Oral Surgeons and dentists, what's the difference?
September 10, 2008 8:26 AM Subscribe
What are the differences between an oral surgeon and a dentist? Can either one tend to both jaw pains and general dentistry?
posted by Muu to health & fitness (6 answers total)
Late last week I saw a doctor for what seemed like ear pain after using earplugs in a factory. As it turns out that it was inflammation of the jaws that was causing this. The doctor recommended I go see a dentist, but here's where I got confused.
It's my own fault for neglecting it so long, but I havent been to a dentist in over a year. The last one I went to left a lot to be desired, so I'm looking through lists for another one to go to (in Memphis, not that location really matters). Is there a difference in service that 'oral surgeons' and 'general dentists' can offer? Would I need to go see two different doctors, one for the jaws and one for general teeth checkups, or can one take care of both?