Surgery and Sedation

Sedation Procedures and Emergency Dental Oklahoma City



Tooth Extraction

Our top priority is to try to help you to save your teeth, but sometimes, teeth need to be removed due to decay, disease or trauma. Having a tooth removed or “pulled” is called a tooth extraction.

When you have an extraction, it’s natural that changes will occur in your mouth afterward. We will ensure your comfort before, during and after this procedure. For that reason, a private suite, oral sedation and nitrous oxide are available.

Extraction Types:

Single and Multiple Tooth Extractions
Full Mouth Extractions
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Supernumerary Extractions (i.e., extra teeth)
Orthodontic Extractions (ex: removed for braces

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Bone Grafting

Tooth extractions leave a hole that is surrounded by a shell of alveolar bone (tooth supporting bone). This bone’s only purpose in the human body is to support a tooth. As a result, when the tooth is lost the body quickly begins to resorb the bone, unless it is immediately replaced with either another tooth, implant or in this case a bone graft. Long term, wherever there is a missing tooth , the body will continue to loose bone or “resorb” which creates a void in the ultimate structure.  This can be visible in increased wrinkles, sagging of the face and deterioration of the jaws. Occasionally, it is possible to place an implant at the time of a tooth extraction. In these cases, the implant will act almost like a tent pole to hold the surrounding bone up and give it the functional requirements necessary to prevent it from undergoing atrophy. Unfortunately, often times it is impossible to place an implant at the time of the extraction. This can be for many reasons. However, it is most frequently due to either the presence of a dental infection or a size discrepancy between the tooth that is being lost and any possibility of an immediate implant replacement. In these cases it is prudent to place a “ridge preservation graft.” The ridge graft is designed to fill the void left by the extracted tooth and hold the volume of this space while natural bone has the opportunity to proliferate and fill the space with high quality live bone. Depending on the size of the tooth that was extracted, the ridge graft requires between three to six months before an implant can be placed.

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CT Scanning

In anticipation of a complicated tooth extraction or prior to dental implant surgery, a CT Scan can help to prevent complications. It allows an in-depth look at the position of nerves and vital structures.  In relation to implants, it can help guarantee implant placement in areas of healthy, dense bone in proper proportions to support the eventual prosthesis.

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