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Oral Surgery in Rancho Cucamonga

Oral Surgeon vs. General Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference in training and education between oral surgeons and dentists?

Both oral surgeons and dentists attend the same four years of dental school, achieving either a Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. However, oral and maxillofacial surgeons go through specialty training in an addition four-year surgical hospital residency program alongside medical professionals. They learn to diagnose, treat and manage dental and health issues pertaining to the mouth, face, jaws, and surrounding soft tissues.

My dentist takes out wisdom teeth. Why should I choose a oral surgeon instead?

While dentists can remove wisdom teeth, most of these procedures are not simple extractions. In fact, the majority of patients have impacted wisdom teeth or other issues that make the procedure far more complex. Oral surgeons are trained specifically in the treatment of complicated extractions and remove thousands of wisdom teeth during their residencies and every year thereafter.

How do oral surgeons provide better pain management options?

Oral surgeons are thoroughly trained in both IV sedation and general anesthesia. It is a primary component of their surgical training and allows greater pain management options for complex procedures in their practice. Most general dentists, on the other hand, use only local anesthesia to perform extractions and do not provide IV sedation. Of the few who do offer IV sedation, most have only completed a brief weekend course to learn how to do so.

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