Wisdom teeth removal by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is recommended for three main reasons: training, general anesthesia, and lower risk of complications.
There are three main reasons why patients should consider having wisdom teeth removed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
The first reason is that we have advanced training in the removal of impacted wisdom teeth. This procedure is a very extensive part of our training in our hospital-based residency programs. The removal of wisdom teeth is also one of the most common procedures that we perform in our office, so we gain extensive experience in this procedure. Most oral surgeons have removed many thousands of wisdom teeth.
Secondly, we are able to provide general anesthesia to our patients. This is a procedure that most people do not want to be aware of as they are having it performed. Patients prefer to be asleep during the procedure. The specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery includes advanced training in general anesthesia and we can provide it in our office in a private practice setting. After the procedure, patients recover very quickly and they are often surprised that the procedure is over.
Thirdly, oral surgeons, due to our advanced training, are much less likely to cause damage to the inferior alveolar nerve. We can perform the procedure in a much shorter amount of time. There is a reduced risk of complications because we make very small incisions which result in less swelling and less pain. If complications do occur, we are able to attend to these complications with skill and competence. Finally, because of our advanced training, we are able to get the procedure done in less time. With shorter procedures, there tends to be faster recovery and a shorter post-op course for our patients.
There are many dentists who can and do extract third molars. However, patients would be well advised to seek the services of a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery for this procedure, because training and experience are very important.
Dr. Leonard Spector