Oral Surgery

Dentistry by Design Palisades

Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Pacific Palisades, CA

If you develop a cavity or you lose most of your permanent teeth, your dentist might recommend oral surgery to restore your smile and prevent further damage. Maria Tapia, DDS, and the team at Dentistry by Design Palisades in Pacific Palisades, California, proudly offer several oral surgery options, including dental implants, extractions, and corrective jaw surgery. To request your consultation today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is a branch of dentistry that specializes in surgery of the face, mouth, and jaws. 

Most oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, respond to conservative, noninvasive treatments. However, if you develop an infection or suffer a jaw or tooth injury as a result of an automobile accident, surgical intervention may be necessary. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of oral surgery, request an appointment with the team at Dentistry by Design Palisades today. 

Are there different types of oral surgery?

The team at Dentistry by Design Palisades regularly performs several types of surgery, including:

Tooth extractions

Your permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but accidents, injury, and decay happen. If there’s no way to preserve your affected tooth and prevent further damage, your Dentistry by Design Palisades provider might recommend an extraction. During an extraction, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. Afterward, they use forceps to carefully remove your tooth.

Wisdom tooth extractions

Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last of your permanent teeth to break through the gum line. If they’re impacted or you have an overcrowded mouth, your dentist might recommend an extraction to make room. As a general rule, wisdom teeth are hard to keep clean. Extracting them may also prevent complications in the future. 


Prosthodontics is a branch of oral surgery focused on making cosmetic improvements to your teeth and smile. One of the most common types of prosthodontic surgery is dental implant placement. During this type of operation, your dentist places a series of small metal posts into the spaces where your teeth used to be. Following surgery, your bone grows around each implant, fusing them to your jaw.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the most complex type of oral surgery. Operations included under this umbrella include corrective jaw surgery, bone grafts, and sinus lifts. 

Am I a candidate for oral surgery?

Only a dentist like those at Dentistry by Design Palisades can determine if you’re a candidate for oral surgery. The team provides comprehensive care and combined services to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. Sometimes, the team even performs surgical and restorative procedures at the same time.

Following an oral exam and discussion of your goals for treatment, your dentist can make recommendations that align with your individual needs. 

Book your oral surgery consultation at Dentistry by Design Palisades today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.