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Tooth Extraction
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Tooth Extraction Dana Point

Primary vs. Permanent Tooth Removal

Most “baby” teeth can become loose and fall out on their own.  In some cases, this may not happen and primary tooth may stunt the growth of its replacement.    Roots on a primary tooth are generally smaller than their permanent replacements.  Most children and adults who have a primary tooth removed have a very quick recovery time.

In the absence of periodontal disease or trauma, permanent teeth do not usually become loose on their own.  When a permanent tooth is removed, this may affect your daily oral habits.  We will provide with post-removal instructions to manage your teeth.

Surgical Removal of Tooth

Some teeth may not be removable unless a surgical opening is created around it.  The additional opening can also allow the doctor to see any bone that may be holding the tooth in place.    Surgical removal may require sutures or stitches.  An additional visit may be required to remove your sutures after surgery.   Wisdom tooth removal is also available through surgical procedures.

Patients on Anti-coagulant treatment

If you are taking Coumadin, Warfarin, daily aspirin, or any other type of “blood thinner,” modification may be needed prior to removing a tooth.  It is important to notify us of any of these medications so we can adjust the treatment as appropriate.    A consultation with Dr. Rodd may be required to determine the correct schedule or time period for the surgery.

Patients on Bisphosphonates

Please notify us if you are taking any medication from the bisphosphonate drug family so we can perform the appropriate surgical dental treatment.  Examples of these medications are Actonel (risedronate), Aredia (pamidronate), Bonefos (clodronate), Boniva (ibandronate), Didronel (etidronate), Fosamax (alendronate), Fosamax Plus D (alendronate), Skelid (tiludronate), and Zometa (zolendronic acid).  The concern about bisphosphonate emerged due to osteonecrosis of the jaw developing in patients who had invasive dental surgeries performed.  While the risk of developing osteonecrosis is low, you must be notified of any alternative surgical procedures available.

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