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What is the difference between a general dentist extracting fully erupted wisdom tooth and an oral surgeon/maxillofacial doing it?

What is the difference between a general dentist extracting fully erupted wisdom tooth and an oral surgeon/maxillofacial doing it?

Additional training: Dentists are trained in school to extract teeth, impacted or not. Oral surgeons are dentists who have specialized with additional years of training in these same procedures. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Could general dentist remove impacted wisdom teeth?

Could general dentist remove impacted wisdom teeth?

Yes, but: Yes, but why wouldn't you want to see someone with much more experience? For best results, see a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon for exam/recommendations/treatment. ...Read more

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General or local anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal?

General or local anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal?

Depends: Depends on patient, location of teeth, insurance. For best results, see an oral surgeon for exam/options. The oral surgeon has the widest array of anesthetic and surgical options. ...Read more

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Can a periodontist do surgical wisdom tooth extraction?

Can a periodontist do surgical wisdom tooth extraction?

Technically yes...: ... but they probably would not since the procedure is beyond the scope of their practice and expertise. ...Read more

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Wisdome teeth surgery and oral piercing?

Wisdome teeth surgery and oral piercing?

What is your questio: Wisdom teeth surgery should not be a problem. Oral piercing - if you are having it done- stay away from metal piercings - they cause a lot of damage. If you have a piercing - depending on the type and location - it may or may not interfere with the extractions. ...Read more

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Oral surgeon advised I keep wisdom teeth. Why?

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Oral surgeon advised I keep wisdom teeth. Why?

Wisdom teeth: The wisdom teeth that are free from disease and symptoms should not be operated on as there is no reliable research to suggest that this practice benefits patients. ...Read more

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Can oral surgeons put people under for wisdom teeth extractions?

Can oral surgeons put people under for wisdom teeth extractions?

Yes: Being "put under" can mean different types of sedation. Many surgeons remove wisdom teeth for their patients with IV sedation and their patients have little or no recall and think they were asleep. Some surgeons may utilize crna's in their offices and perform procedures under general anesthesia where you are asleep. ...Read more

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Could a general surgeon remove wisdom teeth?

Could a general surgeon remove wisdom teeth?

No: I have never heard of a general surgeon attempting ot remove wisdom teeth. No training or experience. Best bet see a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more

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Dentist ortodontist periodontist endodontics what's the difference?

Dentist ortodontist periodontist endodontics what's the difference?

Different specialist: Orthodontist specializes in braces endodontist specializes in root canal treatment periodontist specializes in gum diseases. A general dentist treats a wide range of oral and dental problems and is not limited to any one area. ...Read more

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Should regular molar extractions cost the same as wisdom tooth extractions?

Should regular molar extractions cost the same as wisdom tooth extractions?

Depends : Some wisdom tooth extractions are routine (tooth above the gumlime) but some molar extractions turn surgical because the crown is broken off or the roots may be difficult to remove. Every extraction is different depending upon the tooth and how it is positioned in the mouth. ...Read more

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Is general anesthetic used for wisdom tooth extraction?

Is general anesthetic used for wisdom tooth extraction?

Talk to Dentist: Most teeth extractions can be done under local anesthesia with a cooperative patient. If there are especially impacted teeth then some sedation might be indicated. I don't even remember the procedure after a little dose of valium. If you have concerns please contact your dentist and discuss these fears with him. Good luck. A general anesthetic will clear very quickly (within hours). ...Read more

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Could a general surgeon do tooth extractions?

Could a general surgeon do tooth extractions?

Tooth extractions: A general surgeon could technically and legally probably extract teeth, but i doubt any would want or try to as they have not been trained to do so. All professionals do what they have been trained to and feel comfortable and competent in doing. Some extractions are difficult even for trained and competent dentists. ...Read more

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Will a dentist save your wisdom teeth following extraction?

Will a dentist save your wisdom teeth following extraction?

Generally, yes: Laws may vary from state to state with regard to whether or not you can keep your wisdom teeth after their removal. Generally most dentists and surgeons will allow their patients to keep their extracted teeth when the procedure is performed in the office. If the procedure is performed in the hospital, some hospital rules require that any tissue removed be submitted for examination by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Is versed (midazolam) for wisdom teeth extraction considered general anesthetic?

Is versed (midazolam) for wisdom teeth extraction considered general anesthetic?

No: Midazolam (versed) is a powerful but relatively short-acting benzodiazepine used for sedation before surgery. It is not an anesthetic agent. Other medications are used for general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Advice about wisdom teeth removal and mucocele?

Advice about wisdom teeth removal and mucocele?

See an oral surgeon: A mucocele is an enlarged salivary gland, usually due to obstruction of the duct that allows the saliva to empty into the mouth. They commonly occur inside the lower lip and sometimes in the floor of the mouth. An oral surgeon can perform a clinical exam with the appropriate x-rays to advise you about your wisdom teeth and provide you with additional information about the mucocele. ...Read more

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Will I get general anesthetic for wisdom tooth extraction?

Will I get general anesthetic for wisdom tooth extraction?

Comfort zone: The removal of wisdom teeth is a serious surgical procedure. Sedation dentistry is used to provide a safe, comfortable relaxing and anxiety-free experience for certain people receiving any dental treatment. Depending on your degree of fear or anxiety, different levels of sedation may be required include general anesthesia. Take care and have a comfortable experience. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of having a general dentist vs a oral surgeon to do wisdom teeth extraction?

What are the pros and cons of having a general dentist vs a oral surgeon to do wisdom teeth extraction?

Several: Many general dentists are well trained and qualified and routinely remove wisdom teeth in their practices. Oral surgeons have advanced training and often treat the more complicated or difficult cases and may be better equipped to handle complications that may occur. Although some general dentists may offer IV sedation, most oral surgeons offer IV sedation or general anesthesia routinely. ...Read more

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Can a general dentist perform surgical or complex tooth extractions?

Can a general dentist perform surgical or complex tooth extractions?

Depends: Depends on the complexity of the extraction. See the best ( not the bargain) Dentist in your area for examination. Referral to an Oral Surgeon may be prudent. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia ok for wisdom teeth removal?

Is general anesthesia ok for wisdom teeth removal?

Ok: Ok, but in most cases it is not nessasary. Talk to your dentist for the best solution. ...Read more

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Impacted tooth surgery extraction swelling along that side. Call dentist or surgeon?

Impacted tooth surgery extraction swelling along that side. Call dentist or surgeon?

Surgeon: Always start with the individual who last saw the problem. Use ice if within 24 hours and warm moist packs thereafter until you can see the surgeon. ...Read more

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Wisdom Teeth (Definition)

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to "come in" to a person's mouth. They usually emerge when someone is 17 to 21 years old. Many wisdom teeth become impacted for lack of room in the mouth, and ...Read more