Dental Services

Tooth Extractions

Whether you need to have wisdom teeth removed or a troublesome tooth extracted, a tooth extraction is a safe and simple procedure easily performed in-office at Oak Tree Dental. Dr. Grados and Dr. Shehadeh are both experienced in extracting teeth painlessly, with extra care always paid to the well-being of the patient.

Tooth Extractions Don’t Need to Be Scary.

The most common reason people have teeth extracted is when their wisdom teeth emerge. Dental complications such as headaches, jaw pain, shifted teeth and pushing out other molars are likely when this happens, so many people have them pulled to avoid tooth and jaw problems. We perform wisdom teeth extractions surgically, and under general anesthesia.

There are also other kinds of extractions – any time a tooth is badly damaged, whether through decay, infection, ongoing damage or sudden trauma, it may be at risk for being extracted. We always strive to find a solution that allows you to keep your natural teeth, like a crown, root canal or other treatment that can repair or support a damaged tooth. However, sometimes the only option is extraction. Some common reasons to need a tooth extraction might be an impacted tooth, crowding of teeth in a small mouth, extensive tooth decay, infection, or accidental trauma to the face or jaw.

What to Expect

There are two types we might perform: simple extractions and surgical extractions. Your dentist will discuss with you which treatment is needed and why. The difference typically is that a simple tooth extraction takes place when a tooth is visible above the gumline, while a surgical extraction requires cutting into the gums to remove the tooth. For instance, a surgical extraction would more than likely happen if you have impacted wisdom teeth.

A tooth extraction procedure isn’t a long or complicated process, and we always talk through the procedure with our patients to let them know exactly what will be happening and what to expect both during and after the tooth removal.

The procedure begins with a local anesthetic injection to ensure the treatment is pain-free. We always make sure the area around the tooth and its nerve is fully numb before removing it. Afterward, the socket is often sutured closed to ensure good healing, but that’s not always needed.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Recovery and Care

It’s important after a tooth extraction to follow the dentist’s instructions closely and thoroughly. Poor at-home care can lead to complications like excess bleeding, pain, or a very painful condition called dry socket. Dry socket happens when the blood clot forming in the socket is dislodged and the bone or tissue is revealed. This causes bad healing and severe pain for patients who experience it.

To avoid such a problem, we recommend being very careful with food, drink, and other actions throughout the course of healing, which might be a few weeks. During your wisdom tooth extraction recovery, sticking to soft foods only and avoiding the use of straws are good rules to follow. You also should avoid any sucking or spitting motion that may increase pressure in your mouth and disturb the clot. Smoking or chewing tobacco is particularly not recommended, because of the risk of dry socket and the fact that tobacco use will slow healing.

Other ways to help your mouth heal after a tooth extraction include applying ice packs to the affected area, using over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, and changing the gauze given to you by the dentist at specified time intervals until the bleeding stops. If you experience continued bleeding after 24 hours, contact your dentist to let them know. And, if you have any concerns or questions about your recovery, please don’t hesitate to call Oak Tree Dental and talk with us.

After Extraction

When you’re all healed up, we’ll want to talk with you about possible tooth replacement alternatives, if the tooth removed was an integral part of your smile or bite. Leaving a permanent gap in your mouth can lead to future complications like TMJ disorder, shifted or crooked teeth, and chewing and speaking issues. Today’s tooth replacements look just like natural teeth, and function just like them too. Options to consider might be a dental bridge, a dental implant, or even partial or complete dentures, depending on how many teeth you are missing. While every patient is different, we are confident that Oak Tree Dental of Sebastopol can provide a solution to replace your missing tooth and ensure your good oral health in the future.

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03:22 11 Jun 24
I really appreciate Dr. Graddos and his staff and recommend this practice for basic and complex dental needs.
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18:48 07 Jun 24
They really make it easy and comfortableGreat team Very highly recommended
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02:19 22 May 24
I have been going to the same dentist office for 56 years and he retired. I had great referrals from a friend for Dr.Grados.and his staff. So hard going to someone new but they did everything to make me comfortable. All very nice and explained everything. Also Dr. Grados took his time with me and never seemed to be in a hurry. Would recommend him and his friendly office highly.
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03:39 15 May 24
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17:19 09 May 24
Monique is always friendly and efficient.Andrea set me up in a dental chair with her always great personality. I am in a wheelchair, and she made every safe accommodation for my transfer to and from the dental chair.Dr. N was very pleasant, gentle, thorough and honest with his treatment and conclusion about my tooth.As always, I am pleased with this dental practice.
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15:50 30 Apr 24
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02:37 30 Apr 24
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03:56 17 Apr 24
This was my first visit to this dentist. Front office help were wonderful and the assistant was also friendly and terrific and Dr Grados was extremely thorough and took his time and answered any questions I had. I really liked the feel of this office, it's small and not rushed and very convenient to where I live. I look forward to having him as my dentist.
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02:25 02 Apr 24
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19:17 26 Mar 24
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20:08 25 Mar 24
All-Around Excellent! I just started with Oak Tree Dental 6 months ago and I've already completed a daunting treatment plan including four replacement crowns and five fillings! The staff there is kind and responsive, and they seem dedicated to their work. Dr. Grados is a nice guy and a very experienced dentist. He does excellent work. OTD can get a lot of work done at each appointment, and they have always been ready to address concerns that come up. They are great if you don't have dental insurance because they have a plan just for that. I ended up paying less than I would have with my old dentist, with much better care in less time. Thank you Oak Tree Dental!
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05:40 21 Mar 24
I was a patient at the sebastopol dental office prior to Dr. Grados purchasing the practice. It’s hard forMe to make changes but after my first visit with Dr. Grados I was happy to move forward with him as my new dentist. Without reservation, I am very pleased with his work, how the office is managed, and his personal attention and sensitivity to health and financial needs. I can highly recommend Dr Grados and his office staff for their knowledge expertise and professional services.
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02:35 19 Mar 24
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02:17 15 Mar 24
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02:29 12 Mar 24
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16:50 08 Mar 24
I'm new patient to Oak Tree Dental. Just had my first teeth cleaning there, and I was very impressed. Everyone working here is so friendly and very good at explaining the procedures. Very efficient and professional. I'm really happy I found this place.
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14:43 08 Mar 24
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21:04 05 Mar 24
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03:53 05 Mar 24
Fine time at the dentist today. As always Oak Tree Dental is friendly and efficient. Went in for a crown which led to the discovery that a root canal was needed. Oak Tree arranged for the root canal ... SAME Day. Fantastic. Now complete. Thanks!
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03:53 02 Mar 24
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03:42 01 Mar 24
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16:19 23 Feb 24
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05:14 16 Feb 24
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16:08 13 Feb 24
When looking for a new dentist in Sonoma County, Dr. Grados and his team at Oak Tree Dental came highly recommended, and now I know why! I started with Monique at the front desk, who is so sweet and kind and immediately made me feel more confident in my decision in choosing them. When my first appointment came around, Dr. Grados was very welcoming. First exams with a dentist can always be a bit nerve racking, but Dr. Grados made lighthearted conversation, was efficient and gentle the whole time. Connie, who has been a hygienist for well over 20 years, also has a real talent for making me feel relaxed while cleaning my teeth. Everyone at Oak Tree Dental is judgement free, caring and very knowledgeable. They make going to the dentist easy.
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22:32 25 Jan 24
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16:00 23 Jan 24
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03:35 16 Jan 24
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04:56 10 Jan 24
Dr. Grados is a consummate professional, combining excellent people skills with solid professional practices. He embraces technical advances in his discipline to the advantage of patients. The Oak Tree support team is superbly capable and caring.
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03:21 09 Jan 24
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03:30 21 Dec 23
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23:03 17 Dec 23
I've been a patient at Oak Tree Dental since it opened, and always appreciated their services. But recently, when I suffered a dental emergency, the response by Dr. Grados and team went above and beyond. I called in the morning and was in the dentist's chair by noon. They offered me an option for resolution that was quick and affordable - and fixed the problem! I am so grateful.
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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Anthony Grados and Dr. Karimeh Shehadeh are a husband and wife team dedicated to making Sebastopol smile. After Dr. Grados completed dental school at NYU and Dr. Shehadeh completed dental school at University of the Pacific, the two met during residency in Brooklyn and married a few years later. 

After moving back to California, the two fell in love with Sebastopol and purchased their dental practice. As new Sebastopol residents, they’re looking forward to enjoying the area’s relaxed pace of life, providing great dental care and forming long-lasting relationships with their patients as they become part of the community.

Dr. Anthony Grados and Dr. Karimeh Shehadeh

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