About tooth extractions
Even though Dr. Patrick Yoshikane makes every attempt to save and maintain your natural teeth, there are instances in which a tooth or teeth might have to be taken out. A simple extraction is the removal of a tooth that's visible over the gums. This is typically 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. Whatever the reason for needing an extraction, at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S., our team will give you the best possible treatment. Our Orange, CA office provides multiple sedation methods, such as anxiety management medications or oral-conscious sedation, to help you remain calm and comfortable throughout your treatment. Get in touch with our team for more information or to schedule an exam with Dr. Yoshikane to improve your smile.
Tooth Extractions Reviews
"Dr Yoshikane and his staff are incredible! We called them on Thursday morning as my husband had been up all night with a toothache and our dentist was out of town. They squeezed him into their schedule and took care of his tooth with such professionalism and care. We cannot thank them enough for everything and will definitely be using him from now on. Thank you so much Dr Yoshikane and staff!!"- J.C. / Yelp / Apr 06, 2019
"I have been going to Dr Yoshikane for several years now. He provides excellent care with the most advanced technology. If you ask him "how does this work", or "how are you going to do that", he will patiently explain. I have had a lot of dental work done (fillings, crowns, extractions, root canals and an implant) and I have always had the best outcome with Dr Yoshikane! The front staff are wonderful, as well as the hygienist. Pricing is not any higher than any other dentists I have been to and.... THEY HAVE COFFEE AND FRESH BAKED COOKIES!!!! So I leave with a coffee and a cookie! Can't get better than that!"- H.A. / Yelp / Aug 28, 2019
"I have been going to Dr Yoshikane for several years now. He provides excellent care with the most advanced technology. If you ask him "how does this work", or "how are you going to do that", he will patiently explain. I have had a lot of dental work done (fillings, crowns, extractions, root canals and an implant) and I have always had the best outcome with Dr Yoshikane! The front staff are wonderful, as well as the hygienist. Pricing is not any higher than any other dentists I have been to and.... THEY HAVE COFFEE AND FRESH BAKED COOKIES!!!! So I leave with a coffee and a cookie! Can’t get better than that!"- H.A. / Yelp / Aug 28, 2019
"I’ve been going to Yoshikane’s office for many years now, and it has been a great experience. Shirley, the hygienist, consistently gives quality cleaning and care, and will help you create habits to take care of your teeth. The front staff is polite and professional, and the entire office is clean and welcoming. Dr. Yoshikane also performed my wisdom teeth extraction surgery with general anesthesia and he did an amazing job. He explained the entire process to make me comfortable and even in post-surgery he was always available to answer questions about recovery. The surgery site was very well stitched up, minimizing bleeding and infection. I would definitely recommend this office if you’re looking for major surgery, treatment, or regular cleaning! Thank you so much Dr. Yoshikane!"- H.A. / Yelp / Jun 04, 2020
"Dr. Yoshikane and his team are friendly, informative and ease the anxiety that dental visits bring. Over the years I’ve heard many horror stories about wisdom teeth removal so when my turn came to finally part with mine, I was very apprehensive. Dr. Y took the time to thoroughly explain all the pros and cons, laid out a detailed plan then he and his team made sure my comfort and care during the procedure were top notch. Visits to the dentist no longer trigger anxiety attacks thanks to Dr Yoshikane’s office."- L.M. / Yelp / Jul 24, 2019
If your tooth was damaged or broken because of decay, Dr. Yoshikane may make attempts to fix it using bonding, a filling, or a crown. However, a tooth might be too decayed and may need to be removed to prevent the decay from spreading — and also to preserve the health of the remaining teeth. You may also require a dental extraction to remove a tooth or teeth that cannot fit in your mouth. This involves your third molars, popularly called wisdom teeth, which grow around age 17 – 21. In older kids, infant teeth that haven't naturally fallen out might have to be extracted so that they do not obstruct the permanent teeth. If you're beginning orthodontic treatment or contemplating Invisalign, then you might require a tooth extraction to make space for the remaining teeth as they move into their new position.
What To Expect
Dental extractions are performed in our office using local anesthesia on the area near the tooth being removed. Different forms of sedation may be used based on the degree of the extraction and also to help you remain relaxed in case you have dental phobias. Once you're prepared, Dr. Yoshikane will start the procedure. For a simple extraction, Dr. Yoshikane will loosen up the tooth using a special device called an elevator prior to removal. A surgical extraction entails making incisions in your gums to remove the tooth. If necessary, the tooth may be separated into smaller pieces so that it can be taken out. When the tooth has been removed, Dr. Yoshikane will close the incision in your gums. Dr. Yoshikane may write a prescription for antibiotics to be taken prior to and following your treatment in case you are experiencing illness, your immune system is compromised, the process is complicated, or you have special health concerns.
Based upon the anesthesia used during your extraction, you may need to have a responsible adult take you home. As your gums heal, you need to avoid spitting, smoking, and using straws. Your recovery will vary, depending on the complexity of your extraction; however, many patients prefer to eat soft, room-temperature food for at least a couple of days following the procedure. Dr. Yoshikane will speak with you about what to expect during your recovery, as well as how to care for your gums. Your gums will probably be inflamed after the procedure; therefore, Dr. Yoshikane suggests over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses. Sometimes, Dr. Yoshikane provides prescriptions for pain medicine and/or antibiotics. In addition to some proposed follow-up visits, you should schedule regular appointments at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. for dental exams and cleanings so our team can track your oral health following an extraction.
Extractions are generally covered by dental insurance, but your sedation options may not be. Prior to your extraction, we'll call your insurance company to determine your particular policy and estimate your expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, then Dr. Yoshikane can speak with you about your payment options and provide information about low-interest dental financing.
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Whether you have a tooth that's damaged or your mouth does not have space for an erupting tooth, extraction at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. will help improve your smile and overall oral health. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Yoshikane at his practice in Orange, CA to learn more about surgical and simple extractions. If you have dental worries or fears, inquire about sedation dentistry options to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout your process.