majority of patients have impacted wisdom teeth or other issues that make the procedure far more complex. Oral surgeons are trained specifically in the treatment of complicated extractions and remove thousands of wisdom teeth during their residencies and every year thereafter.
How do oral surgeons provide better pain management options?
Oral surgeons are thoroughly trained in sedation and anaesthesia procedures. It is a primary component of their surgical training and allows greater pain management options for complex procedures in their practice.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery specializes in treating many diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. It is an internationally recognized surgical specialty
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