Tooth Extractions Overview
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
"The best dentist in Orange County. I have been visiting this office for years now. The staff are courteous and professional, they know who you are and are happy to see you. They provide excellent care and attention with the newest equipment and techniques. MOST IMPORTANTLY you will not feel a thing when they are working on your teeth. They are incredibly gentle while they work. I recently had a filling and the procedure was over before I even knew it. When I say that I didn’t feel a thing I mean that I did not feel even the slightest pinch, pressure, or discomfort. I was incredibly impressed and can not speak well enough about this office."- A.S. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"We are so thankful we met Dr.Abraham!Our first appointment was our family of four.Luckily they had kids center filled with legos( mind you before this whole COVID craziness happened) where they were able to enjoy legos and watch a movie while my husband and I got our cleaning. I couldn’t believe how sweet and loving all the girls were! I can’t remember all the names but Ms.Anna entertained the girls while Chelsea literally heated up an organic cheese pizza for my girls to eat while we finished! Not only was customer service on point but the actual dental work that needed to be done was finished professionally! Luckily my husband just needed cleaning. But I had some work done including a root canal where I was taken to Dr.Bijan for my root canal In which he did a n awesome job! Didn’t feel a thing with the gentle wave tech! So thank Dr.Abraham for sending me to Dr.Bijan and back to get my perfectly shaped crown that was assisted with Mariah. Did I mention you can get the rhinestones here that have been going In style! Ask Mariah for details! Again, don’t waste your time looking around just check it out! Sorry for novel!"- J.R. / Yelp / Jun 22, 2020
"I have a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while and was absolutely amazed at how great his teeth looked. I asked him who his dentist was and I switched immediately to LifeTime Smiles. I am so glad I did. What a great office atmosphere ontop of Dr. Abraham being a great dentist. I believe he takes great care in the wellbeing of my husband and I and our dental needs. I would HIGHLY recommend LifeTime Smiles of OC."- L.B. / Yelp / Jun 10, 2020
"During the COVID-19 pandemic I had a capped tooth that was previously chipped years ago. The cap on the tooth came off leaving me with half a front tooth and no dentist being open to fix it. Luckily through a family member I was able to find Dr. Abraham and see him in less than 24 hours after I chipped my tooth!! Dr. Abraham went above and beyond to see me and fix my tooth, he even apologized for not being able to see me the same day it happened. His office is also extremely helpful and friendly. Anna at the front desk was very welcoming and accommodating. Also, his assistant Mariah was extremely friendly, personable, and helpful. I now will be going Dr. Abraham for all my dental work and will be referring all my family and friends to him."- A.C. / Google / Jun 10, 2020
Best Candidates for Tooth Extractions
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 with Tooth Extractions
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.
Tooth Extractions Recovery
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.
Tooth Extractions Insurance Coverage
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.
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