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You’re at the dental office and your dentist states that you need to have a surgical procedure to restore your oral health. In order for you to get the treatment you need, your dentist recommends that you visit an oral surgeon. Why? It’s simple. While dentists are trained and qualified to perform several dental procedures, oral surgeons have received their own kind of training to perform more advanced and complex procedures, including surgery.

On oral surgeon is a dental specialist, just like your dentist is. Both your dentist and oral surgeon received an undergraduate degree and continued their education with four years of dental school. After dental school, however, an oral surgeon completes an additional four to six years of specialized training, typically in a hospital-based surgical setting. This allows your oral surgeon to get hands-on, real-life experience in a variety of situations.

Oral surgeons focus their training and treatments on surgical procedures, rather than the larger scope of treatments that a dentist would focus on. Some of the procedures an oral surgeon can perform include wisdom teeth and general tooth extraction, jaw surgery, removal of cysts and tumors, biopsies, TMJ surgeries, and more. Not only are oral surgeons trained to perform these and other procedures but they are trained to know what to do should complications arise during your treatment.

While a dentist may have received training to perform some surgical procedures, such as dental implants or gum surgery, choosing an oral surgeon can translate into having better treatment outcomes. If you require oral surgery in Irving, Texas, or if you have questions about why you should choose an oral surgeon such as Drs. Pedro Franco, Howard Price, or Drew Havard, we invite you to contact DFW Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at 972-594-7414.