For painless wisdom tooth extraction, your very best option is to choose a qualified oral surgeon.
Do you have an impacted wisdom tooth? Or maybe you have been told you need to get your wisdom teeth removed as soon as you can. You may be thinking – Now what?
It is safe to assume that most people turn to the Internet for answers. You may be finding yourself typing in such common queries as “Getting wisdom teeth removed” or “Reasons to get wisdom teeth get removed.” Learning from any and all material you find, you are then able to move on to the planning phase.
But there is one major question that often goes unasked when people are performing their searches, and it may be the most important question: Who should perform the procedure?
Well, the simple answer is that both oral surgeons and some general dentists can. But most dentists—and probably most patients—would agree that the wisdom tooth extraction procedure is much easier and more comfortable when patients are under IV anesthesia, rather than just local anesthesia. And when it comes to administering IV anesthesia, that is something oral surgeons, not dentists, are fully trained to do.
So the entire answer to the question is: If IV anesthesia is being administered, you should seek out an oral surgeon. Only oral surgeons are completely qualified to do the job and offer the patient the best results.
Regrettably, a few dentists have been disregarding this fact. Some dentists choose to proceed with administering IV anesthesia themselves, occasionally leading to terrible consequences. Anesthesia is perfectly safe when administered by someone who is properly trained, such as an oral surgeon—but it can be deadly if not administered in exactly the right way.
An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to complications that include infection, severe pain or even cyst or tumor development, so your wisdom teeth should be treated as soon as possible. But how it is dealt with, and by whom, really makes a difference—especially if IV anesthesia is necessary. Any dentist will be able to refer you to an oral surgeon. Someone that they can recommend who is fully qualified to remove your wisdom teeth, while making sure the extraction process is quick and entirely safe.
If you have any more questions, or would like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to call us at one of our office locations: (717) 273-6745 or (610) 373-7823. I would be happy to meet with you, answer your questions and discuss all of your treatment options in detail.