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Why do some dentists refer their patient's to a specialist to have a tooth extraction, while others do it themselves?

Is it better to have a maxillofacial surgeon extract a tooth or are they mainly used for complicated situations?

That is a good question and the measure of a good General Practitioner is when he or she knows their own limits.  We, as generalists, use specialists to assist us with complicated cases and the maxillofacial surgeons are adjuncts to us.  Some general dentists just prefer not to extract at all and that's their choice, as some might be limiting the practices to other aspects of dentistry such as restorative or pediatrics.  


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Thomas Karmen


All general dentistry questions, especially those related to fixed prosthetics. Endodontics, Periodontics, and implants, minor oral surgery I can't answer much about othodontics nor advanced treatment of carcinoma nor deep tissue surgery nor osseous surgery such as jaw reduction or advancement.


DDS In general practice and consulting with having done some lecturing for local dental societies.

ADA and Florida Dental Association and Iowa Dental association

DDS degree

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