Posted on May 4, 2015
So you’ve been told you got an impacted wisdom tooth. What should you do?
Like most people, you may instantly turn to searching the Internet. You may find yourself typing in such phrases as “How wisdom teeth are removed” or “Reasons wisdom teeth get removed.”
After learning what you can from your online searches, you realize it’s time to start planning, and set aside a few days on the calendar for the procedure. But there is one question that often goes unasked because people don’t think to ask it; you don’t even realize it may be the most important question of all:
Who should you get to perform the wisdom teeth extraction procedure?
If you want the technical answer, you can use either an oral surgeon or some general dentists. General dentists are able to perform wisdom tooth extractions with proper training, but only oral surgeons are trained and qualified experts on the procedure. After having completed years of training, followed by a residency, oral surgeons learn all there is to know about wisdom teeth removal.
When you compare dentists and oral surgeons, there is no such training in dental school, and very few places at all where this specific, extensive training can be found.
Then there’s the administering of anesthesia. Most people would prefer to have their wisdom tooth extraction under generalIV anesthesia because it is much more comfortable for patients, rather than just local anesthesia. And administering IV anesthesia is something oral surgeons, not dentists, are thoroughly trained to do.
It is unfortunate that a few dentists have been disregarding this required training and been administering IV anesthesia themselves. This disregard has occasionally led to awful, even devastating, consequences. While anesthesia is perfectly safe when it is administered by a properly trained professional, such as an oral surgeon, it can be deadly if it’s not performed in the right way.
If you have been told you have an impacted wisdom tooth, this diagnosis should always be dealt with as soon as you possibly can, as it can lead to serious complications. But how it is dealt with, and by whom, makes a huge difference. Any dentist will be able to refer you to an oral surgeon – someone fully qualified to remove your wisdom tooth or teeth while making sure the extraction process is quick, painless and entirely safe.
I am available to assist you if you have any more questions, or would like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to call (704) 542-9600. We would be happy to meet with you, answer your questions and discuss all of your treatment options in detail.
Amir Marashi, MD, DDS received his undergraduate training at Mercer University in Atlanta where he was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He attended dental school at the University of Minnesota where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with distinction.
Dr. Marashi completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Louisiana State University and the University of Rochester. He also attended medical school at Louisiana State University where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree Cum Laude, followed by a year of medical residency.
After residency, Dr. Marashi joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the department of surgery at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, training oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. Dr. Marashi is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.