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10154 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70123
(504) 738-5171 Kerry T. Plaisance, Jr, DDS • W. Keith deJong, DDS

Extractions and Oral Surgery

Do you need an oral surgery, like tooth extraction in New Orleans? The doctors at DeJong and Plaisance Family Dentistry provide extractions and oral surgery for patients from the comfort of our state-of-the-art office. Whether you need wisdom tooth extraction or teeth removed in advance of dentures, you don’t have to worry about outside referrals or getting to know another dental team. We’ll take care of everything for you!

About the Wisdom Teeth

The third molars often appear between the ages of 15 and 22 or so, and these so-called wisdom teeth can cause real, painful issues when there is not enough room in the jaw for them to fully erupt. Most people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed.

The signs you are dealing with painful wisdom teeth include…

Staying on top of your regular visits to the dentist can help us keep a close watch on your wisdom teeth to determine if and when they need extraction. Sometimes the third molars emerge with no problem -- but more often than not, wisdom teeth will become impacted or infected and cause real issues.

Teenagers may benefit from x-rays to determine whether or not the third molars exist beneath the gumline, and if they are likely to cause issues later on.

Tooth Extractions at deJong and Plaisance

Our doctors perform expert tooth extractions in our advanced office. Wisdom teeth commonly require extraction, but people whose teeth are failing may require removal in advance of a full denture.

No matter where in the mouth it is or how much is needed, tooth extraction is oral surgery. For your complete comfort, the procedure will be performed under local anesthesia and/or sedation, as desired.

There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction occurs when the tooth is visible and can be removed in one piece, usually with forceps. The simple extraction has a faster healing time.

A surgical extraction requires opening the gum and removing the tooth in pieces. This method usually requires the use of stitches and sutures, so a longer recovery period is necessary. Most wisdom teeth are removed surgically.

Aftercare

After you have had a surgical tooth extraction, plan to take it easy for the first day or two to speed your recovery. Rest and relaxation are the keys to help your mouth heal and fight infection. Eat a soft foods diet and take painkillers as directed by your dentist. After 24 hours have passed, you can begin rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater every few hours to reduce swelling and relieve pain.

Contact deJong and Plaisance Today!

If you have questions about an upcoming oral surgery, or to schedule your own, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with deJong and Plaisance. Request an appointment to discuss oral surgery in New Orleans today!