It depends on the complexity of the extraction and the individual’s specific needs. In general, there are three types of dental professionals who can perform tooth extractions: general dentists, oral surgeons, and periodontists.
For simple extractions, a general dentist may be able to perform the procedure. Simple extractions involve teeth that are visible in the mouth and can be easily removed using forceps. General dentists are trained to perform a wide range of dental procedures, including tooth extractions, and they can often perform these procedures in their offices.
For more complex extractions, such as impacted wisdom teeth or teeth that are deeply rooted, an oral surgeon may be the best choice. Oral surgeons are dentists who have undergone additional training in surgical procedures and anesthesia. They are qualified to perform more complex extractions and can provide intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia to help patients feel more comfortable during the procedure.
Periodontists may also perform tooth extractions, particularly for patients with gum disease or other periodontal problems. They specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease and are trained to perform surgical procedures to address these conditions.