Oral Surgery

Nancy Trinh DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in San Jose, CA

Most oral health problems respond to conservative, minimally invasive treatments, but sometimes oral surgery is necessary. At Trinh Dental in San Jose, California, Nancy Trinh, DDS, Tracy Trinh, DDS, and the team perform several types of oral surgery, including root canals, extractions, and smile reconstruction. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Oral Surgery Q&A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery refers to various procedures designed to correct problems with your teeth, gums, or jaws. It uses special tools and surgical instruments to minimize pain, prevent damage, and restore your mouth to a healthy condition.

What are some issues that can benefit from oral surgery?

There are a variety of mouth-related health problems that can benefit from oral surgery, including:

  • Pain caused by TMJ
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Misaligned jaws
  • Damage or inflammation of your tooth pulp

You might also benefit from oral surgery if you’re missing some or all of your teeth. Procedures like smile reconstruction can restore your smile to its near-original condition, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak confidently.

What are some common types of oral surgery?

At Trinh Dental, the team offers the following types of oral surgery:

Root canals

Root canal therapy is a type of oral surgery used to address inflamed or damaged tooth pulp. The pulp is the soft center of your tooth; it contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue but isn’t necessary for a tooth’s survival. 

During a root canal, your dentist makes an access hole in your affected tooth, removes the pulp, and fills it with a material called gutta-percha. They cap your tooth with a crown, preserving your tooth while preventing further damage.


An extraction is a type of oral surgery used to remove your wisdom teeth or a decaying, impacted, or severely damaged tooth. During a surgical extraction, your dentist makes an incision in your gum line to access your tooth. They then split it up into several sections and carefully remove each piece with forceps.

Smile reconstruction

Smile reconstruction is a type of oral surgery used to improve your smile’s appearance and function. Typically, this includes different restorations such as crowns and bridges, extractions, and, if necessary, dental implants.

The team at Trinh Dental doesn’t place dental implants themselves, but they can refer you to a periodontist nearby who does. They create the final restoration once the implant surgery is complete.

From what type of oral surgery might I benefit?

The type of oral surgery that most benefits you depends on your oral health history and goals for treatment. Following an in-office exam and digital X-rays, the team at Trinh Dental can develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

To learn more about oral surgery, schedule an appointment at Trinh Dental. Call the office or book online today.