Re: Should general Dentist or oral surgeon do extraction ?
I had a tooth pulled or what was left of one about 3? weeks ago. It was #9 (front). I had a cap over it for over 40 years before it failed thus having to have it pulled. My problem was the root, if I remember right, it was split.
Anyway, my gen. dentist would have done any way I wanted pretty much. He first thought that I might be a good candidate for the "pull the tooth, start the implant" but he wanted an oral surgeon to make that call since OS do implants. So he referred me to an OS. (Hint: Let them make the appointment to the OS you may get in sooner). When I got to the OS he said that because I had so little bone that I would have to have a bone graph first, then the implant. Extra step but more guarantee for implant to take.
Since the tooth involved was a front one, I needed to have a fake tooth made. It's called a flipper. This was not cheap. Mine was $800. (Hint: If you have to have one of these made make sure it will be ready the day your other tooth is pulled. That's if your tooth is a front one). Honestly, it's worrisome, but it covers the gap until my implant. My gen. dentist fit me for it and does any adjustments.
I guess my question to you now is, Do you TRUST your gen. dentist? I trust mine. In fact I like him better than the OS. After talkiing to my gen. dentist I decided to let him pull my tooth. If mine was a little more involved like yours, I probably would have talked to him to see if he was capable of doing it or if he thought it would be BETTER FOR ME to have the OS do it.
Finally, money didn't factor into who pulled the tooth. But as it worked out, with my gen. dentist pulling it and oh, yeah I had him use the gas! No way without it. Cost of gen. dentist: $190. OS surgeon cost: $560(?). Money saved will go toward the bone graph.
Sorry to be long-winded, but hope info. helps.