Oral surgeons receive years of additional training after completing dental school. Specialties and experiences can vary; for example, our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Phan, specializes in pathology, bone grafting, dentoalveolar surgery, and outpatient anesthesia.
Here are some of the reasons you might want to visit an oral surgeon:
Wisdom teeth extraction
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, tend to grow in after all of our other teeth. This can lead to several oral health issues that make wisdom teeth removal the best choice for overall dental health.
As wisdom teeth grow in, they can push the other teeth out of place, causing teeth to overlap or to become spaced unevenly. These spacing issues can create points of additional stress, making it more likely that teeth will crack or otherwise become damaged.
Wisdom teeth are also highly susceptible to becoming impacted — meaning that they grow at an angle towards the other teeth. This makes the likelihood of pushing the other teeth out of place even higher.
Ideally, wisdom teeth are removed before they can cause too much trouble, and that involves an oral surgery procedure.
Depending on the placement and depth of the wisdom teeth, an incision in the gums may be necessary for extraction. Once access is achieved, the teeth may be removed whole or broken into pieces for removal.
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Third Molar Teeth
Third molars are another term used for wisdom teeth and they can sometimes cause functional issues in your back teeth if they are not removed.
IV Dental Sedation
For oral surgery procedures we will often recommend IV sedation, especially if the procedure is a lengthy one. For less invasive procedures we may recommend milder types of sedation.
Why Oral Surgery
There are many reasons you may need to undergo oral surgery, and our experts are here to help you decide the best treatment options for your oral health.
Our Oral Surgeon
Dr. The T. Phan, D.D.S, M.D. attended the University of California at Berkeley for his undergraduate studies and continued his education at the New York University College of Dentistry, where he received his D.D.S. degree and graduated in the top of his class. He earned numerous awards for clinical and academic excellence, and was inducted into the National Dental Honor Society.
Pursuing his interest in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Phan completed a six-year training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. He has received awards for academic research and is published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Our Happy Patients
Dr Phan and Dental Assistant Jane were really Pros from start to finish. Jane was absolutely hilarious and very attentive, while also totally professional. Her and Dr. Phan made a great team and were able to solve my complicated wisdom tooth situation and always kept me informed of every risk before proceeding. Thank you!Michael B.
Dr Beckstead is amazing. I had partial bone loss around one of my teeth and three dentists think that I won't be able to keep it, but Dr Beckstead performed one surgery and saved my tooth. It has been over two years since the surgery and I have not had any more issues with that tooth.Lucy X.
I'm actually looking forward to my next prophylaxis. That's a teeth cleaning, and I never would have believed I'd say such a thing. I want to give a special shout out to Cindy, who did a fantastic job on my teeth AND gave me the tools and knowledge to nip gum disease in the bud. Have you ever heard of a Sulcabrush? I have one now, and it's awesome. Look it up.David R.
Dr. Beckstead and his entire team are exceptional. They provided kind, informative and top-notch care every step of the way. My nerves were immediately calmed when I entered the office and I realized that I was in the caring and experienced care of true professionals. The procedure was flawless, the outcome was terrific and the entire process was pain-free (in every way!).Tina R.