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Dr. James LoCascio Dr. LoCascio
Dentistry - Endodontics
36 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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I might have to have a root canal. What is the difference between an Endodontist and an Oral Surgeon?

I might have to have a root canal. What is the difference between an Endodontist and an Oral Surgeon?

Big Difference: An Endodontist saves teeth, by doing Root Canal Therapy or Root End Surgery. An Oral Surgeon, among other things, usually removes teeth.

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Dr. Peter Nguyen
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Endodontics (Definition)

Endodontists are experts in treating diseases of the pulp and peri-apical tissues. They now do root canals under a microscope if they have remained current. Their procedures are mostly pain free with very positive results. They are proficient in treating difficult cases and know root anatomy better than anyone. They are also experts ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Quon Dr. Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
38 years in practice
University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry
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My tooth had a root canal and crown replacemtn that keeps getting dacayed. Do I need an oral surgeon or endodontist?

My tooth had a root canal and crown replacemtn that keeps getting dacayed. Do I need an oral surgeon or endodontist?

Your dentist: Contrary to what some people believe, a root canal treated tooth with a crown place on afterwards can still develop decay. You still have to maintain proper oral hygiene with the tooth as you would with any other tooth. This also means regular dental check ups. Have your general dentist evaluate the tooth to determine what course of treatment is indicated.

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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I feel pressure on the bottom front teeth. Dentist and Endodontist and Oral Surgeon do not see anything in X-rays. What could cause this?

I feel pressure on the bottom front teeth. Dentist and Endodontist and Oral Surgeon do not see anything in X-rays. What could cause this?

Atypical odontalgia: Is a poorly understood chronic pain disorder that is best defined as persistent pain in apparently normal teeth or adjacent oral tissues (e.g., alveolar bone, gingiva). The management of AO is extremely difficult and no single approach has proven to be universally effective. See Orofacial Pain specialist for treatment.

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Dr. Sharon Perelman Dr. Perelman
Dentistry
25 years in practice
University of London, King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry
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Dr. Scott Grover Dr. Grover
Surgery
22 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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What is maxillofacial vs oral surgeon?

What is maxillofacial vs oral surgeon?

May be same: A maxillofacial surgeon deals with the maxilla and face. He may fix fractures, pull teeth and things along that line. An oral surgeon is going to work mostly with the mouth. He will do most of the surgeries through or around the mouth, but may also do things related to the jaw and maxilla bones that form the mouth.

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Dr. Thomas Stelmach Dr. Stelmach
Dentistry - Cosmetic
35 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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Is it weird that my oral surgeon calls me "sweet eater"?

Is it weird that my oral surgeon calls me "sweet eater"?

Kinda wierd: Are you loosing a lot of teeth from tooth decay? Still, too personal, unprofessional, and strange for an oral surgeon to call you that.

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Dr. Daniel Quon Dr. Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
38 years in practice
University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry
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Is it safe to get anesthesia in an oral surgeon's office?

Is it safe to get anesthesia in an oral surgeon's office?

Yes: Oral surgeons have extensive training in sedation and/or general anesthesia, and have been performing outpatient surgery in their offices for a long time. With any office that performs in office anesthesia, having trained personnel, proper monitoring equipment, medications, and safe operating protocols are a must. Most oral surgeons must meet the established guidelines in order to provide it.

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Dr. Ionel Rad Dr. Rad
Anesthesiology
13 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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Oral surgeon wants to use diprivan. What are the side effects?

Oral surgeon wants to use diprivan. What are the side effects?

Many: Diprivan (aka propofol) has been used for both sedation and general anesthesia. There are many potential side effects, from most benign to most serious. The package insert can be found at http://www.Fda.Gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/00/may00/050900/tab0003.Pdf. It is likely most complete and it has listed many of the side effects known.

Dr. Charles Lockhart Dr. Lockhart
Dentistry
5 years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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Can you tell me about anesthetic with dentist vs. Oral surgeon?

Can you tell me about anesthetic with dentist vs. Oral surgeon?

Varies: Oral surgeons usually are trained in IV sedation as well as other modalities, but some dentists who have taken advanced course work can administer the same anesthesia.

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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Is there any way oral surgeon can tell if there is abscess at the tooth?

Is there any way oral surgeon can tell if there is abscess at the tooth?

Any dentist or OS: An oral surgeon or any dentist can determine by physical examination if there is a dental abscess. Once he/she has identified a suspect tooth, they'll then perform additional testing like pulp vitality or x-ray that can to confirm their suspicions.

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Dr. Peter Karsant Dr. Karsant
Dentistry
35 years in practice
University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
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Can I ask the oral surgeon for pain pills before I have even had my tooth out?

Can I ask the oral surgeon for pain pills before I have even had my tooth out?

Generally: We do not do that up front. We do rx the day of for post op pain.

Dr. John Van der Werff Dr. Van der Werff
Dentistry
35 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Is added pain of TMJ a symptom of infection & having procedures, or should I go to oral surgeon?

Is added pain of TMJ a symptom of infection & having procedures, or should I go to oral surgeon?

Could be any: See a dentist who can diagnose what is causing your symptoms. Look at www. Aaop. Org or www. Aacfp. Org for dentists in your area.

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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can an oral surgeon see if there is any obstruction in the airways from martial arts facial impact? (ie kick to face)

Can an oral surgeon see if there is any obstruction in the airways from martial arts facial impact? (ie kick to face)

Facial trauma.: If you’re suspecting facial trauma, you might be better served by an evaluation by an ENT physician.

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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Should I have my crown lengthening done by an oral surgeon or periodontist? I understand that it can be done by both.

Should I have my crown lengthening done by an oral surgeon or periodontist? I understand that it can be done by both.

Periodontist: Dental crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue to expose more of a tooth's structure. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the gums. In addition to four years of dental school, periodontists also complete at least 3 more years of specialized study in this field. Call your periodontist today

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Dr. Kirk Yen Dr. Yen
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
34 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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Have a dry socket. The oral surgeon packed it with meds on Monday. I can't even rinse it without pain. Is this ever going to heal?

Dr. Kirk Yen Dr. Yen
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Have a dry socket. The oral surgeon packed it with meds on Monday. I can't even rinse it without pain. Is this ever going to heal?

Be gentle & wait: Dry socket is usually due to loss of blood clot covering the exposed bone and tissue. Over time this clot is replaced by healing tissue that covers the bone & exposed tissue. This also will cause reduction of pain. This process usually takes about 2 to 3 weeks. Be gentle to avoid removing the healing tissue tissue while rinsing or hygiene care. If pain lasts longer than 3 weeks have it checked.

Dr. Elahe Wissinger Dr. Wissinger
Dentistry - Cosmetic
21 years in practice
Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
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Does an "oral surgeon" perform the same duties an "oral maxillo facial surgeon" as listed in dental directories? Are these names always interchangable

Does an "oral surgeon" perform the same duties an "oral maxillo facial surgeon" as listed in dental directories? Are these names always interchangable

Yes and no: Oral surgeries can be performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, a periodontist, an endodontist, a prosthodontist and even a general dentist. Generally, however, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon refers to him or herself as an oral surgeon.

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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2 Red patch under tongue, nonsmoker, oral surgeon took health hist & looked at it said don't worry about it but I'm worried could it be something worse?

2 Red patch under tongue, nonsmoker, oral surgeon took health hist & looked at it said don't worry about it but I'm worried could it be something worse?

See your dentist: There are many and various oral lesions which could match your description (traumatic erythema, Reiter disease, etc). I can appreciate your concern, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: see your dentist for further investigation or referral to oral medicine specialist.

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Dr. Seth Black Dr. Black
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
40 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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How difficult is it to become an oral surgeon?

How difficult is it to become an oral surgeon?

Lots of hard work: After dental or medical school an internship followed by a minimum of four years in residency is r squired to qualify.

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Dr. Craig Fisk Dr. Fisk
Dentistry
8 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Is a dmd an oral surgeon?

Is a dmd an oral surgeon?

Not Necessarily: A dmd is a dental degree and can refer to any general dentist or dental specialist. An oral surgeon has completed a specialty program (additional training beyond the dds/dmd degree). Some oral surgeons also have md degrees which make them dmd md or dds md.

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Dr. Louis Gallia Dr. Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
41 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Can an oral surgeon prescribe a cpap?

Can an oral surgeon prescribe a cpap?

Depends: Depends on state licensure. Also probably credentials. Some oral surgeons are both physicians and dentists. Other oral surgeons have only a dental degree.

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