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Do I Need a Dentist or Oral Surgeon for my Tooth Extraction?


The realization that you need a tooth extraction comes with a lot of questions, one of the biggest being wondering whether you need a dentist or oral surgeon. This procedure is not something to take lightly, so choosing the right provider is critical. Dentists and oral surgeons are both qualified to perform extractions, so how do you know which type of professional to choose? Here are some tips for choosing from Dr. Loughran.

Evaluation the Situation with your Dentist

For any type of issue with your oral health, you should get in contact with your dentist, especially in the case of a dental emergency. In the case of a dental emergency, see our page about what to do. When you speak to your dentist about what’s going on, they will be able to tell you whether or not you need a tooth extraction. You will go through a consultation with an exam of the affected tooth and likely an x-ray.

After the exam, a recommendation will be made about whether it is a tooth extraction that can be performed in the office or if it needs to be done by an oral surgeon. Usually, if the procedure can just be done using local anesthesia and novocaine, it can be done in the office.

Reasons to Use an Oral Surgeon

There are a few common reasons that your dentist would recommend using an oral surgeon. The common reasons that an oral surgeon would be necessary are:

Cracked/Fractured Teeth
Impacted Teeth
Dental Anxiety
Extraction Complications
Facial Structure

Come See Dr. Loughran

Got a dental issue that needs attention? Been too long since your last dental check-up? Give the staff at Tim Loughran Dentistry a call to schedule an appointment. We would love to hear from you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation or cleaning!

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