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Lasting Impressions Dental Spa
Isaac K. Kashani, DDS
16101 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 350
Encino, CA 91436
Phone: (818) 751-5100
info@lastingdental.com

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Tooth Extraction Oral Surgery

Tooth extraction may be necessary for a number of reasons, but most often they are removed because they are impacted. Impacted teeth are those which are kept from growing out normally by the gum, bone, or other teeth. A prime example of the need to remove impacted teeth is the removal of “Wisdom teeth”. Oral surgery is currently the only available procedure to prevent further problems with impacted teeth.

Extraction may also be necessary if the teeth are beyond the help of straightening (orthodontic treatment), or if the teeth are so badly damaged that they cannot be salvaged. Some patients may also opt for oral surgery, as it is less expensive than having fillings and crowns created.

At times, the extraction must be postponed due to medical issues, please consult with your dentist and be sure to let them know if you are taking blood-thinning drugs (anticoagulants), or have recently had serious surgery.

Description

If the tooth is exposed, and easily removable, the tooth extraction can be performed with local anesthesia for your comfort. We use a tool called an elevator to gently loosen the tooth by widening the space in the bone and breaking the tiny fibers that anchor the tooth to the bone. Once dislocated, the tooth can be easily removed.

If the extraction presents complications, you may be referred to an oral surgeon who will be able to administer a stronger sedative or anesthetic. Stitches may or may not be required.

Preparation

Prior to the procedure, you will be asked to provide a medical history. Please disclose all allergies and prescription medications. We will examine your dental history as well, to see if you have reacted to anesthetics in the past. The dentist may prescribe you antibiotics, or ask you to stop taking specific medications beforehand. Your tooth will be X-rayed to provide the dentist with the best understanding of its shape and position.

If you require deep anesthesia, wear loose clothing with sleeves that roll up easily, to allow for an IV line. Do not eat or drink for at least 6 hours before the oral surgery. Make sure you have someone who can drive you home afterward. Do not drive yourself home.

Normal results

Generally, the tooth extraction wound will close within two weeks of the procedure. Bone and soft tissue reconstruct within three to six months. Consult with your dentist how to take care of the affected area, to avoid issues that may extend the healing time, such as infection or dry socket.