Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions Don’t Need to Be Scary.

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. 

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 local 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 decay or infection, or accidental trauma to the face or jaw. 

What to Expect

There are two types we might perform: a simple extraction, or a surgical extraction. Your dentist will discuss with you which treatment is needed and why. The difference typically is that a simple extraction takes place when a tooth is visible above the gumline, while a surgical extraction requires cutting into the gums to remove the tooth. 

Having a tooth extracted 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 extraction. 

The procedure begins with an anesthetic 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.

Post-Extraction 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. 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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Arline Thomas
Arline Thomas
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Tina M
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Len Hirschi
Len Hirschi
17:46 21 Dec 19
Connie is a great dental hygienist! Very good at what she does and upbeat as is the entire staff. The new doctors are personable and professional. The office has implemented a good plan of paying a small fee every month that makes payment of treatment much easier and there is discount included. I am happy with Oak Tree Dental and the entire staff. John and Patty Blount did a great job finding good people to continue with their business.
trina grady
trina grady
23:40 19 Dec 19
Warm, caring dentists and extremely talented! I had a dental emergency and they were the only dentist I found that was able to get me in right away. The work they did surpassed my expectations and I’m so happy I found them as my new dentist. Very comfortable office, everyone working there is kind and excellent at what they do. I am very picky and happy I found this place!
Missy Danneberg
Missy Danneberg
18:33 18 Dec 19
Connie is the best! Gentle but gets my teeth clean.
Matt Hadley
Matt Hadley
20:20 11 Dec 19
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m Carbo
23:33 04 Dec 19
John Sayage
John Sayage
15:15 03 Dec 19
Ever since I decided to start going to see Dr Shehadeh at Oak Tree, my gums have been healthier and my teeth have never been cleaner. Other dentists never took quite the same care and I can tell the difference. Come here and don’t look back.
Anne Barron
Anne Barron
21:28 13 Nov 19
Patrick Pennington
Patrick Pennington
15:34 06 Nov 19
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Natasha Dallin
02:34 06 Nov 19
Lynette Moss
Lynette Moss
21:28 08 Oct 19
Great dental office; wonderful, thoughtful, knowledgeable and skilled dentists.
JeanEmma Bova
JeanEmma Bova
01:05 03 Oct 19
Such caring and attentive dentists! They explain everything step by step and make you feel comfortable. Highly recommend this practice!
alessandra sanguinetti
alessandra sanguinetti
20:36 26 Sep 19
larry marchesi
larry marchesi
14:19 15 Aug 19
the husband/wife team at oak tree dental took over for a dentist i had for 25 yrs, and liked a lot. i ve been to oak tree twice now and am very satisfied. friendly and professional. the work seems excellent.
John Sayage
John Sayage
19:52 22 May 19
Oak tree dental is an amazing new addition to the Sebastopol community. Dr Shehadeh took incredible care of me and I’m looking forward to returning soon.
Mocking Bird
Mocking Bird
04:26 05 Sep 18
Excellent!
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Greg Thrash
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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.

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Address

Oak Tree Dental Sebastopol

220 Petaluma Ave., Suite D

Sebastopol, CA 95472

(707) 823-1029 

Open Hours

Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Friday-Sunday: Closed 

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