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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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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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


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Oral surgeon advised I keep wisdom teeth. Why?

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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My oral surgeon advised I keep wisdom teeth, why?

My oral surgeon advised I keep wisdom teeth, why?

Several reasons: Wisdom teeth that are erupted into a functional position allowing you to use them to chew foods, that are not decayed, periodontally involved, a source of problems or contributing to a problem do not have to be removed. If the risk of complications during surgery is greater than leaving the wisdom teeth alone, we may suggest not having them removed. ...Read more

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How will the oral surgeon take my top wisdom teeth out?

Same as others !: The surgeon will numb the area first. Second, he or she will usually need to expose the tooth if it is not visible in the mouth. A small incision is made to access the tooth. The gum tissue is gently pulled away to see the tooth. Sometimes only a single instrument is needed to twist the tooth out. Otherwise, a drill may be needed to help remove bone to facilitate it's removal. Talk to your doc! ...Read more

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Is there a way to have my insurance approve an oral surgeon to remove my wisdom teeth. They are piercing through my cheeks and shattered a tooth.

Is there a way to have my insurance approve an oral surgeon to remove my wisdom teeth. They are piercing through my cheeks and shattered a tooth.

Eligible benefit?: Not all insurance plans are the same. Some medical insurance plans exclude dental coverage including the surgical removal of wisdom teeth. Your surgeon's office can contact your insurance company to determine if benefits are available, and/or submit a narrative to request coverage or appeal a denial. ...Read more

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I got a referral from my dentist to see an oral surgeon to remove my wisdom teeth. What happens now? Do i call the surgeon and make an appointment?

Call and schedule: Schedule an appointment and ask the oral surgeon all the questions you have about the extractions and what to expect during healing. It is important that you understand what will be done during the procedure and afterwards during healing. ...Read more

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SEVERE/unbearable toothache. Saw dentist, he gave me augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) and asked me to see oral surgeon for wisdom teeth. But the pain is very severe. What to do?

SEVERE/unbearable toothache. Saw dentist, he gave me augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) and asked me to see oral surgeon for wisdom teeth. But the pain is very severe. What to do?

Follow advice quick: Follow this advice, take the augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) and get to the oral surgeon quickly. It is likely an operculitis which is incredibly painful and the augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) should help. If the swelling/infection gets worse go the the ER immediately. ...Read more

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How might an oral surgeons concerns about wisdom teeth change from one year to the next?

How might an oral surgeons concerns about wisdom teeth change from one year to the next?

How teeth grow: Dentists and oral surgeons watch how your teeth grow and grow in during adolescence. If they see teeth growing in crooked or becoming impacted (not growing in as expected) their concerns can shift year to year. ...Read more

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The oral surgeon won't see me until next week and I'm really in pain with my wisdom teeth. What can I do?

The oral surgeon won't see me until next week and I'm really in pain with my wisdom teeth. What can I do?

OTC pain med, diet: An over the counter pain medicine - ibuprofen or ketoprofen is best if you can take them; extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) is less effective. Soft diet, sleeping with head elevated (extra pillows or recliner) may help. Warm salt water rinse can help depending upon the exact problem. ...Read more

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I'm having 2 wisdom teeth out by an oral surgeon and I am scared stiff. How do I better prepare for this?

I'm having 2 wisdom teeth out by an oral surgeon and I am scared stiff. How do I better prepare for this?

You are normal: The thought of having wisdom teeth removed can be frightening. You should discuss your fear with your surgeon who can provide you with answers and sedation options to allow you to have a comfortable and safe procedure. ...Read more