People needing tooth extraction are often confused about who they should contact to perform the procedure – a dentist or an oral surgeon. Dentists and oral surgeons can both perform tooth extractions, but there are some circumstances where only an oral surgeon can perform a procedure. Knowing the difference between the two can be confusing, so we thought we’d explain it further.
Your local Perth dentist is responsible for your dental upkeep and maintenance treatments. A dentist can provide a lot of treatments but can be limited when procedures are more complex. We hope you are familiar with dentists through regular check-ups with your experienced Aardent dentist.
The responsibilities of a dentist include:
- Routine check-ups
- Supervising technicians and staff
- Diagnosing and treating gum and mouth issues
- Dental restoration (fillings, sealants, crowns, bridges, and root canals)
- Using X-rays to analyse teeth
- Tooth extractions
- Creating a patient’s treatment plan
- Educating patients on preventive dental care
An oral surgeon is also known as a maxillofacial surgeon. Oral surgeons specialise in surgery of the mouth, face, and jaws. Training to be an oral surgeon requires additional education as it is a medical specialty of dentistry.
Oral surgeons provide services above and beyond a dentist’s, including procedures such as removing impacted teeth, complex surgeries, bone grafting, and more. They also help accident victims or those needing reconstructive dental surgery. Oral surgeons can perform soft tissue biopsies, tumour removal, jaw realignment surgery, soft tissue repair, or positioning of implants.
How do you choose?
Choosing between an oral surgeon and a dentist depends entirely on the treatment you need. If you require routine dental treatments, make an appointment with your dentist. If you have a complicated issue the starting point is to consult your regular dentist. If required, he will recommend a suitable oral surgeon.
If you have any concerns about your oral health, please contact us today to make a booking. You can request an appointment online or call us with any questions you may have.
Why choose Aardent as your Perth oral health centre?
We pride ourselves on providing excellent dental care tailored to individual wants and needs. We have a team of talented dentists who provide advanced dentistry in Perth. From emergency dental services to cosmetic dentistry and more, the friendly and experienced team at Aardent Dental Centre has over 30 years of experience providing exceptional dental services.
Contact us today and let us show you why the team at Aardent Dental Centre are respected dentists in Perth.