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I'm wondering about extraction of teeth for orthodontic treatment, is it an orthodontist's job or dentist's?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Dentist: An orthodontist limits his/her practice to the specialty of orthodontia. The extractions are surgical in nature, and usually are not performed by the orthodontist, nor are they included in the orthodontist's fee.
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Orthodontics 30 years experience
Not Orthodontists: Extraction of teeth for orthodontic treatment should be performed by a dental professional who routinely performs extractions (orthodontists normally do not). In my office, i recommend oral surgeons and or pediatric dentists/general dentists who routinely extract teeth. I prefer utilizing oral surgeons.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Dentist: best to let experts do what they do best. Unless were talking about pulling out a very loose tooth from a kid, dentists and oral surgeons should do extractions and orthodontists braces. we refer all our extractions out
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Dentist's: Specialists limit their practices to their specialty. Extractions, fillings, gum treatment, root canal treatment, whitening, etc., do NOT fall under the purview of ”Orthodontics." That would be like asking a Gynecologist to set a broken bone.

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