Dr. Kirk Yen

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
San Jose
40 years experience male

Locations

Kirk K Yen, DDS, Inc.

San Jose

Address

1660 Willow Street, Suite t, San Jose
Directions

Fax

4082657532

About

Bio

Practiced Oral and Maxillofacial Sugery since 1983. Same location since 1985. Private office setting in a dental professional building near Willow Glen district. All aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery are offered.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 26-year-old female asked:
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Arthritic changes: The disc acts as a cushion between the jaw joint and the fossa and aids in movement of the joint. If the disc is displaced, usually in the anterior d... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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Depends on time: If the sutures are monofilament it is possible that the sutures can be 'buried' in the tissue. Usually it is time dependent. If there is no inflamma... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
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Autologous graft: Silicon is usually not used since it is not durable enough to withstand the constant motion of the jaw. If the disc needs replacement , usually harve... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
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See your dentist: Dentures not only have to fit but function harmoniously. If one area is hitting first, it causes the dentures to become unstable. Other causes incl... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
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Limited options: If your mandible is small, it is an anatomical condition. The mandible is usually positioned back so you may have a receded chin also. If the discre... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
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Not often: 'Thee root canal is used to remove the mostly necrotic tissue and nerve from the tooth which causes pain/swelling. Depending on amount of infec... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
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Depends: A fistula that is draining pus is usually due to infection from the tooth or gum disease. Usually it is chronic & your immune system will try to ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
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Evaluation: Have regular check up with dentist. If a tooth is structurally weak, it can be reinforced with restoration which is typically a crown. Other restorati... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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Evaluation : It may be viral or your body's reaction to allergic substance. It also maybe your body's immune system damaging your body. Have it checked and possibl... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
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Keep next appt.: Sometimes the spot may be due to position of the x-ray or bone marrow space enlargement. In absence of problems, i.e. Swelling, pain, etc., it is sen... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Low on hydration: Wisdom teeth removal will limit the amount of fluids and nutritional intake mainly due to pain on moving your jaw. You will feel fatigue and weakness... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
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Regular checkup: Even with good oral hygiene care,, there maybe some areas of your mouth that you may miss. By seeing your dentist regularly, he will be able to see if... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
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Why extract?: Was the cavity cavity so extensive that the dentist recommend removal? Was it a cosmetic issue that you want to have a more cosmetic crown. Discuss th... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
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Bleeding gums: mucosa bleeding is bleeding of gum tissue. This can come from gum disease , bleeding between teeth and gum tissue. Other types of bleeding can be due ... Read More
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A male asked:
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Depends: Prescription given is based on the clinical evaluation and judgement of the treating doctor.The described tooth is below the gum line and suggests tha... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
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Tell surgeon : You have been given antibiotics to help your body's immune system fight the infection. Your body might have been able to fight the infection without t... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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Timing : Sometimes the orthodontist need to start the tooth movement as soon as teeth are removed. Sometimes without braces placed, patient may delay treatment... Read More
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A female asked:
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Have it evaluated : There are many causes for the pain. It can be related to your teeth, mostly your wisdom teeth. Other teeth, usually the back teeth, can cause the sam... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
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Degree of difficulty: Removal of teeth's degree of difficulty depends on the density of the surrounding bone, how curved the roots are, number of roots, how badly broken do... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
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See your doctor : Getting bigger is a concern. It may just be blood expressed into the tissue. Did you have trauma to your lip prior to the appearance? It could also ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
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Evaluate asap: The symptoms you are experiencing can be due to many factors such as surgical pain, medication, or presence of infection. Best to have an evaluation ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
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TMJ evaluation : Your jaw should be evaluated by a TMJ specialist, usually a dentist with special interest in this field. The mouth guard may make the pain worse since... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
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See your dentist : The blister is usually due to inflammation and infection. There are other causes such as viral infection. See your dentist so an evaluation and trea... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
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Be gentle : Like other wounds in the body, keep it clean. Gentle rinsing with salt water, 1/2 tsp of salt with one cup of warm water and rinse 3 to 4 times a day.... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
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Normal healing: Depending on the position of the wisdom tooth, size, and amount of exposure prior to extraction, the time it takes the soft tissue around the extracti... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
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Better or worse?: Typically after surgery, the surgical pain lasts a few days then it progressively gets better. The trend is to have less and less discomfort from dec... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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Tell your surgeon: Tell your surgeon during consultation. There are ways to ensure you can breath but the surgeon has to be aware so he/she can prepare for it. Rest a... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
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Supernumerary tooth: once a tooth is removed, it does not grow back. Most likely an extra tooth developed close to the removed tooth called supernumerary tooth. The most c... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Be gentle: Usually minor trauma to the gum will heal without any treatment. Just be gentle with it. Avoid brushing the gum area and avoid hot , spicy, or acidi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Upper or lower jaw: Upper jaw surgery will involve the sinus and the nasal cavity. Stuffy nasal congestion and drainage will occur and subside over the next week or two.... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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AHA protocol : Compression rate 100 to 130 per minute. Give 6 to 8 breaths per minute.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
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See your dentist: The symptoms you are feeling are consistent with inflammation of the gum tissue. This can be irritation from erupting wisdom tooth or from debris whi... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
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The shape of the bone where the muscles are attached changes slightly depending on amount of usage and the amount of force on the bone from muscle at... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
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Get a second opinion. It may just be trauma to area and a hematoma which does resolve slowly. If it is persistent or becomes larger seek the second ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
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ENT consult: There are many vital structures in the neck region. Trauma related injuries are usually limited in size and duration of one week or less. If the pai... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
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Keep it clean: It usually takes 3 to 4 weeks for the extraction socket to heal well. If you can rinse the food debris without problems, it is probably safe to chew ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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Dentigerous cyst: When a tooth has not erupted into your mouth it has a 'sac' around it. If it does not erupt, there is a chance that the sac will enlarge. If it is s... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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Wait about 3 weeks : Wait about 3 weeks to see if the tissue flap is due to swelling. If this flap of tissue does not reduce in size or resolve, have it checked by the de... Read More
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A female asked:
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Type of injury: The type of medicine depends on what caused the inflammation. Is it due to mechanical, chemical, hot liquids, abscess, etc.? Treatment varies depend... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
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Trauma/muscle spasm: Lock jaw has several causes. The two most prevalent are related to the jaw joint or muscles that causes jaw function. Traumatic injury, such as whip... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
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Draining fistula: When root canal for a tooth is needed it means that the nerve inside the tooth is abscessed, or infected. It usually starts as a toothache and progre... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
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Be gentle & wait: Dry socket is usually due to loss of blood clot covering the exposed bone and tissue. Over time this clot is replaced by healing tissue that covers th... Read More
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A female asked:
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See your surgeon: It is usually due to soft tissue tissue difference. If the chewing muscles on one side is used more often for chewing, it can be bigger when compared... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
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Depends on problem : It depends on what kind of problem you are having. Suspicion of infection, bony sequestration, or other problems will require different types of x-ray... Read More
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A member asked:
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Have it checked : Have it Checked on your next appointment with your ddentist. There is an orifice on both cheeks where the saliva flows out. The surrounding tissue may... Read More
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A male asked:
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Brush it: Discoloration of the tongue can have many causes. Some are from taking certain medications such as steroid inhalers, antibiotics, and other medicatio... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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Routine practice: The procedure of removing multiple teeth especially premolars are usually done in one office visit. This limits the pain to one time not multiple time... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
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Joint trauma: Dislocation of the jaw induced trauma to the joint. This can cause stiffness of the joint. The trauma from wisdom teeth removal can cause limited ope... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
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Use after brushing: Antibacterial action of the mouthwash is most effective if plaque/food debris is minimal. The most effective way to reduce bacteria is with brushing a... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
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CBCT helps: For upper molars, the height of the bone is limited due to the sinus. Sometimes a regular film is sufficient to see if sinus bone graft is needed. ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Mar 22, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Sep 17, 2017
A dedicated Oral Surgeon with to the point and knowledgeable answers.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Yen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I now have a periodontal appn't set for this Thursday. An apicoectomy done 2 months ago by endodontist failed, in Florida. Too bad. It also cost $2,400. I have to again ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Saw the perio at a cleaning a few days ago. He was upset with me. I will still see the endo tomorrow for a root canal retreat. Maybe it will work. Maybe an apico will. T...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I'll be seeing the restorative dentist this Friday and will ask about this issue and options. This is before any implanting is done by perio dds.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at Houston, TX
Graduated 1983MD

Residency

University of Texas at Houston

Awards

Top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Third Place, California - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, the San Jose Region - Spring
2017
Top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Second Place, California - Spring
2017
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