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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


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Even our patients who have been told in the past that they are not good candidates for dental implants have found options at our clinic.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.