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Are Opioids and Narcotics Still Used for Oral Surgery? Torrance, CA

Are Opioids and Narcotics Still Used for Oral Surgery?

Oral Surgery Torrance CA

It’s been said that the first experience people used to have with prescription pain relievers (such as opioids) was when they had their wisdom teeth removed. Although prescribed safely, there is always a risk for leftover medication becoming accessible to someone other than the patient. Or for an individual who may be predisposed to addiction to becoming reliant on a narcotic.

Fortunately, modern advancements in medication and pharmacological studies have made it so that prescription narcotics are used far less often than in decades past. And dentists have been at the forefront of this shift.

One such example is the use of Exparel. This medication is one that’s been used for surgeries like Caesarian sections and is now making headway in oral surgery. It’s a local anesthetic (numbing) medication that lasts longer than traditional drugs used during procedures like wisdom tooth removal. When it’s used during an oral surgery, it can be up to 2-3 days after the procedure once the numbing effects slowly start to wear off.

Since the majority of discomfort from any surgery is due to the post-operative inflammation (swelling) at the surgical site, the first day or two tend to be the ones where patients require better pain management. If you’re using longer lasting anesthetics like Exparel, there’s really no need for a prescription pain medication during those first couple of days. Any residual irritation that’s noticeable once the numbing drugs wear off can easily be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen.

At Torrance Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, your comfort comes first. Ask us about new advancements in narcotic-free pain relief!

Posted on behalf of Torrance Oral Surgery Center

23451 Madison St #120
Torrance, CA 90505

Phone: (310) 373-0667


Monday 8AM - 5PM
Tuesday 8AM - 5PM
Wednesday 8AM - 5PM
Thursday 8AM - 5PM
Friday 8AM - 5PM


23451 Madison St #120
Torrance, CA 90505


(310) 373-0667

Office Hours:

Monday 8AM - 5PM
Tuesday 8AM - 5PM
Wednesday 8AM - 5PM
Thursday 8AM - 5PM
Friday 8AM - 5PM

Torrance Oral Surgery Center

Our Client Reviews

5.0/ 5.0

Based on 174 reviews

Paul M.

A positive experience from start to end. I got a sense that this was going to go well and it did. Two extractions, two implants, bone graft and removal of four part bridge. Leaving part of the bridge on one tooth. If there were 10stars they would be for Torrance oral surgery group and Dr. Alicia Wolf / Blanco Demtal Group for recommending Ben.

Mindy W.

This is a very welcoming center. Everyone seemed very competent and helpful. I had an oral biopsy today. No waiting. The staff were ready for me and all was in place. Dr. Yagoubian was warm , cheerful and I felt in extremely capable hands. I am so grateful I was referred to him. Sincerely, Mindy W.

Jessica Z.

The staff here are super friendly and always show genuine concern. I got my wisdom teeth pulled about a year ago and Dr. Yagoubian and his staff made me feel less anxious about the procedure. When I was done, they were thorough with their instructions on how to take care of myself while my wounds healed. They even gave me an ice pack to wrap around my head for the swelling (super useful). Dr. Yagoubian even called to check in on me after the surgery. So when I needed more extractions done this year for orthodontic treatment, I made an appointment here and once again I was well taken care of. Every single person in this office was friendly. During the procedure, they made me feel less anxious even though I was super shaky about getting local anesthesia. They gave me detailed instructions on how to care for my wounds, always gave me an opportunity to ask questions. And once again, Dr. Yagoubian called after the procedure to make sure I was doing well. Now, anytime someone mentions they need their wisdom teeth removed, I tell them Dr. Yagoubian is the man!!

D. W.

What a nice and knowledgeable Doctor! Dr. Ben took the time to answer all our questions about the removal of all four wisdom teeth. He explained in detailed what was going to happen and the reason why he does the procedure. It’s obvious that he loves what he does. His staff is very welcoming and friendly. The nice lady in charge of the billing explained very clearly everything. Dr. Ben even called us the evening after the surgery to check if everything was ok. We highly recommend Dr. Yagoubian!

Chahab S.

Dr Yagoubian is an excellent oral surgeon, supported by a very professional staff. They made the experience as stress-free as possible. Highly recommended.

Dr.Lou T.

Very professional and always available. My patients have always had good experiences with the office.


Dr. Benjamin is awesome I highly recommend him to everyone he is highly efficient and fast he knows how to comply with patient needs and overall is an amazing guy ! Check him out he is awesome!!!

Raj G.

Dr. Yagoubian is excellent. I was in state for business when my wisdom tooth broke. I was lucky enough to find Dr. Yagoubian's office. Everyone there was professional and courteous. The procedure went smoothly. Dr. Y is highly skilled, meticulous, and a very personable health care provider (a rarity in the field, in my opinion). If you need an oral surgeon, I highly recommend him.