Posts for tag: oral surgery

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
July 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

What your periodontist in Pasadena, California wants you to knoworal surgery

If you need oral surgery, it’s nothing to be afraid of. Oral surgery has become state-of-the-art, using high-tech tools and techniques to maintain the health of your smile. There are many reasons why you might need oral surgery. Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, California wants to share some of the most common oral surgery procedures.

Whether you are a teen, adult, or a senior, you may need tooth removal. Thanks to modern oral surgery techniques and dental sedation, tooth extraction is quick and comfortable. Tooth extraction may be necessary if:

  • You are a teenager undergoing orthodontic treatment and don’t have enough space for teeth
  • You are a teenager, adult, or senior with severe decay that can’t be restored
  • You are an adult or senior with loose teeth from losing bone due to periodontal disease

You may also need wisdom teeth removed. Many people don’t have room for wisdom teeth, or the teeth come in sideways and are not a functional part of your bite. They also may remain embedded in bone and not erupt at all, a condition known as impaction.

Another common oral surgery procedure is the placement of dental implants. The procedure begins with a dental implant screw placed in your jaw, which will function as the “root” of your missing tooth. The implant area heals and then the screw is capped with a beautiful implant crown. Dental implants are the tooth replacement solution that is closest to having natural teeth.

Oral surgery procedures are also commonly performed on soft tissue. Some of the reasons you may need oral surgery of cheek, gum, tongue and other oral soft tissues include:

  • A biopsy if you have abnormal tissue from tobacco use or other causes
  • Gum grafting to cover up exposed tooth roots and prevent tooth sensitivity
  • Cosmetic gum surgery to remove excess gum tissue or to recontour gum tissue to give you a more harmonious smile

This is just a small sample of the many common oral surgery procedures that can restore the health and beauty of your smile. For more information about oral surgery, call Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, California today!

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
January 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

While the words “oral surgery” may bring to mind visions of a lengthy procedure under general anesthesia in a hospital, that is, oral surgeryfortunately, not always the case. Some oral surgeries occur right in your periodontist's office and simply require a local anesthetic to numb the work area. But when does oral surgery become necessary? Find out with Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA.

What is oral surgery? 
The term oral surgery encompasses many surgeries meant to treat injuries, relieve an infection or treat trauma. A common oral surgery performed by your periodontist are tooth extractions, often necessary due to tooth decay or trauma. However, these extractions also include the removal of the wisdom teeth, an extremely common procedure with high success rates.

When is oral surgery necessary? 
Oral surgery becomes necessary when a tooth or several teeth begin affecting the patient’s daily life in terms of pain, effectiveness, or daily use. While oral surgery is most often used to extract teeth, it also commonly corrects jaw conditions like TMJ disorder and malocclusions. Surgeries to correct bruxism or teeth clenching and incorrect jaw positioning are also common. Dental implants, which permanently replace a missing tooth, also require oral surgery. ‚Äč

Dental implants
Dental implants offer an innovative way to replace your entire tooth. The implant bonds to your jawbone and takes the place of your natural teeth roots, while a crown added to the top of the implant replaces the part of the tooth that you can see. Adding a bone graft to your jawbone may be necessary if it isn't deep enough to support to the implant.

Wisdom teeth extraction
It never hurts to have another set of molars, but often, there's just not enough room for your wisdom teeth to erupt fully. Even when you do have enough room for the teeth, they may be decayed or damaged when they push through your gums. Removing your wisdom teeth can eliminate your pain, reduce the possibility of nerve damage and prevent the teeth from damaging your other teeth or moving them out of alignment.

For more information on oral surgery, please contact Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 796-1241 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cooper today!

By Pasadena Dental Implants
August 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral surgery  

Here are some of the best measures you can take to make sure your mouth heals as quickly as possible.

Whether you’ve just had surgery to treat your gum disease or you had your wisdom teeth removed, it’s important that you know exactly how to care for your smile post-surgery. From the office of your Pasadena, CA periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper, find out how to care for Oral Surgeryyour smile to speed up your recovery process.


You may notice some bleeding for about one day after your dental procedure. You can often place sterile gauze over the area and to bite down on it to help control the bleeding. If the bleeding seems heavy or won’t stop, please call our Pasadena gum specialist right away.


It’s not uncommon to notice some discomfort for at least a day or two after your procedure, depending on the invasiveness of the surgery. You may receive a prescription pain reliever from us to help control your discomfort, but if not, then over-the-counter pain relievers may do the trick. If you are trying an over-the-counter medication, make sure that you follow the instructions exactly as they are written on the bottle.


It’s pretty normal to experience some swelling after your surgery. Fortunately, there are a couple of options. You can apply an ice pack (Just make sure to wrap it in a towel first because you never want to apply ice directly to the skin) to the affected side of the face for up to 10 minutes. You can also ice several times a day.

If you are looking to medications that can also reduce swelling then it’s time to try an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory like Aleve or Tylenol, which can temporarily relieve both pain and swelling. Depending on the type of procedure you go through, we may also prescribe you a stronger medication to treat your post-surgical symptoms.


It’s important to stay hydrated and to drink enough fluids. Until your mouth heals, you’ll want to stay away from any food or drink that is hot. As we will mention to you before you leave our office, you’ll want to stick to a soft foods diet until otherwise instructed. Foods like eggs, yogurt, pasta, soup and fish are only some of the safe foods you can enjoy.

Your Oral Routine

Until your mouth heals, how you care for your smile will most likely change for the interim. We may provide you with a special oral rinse to use after your surgery to help keep teeth clean. We also recommend warm salt water rinses several times a day, which can also help with pain and swelling. We will also let you know when you can begin brushing and flossing your teeth again, but you will want to be exceedingly gentle on treated areas.

If you have questions about caring for your smile, particularly after oral surgery, don’t hesitate to call Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Cooper is here to address all of your questions and concerns.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 27, 2016
Category: Dental Health

Ready to find out if oral surgery is the next best dental option for you?

Did your Pasadena periodontist Dr. Peter Cooper mention oral surgery the last time you came into the office for your routine cleaning? oral surgeryThere are many situations in which oral surgery is the best option for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Find out more about the issues that oral surgery can handle and why it might be right for you.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Often times this third and final set of molars to erupt don’t actually erupt properly or fully. If this happens to you this means you are dealing with impacted wisdom teeth. Molars that only partially emerge from the gums leave an opening in the gums where food, plaque and bacteria can get trapped. Over time, this increases your chances of developing issues such as cavities, gum disease or an infection.

Problematic wisdom teeth can also affect the health of neighboring teeth and bones. If this is something you are dealing with then your general dentist in Pasadena will recommend that you get these teeth extracted.

Tooth Loss

No one wants to face tooth loss but millions of Americans are missing one or more permanent teeth. If you are dealing with this issue we have the solution for you! Dental implants are a long-term restoration for replacing one or more missing teeth. What makes implants so popular is that they offer so many aesthetic and functional benefits that other tooth replacements can’t. When you opt for dental implants, the implant will need to be surgically placed into the jawbone so it can fuse together with the bone to become one.

Dental implants are used to hold everything from a single dental crown to a full set of dentures. If you are dealing with tooth loss then it’s time to find out if you should consider getting dental implants in Pasadena.

Gum Disease

While some cases of gum disease can be treated non-surgically, there are some more severe or unresponsive cases that require surgery in order to improve gum health. Known as flap surgery, this procedure lifts the gums away to remove tartar buildup and to smooth surfaces to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that could cause further issues.

If you are dealing with any of these problems isn’t it time you found out your treatment options? Call Pasadena Dental Implants and schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooper today!

Pasadena, CA Periodontist
Pasadena Dental Implants
175 S. El Molino, Suite 4
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 796-1241


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