For painless wisdom tooth extraction, the best option is a qualified oral surgeon
So you’ve got an impacted wisdom tooth. Now what?
These days, most people first turn to the Internet for information, typing in such common queries as “How wisdom teeth are removed” or “Reasons wisdom teeth get removed.” Learning what they can that way, people then move on to the planning phase, setting aside a few days on the calendar and placing a call to their local dentist.
But there is one question that often goes unasked, and it may be the most important question of all: Who should perform the procedure?
Technically, both general dentists and oral surgeons can perform wisdom tooth extractions. But most dentists – and probably most patients – would agree that the procedure is much more comfortable when patients are under general anesthesia rather than mere local anesthesia. And administering general anesthesia is something oral surgeons, not dentists, are fully and thoroughly trained to do.
So the answer to the question is this: if general anesthesia is being administered, only oral surgeons are fully qualified to do the job.
Unfortunately, a few dentists have been disregarding this fact and administering general anesthesia themselves, occasionally leading to terrible, even tragic, consequences. Anesthesia is perfectly safe when administered by someone who is properly trained, such as an oral surgeon – but it can be deadly if not administered in exactly the right way.
An impacted wisdom tooth should always be dealt with promptly, as it can lead to complications such as pain and infection. But how it is dealt with, and by whom, matters – especially if general anesthesia is involved. Any dentist in your neighborhood will be able to refer you to an oral surgeon – someone fully qualified to remove that wisdom tooth while making sure the extraction process is quick, painless, and entirely safe.
If you have any more questions, or would like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to call us at (800) 296-7590. We would be happy to meet with you, answer your questions and discuss all of your treatment options in detail.