Maida Smiles (W. London)

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23 Jul

Choosing a Dentist or an Oral Surgeon for Tooth Extraction


Have you been experiencing toothache for some time now? Perhaps your gums 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 provide some tips on choosing the right specialist for the procedure. 

First, let’s examine some of the symptoms that signal it’s time to visit us.  

  • Misplaced teeth

Misplaced teeth can often lead to impaction and crowding. Impaction is a term used to explain the shifting of a tooth in the wrong position, making it useless to your smile’s overall function. 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

Poor oral hygiene, a bad diet, and plaque formation are often the main causes of tooth decay. 

  • 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 to the alveolar bone and periodontal ligaments. An extraction can help prevent further damage and is often the best solution available. 

Once you’ve had your dental examination, it is time to choose between a dentist and an oral surgeon for your extraction. 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.

Choosing between a dentist and an oral surgeon

To help ease the decision-making process, ask, ‘Do I need a simple or surgical extraction?’ Teeth visible above the gum line and undamaged likely require a simple extraction. In this case, a local dentist can 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 cut the tooth to remove it. 

If you are worried you need a tooth extraction or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 3974 1777.