About Tooth Extractions
When a tooth is damaged or failing beyond the point of repair with other methods (tooth-colored filling or crown), a tooth extraction may need to be performed. At Southern Cal Smiles (serving patients in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills), board-certified dentist Dr. Susan Fredericks performs both simple and surgical tooth extractions. A simple extraction removes a visible tooth that may be cracked, infected, or have another problem. A surgical extraction removes a tooth (or teeth) that has not erupted from the gumline, but needs to be removed because there isn't enough room — like wisdom teeth. With advanced equipment and years of experience, Dr. Fredericks and her team work hard to make sure each patient has a comfortable experience during their tooth extraction. With local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation, Southern Cal Smiles patients can sit back and relax as they get a healthier smile.
"If you want a personal dentist with a professional office personnel and the highest quality of care this is the place!! I have had dental nightmares in the past and it took me a while (even with insurance) to walk in an office. Dr. Susan STANDS BEHIND HER WORK, and the receptionist ALWAYS sends reminders including an email with a calendar interface for my Samsung phone. Accommodating schedules too!!! Open some Saturdays and late Wednesday night. As a person who travels for business...this is a HUGE plus! Higeinists are all caring (yes...learned the proper way to floss-yes THAT is a thing)...As long as I am in this area I will stick with this office of great people! Don't hesitate, just make an appointment!"- J.M. / Yelp / Jan 16, 2019
"she was fantastic, made the process really easy. The whole staff was very professional, and organized. They made me feel safe, and warm."- A.A. / Healthgrades / Dec 31, 2019
"My life has changed so much since I came to see Dr. Fredericks I smile so much. I never felt beautiful because my teeth were so distracting. My personality has also changed because now that I smile more, people smile back at me; it has been contagious. I laugh and enjoy living. I have changed my name to Sandy Beach and I will use that as my pen name as I am writing a book. When people meet me they laugh and smile when I tell them the name. Thank you Susan for giving me my confidence back."- S.B. / Healthgrades / Dec 15, 2019
"100% attention to you as a patient accurate decision making - clear communication - and answer to every question.Love to visit my Dentist Office, great energy and easy welcoming into the space of maybe not the most comfortable moments :)but you won't feel any pain - in any action they may have to take.Thank you to all, and see you soon."- R.F. / Healthgrades / Dec 11, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr. Susan's for many many years and she has always taken great care of me. However, today she really impressed me when I came in for a tooth that I broke she examined the tooth, gums, and xray. She realized that I what I needed was a better Xray so she referred me to a root canal specialist in the building. He took the Xray and concluded that Susan was right and that I did indeed need a root canal. Susan Fredericks made sure I was seen the same day and that I got the necessary work done. She knows when she can do something and she also knows and is not afraid to admit when a certain procedure is best done by another dentist (specialist); and for that I have great respect and trust for her. Thank You Dr.Fredericks"- C.L. / Healthgrades / Dec 10, 2019
What to Expect
For a simple extraction, a local anesthetic is usually given to numb the gum before Dr. Fredericks loosens and removes the full tooth from the jawbone. Dr. Fredericks will carefully separate the tooth from the gum tissue and ligaments before the socket is cleaned and closed. For a surgical extraction, you may be given local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. To remove the tooth, Dr. Fredericks must surgically cut through the gums and bone. In some cases, the tooth will be cut into pieces for easier extraction. Once the tooth is removed, the socket will be cleaned and stitched closed.
A blood clot will usually form in the socket of the removed tooth after an extraction, which should be kept clean and monitored for signs of infection. Dr. Fredericks may suggest over-the-counter pain medication for any discomfort after the procedure or you may be prescribed painkillers. You may want to follow a soft food or liquid diet for at least one day after the extraction. You should be careful brushing your teeth to help the socket heal. The gums and bone usually begin to heal 1 – 2 weeks after the extraction, but it may be up to six months before the mouth is fully healed.
If the extraction is a medical necessity, part or most of the cost will usually be covered by dental insurance. The coverage may vary based on whether it is a simple or surgical extraction, so our office will confirm your benefits and out-of-pocket cost. Our practice offers financing plans and we accept several payment options.
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Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed or you need an emergency extraction, please contact Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills, CA to learn more about your options. Dr. Fredericks and her team can help you with simple or surgical extractions to improve your health.