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.
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:
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.
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.
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.