Can’t my dentist remove my damaged or decaying teeth? Do I need an oral surgeon?

General dentists are all trained to remove teeth, but not all dentists regularly do so for their own patients, for a variety of reasons. For example, if a tooth extraction is complex or requires general anesthesia, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon or suggest you consult one. In some cases, patients simply prefer to work with an oral surgeon for tooth extractions.