Top Oral Surgeons in Los Angeles
Your Los Angeles dentist may recommend a tooth extraction for reasons including severe tooth decay, severe gum disease that affects the bone, fractured teeth, or to make room for orthodontic treatment. Simple extraction is a non-surgical procedure requiring only local anesthesia.
In some cases, surgical extraction may be necessary, such as when a tooth is fractured below the gum line. Surgical extractions require an incision and are typically performed under general anesthesia. General anesthesia may be recommended for simple extraction of multiple teeth or an impacted tooth.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Your dentist in Santa Clarity may recommend wisdom teeth extractions to treat or prevent crowding of the back teeth or because your wisdom teeth are fully or partially impacted. Wisdom teeth extractions can be performed in a dentist or oral surgeon’s office.
If one wisdom tooth needs to be removed, the procedure may be performed with only local anesthesia. If several, or all, of your wisdom teeth are being removed, you’ll most likely be put under general anesthesia.
The procedure involves opening the gum tissue covering the tooth, severing the tissue that connects the tooth to the bone, and then removing the tooth. The oral surgeon will sometimes cut the tooth into smaller pieces so it can be removed more easily. The procedure may require stitches, which usually dissolve after a few days.
Pain and swelling of the gums are typical after wisdom teeth are extracted. Your oral surgeon will most likely prescribe painkillers, and if you’re vulnerable to infections, the surgeon may also prescribe antibiotics. All extractions carry the risk of dry socket, a painful inflammatory condition caused by the protective blood clot at the extraction site falling away and exposing the bone. Discuss the risks and possible side effects of wisdom teeth extraction with your dentist or oral surgeon.
When a tooth is removed, the bone that held that tooth no longer has anything to support. Over time, it develops a sunken appearance compared to the tissue surrounding it. In order for a bridge or crown in that area to appear similar to the teeth surrounding it, a bone replacement – or bone graft – can be performed.
To create a bone graft, the oral surgeon creates a small incision, adds a small amount of sterile bone material, covers this material with a protective collagen membrane, and then stitches the incision closed. As the graft heals, this material will be incorporated into your jaw bone.
If bone loss is extensive, the Los Angeles oral surgeon may take a small amount of bone from another part of your body – such as your tibia or hip – and attach this material to the jaw bone using bone screws. Although the process may seem intimidating, it makes it possible for your dentist to replace your missing teeth with implants.
A New Smile Dental offers top oral surgeons at 3 locations in Los Angeles, Santa Clarita and San Fernando. The oral surgeons offer comprehensive treatments and accept most dental insurance along with offering financing.
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