For straightforward wisdom tooth removal, your best option is a skilled oral surgeon.
You’ve got an impacted wisdom tooth. So, now what do you do?
Most people first turn to the Internet for information, typing in such common questions as “How wisdom teeth are removed” or “Reasons wisdom teeth get removed.” But there is one question that often goes unasked, and it may be the most important question of all: Who should perform the procedure?
Learning what they can through the internet, people do their research and then move on to the planning phase. They know they need to set aside a few days on the calendar and place a call to their local dentist to get started.
But the truth is, when it comes to extracting wisdom teeth, both oral surgeons and some general dentists are able to perform wisdom tooth extractions. But most dentists – and most patients – would agree that the procedure should be performed when patients are under IV anesthesia, rather than mere local anesthesia. And that is the main difference; oral surgeons are trained and qualified to administer IV anesthesia. Most dentists are not fully and thoroughly trained in anesthesia.
So the complete answer to the question is this: If IV anesthesia is being administered, only oral surgeons are able and qualified to do the job.
It is an unfortunate fact that a few dentists have been disregarding this and administering IV anesthesia themselves. Occasionally, this has led to awful, even tragic, consequences. Anesthesia, although perfectly safe when administered by someone who is properly trained (like an oral surgeon), it can be deadly if not administered properly.
An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to complications such as infection and pain, which is why your wisdom teeth should always be dealt with promptly. But how they are dealt with, and by whom, matters – especially if IV anesthesia is involved. Any dentist in your area will be able to refer you to an oral surgeon; someone who is fully qualified to remove wisdom teeth, while making sure the extraction process is fast, easy, and entirely safe.
If you have any more questions, or would like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to call us at (801) 356-2226. We would be happy to meet with you, answer your questions, and discuss all of your treatment options in detail.