When Do You Need to See an Oral Surgeon?

Aside from the obvious reasons such as head, neck, or jaw trauma, there are also other ways to identify the need to see an oral surgeon. Pittsburgh patients can count on Dr. Goth and his expert team to provide them with trusted care for their dental emergency.

If your tooth has been bothering you, your jaw has been sore, you’ve recently lost a tooth, or you are suffering from dental pain, you may be wondering, is a trip to the dentist enough? Or do you need to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon? 

To help you determine whether you need to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, we’ve put together some tips on how to determine the best course of action for your treatment. 

Consult with Your Dentist First

When you are having issues with your jaws, gums, or teeth, it is essential to pay a visit to your dentist for an exam. Your dentist can evaluate most dental problems and will examine your condition to help you determine if you will need an oral maxillofacial surgeon for treatment. 

If your dentist isn’t available and you have a dental emergency, you should try to avoid the higher costs for care at the ER and visit an urgent care clinic. 

Signs and Symptoms that It is Time to See an Oral Surgeon

Once your dentist has examined you, they will recommend an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if needed. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a specialty area of dentistry that is related to your jaws and face. This type of surgery treats injuries and disease in the areas around your mouth. 

Symptoms such as headaches, dental pain, head and neck pain, as well as swelling in the mouth or jaws as well as earaches, are all symptoms that can be caused by dental issues such as:

  • Wisdom teeth/impacted teeth
  • Untreated cavities
  • Gum disease
  • An infected or abscessed tooth
  • Jaw-joint issues (TMJ) 
  • Overbite/underbite
  • Dental Implants
An oral surgeon can help treat and resolve the above dental problems, among other health or cosmetic issues such sleeping/breathing issues like snoring or sleep apnea, nerve repair, and the removal of lesions inside of the mouth or on the face. 
Highly-Skilled Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Goth is an expert in his field as a double degree Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Dr. Goth is fully qualified to treat defects, injuries, and diseases in the oral facial area. With extensive experience in the placement of dental implants and TMJ Disorders, Dr. Goth provides a range of comprehensive oral surgery services in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. 

If your dentist is not available or you do not have a dentist, Dr Goth is available directly to examine and treat most dental emergencies that require surgery. For extreme emergencies at night or weekends, visit an urgent care clinic or a local ER.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the services Dr. Goth provides.