Do Dentists or Orthodontists Remove Teeth?

When it comes to diagnosing and correcting tooth misalignments, an orthodontist plays a special role. They have gone through additional years of education and training to be able to do the specific work of straightening teeth. As a dentist, they are qualified to perform tooth extractions if your orthodontist determines that your teeth are overcrowded or if you have extra teeth, such as wisdom teeth. Tooth extraction may be useful if your mouth is smaller than average or if you have extra teeth, such as wisdom teeth.

It's important to get the professional and experienced opinion of an orthodontist about which teeth should be extracted, or if any teeth need to be extracted, before performing any procedure to help ensure the best future outcome for your smile. Your orthodontist will refer you to an appropriate dental professional to perform any extraction. Wisdom teeth, those molars further back, are a little different. They can be extracted using traditional extraction if the teeth are fully erupted and many dentists, including those at Southview Dentistry, can remove wisdom teeth in the office.

However, wisdom teeth are often impacted, meaning that they only partially come out or are still completely below the gum line when they hit the adjacent tooth, creating a dental jam. Impacted wisdom teeth must be surgically removed. Always visit your dentist first for evaluation, but be prepared to be referred to an oral surgeon if a wisdom tooth is affected. If you're concerned about overcrowding or are simply curious about the options available to improve your smile, don't hesitate to contact an orthodontist to determine what your smile needs. Many dentists, including those at Southview Dentistry, are trained and experienced in removing hard wisdom teeth with minimal effort.

After determining which extractions will be needed, they'll refer you to another dental professional, usually a general dentist or oral surgeon, who performs the extractions. Certified orthodontists are trained to diagnose and treat oral health conditions of the teeth, gums, and mouth. Your orthodontist will refer you for the extraction of 1 to 4 teeth, depending on your specific diagnosis. In addition, people who wear braces may need to have some teeth removed to make room for the rest of the teeth to move into position. After finishing dental school, dentists must complete and pass the National Dental Exam to become licensed professionals. Southview Dentistry will provide you with headphones so you can listen to music or watch TV to help block any sound from the tooth that comes out; after all, it is close to the structure of the ear, and may concern some patients. Orthodontists receive additional training which enables them to install braces and diagnose a misaligned jaw.

With the careful supervision of an experienced orthodontist and an expert extraction procedure performed by a qualified dentist or oral surgeon, your extraction experience will be comfortable and effective and will allow you to achieve the healthy smile you deserve. If you are going to receive Invisalign, your orthodontist will determine what procedures will be needed to help your teeth achieve the best results. Most dentists, and even orthodontists, were trained to remove premolars when a patient's teeth are crowded together. Southview Dentistry can refer you to a surgeon for complicated extractions that require sedation but their dentists in the office can perform the easiest extractions. Your orthodontist will thoroughly examine your teeth including extensive x-rays in order to determine the location of each tooth and what needs to be done in order to achieve a healthy bite and smile including the possibility of extractions.

Like all doctors, dentists must be extensively trained in their practice before becoming certified.

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