What Is the Difference Between a Dentist and Oral Surgeon?

What’s the difference between an oral surgeon and a dentist? While they are similar, your children will generally visit a dentist before seeing an oral surgeon.

Every child should visit the dentist every six months. Doing so will help identify any serious mouth or teeth problems that will require an oral surgeon.

Does My Child Need a Dentist or Oral Surgeon?

To answer this question, you need to know more about what oral surgeons do. Oral surgeons are specialists who usually spend an extra four to eight years in dental school.

Usually, dentists will refer patients to oral surgeons when necessary dental work is outside their normal practice. Oral surgeons (also known as maxillofacial surgeons) specialize in dental implants, jaw joint disorders, facial pain, and surgery like wisdom teeth removal.

Some other surgeries performed by oral surgeons include:

  • Simple tooth removals
  • Complex tooth removals that include bone
  • Impacted tooth removal
  • Soft tissue removal
  • Implant alignment
  • Removal of tumors

What Do General Dentists Do?

While general dentists can perform oral surgeries, general dentistry duties more commonly include:

  • Basic dental exams and X-rays
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Sealants
  • Root canals
  • Bridges
  • Gum care

What to Expect from Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is usually done in one day with local numbing. Whether you visit the dentist or oral surgeon, it’s important to ask questions and follow the advice of dental professionals. Good oral hygiene is always important, before and after surgery.

Take Your Child to a Kool Smiles Dentist Near You

If you are looking for a dentist or oral surgeon for your children, Kool Smiles can help. Our dentists are friendly, gentle, and knowledgeable about treating kids.

When you bring your child in for an appointment, you will get to experience a family-friendly environment. Our waiting areas are bright and roomy and many of our offices even have playgrounds for younger children to play on.

Kool Smiles is proud to provide families access to quality dentists and oral surgeons. To make an appointment or find a Kool Smiles location in your area, call us today or visit Kool Smiles online.

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Sources: 

WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/oral-health-care-providers?page=2

Enlighten Me: https://www.superpages.com/em/oral-surgeon/

Humana: https://www.humana.com/learning-center/health-and-wellbeing/healthy-living/how-to-prepare-for-oral-surgery