How to Know When You Should Go See an Oral Surgeon

You probably know friends and family who have visited an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, but how do you know when you should make a visit? You’re certainly not alone when it comes to this question. Many people wonder why they should visit an oral surgeon versus a general dentist. Let’s talk about the potential reasons that you should visit an oral surgeon.

 

Impacted Wisdom Tooth Removal

Oral surgeons specialize in the treatment of the face and jaw. In many cases, wisdom teeth can become impacted and cause severe pain and often infection. In these situations, a general dentist will often refer a patient to see an oral surgeon. Oral and Facial Surgery Institute’s very own Dr. Shawn B. Davis and Dr. Jamison P. Metcalf specialize in the treatment of the jaw so that you can rest assured that you will be receiving the best treatment possible.

 

Dental implants

Dental implants are a great option for those who suffer from severe tooth decay or bone loss. During this type of procedure, posts are placed in the tooth sockets and artificial teeth are screwed into the posts. This allows patients to have a full set of permanent teeth in a very short amount of time. If your dentist recommends dental implants, you’ll want to be sure to see an oral surgeon for this procedure.

 

Reconstructive/Jaw surgery

Oral surgeons have extensive training in diagnosing and treating problems of the jaw. There are many reasons for reconstructive/jaw surgery. Some of these reasons may be for aesthetic purposes, however, on many occasions, these surgeries can help to relieve pain.

 

Anesthesia

Many patients request the usage of anesthesia for their dental/oral treatments to help ease the procedure. Oral surgeons specialize in anesthesia and frequently use it in the treatment of their patients. If you prefer to be sedated during your operation you may want to consider visiting an oral surgeon.

 

Other Possible Reasons To Visit an Oral Surgeon:

Other extractions

Endodontic surgery

Facial aesthetic surgery

Facial trauma

Cleft lip/palate

TMJ/TMD and facial pain

Oral cancer

 

If you’re unsure if oral surgery is necessary, talk with your dentist or give us a call at 435-628-1100!