Sometime between the late teens and mid-’20s wisdom teeth begin to erupt. For a few people, this may be no big deal. For the rest of us, these teeth require a lot of extra space that the mouth just isn’t willing to give. And this is one of the most common reasons wisdom teeth are removed.
If you find yourself in this situation, who do you see for wisdom teeth removal? Where can you get your wisdom teeth removed?
Both general dentists and oral surgeons can remove wisdom teeth. After all, they are both licensed and trained in extracting teeth. So, who should you choose for getting a wisdom tooth removed?
Importance of Wisdom Tooth Removal
There are many reasons why you should have your wisdom teeth removed – even if they are not giving you any issues, including:
- Wisdom teeth are hard to reach and, therefore, are a great place for bacteria to hang out. This increases your risk of gum disease.
- Sinus issues, such as pain and congestion, can be caused by wisdom teeth.
- There is always a potential for overcrowding teeth.
- Tumors and cysts are common with wisdom teeth (and can be dangerous).
As a preventative measure, whether or not you show signs of infection or overcrowding, you should talk to your dentist about having your wisdom teeth removed.
General Dentists and Your Wisdom Teeth
Your general dentist may be great at doing a lot of things to care for your oral health. Your dentist has likely always done a great job on any procedure you have ever had – and you probably have a great amount of trust in them, too.
But what about oral surgery? Wisdom tooth removal can be quite involved— shouldn’t it be left in the hands of an oral surgeon?
Here is another way to look at it. Your primary doctor may have been treating a family member for high blood pressure, colds, and various ailments for years. But if they need open heart surgery, would the primary care doctor handle it?
If you have been changing your own oil in your car but realize that something greater is wrong with it, do you continue to try to fix it on your own? Or do you take it to a professional?
General dentists are incredible at what they do. And, let’s face it — they do a lot. But perhaps they are not the best option for removing wisdom teeth.
Oral Surgeons and Your Wisdom Teeth
Oral surgeons are specially trained to handle very involved oral health issues, specializing in wisdom teeth removal. While a general dentist is doing everything from evaluations, fillings, bridges, and simple extractions, oral surgeons see many wisdom teeth removal patients daily.
This gives them a greater level of expertise.
Why choose an oral surgeon for your wisdom teeth removal?
- Oral surgeons have an additional 4 years of formal training.
- They are equipped to handle the toughest wisdom teeth removal.
- Oral surgeons know how to address any risks and complications as they arise.
Apprehensive patients often feel more relaxed in the presence of an oral surgeon when it comes to the removal of their wisdom teeth.
Looking for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
At Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we have the expert training and skill to successfully remove wisdom teeth with precision. To see if it is time to have yours removed so as not to jeopardize your oral health, contact our office today at 505-821-2111.
Or, request an appointment online.