Oral and maxillofacial surgery requires additional years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Lyu manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. Dr. Lyu practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to corrective jaw surgery. This also includes techniques designed to rebuild bone structure with minimal surgical intervention and optimal patient comfort. Our office can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and fractures.
Dr. Peter Lyu was born in Seoul, South Korea. In 1999, he graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. After graduation, he started his 6-year residency training at the University of Kentucky, School of Dentistry and at the Chandler Medical Center. Upon completion of his residency training in 2005, he relocated to the Bay Area. He has been in practice at 450 Sutter for the last 10 years developing relationships among the local dentists in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
After tooth extraction, if the walls of the socket are very thick, they will usually fill naturally with bone in two to three months. However, when the walls of your socket are very thin (such as in your upper and lower front teeth), this type of healing will not be as predictable. In these situations, a bone graft is often placed at the time of tooth extraction to help your body fill in the empty socket with bone. This step will maintain the width and volume of bone you will need for implant placement several months later.
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