You and Dr. Bhaskar may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Bhaskar will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

Call 831-372-2882 with any questions or concerns.

The Extraction Process

At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.

During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.

You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.

If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.

Sectioning a tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

Call 831-372-2882 with any questions or concerns.

Monterey Oral Surgery

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Patient Review from Alyssa P

Very friendly staff and minimal waiting time.

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Patient Review from Leah F

This was teuly a lige changing expierence for me. The assistants are just as amazing as the Dr. Ive never felt so cared for at a dentist in my life. Ive always gone to 'the cheapest' dentists growing up and have had traumatizing experiences, this visit will forever change my outlook on a dentist visit

- Leah F

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Patient Review from Julia H

My daughter got her wisdom teeth pulled with this wonderful team and doctor. No pain or swelling after and the after care was so impressive.. I would recommend them to anyone!!

- Julia H

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Patient Review from Marka B

We are lucky to have The Best Oral Surgeon Ever right here in Monterey! I've had several (many) implants placed and every single procedure has been painless and perfect. My case hasn't been easy by any stretch of the imagination; he's had to work hard to find solutions to some difficult spaces with very little to work with ... Thanks Dr Bhaskar, for making my "Smile"! Bhaskar's Stars are Six (6)

- Marka B

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Patient Review from Imelda C

Really satisfied with everything

- Imelda C

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Patient Review from Sherryl S

I am a person that has a lot of anxiety going to any dental office. His receptionist is very warm and welcoming. The staff is very good at returning phone calls and answering all questions. Dr. Bhaskar called me after surgery which made me feel he is very caring. I would highly recommend this office for any type of oral surgery.

- Sherryl S

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Patient Review from Walter W

Dr. Bhaskar honors his patients, staff, and himself through his insistence on quiet, efficient, effective, disciplined and competent performance of the jobs they're all there to do.

- Walter W

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Patient Review from Kristi J

Dr. Bhaskar and his staff were incredibly professional, friendly and gentle. I worried for years about this procedure, knowing I would have to do it at some point in my future - what a waste of worry that was! The procedure was quick and painless and I was comfortable throughout it all. The healing process was a breeze and am so glad to be rid of that troublesome tooth once and for all! Thank you Dr. Bhaskar and staff. I will recommend you to others!

- Kristi J

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Patient Review from Klaudia R

I was so incredibly scared of my last wisdom tooth removal. But it all went easy, smooth and pleasant. Everyone is extremely friendly, the office is well organized and Dr. Bhaskar did a fantastic job. Thank you so much! Highly recommendable!

- Klaudia R

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Patient Review from Thomas K

Dr.Bhaskar placed 2 implants in June 2016. Everything went great, no pain, no swelling..... very easy. Loved the office, staff was great.

- Thomas K

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Patient Review from Josh S

I love Dr. Baskar! Great experience and couldn't be happier with my new Dental Implants. Yay!!

- Josh S

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Patient Review from Martha J

Dr. Bhaskar took care of my children's (all four!!) wisdom teeth removal. All four did great. The office is nice, staff is soooooo kind and Dr Bhaskar is the best!

- Martha J

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Patient Review from Deborah W

Professional, efficient and kind. The yellow after care flow sheet was particularly helpful.

- Deborah W

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Patient Review from Kristen C

Dr. Bhaskar has performed fairly extensive oral surgery on my husband, Paul, over the last couple of years, with a perfect outcome. Dr. Bhaskar's competence, demeanor and attentiveness made us feel calm and well cared for. Paul had multiple issues that needed to be addressed over a lengthy period of time, under the care of multiple professionals. Dr. Bhaskar communicated with the other dental experts and together they planned for excellent, sequential, efficient care. We greatly appreciate the care received by Dr. Bhaskar and his skilled staff, and highly recommend him. Thank you, Dr. Bhaskar.

- Kristen C

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Patient Review from Susan S

Had my wisdom teeth removed by Dr Bhaskar, everything went great! Loved the office, the staff and Dr Bhaskar.

- Susan S

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Patient Review from Makayla T

The reason why I give this practice a five star review is because Dr. Bhaskar is one of the best oral surgeons. My whole experience was great. The receptionist was very friendly and the assistants made me feel at ease. After the surgery Dr. Bhaskar even called that evening to check on me. I have to admit that I was scared to have my wisdom teeth pulled but Dr. Bhaskar and his staff made it super easy and smooth!!!

- Makayla T

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Patient Review from Makayla T

Great with the patients

- Makayla T

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Patient Review from Barbara K

Dr. Bhaskar put an implant in me quite a while ago, and I've had no problems. He also pulled the wisdom teeth on my three children. They all recovered with minimal discomfort.

- Barbara K

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Patient Review from Barbara K

The office is very professional. I was impressed with the doctor and his staff. My outcome is great.

- Barbara K

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Patient Review from Paul P

I saw Dr Bhaskar for the extraction of a molar tooth. After our first meeting, we decided to place an implant at the time of the extraction. Everything went very well, no pain or problems. The crown was placed 10 weeks later and it has worked perfectly!!! I highly recommend Dr. Bhaskar.

- Paul P

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