What is an Oral Surgeon?
If one were to compare a dentist and an oral surgeon, they would find several differences, along with a few common traits. Both do oral work, however oral surgeons do procedures such as dental implants and bone grafting which dentists cannot do. This does not mean all dentists are not oral surgeons, as a few people are both. Sometimes, a dentist cannot do oral surgeries when a patient needs those surgeries. If that happens, they must redirect the patient to someone who can. Greg Johnson is both a dentist and an oral surgeon, so he can do surgeries himself. This eliminates the need to redirect his patients. He can also complement the services of an existing dentist, handling the extraction himself. You may then return to your regular dentist or even let Greg Johnson become your main dentist.
Kinds of Oral Surgeries
One kind of oral surgery is the removal of impacted wisdom teeth. Normally, when someone’s wisdom teeth grow out of their gums, there is enough room for said teeth to grow into place. However, sometimes there isn’t enough room for the wisdom teeth. This can cause pain, swelling, and possible infection of the gum tissue nearby the impacted wisdom teeth. An oral surgeon can remove these teeth surgically before they become a bigger problem. Other teeth can also become impacted in addition to wisdom teeth. If this happens, they are also removable surgically.
Dental implants are also a kind of oral surgery. A dental implant is a two-part process. The first part is where the oral surgeon places the implant itself, a metal post which acts as a false root. After this comes the second part, placing the abutment onto the implant. The abutment acts as the enamel of the false tooth. If there are two implants with all teeth between them missing, the abutment can replace all those teeth. In this case, the abutment will attach to both implants rather than just one.
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