At Carlston Dental Group, we use oral surgical procedures to address a wide variety of dental issues, such as impacted teeth, tooth loss, and tumors and cysts of the mouth. To ensure your comfort and prevent you from feeling any pain, I perform these procedures as gently as possible after administering local anesthesia.
Common Oral Surgical Procedures
Below are some common oral surgery procedures I routinely perform for patients at our Los Angeles dental practice.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
I do not always recommend removing wisdom teeth. In some cases, we can choose to monitor the development of your wisdom teeth and use X-rays to determine if they will emerge naturally or need removal.
In other cases, however, such as when the teeth are severely decayed or infected or unable to fully break through the gums, I will recommend having them extracted. This can help prevent pain or complications that can have a potentially detrimental effect on your oral health.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth affected by severe infection or decay. This procedure is also performed for wisdom teeth to prevent complications. All I generally need to do to remove a tooth is to gently rock it back and forth until it becomes loose enough to be taken out.
On the other hand, there are cases when a more invasive surgical procedure is required to remove the tooth. I typically perform surgical extractions when the tooth has not fully erupted or cannot be removed in one piece. After your surgery, our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions that I recommend you follow closely. You will need to eat a soft diet for a few days and avoid doing anything that could dislodge the blood clot.
Dental implants are permanently fixed in the jawbone where they act as a support for tooth replacements. To ensure the restoration is as stable and strong as a natural tooth, I place the implant deep into the jawbone. After making an incision in the gum, I drill a small hole into the bone where I place the dental implant metal post and then close the implant site with sutures.
After the surgery, we will provide complete aftercare instructions and schedule you for follow-up visits as needed to ensure the implant is successful and the site is healing properly.
Preparing for Oral Surgery
Once we schedule you for your oral surgery, our caring team will provide pre-op instructions detailing how to prepare for the procedure. Generally, we recommend you do not eat or drink for eight to 12 hours prior to the surgery, arrive early so that we have time to prepare you for the procedure, and wear loose clothing so that you can feel comfortable in the dental chair.
I will perform the procedure while you are under local anesthesia to prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort and we can also discuss sedation options with you if required.
After the procedure, we will provide detailed instructions to ensure you heal quickly and prescribe medication for pain or inflammation as needed.
For gentle, customized, stress-free dental procedures in Los Angeles, California, do not hesitate to contact our dental practice. You can reach us by phone at (310) 838-0844, visit us at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or conveniently schedule your appointment online.
In some complicated situations, Dr. Carlston will refer patients to a Specialist. We deal with highly recommended specialists in the area.