Your Santa Clara Oral Surgeon
It can be quite difficult to find the right oral surgeon in Santa Clara. Oral surgery is a deeply complex specialization, and you want to make sure that you select a doctor who can offer you high-quality care.
You’re in luck! A short trip from Santa Clara to Los Gatos brings you to Dr. Lee Walker, who leads the team at Los Gatos Oral and Facial Surgery, the best choice for medical or dental oral surgery patients in Santa Clara.
Dr. Walker has been practicing oral surgery for more than 15 years, and he has experience with all common oral surgeries—from jaw surgery to correct overbite and underbite issues to sleep apnea treatments, implant dentistry, and more.
In addition, our practice is certified and accredited by the Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the quality of patient care in medical practices across the United States.
Take a look at our services below, and schedule your appointment with us today.
Dr. Lee Walker is a specialist in the field of implant dentistry and maxillofacial surgery. As an expert in the process of surgical dental implantation, he has published numerous articles and given lectures on the subject.
If you’re in Santa Clara and missing one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or accidental injuries, a dental implant may be the right solution for you.
Dental implants are a surgical alternative to devices like dentures and dental bridges. Because dental implants are permanent and mimic the natural form and function of teeth, they’re a cost-effective solution for replacing missing teeth.
The dental implantation process consists of two steps.
First, a post, usually made of titanium, is surgically inserted into your mouth, where the root of your missing tooth used to be. This post functions as a sort of artificial root. Over a period of three to six months, the metal permanently bonds with all of the surrounding tissue, which results in a strong, lasting hold.
Then, a crown is manufactured for your tooth. This crown will be built to imitate the size and shape of your original tooth, usually out of a high-quality ceramic or porcelain material.
The crown is constructed to fit perfectly over the implanted post, and it’s bonded into place with dental adhesive.
The result is a permanent tooth that doesn’t require special care, looks natural and attractive, and will last for the rest of your life with proper oral hygiene habits.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The removal of wisdom teeth is extremely common. Wisdom teeth are the final set of four molars that tend to grow into the mouth between the late teens and early twenties. If they grow in incorrectly, they can cause a wide variety of issues.
Some of these problems include an increased risk of infection, shifting of other teeth, and even damage to the gums or jaw if the tooth is impacted. For these reasons, most people opt to undergo the simple wisdom teeth removal process when their wisdom teeth grow in.
Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the less complex oral surgical procedures. Under anesthesia or IV sedation, the wisdom teeth are extracted by peeling back gum tissue, exposing the bone and root of the tooth. This material is removed, and the tooth itself is extracted from the surrounding gum tissue, which is sutured into place to promote faster healing.
Recovery usually takes less than a week. By using minimally invasive techniques, offering comprehensive patient aftercare, and providing helpful recovery tips, the team at Los Gatos Oral and Facial Surgery can help you recover quickly from your procedure, so you can get back to your normal life.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Obstructive sleep apnea is usually treated without surgery. In this condition, excess soft tissue in the mouth and throat relaxes during sleep, blocking the airway and resulting in periodic loss of airflow during sleep.
Generally, a non-surgical solution such as a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine or an oral appliance can be used to treat sleep apnea. These devices help keep the airway open during sleep.
However, in more severe cases of sleep apnea, surgery may be required. Excessive soft tissue in the mouth or throat may need to be removed, or jaw surgery may be necessary to correct an extreme overbite that results in airway blockage.
If your physician believes that surgery may be an appropriate treatment for your sleep apnea, schedule an appointment at our practice in Santa Clara. Dr. Walker will help you understand available surgical treatment options, and he’ll recommend the treatment that’s appropriate for your particular condition.
With a focus on modern, minimally invasive tissue removal techniques, we specialize in reducing patient discomfort and providing you with the surgical solution you need to manage your sleep apnea.
Bone grafting is typically recommended for dental patients who have insufficient natural, healthy bone to support a dental implant. Bone loss can be caused by tooth decay or tooth loss, prolonged wear of dentures, and periodontal disease.
A bone graft is used to implant bone material into your jaw, where it will slowly bond to the surrounding jaw tissue. This strengthens the bone enough to be able to accept a dental implant.
So, if you’re interested in a dental implant in Santa Clara, but have low bone density in your jaw, a bone graft from Dr. Lee Walker may be the right solution for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Walker, and you can discuss your treatment options and whether or not you should have a bone graft.
Patient-Focused Care with a Personal Touch: Come to Los Gatos Oral and Facial Surgery in the Santa Clara area!
At our advanced oral surgery practice, we believe in treating each and every one of our patients individually. Each surgery is unique, whether it’s a routine tooth extraction or a more complicated procedure.
With customized treatment plans, an informative approach to oral surgery, and a friendly attitude, Dr. Lee Walker and the team at Los Gatos Oral and Facial Surgery can provide the best level of patient care in all of Santa Clara.
Contact us today at (408) 412-8400 for an appointment.