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23 Jul

Choosing a Dentist or an Oral Surgeon for Tooth Extraction

Have you been you experiencing tooth ache for some time now? Perhaps your gums around the affected area are bleeding every time you brush? 

In this blog we’ll aim to answer the main questions surrounding an extraction when you may need one and some tips on choosing the right specialist for the procedure. 

First off, let’s start with some of the symptoms, which signal it’s time to pay us a visit.  

  • Misplaced teeth 

Misplaced teeth can often lead to impaction and crowding. Impaction is a term used to explain the shifting of a tooth in a wrong position, which makes it useless to the overall function of your smile. Overcrowding on the other hand occurs when your teeth are crowded in one location, and there isn’t enough space for them all to fit correctly. 

  • Extensive tooth decay 

The main reasons for tooth decay are often a result of poor oral hygiene, a bad diet, and the formation of plaque. 

  • Infection 

A tooth infection can be extremely painful, especially if left untreated. It can also lead to extensive damage in the teeth and gums and often, the only solution to this type of severe infection is to have an extraction. 

  • Gum Disease 

Periodontal diseases are also a common reason for tooth extraction. They can often lead to damage of the alveolar bone and periodontal ligaments. An extraction can help prevent any further damage from occurring and in many cases is the best solution available. 

Once you’ve had your dental examination, it is time to choose between a dentist or an oral surgeon for your extraction. The truth is that while both dentists and oral surgeons like our doctors are qualified and trained to perform tooth extractions, dentists generally do not pull teeth in every circumstance. There are instances when surgical intervention is required, and an oral surgeon should be chosen in these cases.

Choosing between a dentist and an oral surgeon

To help ease the decision-making process, start with the question ‘Do I need a simple extraction or a surgical extraction?’ Teeth that are visible above the gum line, which are undamaged likely require a simple extraction. In this case, a local dentist will be able to perform the extraction properly and safely. However, if the tooth that needs to be extracted is damaged, hidden, or infected, the extraction falls under the category of surgical. A surgical extraction involves a small incision into the gum to remove the tooth. In some cases, the surgeon may need to remove some of the bone around the tooth or even cut the tooth to remove it. 

If you are worried you need a tooth extraction or experiencing any of the above symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 3583 9809.