Your dentist may have referred you to an oral surgeon for complex dental procedures such as dental implant placement, wisdom tooth extraction, oral pathology, or jaw surgery. While dentists are trained to perform many types of treatments, sometimes specialists are needed to provide highly specialized care. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons diagnose and treat problems in the mouth, head, face, neck, and jaw. Therefore, it's very common for a dentist to refer you to an oral surgeon. When this happens, your dentist will refer you to a specialist who will take care of the problem before you return to routine care with your primary dentist.
This is done to ensure that you receive the best possible care for your specific needs. The specialist will be able to provide more detailed and focused treatment than your regular dentist. At times, your dentist may also refer you to a specialist if they feel that the treatment is beyond their scope of practice. This could include complex procedures such as root canals or orthodontic treatments. In these cases, the specialist will be able to provide more comprehensive care than your regular dentist. It's important to remember that when your dentist refers you to a specialist, it's not because they don't think they can handle the problem.
It's because they want you to receive the best possible care for your specific needs. Your dentist is looking out for your best interests and wants you to get the most out of your dental care.