Southern California Center for Oral & Facial Surgery -  - Board-Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Southern California Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Board-Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Tarzana, CA

Molar Extraction

If you need a molar extracted, trust board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Jay Reznick. He can help determine if removing one of your back teeth is best for your oral health. He treats patients who live in Tarzana, California and the surrounding area at the Southern California Center for Oral & Facial Surgery. If you think you might need a simple or surgical extraction, call the office or use the online booking agent to set up a consultation.

Molar Extraction Q & A

Why do molars need to be extracted?

The molars are the large, flat teeth in the back of your mouth. If they’ve been damaged by decay, gum disease, or injury, and are beyond repair, one or more may require extraction.

Other reasons you might need a molar extracted include:

  • Your mouth isn’t large enough to accommodate all your teeth
  • You need to make room for orthodontic adjustments
  • Your baby teeth haven’t fallen out in time to allow the eruption of permanent teeth
  • The molar has a high risk of infection

The molars that most often need extraction are the third molars, also known as the wisdom teeth. Most people don’t have enough room for these teeth to emerge correctly, leading to impaction or infection.

What’s the difference between a surgical and a simple extraction?

You need a simple extraction if the molar involved is a tooth that’s emerged and is visible in the mouth. Dr. Reznick uses an instrument, known as an elevator, to rock the tooth loose and forceps to remove the tooth.

A surgical extraction involves a tooth that may have broken off at the gum line or hasn’t erupted through your gums. Dr. Reznick makes an incision in your gums to remove the impacted tooth. He’ll clear away any excess bone tissue, too. Surgical extractions are commonly necessary for wisdom teeth.

During a simple extraction, Dr. Reznick provides a local anesthetic to numb the area. If you’re particularly nervous, you may also receive drugs to help you relax. He may perform a surgical extraction with just a local anesthetic, but you may also receive IV sedation or even general anesthesia if you have extensive work to be done.

How do I care for my mouth after a molar extraction?

Following extraction, Dr. Reznick packs gauze into the socket to encourage the development of a blood clot and sometimes places dissolvable stitches to close the gum.

The staff also provides you with complete post-extraction care information following your treatment. Specifically, they direct you to use a salt water rinse rather than a toothbrush to clean your teeth for the first day.

They also instruct you to avoid carbonated beverages and not drink through a straw for the first few days as these actions can dislodge the blood clot and cause a painful condition known as dry socket.


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    "I had no idea where to go but was referred to Dr. Susan Lee... Met with her and you can just tell that she's gonna be good, passionate, and detailed with her work."

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    "He and his staff are top notch professionals. You are in good hands here and I would recommend him to any friends and family."

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    " Dr. Lee just makes you feel comfortable. She explains everything in a way you can understand and is so comforting. I cannot recommend this practice enough."

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    "Dr. Jay Reznick is the dentist that has been performing a tooth implant for me. He is extremely qualified, upfront about procedures and makes you feel comfortable."

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    " If you must have oral surgery, I couldn't imagine a better surgeon than Dr. Reznick. If I need someone for oral surgery, I hope he's still there."

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    "All I can say is Dr. Reznick and his staff are amazing. I feel lucky to have found Dr. Reznick and his staff."

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    "My four wisdom teeth extraction went extremely well with Dr. Reznick. He is good in every which way..skill, courtesy...and... his immense knowledge and experience."

    Pramukh S.
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    "Very smart and get's the job done, I truly love the man and the others. Thanks again, Dr. Reznick, you're the best."

    Michelle D.
Southern California Center for Oral & Facial Surgery
18372 Clark St., Suite 224
Tarzana, CA 91356
Phone: 818-996-1200
Fax: 818-996-1325
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