Mid-Valley Dental Care offers oral surgery for patients who require more extensive treatments to improve the function and health of their teeth and jaws. Drs. Terence Lau and Casey Lau make every effort to provide care that is both effective and conservative. To learn more about oral surgery in Northridge, California, and to make your appointment with our dentists, please contact us at (818) 886-3500.
Bone degeneration often accompanies the loss or extraction of teeth, resulting in a jawbone that is too thin or soft to accommodate a dental implant. To increase the density of the jawbone, Drs. Terence and Casey Lau can perform a bone graft.
During a bone grafting procedure, our dentists will take a piece of bone from another source, such as another area of your body or from a tissue bank, and attach it to your jawbone using a special grafting material. Over the next few months, the graft will produce new, stronger bone that can keep your dental implant secure. If the need for a bone graft is minor, we may perform the procedure at the same time that we place the dental implant.
Also known as orthognathic surgery, corrective jaw surgery can treat a wide range of dental and skeletal abnormalities, including TMJ disorder, uneven jaw growth, and ill-fitting dentures. Drs. Terence and Casey Lau may suggest jaw surgery for the following conditions:
- Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
- Chronic jaw and jaw joint pain
- Excessive wear on the teeth
- Facial injury
- Birth defects
- Protruding jaw
- Sleep apnea
- Inability to make the lips meet
Our dentists will work with you to determine which surgical procedure will best fit your needs. While jaw surgery serves a primarily corrective function, it can also enhance the appearance of the facial structure.
While we typically treat tooth decay or injury with a dental crown or filling, our dentists may recommend a tooth extraction if it is in the best interest of your oral health. Cavities and damage that are too extensive for treatment will only cause further harm to your smile if the tooth is not removed. Other reasons for a tooth extraction include:
- A narrow arch that has cause overcrowding
- Baby teeth that do not fall out soon enough to allow the permanent teeth to erupt properly
- A very loose tooth that cannot be saved with a bone or gum graft
- An impacted tooth
- A patient needs braces but does not have enough space in their mouth for the teeth to move
There are two types of tooth extraction:
- Simple: When a tooth is already visible above the gum line, our dentists can loosen it with a dental instrument called an elevator before removing it.
- Surgical: If a tooth has not erupted above the gum line (for example, a wisdom tooth that has become impacted), our dentists will make a small incision in the gums to remove the tooth.
Following your tooth extraction, you will have the option of selecting a tooth replacement if needed. Mid-Valley Dental Care offers dental implants and dentures.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Most young adult patients will need to have their wisdom teeth removed because their dental arch does not have enough space to accommodate a third set of molars. If you are one of these patients, Dr. Terence Lau and Dr. Casey Lau can perform a skillful extraction. Wisdom teeth that are already exposed can be loosened and pulled out. However, most wisdom teeth are unable to erupt, in which case our dentists will make a small incision in the gums to remove the teeth and any bone that may be blocking the tooth from erupting.
In the event of any surgical procedure, our dentists will provide you with thorough pre- and post-op instructions to help you prepare for your appointment and recover quickly. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions.