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Oral Surgery and Wisdom Teeth Removal

Along with teeth cleaning and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Richard Hagstrom and his staff can help improve the overall health and feeling in your mouth with dental implants, wisdom teeth removal and other oral surgery procedures.

Technology and Comfort at our La Mesa Dental Office

At A Shop for Smiles in La Mesa, we have the technology and the expertise to take care of all of your oral surgery needs. Our oral surgeon provides state-of-the-art oral surgeries to our patients in the La Mesa, El Cajon and Santee areas.

When you come into our office for dental implants, wisdom teeth removal or another oral surgery, we will do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible. We offer a variety of sedation dentistry options. For some oral surgeries, an anesthetic may be available. Because we have our patients in mind, our team offers compassionate oral surgery services in a warm environment.

Types of Dental Implant Procedures

Socket Grafts for Dental Implants

The socket refers to the area of bone where teeth are rooted. Conditions such as periodontal disease can lead to bone loss or damage to the area. This damage can keep patients from being eligible for a dental implant.

Socket grafting can fix and rebuild the bone in the socket. This will help strengthen the area for a strong dental implant. There is healing time involved with the socket graft before the dental implant can be placed to ensure that the implant will take. Our oral surgeon may use a socket graft to help fortify your mouth before the dental implant is placed.

Surgical Extractions

Having a healthy mouth can help patients have better overall health. We can remove teeth that have been broken or damaged by decay or other means before the problem affects your overall oral health. With X-rays and proper examination, we can determine the severity of the damage and determine whether to remove certain teeth. Our oral surgeon performs professional, surgical tooth extractions for patients in the La Mesa, Arizona, area.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Your wisdom teeth are your very back set of molars, and they generally come in between the ages of 17 and 25. In many cases when these teeth come in, they can become impacted, causing damage to your other teeth and severe tooth pain. Wisdom teeth removal is performed to correct problems that currently exist or to prevent future problems.

Your dentist, Dr. Hagstrom, can confirm whether you need to have wisdom teeth extracted. He will be able to see the impacted wisdom teeth with the aid of X-rays and examination. However, many of our patients have had the experience of being saved from impacted teeth by having the wisdom teeth removal procedure completed before the wisdom teeth have started to erupt.

To find out more about our oral surgeries for patients in El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee areas, call us at our office. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have and to schedule an appointment or consultation.


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Richard J Hagstrom, DDS
8923 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone: (619) 465-5252
Fax: (619) 462-8222