Bone Grafting in Northern VA
Bone Grafting in Northern VA
While often overlooked, the jaw bone is a critical component to the overall health of the smile. When compromised by tooth loss, advanced periodontal disease, or dental decay, patients run the risk of losing bone tissue. Known as bone resorption, this process can have serious consequences for the rest of the smile, ultimately damaging the aesthetics, health, and function of the dentition.
Bone Grafting Treatment
In Lorton, Springfield & Mt Vernon, Dr. Snehal Patel offers comprehensive bone grafting treatment for patients who’ve experienced jaw bone loss. By integrating advanced diagnostic technologies throughout the treatment process, our Northern Virginia oral surgeon provides patients with planned results and improved smiles.
Photo shows oral surgeon using bone grafting materials.
The Process of Bone Grafting
Creating a strategic bone grafting treatment plan starts with an in-depth assessment of the jaw. At Lorton Springfield Dental Implants & Oral Surgery, we utilize cone beam imaging to capture the entire dentition, highlighting areas of resorption and allowing our oral surgeon to create a precise surgical plan.
During the consultation, we’ll also determine the most comfortable grafting material for your jaw. This can include:
On the day of surgery, patients visit the nearest practice for treatment. While it is not necessary to undergo sedation for bone grafting surgery, we do offer oral and IV dental sedation to help patients remain relaxed. Following treatment, patients return home with a set of personalized recovery instructions. Most patients can return to their regular routines by the next day and will visit our practice for an appointment the following week.
Lorton, Springfield & Mt Vernon Dental Implants & Oral Surgery offers a number of specialty oral and maxillofacial procedures in our offices. For more information about bone grafting in Northern Virginia, contact us today. With locations in Lorton, Springfield & Mt Vernon, Dr. Patel and his team are proud to welcome patients from throughout Northern Virginia, including the communities of Fairfax, Lorton, Annandale, and Alexandria.
The Consequences of Bone Loss
The jaw bone can be considered the foundation of the smile, as it provides support to both the teeth and gums. Likewise, teeth roots help encourage healthy bone density, ensuring a strong bite. When teeth are missing or extracted, this important stimulation is lost, causing the bone to deteriorate.
Bone resorption can have serious consequences for the smile, including tooth loss, gum tissue decay, facial sagging, as well as difficulty performing basic oral functions. With this in mind, restoring bone tissue as well as encouraging bone growth is critical to fully restoring the smile. As a result, bone grafting and dental implant placement is often the recommended combination for patients with extensive bone resorption.
Video 00:25 | Mandibular Jaw, bone recession after losing teeth. Medically accurate dental 3D animation shows an edentulous (lacking teeth) person after several years and the resulting changes to facial appearance with jaw bone loss.
Our oral surgeons have the experience and credentials you should look for when seeking oral surgery.
Dr. Patel is both a dentist and a physician, completing both his dental and medical degrees at Columbia University. Dr. Patel was also part of one of the first teams involved in CT guided dental implant placement at Columbia University.
Dr. Jungwirth pursued his love of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by completing an internship and residency at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, a program known across the country for its superb clinical training.
Dr. Kim is an accomplished oral surgeon who has extensive experience in treating a wide range of patients in connection with their oral and maxillofacial needs. She appreciates every patient’s individuality and adapts her treatment based on their unique situation and progress.
Less than 1% of 704,000+ dentists worldwide are Board Certified Oral Surgeons who have earned ABOMS Diplomate credentials.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Patel, Dr. Jungwirth & Dr. Kim average up to 20x the amount of continuing education credit hours required by the State of Virginia per licensing period.
Oral Surgeons serving the Northern Virginia area with locations in Lorton, Springfield & Mt Vernon, Virginia.
Regular dental cleanings are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile. However, certain dental and facial conditions require more comprehensive care. Oral & maxillofacial surgery refers to a number of surgical dental procedures that treat a wide array of conditions that affect the head, neck, face, and jaw.
Lorton, Springfield & Mt Vernon Dental Implants & Oral Surgery are specialty dental offices in Northern Virginia that focus solely on providing oral and maxillofacial procedures. Our state-of-the-art offices are equipped to provide comprehensive dental surgery solutions for patients with diverse needs. From wisdom teeth extraction to dental implant placement, Lorton oral surgeon Dr. Snehal Patel is committed to helping patients gain healthy, fully functional smiles.
What are Common Oral Surgery Procedures?
While most patients are familiar with common procedures as wisdom teeth extraction, few are fully aware of the number of treatments that are considered oral surgery. Routine procedures, such as impacted/dead tooth removal, dental implant placement, and bone grafting are fairly common oral surgeries patients may encounter throughout their lifetime.
In addition to these common procedures, experienced oral surgeons may be called on for the following procedures:
Who can Perform Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeries?
While some general dentists may offer treatments such as tooth extraction, it is recommended that patients visit an experienced oral surgeon for all upcoming dental surgeries. In addition to general dental school, specialized oral surgeons must complete a minimum four year hospital-based surgical residency program followed by annual recertification. As a result, oral surgeons are highly trained, highly qualified specialists with a unique understanding of the face and mouth.
Snehal Patel, DDS
Dr. Patel is both a dentist and a physician, completing both his dental and medical degrees at Columbia University. He finished his residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. During his training, he participated with Healing the Children in the countries of Colombia and Ecuador treating children with cleft lips and palates. Dr. Patel was also part of one of the first teams involved in CT guided dental implant placement at Columbia University. Dr. Patel was born and raised in Philadelphia and went to Boston University for college. Dr. Patel and his wife enjoy spending time together and enjoy traveling.
- Boston University
- Columbia University (DDS & MD)
- Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
- American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID)
- Diplomate – American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS)
Michael Jungwirth, DMD
Dr. Michael Jungwirth was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and grew up in Keene, New Hampshire. He graduated first in his class at the University of Tennessee with a degree in neuroscience and associate research. During his undergraduate studies Dr. Jungwirth pursued his passion for the advancement of medical science by performing molecular and cellular biology research and publishing two manuscripts. He was also awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, a C.W. Fite Fellowship for Outstanding Professional Promise, and the William Harris III Undergraduate Research Award.
From there he attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he continued his passion for research and patient care. He received the Harvard Odontological Society Award for Excellence in Research, the Dr. Paul E. Boyle Award For Excellence in the Field of Oral Pathology, and several grants for his research on non-endothelial origin of midpalatal suture osteoblasts. Throughout his time at Harvard Dental School, Dr. Jungwirth made sure to give back to the community by serving as the treasurer for Operation Mouth Guard, an organization that provided mouth guards for underprivileged athletes. He also co-founded the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Introduction to Dentistry Course in order to inspire and guide the next generation of dental professionals.
Following his dental medicine training, Dr. Jungwirth pursued his love of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by completing an internship and residency at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, a program known across the country for its superb clinical training. He was honored to serve patients of all racial, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds and make a difference in the community. He had the opportunity to serve as Chief Resident at University Hospital while training in Newark, New Jersey. He trained in full scope Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery including implants, dentoalveolar, pathology, cosmetics, trauma, and TMJ surgery.
Dr. Jungwirth is excited to serve Northern Virginia at Lorton, Springfield & Mt Vernon Dental Implant and Oral Surgery. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his family and friends, hiking, skiing and travelling.
- University of Tennessee Health Science Center
- Harvard School of Dental Medicine
- Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Facing Oral Surgery? Call our Oral Surgeons Today!
While some oral surgeons only accept referrals from general dentists, Dr. Patel and his team welcome self-referred and referral patients. Regardless of the treatment you need, our oral surgeon will work closely with your general dentist to plan upcoming surgery and follow-up care. For more information about getting a referral or scheduling an appointment, contact us. We look forward to treating you!