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Old 05-22-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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A dental clinic charges X dollars for simple extractions.
Simple to me, means a dose of novocain, wait 10-15 minutes, tooth gripped with dental pliers, and it is extracted.

They charge Y dollars (75% more) for complex extractions.

If they can not pull the tooth, they refer you to an oral surgeon.

So, what is a complex extraction?

It's somewhere between a simple extraction, and the need for an oral surgeon.

I'd like anyone's experience on this.

Just how complex does a complex extraction have to get, to need an oral surgeon?

Thanks.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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It seems, that no one knows what is the difference between a complex extraction that a dentist can pull, and a complex extraction that a dentist can not pull.

I'll find out, when I go to the dentist on June 5th.
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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It's not that no one knows, it's more like anyone who does know, either didn't read your thread, or didn't care enough to answer.

A simple extraction is simple. It's just grab the tooth and yank it out. A complex extraction is complicated. It involves an incision, and sometimes intentionally cracking a stubborn tooth so that it can be taken out in pieces, because it is growing in a way that makes it impossible to extract it - simply. That's the difference. I'm not sure what kind of answer you're looking for. You can google this, or even check wikipedia.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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the difference between a complex extraction that a dentist can pull,
and a complex extraction that a dentist can not pull.
I'll ask the dentist, the difference, on the 5th.
Google and others did not differentiate between the two.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:40 PM
 
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Speaking from personal experience, I would not have a tooth extracted by ANYONE other than an Oral Surgeon.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:47 PM
 
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I'll ask the dentist, the difference, on the 5th.
Google and others did not differentiate between the two.
No really, it does. The terms are simple and surgical. But if you were to google

"dental simple and complex extractions"

you would find hundreds of pages of results. All of the actual medical-based results (as opposed to advertisement websites) explain that the medical term is simple extraction, and surgical extraction. And, that the difference is, one is considered a surgical procedure, and the other is not.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:24 AM
 
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explain that the medical term is simple extraction, and surgical extraction.

And, that the difference is, one is considered a surgical procedure, and the other is not.
The above is two scenarios.

My question has 3 scenarios.

1. The dentist charges $135 for a simple extraction.
2. They charge $238 for a complex extraction.
3. They refer to an oral surgeon, a tooth they can not pull.

I have had a simple before.
I have been to a surgeon before.

#1 is easy to define.
#3 is easy to define.

The difference between #2 and #3, is what I am not clear on.

What about a complex extraction, causes it to be referred to an oral surgeon?

There is another category of extractions beside:
#1 simple
#3 requires an oral surgeon.

This dentist would not have a $238 extraction, if they referred complex to a surgeon.

There are some complex teeth they can pull for $238 and some that are more complex (I assume more complex) that they can not pull.

With this dentist, it is not simple vs. surgical. There's an in-between.
I'm wondering the difference between complex that can be pulled and complex that require a surgeon.

Maybe it is just how adventurous the dentist wants to be, not sure.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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The above is two scenarios.

My question has 3 scenarios.

1. The dentist charges $135 for a simple extraction.
2. They charge $238 for a complex extraction.
3. They refer to an oral surgeon, a tooth they can not pull.

I have had a simple before.
I have been to a surgeon before.

#1 is easy to define.
#3 is easy to define.

The difference between #2 and #3, is what I am not clear on.

What about a complex extraction, causes it to be referred to an oral surgeon?

There is another category of extractions beside:
#1 simple
#3 requires an oral surgeon.

This dentist would not have a $238 extraction, if they referred complex to a surgeon.

There are some complex teeth they can pull for $238 and some that are more complex (I assume more complex) that they can not pull.

With this dentist, it is not simple vs. surgical. There's an in-between.
I'm wondering the difference between complex that can be pulled and complex that require a surgeon.

Maybe it is just how adventurous the dentist wants to be, not sure.
There is no distinction between #2 and #3, AND the term you use is incorrect. It is called a surgical extraction, whether it's an oral surgeon doing it or not. The procedure is a surgical procedure. Some dentists perform this procedure, and some prefer to refer to an oral surgeon. Some dentists (like mine) are DMDs who ALSO have expertise in oral surgery, so they don't -have- to refer to oral surgeons for most surgical dental procedures. They still will refer to an oral surgeon if they believe the procedure requirements exceed their own expertise.

There is no such *medical* term as "complex" extraction. It's "Simple" extraction, and "Surgical" extraction. A simple one means they get the forceps and bend the tooth back and forth until it comes out. A surgical extraction is any extraction that involves more than the forceps.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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ok, but this dentist told me over the phone:
simple $135,
complex $238.
So they used the term complex.
Then they said after the X-rays, they will pull them (complex $238) or refer me to an oral surgeon.
So, for this dentist, there are surgical teeth they pull, and some they do not.

Mine are all in the front and 5 in a row.

I think, not being a dentist, that if they can pull one, such as the middle one, then they will have easier access to the ones beside it.

We'll see on June 5th.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:49 PM
 
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They called it "complex" so as not to scare you with the term "surgical." Complex extraction IS a surgical procedure, and it is accurately called surgical, not complex. It is complex, as an adjective, not as an official medical term. A simple extraction, as I've said already, is getting the forceps around the tooth and gently prying it out of the socket. *Anything* more "complex" than that, as I've said, is considered a "surgical" extraction. By definition, a surgical extraction is more "complex" than a simple extraction. Depending on *how* complex it is, it can be performed by a regular DMD _or_ by an oral surgeon. A dentist can do some of these (complex) surgical extractions, and some dentists specialize in (complex) surgical extractions and can do all of them, and some of them even have hospital privileges for (complex) surgical extractions that involve general or twilight anasthesia. Most often, however, (complex) surgical extractions get referred to oral surgeons, who don't normally do general dentistry at all but instead, focus their careers on oral surgery.
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