When is a Referral to an Oral Surgeon Necessary?

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There are occasions when collaboration is in your best interest. That would be the case when a general dentist refers you to an oral surgeon.

Why an oral surgeon?

Basically, because they are specialized dental professionals and are trained to handle more complex oral health conditions that go beyond the scope of a general dentist.

Let's explore what conditions might prompt a general dentist to recommend a visit to an oral surgeon and the benefits you can expect from their treatment expertise.

Why general dentists and oral surgeons work hand-in-hand

You schedule an appointment with a general dentist primarily for routine dental care.

That could include:

A general dentist will provide your treatment up to the point that your oral health condition requires specialized expertise and more advanced treatment.

An oral surgeon is equipped and skilled in a variety of more complex treatment solutions.

Wisdom teeth extraction

Your wisdom teeth (or third molars) can become misaligned or fail to emerge properly. Lack of adequate space in your jaw is the common cause of these issues that lead to your wisdom teeth becoming impacted.

Pain, swelling, infection, and damage to your surrounding teeth can occur.

An oral surgeon has expertise in providing wisdom tooth extractions with precision, minimal discomfort, and a reduced risk of complications.

Dental implant placement

As earlier mentioned, a general dentist can diagnose your missing teeth condition and replace your missing tooth or teeth with dental implants.

There are occasions when an oral surgeon's expertise is necessary for implant placement to ensure optimum placement and successful long-term integration with your bone and tissue.

For example...

  • When bone density is an issue
  • When bone grafts are required and its placement is more complex

Maxillofacial trauma

Accidents, sports injuries, and other incidents can cause trauma or damage to your teeth, jawbone, facial structure, or soft tissue.

Surgery could be required to restore function or your appearance.

An oral surgeon has the training and expertise to assess the damage and perform reconstructive and restorative treatment to repair the damage and promote healing.

Conditions relative to oral pathology

A referral to an oral surgeon could be necessary for conditions that include oral cysts, tumors, and infections.

Oral surgeons are prepared to provide tissue biopsies, the removal of tissue related infections, and further diagnose and recommend treatment for the abnormality - including collaboration with health care professionals such as oncologists and pathologists.

An oral surgeon has advanced equipment and surgical options to ensure optimal comfort, recovery, and treatment results

  • On-site anesthetic options and essential monitoring during your procedure.
  • Personalized and collaborative care solutions and related education about your condition and available options.

A general dentist with a specialist network is an advantage to your oral health. An oral surgeon is among those vital partnerships you can trust when your dental care requires more specialized treatment.

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