Oral Surgery

Scott Prawat, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Los Gatos, CA

When you need oral surgery, you want a provider with expertise and compassion. You can trust Scott E. Prawat, DDS, who offers a variety of oral surgery procedures, such as placement of dental implants, removal of impacted wisdom teeth, or drainage of painful abscesses. If you need a qualified, skilled oral surgeon, call the Los Gatos, California, office, or book an appointment using the online tool.

Oral Surgery Q&A

What are oral surgery procedures?

Oral surgery is often the best course of treatment for functional problems with your bite, replacing missing teeth, or impacted wisdom teeth. Some of the most common oral surgery procedures provided by Dr. Prawat include:

  • Tooth extraction, both simple and complex
  • Dental implant placement
  • Bone grafting
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Treatment for impacted teeth
  • Abscess drainage

Oral surgery sounds scary, but in the vast majority of cases, it takes place in office while you’re under local anesthesia and mild sedation.

Do I need oral surgery?

After a thorough evaluation of your oral health, Dr. Prawat can determine if you need oral surgery or another intervention to optimize your dental condition.

People with impacted wisdom teeth will likely need oral surgery to safely remove these third molars so they don’t become infected or negatively affect your bite.

You may also benefit from oral surgery if you have opted for a dental implant to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The process of placing the titanium post in the jawbone is a minor surgical procedure. Bone grafts are sometimes required as part of the implant procedure, too.

If you have severe gum disease, or periodontitis, oral surgery may be necessary to extract severely infected or damaged teeth.

When is surgical extraction of a tooth necessary?

Surgical extraction may be required when a tooth is coming in crooked and threatens the integrity of surrounding teeth. If you experience trauma that causes a tooth to break off near the gum line, surgery is sometimes required to remove it.

Other indications that you may need surgical extraction of a tooth include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Severe gum disease
  • Infection or cysts
  • Pain and swelling in the gums

In your late teens or early 20s, your wisdom teeth erupt and often require surgical extraction. Many people do not have enough room in their mouth for these third molars or find that they come in crookedly, erupt only partially, or stay impacted in your gums and cause pain.

Even if your wisdom teeth emerged just fine, they’re harder to reach when brushing and flossing and are more susceptible to decay. Even if you didn’t have your wisdom teeth removed in young adulthood, you may still need oral surgery to remove them later if they become infected or cause other oral health problems.

To take advantage of the oral surgery skills of Scott E. Prawat, DDS, call his office or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.