Wisdom Teeth Removal in Northern Virginia
Our oral surgeons have the experience and credentials you should look for when seeking wisdom teeth removal.
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 and Dr. Jungwirth average up to 20x the amount of continuing education credit hours required by the State of Virginia per licensing period.
Serving the Northern Virginia area with locations in Lorton, Springfield and Mt Vernon, Virginia.
For many patients, the development of wisdom teeth is an uncomfortable part of growing up. In Lorton, Springfield & Mt Vernon, oral surgeons Dr. Snehal Patel and Dr. Michael Jungwirth offer wisdom tooth removal for patients throughout Northern Virginia. From the first visit to every appointment afterward, our team helps patients grow into healthy, beautiful smiles.
Video 05:12 | Wisdom Teeth Treatment Explained.
Find information about wisdom teeth below including the costs to remove wisdom teeth and more.
Snehal Patel, DDS, MD
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
Wisdom Teeth Removal Costs
Self pay option for wisdom teeth can range anywhere from $1500-$4000 depending on the level of impaction of the teeth, and if you choose general anesthesia or not.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop in a smile, typically emerging when patients reach their late teens to early twenties. For some patients, these new teeth emerge without issue, fitting comfortably in the jaw. However, most patients do not have enough room in the arch to support the development of new molars. Lack of space causes wisdom teeth to grow incorrectly, often pushing neighboring teeth out of the way. This causes crowding, and compromises the alignment of teeth.
Video 04:37 | Having Third Molar Surgery by The American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
The Complications of Wisdom Teeth
Even if you don’t feel them, wisdom teeth can severely damage the surrounding teeth, resulting in serious dental issues. When teeth are moved out of position, new spaces and crevices are created, making it difficult to thoroughly clean and remove plaque from the smile. Your normal bite is also disrupted, compromising the function of teeth.
While some wisdom teeth may never emerge, others may become trapped in the bone or soft tissue. Not only is this very uncomfortable, but impacted wisdom teeth can create spaces for bacteria and debris to become trapped, leading to an increased risk of cavity and gum disease.
To help avoid these complications, our oral surgeons in Northern Virginia recommends proactive wisdom teeth extractions once patients begin experiencing the following symptoms:
Video 00:42 | Patient testimonial about wisdom teeth extraction by Dr. Patel.
With specialty offices located in Lorton, Springfield, & Mt Vernon we proudly service the needs of patients throughout Prince William County, Alexandria, and Annandale. For more information about wisdom teeth removal, call our oral surgeon today and schedule your consultation.
How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth extraction is often a quick outpatient procedure. Patients are first given sedation, then an incision is made the gums above the tooth. If the molar is still trapped within bone tissue, our oral surgeon will remove a small part of the jaw bone in order to reach the tooth. The molar is then cut into smaller pieces for easy removal and the surgery site is closed.
In the days following wisdom teeth extraction, patients can expect some soreness and swelling in the area near the surgical site. While most are able to return to work within the next day, our oral surgeon recommends that individuals take it easy and avoid solid food for the first few days following surgery.
Patient Video Testimonials
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Simple Tooth Extractions
If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced periodontal disease, you may be required to have a tooth extracted. With a simple extraction, the dentist can safely remove the affected tooth without the need for major surgery.
There are numerous situations in which a simple extraction can help alleviate pain or prepare you for another cosmetic or restorative procedure. Some common reasons for extraction include:
How is a tooth extracted?
As a precaution, the dentist will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, to help plan the procedure. After preparing a method of extraction, you will be given a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure. Next, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth. Finally, the dentist will use a pair of forceps, to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the gum tissue. Occasionally, a stubborn tooth will resist the dentist’s soft tug, refusing to come out. In these and more complex cases, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for removal.
Once removed, we will pack gauze into the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down. If necessary, the dentist will place stitches to close the socket.
If you are sick the week prior to your scheduled extraction or on the day of, please contact our office, as alternative arrangements may need to be made. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Video 01:00 | If your tooth is badly decayed and can’t be saved, your dentist may recommend a common surgical procedure called a tooth extraction.