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Oral Surgeons: Craig Bloom, Richard Berger, Bryan Krey
Re: 5 year old having 'extra' tooth extracted
Our 4 year old son had his extra tooth extracted last May by Dr.
Richard Berger (510.848.1055). It went extremely well in spite of
my anxiety about it. My son is slightly obsessed with airplanes
and anything that moves for that matter, so we pretended that the
chair was a Blue Angel's chair, and the gas mask was a Blue
Angel's mask (navy airplanes that participate in fleet week). We
also did quite a bit to focus on the tooth fairy's visit. He was
soooo excited about going to the oral surgeon that morning, that
his twin sister was in tears that she couldn't have her tooth
extracted as well.
In our earlier consultation Dr. Berger had explained to us that
there were 3 possibilities for anesthetizing my son, each more
invasive (sorry, can't think of the correct word). 1) nitrous
oxide or laughing gas, 2) a shot of some drug to relax him
(something like valium), or 3) general anesthetic. I desperately
wanted the first option, so I really worked on making it seem like
fun option for him. Dr. Berger was prepared for all three
levels, and would escalate only if necessary. And with my iPod in
hand, my son was totally comfortable and a great patient. We were
out of there in 30 minutes because it was only the nitrous.
All in all, I think that our son remembers it as a very pleasant
The only thing that I wish that we had done better is that when we
walked into the procedure room, all of the extraction tools were
out on trays. Most of them were above my son's line of vision,
but there was one tray with some really scary looking instruments
on it, which I jumped in front of until the nurse could cover it
with a paper towel. Ours was not a pediatric office, and I don't
know if there are pediatric oral surgeons as an option. It wasn't
as inviting as a pediatric dentist office is, but the staff was
very sensitive to children. And they even had a basket of cheap
plastic toys as a reward once the procedure was complete. annette
My daughter broke a tooth at age 5, which had to be extracted.
Craig Bloom in Berkeley (http://www.berkeleyoralsurgery.com/)did
the extraction, and he and his office were great. Recovery was
pretty fast. I don't remember a lot of complaining. We had to
avoid straws and other sucking, of course.
Re: Oral Surgeon to extract wisdom teeth
I had impacted wisdom teeth and was pulling other teeth at
the same time for adult orthodontia. I had 7 teeth pulled
at once with Dr. Berger and he was excellent. The office
was well run and they explained everything very clearly. They put
me under and the next thing I knew, it was over and
I was in recovery with my hubby there to pick me up. The
group is called Berkeley Oral Surgery
(www.berkeleyoralsurgery.com) and I believe Drs Bloom and
Berger both have many recommendations archived in BPN.
Re: Oral Surgeon for Wisdom Teeth
All three of my kids had their wisdom teeth removed by Dr.
Craig Bloom in Berkeley. He treated them very kindly and
called to check up on them. I would recommend him.
Mom of three
Re: Oral surgeon for 15-year-old with asthma and seizures
My teenage daughter had a good experience with Bloom, Berger and Krey
in Berkeley (510-848-1055). They were recommeded to us by her
orthodontist. Dr. Krey walked her through the whole process ahead of
time, the surgergy went well, and the follow-up was effective.
My 12-year daughter saw Dr. Craig Bloom of Berkeley to have an impacted
baby tooth removed. His pre-procedure talk with her was perfect. The
procedure went fine. Good luck.
Craig Bloom is an excellent oral surgeon who operated on my then
8-year-old. He is very calming and patient. He explains everything
and takes the time to answer your questions. He does not rush the
appointment and is very thorough. Recently, he removed 4 of my older
son's (18) impacted wisdom teeth and again he was quite thorough. His
address is 2522 Dana Street, Suite 202, Berkeley. Phone is
I need feedback of DDS. Richard Berger for denta implant work.
Has anyone had implant done by him? Or Craig Bloom, Bryan Krey?
They work together? Their web site is
www.berkeleyoralsurgery.com. Is there any other lmplant doctor
Regarding Dr. Richard Berger. No implant experience, but he
realigned my daughter's upper and lower jaw (nice way of saying
both were removed and reattached). The surgery, although scary
for us, went fine. I'm not in love with his bedside manner, but
he did good work. Dr. Bloom is a sweetheart and has removed
several of my son's teeth (wisdom as well as too many baby teeth
for braces). You'd be fortunate to have either.
My 7 year-old son has been referred by my orthodontist to the oral surgeons
Bloom, Berger and Krey for the extraction of 3 baby teeth. If anyone has had
any experience with these doctors or advice on prepping my son for the
procedure, I'd appreciate it.
I recently had an extraction and an implant done by Dr. Bloom.
He was GREAT!, did excelent work and has a very easy going,
humerous manner. I think he would be great with kids at putting
them at ease.
My regular dentist who put the crown on the implant told me that
they usually have to glue the crown to the implant fittings, but
mine was placed so perfectly that they could put a screw through
it- so then if I need future adjustments they can unscrew the
crown instead of breaking it(thus not having to spend another
$800 for a new crown!)
I highly recommend Dr. Bloom, and hear the other docters in his
office are good also.
My 8-year-old daughter had two baby teeth pulled by Dr. Berger
and it went very smoothly. The office staff was friendly and
considerate, Dr. Berger was very nice, and I think the whole
visit took about 30 minutes. Their instructions for home care
were clear and I believe they even called later to check on her.
All in all, I was very pleased.
We had an excellent experience with this group. Each of my
daughters has had teeth pulled in the last few years & we found
the process surprisingly untraumatic. The office staff is
great, the surgeons are great, the whole atmosphere is one of
calm competence. I highly recommend them.
My now 11 year old son had 4 teeth extracted by I believe it
was Dr. Krey last fall. The experience was almost pleasant.
My son had routinely been to the dentist since he was four
but had never had any cavities or other work done. He is
also a bit of a wimp about pain. The oral surgeon was very
calm and friendly and put my son right at ease. He was
extremely quick about it and told my son to let him know the
second he felt anything uncomfortable and he would stop.
Although the doctor suggested pain medication if he
needed it, my son didn't even take any. Now he is in another
phase of his orthodontia and may need additional teeth
extracted - he asked if he could go back to the same guy!
My daughter has been through a number baby tooth extractions with
Dr. Bloom, and will be going back for a few permanent teeth.
They provide an initial consultation with the Dr. and were very
thorough about providing info and answering questions -- both
mine and my daughter's. They gave us valium to give her an hour
before the procedure -- it didn't knock her out completely, just
helped her relax and wore off within an hour afterwards. I went
in with her while they got ready, then waited in the waiting room
until they were done. I think Dr. Bloom suggested that
arrangement because she was anxious. Afterwards, I went back to
meet her and we were out of there 30-45 minutes after we arrived.
She said the worst part was the shots they give to numb the
tooth, and that the actual extractions didn't hurt at all. She
didn't have any pain or swelling, but you use Advil and ice for
the first few hours. It's not a pleasant experience, and she's
not looking forward to going back, but she still likes Dr. Bloom.
Both the dentist and the orthodontist say he's very good at his
job, and I think the speed of his work and lack of complications
are probably due to a lot of experience with the procedure.
We've been through some terrible dentists, and I felt pretty
lucky that she got such good treatment.
You can email me if you want more details.
These guys are great!!! My 9-year old had to have extractions for
orthodontia. I found them to be very professional, kind and
funny. We forgot our pulled teeth for the tooth fairy and they
mailed them to us without us even asking. My son had no problem
with pain during or afterward.
My children have been to Bloom, Berger & Krey several times for
extractions. My daughter also had major jaw surgery (Mandibular
Osteotomy) performed by Berger, and although it was really
scarey going through it, it turned out perfect.
I don't have any experience with Krey (I think he's newer to
the practice), but Bloom and Berger have done great work for my
kids. If you want ''warm and fuzzie'' pick Bloom, if you don't
care about that, and like a more direct manner, pick Berger.
Either one is technically good.
As far as preparing your child for the visit, I'd just explain
what was going to happen in a very low-key manner. If they
express fear about the pain, tell them that the doctor will
make sure it doesn't hurt. I think (check with the office) that
you have a meeting with the doctors before the actual
extraction and they explain exactly what will happen.
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Bloom. I went to him
just last week for a tooth extraction. He is wonderful!! I am
extremely fearful of any dental experiences and was so anxious
about this one. My own dentist recommended him and said that
he and his family have seen Dr. Bloom themselves. Dr. Bloom
completely put me at ease and made the experience as good as it
could possibly be. I would send my own children there. If you
ever have to have oral surgery - this is the place to go. I
can't speak of the others there, but Dr. Bloom was great.
My fussy and competent orthodontist thinks the world of this oral
surgery practice. He referred us to Bloom, feeling that he was
the most touchy-feely of the group but reported that all of the
oral surgeons are technically excellent. Bloom pulled a few of
my daughter's teeth and will pull 5 more this October (yes, she
has plenty of teeth left). My daughter is completely unbothered
by the pending extractions because her first experience with
Bloom went so well.
I have had various experience with these guys--for myself, my
husband and most recently my eight year-old daughter. They are
excellent! Professional, nice, more than competent. I couldn't
recommend them any higher! Good luck!
I had a badly cracked tooth removed by Dr. Berger a couple of years a go and he
was wonderful- I will go straight back to him if I ever need an oral surgeon again.
He is a genuinely nice person, and he got my tooth out painlessly and amazingly
quickly- not even any of that yucky noise.
My son had 4 baby teeth pulled by Dr. Krey within the last year, when he
was 8. It was quick, easy, made as pleasant as possible by the staff's
good cheer. My son did not complain of discomfort during or after the
procedure. I was in the room with him the whole time.
We are returning for four more extractions in the next month. This time
he is anxious re the sound of the extractions. He says that is the worst
part of the whole procedure. We may try a CD player with headphones;
the orthodontist suggested asking about nitrous oxide.
I just saw Dr. Krey a couple months ago for an extraction. I
went to him partly because of recommendations on this web-site,
as well as my dentist. I was very nervous about it, and he was
very kind, gentle and it was so much easier than I expected. Of
course, it can be different for a child, but I would highly
These folks are pros! The only thing my daughter was unprepared
for was the numbness she felt afterwards from the novocaine. She
wasn't prepared for her tongue and cheek to be numb. That being
said, Dr. Bloom, (the only one that I have experience with) is
wonderful and puts the kids at ease.
My children both have had braces, and part of this process has
involved the necessity of extractions. Our orthodontist sent
us/them to Bloom, Berger & Key, and our experience with them
was quite positive (as positive as such an unpleasant process
can be). Also, my father, then in his seventies, had a problem
with a tooth during a visit, and Bloom, Berger & Krey handled
his situation promptly and competently.
My main advice would be not to express a lot of anxiety to your
child in anticipation of the appointment, as they will pick
this up oh, so promptly. Assure them that the process is
routine and all will be well. And if you have questions before
or after the process, ask them, without hesitation.
Re: 15-year-old with 4 impacted wisdom teeth
Bloom and his colleagues are the best--we have researched this
No wisdom teeth but other issues
I've been having some problems with my TMJ joint and have gotten a referral
to Dr. Brian Krey. Does anyone have any experience with him? Also, any
general advice about TMJ would be appreciated - what sorts of treatments are
out there for someone with relatively mild pain and soreness? Any ways to
prevent progression of joint damage?
I went to him last week for the first time for a tooth removal. Dr. Krey
explained in detail
what he would do and gave information about possible consequences (that
never came true).
The tooth was removed without me even knowing it had happened. I was given
nitrous oxide and
Novocaine. While not being a "pleasant" experience, I found Dr. Krey to be
calm and competent.
Oral Surgeon: I recommend Dr. Benjamin Bloom, 848-1055.(South Campus
area) I would aim for him, rather than other office surgeons. He is
scheduled pretty far in advance, so you might want to schedule even if
you need to change your appointment. He is sensitive and willing to
dialogue and I thought he handled both my adolescent girls very well.
One was very fearful of the entire procedure. My own dentist, Willie
Moore told me years ago that he was a "genius with gums."
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