Oral Surgery Specialist

My Woodbridge Dental

Family Dentist located in Woodbridge, VA

If the idea of oral surgery fills you with dread, it’s time to visit My Woodbridge Dental in Woodbridge, Virginia. At her office, Sachi Patel, DDS, blends a warm bedside manner with relaxation techniques like aromatherapy to ensure her patients are as comfortable as possible during oral surgery. Whether you need a tooth extracted or you’re interested in a dental implant, don’t hesitate to call the office, or you can book an appointment online today.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is any surgical procedure that’s performed in your mouth. In most cases, the purpose of oral surgery is to either extract a tooth or teeth or to place a root for a replacement tooth or teeth. 

What should I expect during tooth extraction?

Dr. Patel prioritizes your comfort during every step of your tooth extraction process. She lets you know exactly what to expect during and after the procedure, and she talks with you throughout the procedure to ensure you’re completely numb and comfortable. 

The most common type of tooth extraction is the removal of wisdom teeth. This extra set of molars grows in during late adolescence or early adulthood. It’s common for wisdom teeth to get impacted, meaning they’re unable to fully break through the gums. 

In other cases, there isn’t space in the mouth for the wisdom teeth, and allowing them to grow in would cause tooth crowding, pushing the existing teeth out of alignment. To protect her patients’ smiles, Dr. Patel offers wisdom tooth extraction from the comfort of her office. 

She also extracts one or more teeth that have experienced irreparable damage or decay. This can prepare the patient for a bridge, dental implant, or dentures to replace the removed tooth or teeth, depending on the right solution for that patient. 

How can oral surgery help me replace a missing tooth?

At My Woodbridge Dental, Dr. Patel offers dental implants. These are the longest-lasting, most natural-feeling options for replacement teeth. That’s because they work just like a natural tooth. 

During your dental implant oral surgery, Dr. Patel implants a metal post into your jawbone. You then wait a prescribed amount of time so this post can osseointegrate, meaning your jawbone heals around it, making the rod a new part of your jaw. 

Once the healing is complete, this post serves as the root for your replacement tooth, restoring your smile with a tooth that looks, feels, and functions completely naturally.  

Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a series of teeth. If you have a gap in your smile, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Patel how a dental implant could work for you. 

For comfortable oral surgery, call My Woodbridge Dental or make your appointment online today.