An oral surgeon differs from a dentist in two key areas: education and specialization. In addition to completing up to eight years of schooling and training to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), oral surgeons continue on to complete an additional four to six years of specialized training. Oral surgeons focus strictly on dental surgical procedures that regular dentists are not able to perform. Here are three reasons you may want to see an oral surgeon instead of a regular dentist.
You Have Major Facial Trauma
If you’ve been involved in a car accident or sports injury that causes major facial trauma to the jaw, mouth and surrounding areas, you should contact an oral surgeon as soon as possible. Oral surgeons are trained to handle both the physical and emotional components of major facial trauma. They know how to repair soft tissue as well as hard tissue facial injuries and can restore proper function as well as appearance.
You Have an Impacted Tooth
Impacted teeth most frequently happen to wisdom teeth, but it’s possible for other teeth in the mouth to become impacted as well. If a tooth doesn’t have room to emerge into the mouth, it can become impacted and can lead to infection and soreness. An oral surgeon has the skills and knowledge needed to surgically remove the tooth as needed.
Severe Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Have you been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)? While minimally invasive treatments may be used to treat mild to moderate TMD, jaw surgery may be required for severe cases of TMD. Oral surgeons are skilled in performing jaw joint surgeries to relieve discomfort and restore normal function of the jaw joint.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Anderson is the premier oral surgeon in Peachtree City, GA who has the expertise necessary to take care of complicated oral problems that require surgery. To schedule a consultation, call Peachtree Oral and Facial Surgery today.