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What makes a dentist different from an oral surgeon?

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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree

In brief: Surgical experience

A dentist does have some experience in oral surgery procedures.
An oral surgeon specializes in removal or teeth, sedation, wisdom teeth, bone grafting, trauma, pathology, placement of dental implants, jaw surgery and tmj. It is your choice on which doctor you want to go with. The more complicated the procedure or treatment it may be worthwhile having an oral surgeon involved.

In brief: Surgical experience

A dentist does have some experience in oral surgery procedures.
An oral surgeon specializes in removal or teeth, sedation, wisdom teeth, bone grafting, trauma, pathology, placement of dental implants, jaw surgery and tmj. It is your choice on which doctor you want to go with. The more complicated the procedure or treatment it may be worthwhile having an oral surgeon involved.
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Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Specialty training

An oral surgeon is a dentist who recieved specialty education in surgery.
The training can be anywhere from 4-7 years after completing 4 years of dental school. This is also after 4 years of college.

In brief: Specialty training

An oral surgeon is a dentist who recieved specialty education in surgery.
The training can be anywhere from 4-7 years after completing 4 years of dental school. This is also after 4 years of college.
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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Residency

A general dentist does not necessarily have any extra training after dental school, although they can do a 1-2 year post-graduate residency.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon spends a minimum of 4 years after dental school in a residency specifically training in surgery, including dental extractions, dental implants, jaw surgery, trauma, reconstruction, bone grafting, cleft lip and palate, etc.

In brief: Residency

A general dentist does not necessarily have any extra training after dental school, although they can do a 1-2 year post-graduate residency.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon spends a minimum of 4 years after dental school in a residency specifically training in surgery, including dental extractions, dental implants, jaw surgery, trauma, reconstruction, bone grafting, cleft lip and palate, etc.
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