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Oral Surgery Aptos

Oral Surgury Aptos

Tooth Extraction Aptos

At times, it becomes necessary for you to have a tooth removed, and this decision is one that you’ll arrive at alongside Dr. Jason Drew or Dr. Allyson Drew after careful consideration. There are multiple circumstances that may necessitate this route, such as extensive tooth decay, severe gum disease that has compromised the tooth’s support, a fracture that’s beyond repair, or a misaligned tooth, including those that are impacted. Additionally, tooth extractions might be performed to make room for proper alignment during orthodontic work.

The extraction of even a single tooth can lead to changes in your oral health, such as difficulties with chewing, issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and the shifting of adjacent teeth, which could considerably affect your dental wellbeing. As such, the team at Drew Dental will evaluate every possible alternative to extraction and also discuss the various options for replacing the removed tooth to prevent these complications.

Recovery Following Tooth Extraction

Once a tooth is extracted, it leaves behind a socket in the jawbone, which is the space previously occupied by the tooth. Over the ensuing weeks and months, this socket will naturally heal, with new bone forming to fill the gap. While the full healing process may take some time, you should expect any discomfort to subside within one to two weeks, allowing you to resume your daily activities without any notable disruption.

At Drew Dental, we’re committed to guiding you through this process with comprehensive care to ensure your continued dental health and comfort.

Socket Grafting Aptos

At Drew Dental, the practice of socket grafting is frequently conducted simultaneous to tooth extractions. This beneficial procedure aids in the body’s natural recovery process by rapidly filling the space once occupied by the tooth’s roots. Including socket grafting with the extraction process is a seamless addition, extending the duration minimally while potentially reducing the overall timeline required for dental implantation.

Directly following tooth extraction, this procedure involves inserting a blend of synthetic, donated, or the patient’s bone into the now-empty socket. This graft material is then safeguarded with a cover and the surrounding gum is sutured to secure it. The healing phase typically spans 3 to 4 months. For additional insights into post-procedure expectations, our “After Socket Bone Grafting” resource provides comprehensive guidance.

In cases where a tooth has been missing for some time and a dental implant is being considered, Drew Dental might advise socket grafting to properly prepare the site. The extent of bone grafting required can vary depending on the number of missing teeth and how long they’ve been absent.

Even if a patient isn’t ready to commit to a dental implant, socket grafting is advised to maintain the integrity of the jawbone while they evaluate other tooth replacement options. Regardless of the situation, the caring team of Doctors Jason and Allyson Drew at Drew Dental will meticulously assess your individual needs for bone grafting during your personal consultation, ensuring that you receive tailored advice in a friendly and informative manner.

Dental Implants Aptos

Dental implants replicate the natural structure of teeth, featuring a crown for chewing and a root for stability, with the added strength of titanium. At Drew Dental, the process of replacing lost teeth begins by inserting a small titanium implant into the jaw to replace the original root, followed by a significant healing period for bone integration. Afterward, an abutment is placed on the implant to hold the new crown. Patients may receive a temporary prosthetic tooth for immediate needs. Drew Dental provides various solutions for individuals who have lost all their teeth, aiming to restore smiles and dental health through personalized care.

At Drew Dental, we prioritize your comfort and offer several options to help you relax before and during surgery.  Dr. Drew can prescribe a sedative, typically in the form of a pill, to take an hour before the start of your dental work. The two medications most commonly used are triazolam (Halcion®) for moderate conscious sedation, or diazepam (Valium®) for milder conscious sedation.  

When you receive oral sedation at Drew Dental, expect to feel deeply relaxed to the point that you may drift off to sleep. Nonetheless, you’ll remain responsive enough to interact with Drs. Jason and Allyson Drew if it’s required, and a simple nudge will be enough to rouse you. Keep in mind that oral sedation can have a temporary impact on your memory and coordination, so it is important to arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home post-procedure.  Your safety and well-being are our top priority as we ensure your dental experience is as stress-free as possible.