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1 in 4 General Dentists Remove Wisdom Teeth (video)

1 in 4 General Dentists Remove Wisdom Teeth (video)General dentists can do wisdom teeth extractions, except when they can’t and need to refer the patient to an oral surgeon.

Some dentists prefer to do these procedures themselves, whereas others still refer the patient out whenever possible.

Said one dentist who refers out all removals, “That’s what oral surgeons are for!” Another general dentist said, “I am glad oral surgeons are there, but most surgical wisdom teeth are very easy.”

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists what percentage of wisdom teeth removal they refer out to an oral surgeonWatch the following video to hear the results of the survey and what other dentists had to say on the subject —

How do you handle wisdom tooth removal?

Cosmetic Dentistry Still Tops the List of Services Dentists Offer

Cosmetic Dentistry Still Tops the List of Services Dentists OfferWhen asked what services their dental practice offers, the dentists who responded with cosmetic dentistry were the clear majority in this survey.

More aging baby boomers are turning to cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of their teeth, which may explain the increase in demand for cosmetic dentistry services.

Dental implants are the most popular dental treatment among this demographic for the replacement of damaged or missing teeth.

A California dentist shared, “More than half of our practice is dental implants now!”

Here at The Wealthy Dentist, we were curious what services dentists are currently offering. The top services offered by dentists who responded to this survey are cosmetic, tooth whitening, dental implants, dentures, and children’s dentistry.

Here’s a breakdown of the services dentists are offering —

List of Services Dentists Offer

Dentists were disappointed that other services were not included in this survey, like Botox, oral cancer screenings, or offering custom mouthguards for patient athletes.

One prosthodontist noted, “Oral cancer screening and testing was not on the survey list. Also, it would be interesting to know how many offices provide Botox.”

A general dentist responded that he now offers same day service for CEREC restorations as part of his dental practice services.

Another dentist answered tongue-in-cheek, “I don’t offer gum disease, I treat it.”

What dental services does your dental practice offer? Has the demand for cosmetic dentistry increased?

Where is your dental marketing focused?

Dental Malpractice Suit Has $11M Payout

A 21-year-old man died hours after having wisdom tooth surgery, even though his physician had specifically advised against any dental treatment.

The oral surgeon who failed to clear the operation with the man’s physician was found guilty of malpractice, and the man’s family was awarded a whopping $11 million.

The New Jersey man had a hereditary immune system disorder that leads to swelling. He suffocated to death from a closed ariway the morning after his wisdom teeth were removed by an oral surgeon in 2005.

The man’s dentist and oral surgeon each pointed the finger at the other. However, the dentist was cleared of negligence, while the oral surgeon was found guilty of medical malpractice for not having consulted with the man’s physician prior to operating.

“This may be the largest dental malpractice verdict, certainly in New Jersey history, and I think in the nation’s history,” said the family’s attorney. “I’m not aware of any larger than this under any circumstances. Dental malpractice cases are usually very small and pale in comparison to this.”

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Dental Stem Cells Hidden Inside Wisdom Teeth

Stem cells in wisdom teethStem cells and dentistry are becoming linked in all kinds of new ways. The latest is news that wisdom teeth can be a source of stem cells.

The wisdom teeth don’t contain actual stem cells themselves, but cells inside the dental pulp can be coaxed into creating stem cells.

Since wisdom tooth removal is such a common procedure, and one performed in a sterilized environment, it’s a great opportunity. The tissue removed during the wisdom tooth extraction can be frozen and stored for later use.

What that “later use” might be isn’t clear yet, but it seems likely that new stem cell therapies will continue to be introduced. Recent headlines heralded that fact that dental implants may soon include stem cells.

Are there any dental marketing ramifications? Well, if you remove wisdom teeth, you may find you can offer an additional service at some point in the future!

Read more: Wisdom teeth a source of stem cells and Induction of Pluripotent Stem Cells from Human Third Molar Mesenchymal Stromal Cells

Wisdom Tooth Dentists Know Their Limits (video)

Wisdom teeth referralsHalf of dentists refer out 80% or more of wisdom teeth extractions, our survey found.

“That’s what oral surgeons are for!” said a dentist who refers out all removals.

“Better them than me!” agreed a dentist who refers 60-80%. “I actually have an oral surgeon come into the office and do impacted wisdom teeth with oral/nitrous sedation dentistry.”

Read more: Dentists and Wisdom Tooth Extractions

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