The best option is a qualified oral surgeon for safe and efficient wisdom tooth extraction
If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, you may be thinking, now what do I need to do?
Before asking anyone, people commonly first turn to the Internet for information. They ask questions like, “How wisdom teeth are removed” and “Reasons wisdom teeth get removed.” Learning what information they can through online resources, people then move on to the planning phase, setting aside a few days on the calendar they are available for the procedure and placing a call to their dentist.
While there are several questions to be asked, there is one question that often goes unasked, and it is arguable the most important question: Who should perform the wisdom teeth removal procedure?
Technically, dentists and oral surgeons are able to perform wisdom tooth extractions. But most dentists (and probably most patients) would agree that the procedure outcome is better when patients are under general anesthesia, rather than only local anesthesia. Administering general anesthesia is something oral surgeons, and dentists, are qualified to do.
So the truest answer to the question is: If general anesthesia is being administered during the procedure, oral surgeons are trained to do the job.
Unfortunately, some dentists have been disregarding safety and training by administering general anesthesia themselves, occasionally leading to tragic consequences. Anesthesia is perfectly safe to use, but only when it is administered by someone who is properly trained. An oral surgeon undergoes extensive training to administer anesthesia safely, but it can be deadly if not delivered the right way.
An impacted wisdom tooth should always be dealt with immediately, as it can lead to serious complications. But however it is dealt with, and by whom, makes a significant difference – especially if general anesthesia is involved. Any dentist is able to refer you to an oral surgeon – someone fully qualified to remove that wisdom tooth, while making sure the extraction process is successful and entirely safe.
If you have any more questions, or would like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to call us at (706) 705-1571. We would be happy to meet with you, answer your questions and discuss all of your treatment options in detail.