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The tooth in question is the top left, third tooth from the center (#23, canine?) and there is an abscess on or near the root.

Is it better to have a maxillofacial surgeon extract the tooth or is a regular dentist just as competent for the job?

Is the purpose of a maxillofacial surgeon mainly for complicated extractions?

I found out that a maxillofacial surgeon charges about double for the same work as a dentist would. Is this because they are doing a more thorough or better job?

Naomi - The key question is the quality of your dentist.  If he is skilled and has experience extracting teeth, the extraction of a canine, as long as it does not have extensive decay should be simple.  If, however, that tooth has extensive decay that tooth should definitely be extracted by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

So it really is up to you to decide, based on your past experience with the dentist and knowing about the tooth, where you should go to have the tooth extracted.  Oral and maxillofacial surgeons charge more because of their extensive training in surgery and the ability to do extractions and other surgeries without getting complications.

Whatever you chose, make sure you are comfortable with it.


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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and I am available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicine for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor and State University School of Dentistry.

American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

BA -University of Connecticut DMD - University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Awards and Honors
National Honor Society (OKU), Philadelphia County Dental Society, Mosby Book Award, Oral Surgery Honors, Summa Cum Laude

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