Who are the Wisdom Teeth Specialists or Experts?
Some people falsely claim to be wisdom teeth experts with large billboards or aggressive advertising, which can make it confusing to know who to trust with treating your teeth.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only recognized dental specialists who, after completing dental school, are surgically trained in an American Dental Association-accredited hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. They train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology, and also spend time in otolaryngology, plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other specialty areas. Their training focuses almost exclusively on the hard (i.e., bone) and soft (i.e., skin, muscle) tissue of the face, mouth, and jaws. Their knowledge and surgical expertise uniquely qualify them to diagnose and treat the functional and esthetic conditions in this anatomical area. The scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery practice includes, among others:
- Outpatient Anesthesia
- Dentoalveolar Surgery to manage diseases of the teeth and their supporting soft and hard tissues
- Surgical Correction of Maxillofacial Skeletal Deformities
- Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery
- Facial Trauma Surgery
- Temporomandibular Joint Surgery
- Pathologic Conditions, such as head and neck cancer
- Facial Reconstructive Surgery
- Facial Cosmetic Surgery
- Wisdom Teeth Specialists and Experts
Removing wisdom teeth is a surgical procedure and should not be taken lightly. Any surgical procedure should be performed by a trained surgeon in their respective surgical specialty.
Ask the doctor who is taking out your wisdom teeth if they are board certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Credentials and training matter.