Dental Surgery FAQs

Not every dental problem can be fixed with filling or a crown. In some cases, dental surgery may be necessary to ensure the continued health and stability of your smile. From extracting wisdom teeth to performing bone grafts, dental surgery is a crucial element of maintaining good dental health. Dr. Shawn Hofkes answers frequently asked questions about dental surgery in Cerritos CA.

FAQs About Dental Surgery in Cerritos CA

Question: How much does dental surgery cost?

Answer: The answer depends on a number of factors, including what surgical procedure is being performed, the state of your dental health, or the type of dental insurance you carry. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Hofkes can sit down with you to discuss the cost and give you an estimate.

Question: How do I know if I need dental surgery?

Answer: Often, a person may experience discomfort as a result of receding gums, impacted wisdom teeth, or infected teeth. If you suffer from chronic toothaches or discomfort, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hofkes. After an examination from Dr. Hofkes, he can then decide whether you require oral surgery or not.

Question: Does Dr. Hofkes offer sedation dentistry?

Answer: Yes. To ensure comfort and help nervous patients relax, Dr. Hofkes offers sedation dentistry. With IV sedation, the medication will be administered intravenously and your vital signs monitored carefully throughout the procedure. You will feel a little groggy after the procedure, so you will need to arrange a ride home.

Question: Does everyone need their wisdom teeth removed?

Answer: Not everyone, but many people will need to have wisdom teeth extracted in their late teens or early 20s. Otherwise, the eruption of the wisdom teeth may lead to misalignment, impaction, or infection. Dr. Hofkes will take x-rays to determine if you require extraction.

Question: Why does a person need a gum graft?

Answer: If a person suffers from receding gums, a gum graft may be necessary to restore the smile to full function and health.

Question: Are bone grafts necessary for the placement of dental implants?

Answer: Not always, however, if a person has lost several teeth, the resulting bone tissue degradation can leave the jaw unable to support the implant posts. If this is the case, you may require bone grafting before receiving dental implants or implant dentures.