Family dentistry and oral surgery under one roof in San Francisco
When you become a patient of West Portal Family Dentistry, you can count on receiving the care you need, including oral surgery, from the San Francisco dental team you know and trust. Dr. Terri Nguyen and Dr. Laura Huynh handle most oral surgeries without having to refer patients out.
If at all possible, our dentists will repair decay or damage with expert treatments such as fillings, crowns, and root canal therapy. However, in some cases extraction is the best solution for your oral health:
- Breakage below the gum line.
- Advanced, unrepairable tooth decay.
- To make room for orthodontics.
- In preparation for dentures.
- Impacted wisdom teeth.
Dr. Nguyen performs basic and complex extractions, including erupted wisdom teeth and partially impacted wisdom teeth. Every precaution is taken to make the experience tolerable and to speed healing. In addition to numbing, oral sedation and IV sedation are available.
When a tooth falls out or has to be extracted, surrounding jawbone atrophies. Bone grating may be necessary to provide stability for a dental implant. Dr. Nguyen performs immediate bone grafting (at the time of extraction), and in cases where the tooth has been missing for some time. Bone for augmentation may come from a spot in your own mouth that has healthy bone, from a human cadaver, or from non-human sources.
Patients with advanced gum disease may require oral surgery to facilitate healing and ongoing gum maintenance. In this situation, the dentist trims away diseased gum tissue. Underlying bone may also be trimmed and augmented. These procedures help to restore a tight seal of gums to teeth, and halt progression of gum disease.
Gentle, effective oral surgery is among the services provided in San Francisco by West Portal Family Dentistry. New patients are welcome – just call (415) 604-9292 to begin receiving comprehensive care.