Even though experienced dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham makes every attempt to conserve and maintain your natural teeth, there are instances in which a tooth or teeth might have to be taken out. A simple extraction takes out a tooth that's visible over the gums. This is normally done for a tooth that's decayed or damaged and cannot be repaired. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that hasn't erupted over the gums. Surgical extractions are frequently performed to take out impacted teeth, like the wisdom teeth, that don't have sufficient space to fit into your mouth. No matter the reason for having an extraction at LifeTime Smiles of OC, our staff will give you the best treatment possible. Our Santa Ana, CA office provides multiple sedation methods, which means you can stay comfortable and calm throughout your treatment. Get in touch with our staff to learn more or to schedule an assessment with Dr. Abraham.
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are great! Not only have they seen me, but our three kids (ages 8,8 & 9, yes twins) and our grandma. We've all seen dentists that are highly recommended, from Corona Del Mar to San Jose as we use to live in Silicon Valley, but I can honestly say that Sr.Abraham and his staff (from dental hygienists, front office staff to the Doc himself) are the best I've seen. They are obviously a for profit business, but they go out of their way to make sure you get more value than what you would ever expect. Dr.Kareem is above all, concerned with the overall health of our entire family. He does things like screen his patients for different issues, as a precaution and doesn't charge extra, just to make sure he has a good overall picture of your health and that you're well informed. I think the biggest thing though is everyone in our family likes going to the dentist because it's always a good experience. The doc is wonderful with our kids and they really like him. They've never complained of anything and that's great! I just recently found out that Dr.Kareem was listed as OC's top 10 doctors in Orange Coast magazine and he didn't pay them a dime, it was a total surprise to him."- S.B. / Yelp / Mar 20, 2019
"Great staff and Dr Abraham very professional I recommend if u are looking for a dentist stop looking lifetime Smiles is the place to go for your family"- J.V. / Yelp / Apr 17, 2019
"Been going here for years and always receive the best service from before my appointment from reminders to when I walk out the door with my next appointment scheduled. Highly recommend to check them out if you want the best service for you smile."- G.A. / Google / Apr 07, 2019
"I have been going here my whole life. I trust the staff with their knowledge and expertise. Very friendly and will always accommodate my schedule. I highly recommend if you are looking for a great dentist with an awesome staff!"- B.P. / Yelp / Oct 23, 2018
"I started dating my boyfriend, Dagan, around Christmas time last year. I remember he told me he was dropping off chocolates for the office because he enjoyed going there so much. I thought he was uniquely kind for bringing them a gift and that the office must be special to have made that kind of an impact on him. Dagan always raved about how nice everyone was and told me I should check them out. I was looking to get my teeth whitened and Dagan kept suggesting I go to them. They had the method of Zoom teeth whitening which looked promising. So I made an appointment and discovered why my boyfriend loved it so much. Everyone is the office was delightful, kind, and made you feel welcomed and like part of a family. Upon arrival, I had to fill out some paperwork and they took be back within minutes of finishing it. They took excellent care of me while getting my teeth whitened. Checking in on me to make sure I was comfortable, played music for me, and kept changing my gauze because I was being extra. They were so kind they even called a couple days later to check on the sensitivity of my teeth after the whitening. I now understand why Dagan loves it there so much and would recommend this office to anyone looking for a new dentist. Thanks Dr. Kareem Abraham and staff for taking such good care of me!! :)"- L.B. / Yelp / Feb 04, 2019
If your tooth was damaged or broken from decay, Dr. Abraham can make every attempt to fix it using a crown, dental bonding, or a filling. However, a tooth might be too far into decay and will have to be removed to prevent the damage from spreading — and also to conserve the health of the rest of the teeth. You could also require an extraction to remove a tooth or teeth that can't fit in your mouth. This involves your third molars, popularly called wisdom teeth, which grow in around age 17 – 21. In older kids, infant teeth that haven't naturally fallen out might have to get extracted so that they do not obstruct the permanent teeth. If you're getting orthodontics or contemplating Invisalign, then you might require an extraction to make space for the remaining teeth when they move into their normal place.
What To Expect
Dental extractions are done in our office using local anesthesia on the area near the tooth being treated. Different kinds of sedation might be used based on the degree of the extraction and also to help you stay relaxed in case you have some dental fears. As soon as you're prepared, Dr. Abraham will start the procedure. To complete a simple extraction, Dr. Abraham will loosen up the tooth using a special device called an elevator prior to removal. A surgical extraction entails making incisions into your gums to get to the tooth. If necessary, the tooth might be broken up into smaller pieces so that it can be taken out. When the tooth has been removed, Dr. Abraham will stitch the incision in your gums. Dr. Abraham can write a prescription for antibiotics that should be taken prior to and following the process — in case you have a current illness, if your immune system is compromised, if the process is prolonged, or if you have some other special health problems.
Based upon the anesthesia used throughout your extraction, you might be required to have an adult drive you home. As your gums heal, you need to avoid smoking, using straws, and spitting. Your recovery will vary based on the extent of your dental extraction; however, many patients choose to eat soft, room-temperature food for at least a couple of days following the procedure. Dr. Abraham will speak with you regarding what is normal as you recover and the best ways to look after your gums. Your gums will probably be inflamed after the procedure; therefore, Dr. Abraham suggests over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses. In some cases, he may give you a written prescription for pain medicine and/or antibiotics. Besides some proposed follow-up visits, you should schedule regular appointments at LifeTime Smiles of OC for dental examinations and cleanings so Dr. Abraham can track your dental health following an extraction.
An extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, but your sedation option may not be completely covered. Prior to your extraction, we'll contact your insurance provider to ascertain your particular policy and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, then Dr. Abraham can speak with you about the numerous payments we take, along with information about low-interest medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Simple and Surgical Extraction
If you have a tooth that's damaged or if your mouth does not have space for a tooth, a tooth extraction at LifeTime Smiles of OC will help in improving your oral health and the appearance of your smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Abraham at his office in Santa Ana, CA to find out more about surgical and simple extractions. If you have dental worries or fears, inquire about sedation methods to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout your process.