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Can A General Dentist Perform Oral Surgery?April 21, 2017
In certain circumstances, you may have to undergo oral surgery. The vast majority of oral surgeries can be completed in a short timeframe.
In this latest post, we’ll explain more about the oral surgery process and the relationship between general dentists and oral surgeons.
Oral Surgeons Specialize In Surgery
Oral surgeons are dentists who perform diagnosis and surgical treatment for patients with disorders, diseases, deformities and injuries, for example. Oral surgeons tend to have many years of experience completing complex surgical procedures as part of their work with patients. Oral surgeons work with the gums, jaw and teeth as one structure. Their expertise is in managing complex and invasive treatments. For example, an oral surgeon might work on correcting a cleft palate, or will work with patients when they require extraction for deeply embedded wisdom teeth. Oral surgeons, as well as general dentists depending on their level of expertise, will also correct the results of accidents and tumours, and address malfunction of jaw joints.
General Dentists Work with Oral Surgeons
General dentists usually work with oral surgeons and can give you information about the surgeon and their experience in the industry. If you have any concerns about the surgical process, your general dentist can also answer your questions, based on their understanding of your condition.
What to Consider Before Undergoing Oral Surgery
If you’ve been told by your general dentist that you must undergo oral surgery, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of the process beforehand. The following are important things to consider before treatment:
- The experience of the surgeon: How long has the oral surgeon been practicing? Does he or she work with patients who have your condition?
- The timing for the process: Discuss the timing of your surgery well in advance so you can plan accordingly. During the consultation with your surgeon, discuss time off from work and potential recovery time at home.
- Pre and post-op requirements: Most oral surgeries require pre and postoperative procedures to ensure your safety. Work with your oral surgeon to review these requirements closely.
Our trusted team is here to guide you in managing your oral health needs. To learn more about the work of both general dentists and oral surgeons, contact us today.