Frequently Asked Questions

What is Oral Surgery?

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 Dental Implants & Oral Surgery is a specialty dental office in Northern Virginia that focuses solely on providing oral and maxillofacial procedures. Our state-of-the-art office is 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:

  • Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Repair
  • Facial Infection
  • Facial Trauma Repair
  • TMJ Disorder/Sleep Apnea Treatment
  • Oral Cancer Biopsies

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.

Facing Oral Surgery? Call our Lorton Oral Surgeon 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, visit our contact page. We look forward to treating you!