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Oral Surgeon vs General Dentist – Why Choosing an Oral Surgeon is Better


Posted on 3/22/2021 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral Surgeon vs General Dentist – Why Choosing an Oral Surgeon is BetterMany people have heard about oral surgeons. However, most people don't know the difference between an oral surgeon and a general dentist. This leaves many patients wondering which type of dental provider they should see to treat their oral health issues. While both professionals have the same basic dental education, oral surgeons have far more expertise and training than dentists do.

At Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Jay P. Malmquist and Dr. Michael P. Malmquist can provide the best treatment for your case depending on the complexity of your case.

Difference Between Oral Surgeons and General Dentists


Both professionals attend dental school for four years. However, oral surgeons undergo specialty training for four years to learn how to diagnose, treat and manage all oral tissues, including the mouth, face, jaws, and surrounding tissues.

In terms of practice, general dentists primarily offer teeth cleaning, X-rays, and perform comprehensive dental screenings. They also perform simple dental procedures such as dental fillings, root canals, and crowns. Oral surgeons, however, treat more complex cases such as tooth extraction, difficult surgeries, bone grafting, tumor removal, and jaw realignment.

Why Choosing an Oral Surgeon is Better


The right professional for your case depends on the treatment you need. A general dentist can provide you with routine dental treatments. However, choosing an oral surgeon is better when you have a complicated case. This is because oral surgeons are specially trained in general anesthesia and IV sedation.

This allows for greater pain management options for difficult procedures. Most general dentists generally use local anesthesia and don't prove IV sedation because they deal with simpler cases. And even those who do offer IV sedation have limited training.

To determine what dental professional best fits your needs, we recommend visiting Dr. Jay P. Malmquist and Dr. Michael P. Malmquist at Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (503) 446-6776 today.
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