Dentist and Oral Surgeon: What’s the Difference?

Patients sometimes think a dentist and an oral surgeon are the same.

Like dentists, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons graduate from dental school.

Unlike dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are surgically trained in a hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years after dental school.

Dentists’ scope of work usually includes cleanings, fillings, crowns, sealants, overall gum care and some can perform minor oral surgical needs.  Everyone needs a dentist for good oral health.

Oral surgeons perform surgerical procedures such as  wisdom teeth removal, teeth extractions, dental implants, correction of facial deformity and traumatic facial injuries.

When you require medical and surgical attention that is beyond the scope of a dentist, you should visit us.  Dentists will refer patients to oral surgeons when necessary dental work is outside their normal practice.

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