May 1, 2018
The road to adulthood is filled with many different rites of passage. Some of them are positive, like getting a driver’s license or graduating from college. Others, like paying rent for the first time or having your wisdom teeth taken out, aren’t so pleasant!
Although you’re on your own when it comes to paying the rent, there are ways to make it easier to have your wisdom teeth pulled. Seeing an oral surgeon in Denver is one way to make sure your experience is as comfortable and straightforward as possible. Keep reading to find out what sets oral surgeons apart and how they’re uniquely qualified to remove your wisdom teeth.
General dentists wear a lot of hats. They spend their days performing a wide range of procedures such as crowns, fillings, bridges and dentures.
Oral surgeons are much more specialized, so although they do fewer procedures, they do them day in and day out. As an example, a general dentist with 10 years of experience may have performed 300 wisdom teeth extractions, while an oral surgeon may have performed 3,000 wisdom teeth extractions in that same 10 year period!
Advanced Dental and Medical Training
After completing the four years of dental school that’s required for general dentists, oral surgeons go on to finish a minimum of four years as a resident in a hospital-based surgical setting.
In addition, many oral surgeons choose to complete 4-8 years of medical training as well, so they’re able to handle any medical situation that might arise during an oral surgery in Denver. This makes them qualified to handle patients with complicated medical histories or special needs. They’re also better equipped to help all their patients heal as quickly as possible.
Finally, some oral surgeons also choose to complete fellowships in specialty areas such as cosmetic surgery. Clearly, years of additional training distinguishes oral surgeons from general dentists and enables them to provide an exceptional experience for their patients.
General dentists are only qualified to provide limited types of sedation, such as nitrous oxide (i.e., laughing gas) and anti-anxiety oral medication.
Oral surgeons are able to provide all forms of sedation, including IV sedation and general anesthesia. If you have wisdom teeth in Denver and meet any of the following criteria, you may want one of these deeper types of sedation:
- Impacted wisdom teeth – Impacted wisdom teeth are those that come in sideways or diagonally. These cases require surgery and general anesthesia, so only an oral surgeon can do them.
- Medically compromised – Certain medical conditions might require an oral surgeon because a medical background is needed to do them safely. In particular, many older patients who didn’t have their wisdom teeth taken out in young adulthood can benefit from seeing an oral surgeon.
- Anxious or fearful – Some patients have an intense fear of dental work or have had bad experiences in the past, so they don’t want to be conscious for surgical procedures.
Regardless of your specific needs, an oral surgeon will make getting your wisdom teeth out easy and comfortable as possible!
About the Author
Dr. Randolph Robinson is a cosmetic and oral surgeon in Denver with decades of experience. Combining his expertise with a warm, reassuring manner, he provides his patients with outstanding results and a great overall experience. If you have any questions he can be contacted via his website or at (720) 328-4990.
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