Washington, DC 20037
Fairfax, VA 22030
Our practice offers a number of oral surgery procedures, which are performed by our periodontist. A periodontist is a specialist who treats a number of diseases that affect soft and hard tissues in the oral cavity. When performing any type of oral surgery, we follow strict safety protocols so that our guests enjoy the highest quality care. We also take all necessary measures to ensure patient comfort. For more invasive procedures, patients will receive anesthetic medication. Sedatives may also be used so that those receiving treatment are relaxed and at ease.
Bone grafting is a procedure where bone tissue is surgically bonded to areas where bone mass is sparse. The bone used may be autogenous, meaning it comes from the patient’s own body. Common sources for autogenous bone tissue include the chin, knee, or hip. Bone may be harvested from a tissue bank as well. This source of bone tissue reduces the need for a preliminary procedure to extract bone from the patient’s body. Bone grafting is beneficial to a patient who will be receiving dental implants. In some instances, bone grafting may help correct developmental issues where one jaw is larger than the other or offset the effects of osteoporosis in the jaw.
Ridge augmentation is a specific type of bone grafting procedure that addresses bone loss due to resorption. After tooth loss, the body will absorb bone because the roots of teeth no longer stimulate the jawbone. When bone atrophy occurs, a ridge augmentation can help reshape the jawbone in areas where tissue is sparse such as at the site of empty tooth sockets. This procedure is beneficial to those receiving dental implants as it increases bone density at the site of implantation.
Some patients may receive decortication treatments following bone grafting procedures. This is a specialized treatment and its objective is to accelerate the process of bone regeneration
Impacted teeth are teeth that are unable to erupt through the gum line properly. Instead, they become lodged or “stuck” in the bone and gums. When teeth are impacted, patients tend to develop oral health complications such as abscesses and periodontal disease. Some folks with impacted teeth may have discomfort such as facial/jaw pain and frequent headaches.
The two most common types of teeth that become impacted are third molars (wisdom teeth) and the maxillary cuspid (the upper canine tooth). If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it will be extracted. This means that the entire tooth is surgically removed. The reason wisdom teeth are extracted is because they are not necessary for oral function and there is normally not enough room in the mouth for them to erupt in a healthy position that doesn’t compromise the health of other teeth.
When upper canines are impacted, the crown of the tooth will be exposed through a surgical procedure. These teeth become impacted during the period of tooth transition in childhood. Sometimes the deciduous (baby) teeth do not fall out fast enough and the permanent cuspid is starting to emerge. In this instance, the deciduous tooth is extracted and the maxillary cuspid is exposed. In some cases, following the surgical exposure of an impacted tooth, an orthodontic appliance will be anchored to guide the tooth through the gums and to an upright position.
Osseous surgery is a periodontal treatment used for patients who have advanced gum disease. This procedure is normally prescribed if a patient’s condition has not improved after receiving common periodontal treatments such as scaling and root planing. Osseous surgery involves debriding the root of a tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. Since gum disease attacks bone tissue, the bone surrounding the tooth is smoothed and reshaped. The periodontal tissue above the bone is trimmed so that it meets the tooth above the reshaped bone. Stitches are then used to hold soft tissue in place so that it can heal and reattach to teeth. Osseous surgery can prevent the loss of teeth to periodontal disease along with improving a person’s overall oral health.
Our objective during any surgical procedure is to improve a patient’s oral health and quality of life. We follow strict protocols so that members of our community receive high quality and personalized care.
Patients with emergencies are seen as soon as possible
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Two convenient locations in Fairfax, VA and Washington, DC
All dental services are provided in-house
A bone graft is a procedure where bone (taken from another part of the body or a tissue bank) is transplanted over areas of the jaw that have lost mass. Bone deterioration is a common side effect of periodontal disease and tooth loss. A bone graft can help with the generation of new bone mass. This treatment might be administered to increase a patient’s candidacy for dental implants.
Impacted teeth can produce symptoms including facial pain and tenderness along with headaches. Other symptoms include inflamed or irritated gums, the development of an abscess, or tooth decay. An impacted tooth has many negative effects on oral health and should be treated by a dental professional as soon as possible.
After a tooth extraction, a blood clot forms over the extraction site. This clot is a natural and necessary part of the recovery process. If this clot becomes disturbed, a patient might develop dry socket. This means that the clot is dislodged from the empty tooth socket. Dry socket is painful and it will affect recovery. If a dry socket forms, patients will need to return to our practice so that our dentist can gently reopen the wound to form a new clot.
The price of oral surgery varies based on a number of circumstances. The type of treatment you are receiving as well as whether follow up procedures are necessary affect costs. After a consultation, we will recommend treatment options. Once treatment has been recommended, you can speak with a member of our staff in regards to estimates. When it comes to making payment, we accept many insurers and credit cards. Payment plans and financing are also available for those who qualify.
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