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Do You Need a Dentist or an Oral Surgeon?


Posted on 3/21/2022 by Shiv Sharma, DDS
Do You Need a Dentist or an Oral Surgeon?When you go to the dentist, you are likely to encounter many staff personnel, each in charge of one or more elements of your oral health care. Many people may not comprehend the distinction between a dentist and an oral surgeon when selecting a dental practitioner to perform a specific service. It's a crucial distinction that might impact the outcome of your dental operation.

The Role of a Dentist


Dentists are in charge of maintaining excellent oral health and are well-versed in your complete oral health history. Thorough cleaning with a dental hygienist, a comprehensive dental exam, scaling (a procedure used to remove highly stubborn build-up), oral cancer screenings, fluoride treatments, x-rays to look for any problems that can't be seen with the naked eye, and sealants are all things you can expect when visiting the dentist. Suppose your dentist discovers irregularities such as gum disease or abnormally deep pockets between your teeth and gums. In that case, they will send you to an oral/maxillofacial surgeon who will examine these conditions further.

The Role of an Oral Surgeon


If your dentist sends you to an oral surgeon, it does not always indicate you have a complex case to treat.  It essentially states that a specialized surgeon can treat your situation more successfully than a general practitioner. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in treating disorders involving the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and jaws. Oral surgery may be required for something as simple as dental implants or treating tumors or cysts in your jaw. Some reasons you might visit an oral surgeon are dental implants, impacted teeth, fractured or cracked teeth, and extraction complications.

Having your teeth extracted and deciding whether or not to have a dental implant treatment is a major step. We recommend that you first consult with us. We can evaluate your circumstances and propose the best oral surgeon or dental expert for you.

Thank you for trusting us with your oral health. Give us a call at (650) 321-9693 .



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