SMILE HAUS performs oral surgery procedures in West Hills, CA. Call 818-348-6068 to learn more or schedule your appointment.
From wisdom tooth removal to dental implant placement, our experienced oral surgeon, Dr. Susan Lee uses only the best, most state-of-the-art tools and techniques to provide maximum comfort and treatment outcomes.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth got their name because they are the last of three sets of molars to emerge. They generally appear in the late teens, and they are the most likely teeth to cause problems. Fortunately, wisdom teeth are also the most expendable. At one time, they were routinely removed, but today we will carefully assess them for current and future problems.
If your wisdom teeth are straight and uncrowded, you can likely keep them. If they are sideways, twisted, or impacted, or if they are crowding your other teeth, we will recommend removal. This is a simple surgery in which we will open the gums, remove any bone that is in the way, and then gently remove the tooth. It may be necessary to cut the tooth into pieces, and you may need dental sutures. We can remove one, some, or all of your wisdom teeth in a single procedure.
A tooth that can not be saved with restorative procedures may need to be removed. Before removal of the tooth, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is loosened from the jawbone and surrounding ligaments and tissues with a gentle rocking motion. Once it is loose, it is gently removed. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.
Extraction Site Preservation
Wisdom tooth removal causes no future issues in the mouth. Extracting another tooth, though, leaves a gap that could encourage shifting of the other teeth. Extraction site preservation is a simple add-on to your extraction that protects the space during healing. This ensures that the neighboring teeth remain stable, and it retains enough space and healthy jawbone for a dental implant or other later restoration.
When a tooth is lost or extracted, the body begins a natural process of resorbing the jawbone. Over time, this can give you a hollow, sunken look. It can also make it difficult to impossible to secure a dental implant. Bone grafting solves this problem by adding synthetic bone, or actual bone from elsewhere in your body, to your jawbone, creating a strong base for a future dental implant.
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Oral surgery can treat many diseases of the mouth and jaw. If you have sores that will not heal, unusual lumps or bumps, or other oral abnormalities, we may perform a diagnostic biopsy.