Oral Surgeons Vs. Dentists

With many dentists now offering wisdom teeth removal and dental implants in their practice, it’s important for patients to know the difference between dental professionals so that they know who is the best choice for their treatment. Though dentists may offer oral surgery services, they are most often not qualified to perform these procedures, which puts patients at risk.

Both dentists and oral surgeons must complete dental school before being able to practice on patients; however, oral surgeons are required to complete an additional four years of training. Whereas dentists typically begin practicing immediately after school, oral surgeons must complete extensive residencies where they gain hands-on training in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. They train alongside surgeons and licensed anesthesiologists so that by the time they have completed their residency, they can safely perform treatment for all oral and facial conditions and administer all forms of anesthesia.

For procedures like wisdom teeth removal and dental implants, most patients choose to undergo IV anesthesia so that they can sleep comfortably during the procedure. Oral surgeons are highly trained to administer all anesthesia and monitor patients under its effects. Most dentists do not complete proper training for anesthesia and can seriously harm patients by offering it. When you are looking to undergo any oral surgery, it’s important you visit an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon and understand their qualifications. As board-certified professionals, Dr. Wood and Dr. Coles can provide you with the highest level of care.

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