Laurel L. Trotter, DDS -  - Dentist

Artistic Center for Dentistry

Laurel L. Trotter, DDS

Dentist located in Santa Monica, CA

Oral Surgery

Dr. Trotter helps patients in the Santa Monica, CA, area get the best possible care and treatment for a wide array of conditions requiring oral surgery, using state-of-the-art techniques so patients enjoy optimal outcomes and quick recovery.

Oral Surgery

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery includes procedures that help repair or restore teeth, gums, bone and other tissues that have been damaged due to trauma or decay. It's also used to correct congenital defects or repair and restore tissues following surgery, and to treat some types of oral cancer.

What are some common oral surgery procedures?

Oral surgery includes many procedures, such as:

  • wisdom tooth removal

  • dental implants

  • treatment of tempomandibular joint disorder

  • repair of oral and facial injuries

  • biopsy and lesion removal

  • cleft palate repair

  • treatments for apnea and snoring

  • bone grafting

  • complex extractions

Will I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Not necessarily; many people have “normal,” healthy wisdom teeth that do not need to be removed. But in other cases, wisdom teeth may be too crowded to erupt properly, coming in sideways or becoming “stuck” under the gum line and ultimately causing pain and crowding. Even when wisdom teeth are normal, they can be very difficult to clean, providing ideal spots for bacteria, plaque and even tartar to form. As a result, many people still choose to have their wisdom teeth out so they don't cause problems like decay or gum disease.

How are extractions performed?

That depends in part on where the tooth is located. Some teeth can be extracted simply by grasping the tooth firmly and wiggling it back and forth to loosen the roots, eventually allowing the tooth to be carefully removed from its socket. Other teeth, such as those that have broken off or are impacted may need to be broken apart before they can be successfully removed. No matter which approach is used, today's modern techniques and pain relieving products ensure discomfort is kept to a minimum.

Insurance and Finance Options

Dr. Trotter accepts most major insurance plans. CareCredit is also available. Apply here.

For questions regarding payment options, please feel free to call the office.

Aetna
Ameritas
Blue Cross
Cigna
Connection Dental
Delta Dental
Dental Health Alliance
Guardian
Humana
Principal Financial Group
Location
Artistic Center for Dentistry
1531 6th Street, Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-819-9545
Fax: 310-393-2307
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310-819-9545