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Oral Surgery Specialist

First Smile Dental

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, VA

While most people wouldn’t choose to have oral surgery for the fun of it, it’s a very necessary and helpful part of dentistry. Having an understanding of what it is and what it can do can help alleviate some of the negative thoughts that may go along with it, and form a clearer idea of how beneficial it can be. Keehong Kwon, DDS, and Erika Mogrovejo, DDS, and the team at First Smile Dental in Alexandria, Virginia, has extensive experience performing numerous oral surgeries for their patients. To learn more, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

Taking the time to practice good oral care habits such as brushing and flossing every day is important to maintain the health of your mouth in the long run. However, even with the best practices, sometimes additional help is needed. 

Oral surgery is a very important part of dentistry that can address a wide variety of both small and large problems. Oral surgery is a term that’s used to describe many different surgical procedures performed in or around your mouth. 

Each oral surgery is different based on what it is intended to achieve, but all are performed by a dentist who is specially trained to perform oral surgery. 

What are common oral surgeries?

There are many different kinds of oral surgery aimed at solving many different issues. However, there are some oral surgeries that are more common, including:

Impacted teeth:

Impacted teeth occur when you have an overcrowded mouth or when your teeth grow in too close to each other. When this happens, it can cause pain and a variety of other problems. It may be necessary to remove these teeth through surgery. 

Wisdom tooth removal, which is necessary due to overcrowding when wisdom teeth grow in, is one of the most well-known oral surgeries. 

Dental implants:

While many surgeries involve removing overcrowded, damaged, or diseased teeth, sometimes oral surgery is necessary to replace missing teeth. Dental implant surgery is a process that installs a strong, long-term replacement tooth where the previous tooth went missing or was removed. 

Jaw surgery: 

There are many types of surgery that aim to correct common jaw issues, including TMJ disorders, unequal jaw growth or alignment, and improved denture fit.

These are just a few of the conditions that oral surgery can treat. The team at First Smile Dental will determine whether or not oral surgery is right for you. 

What can I expect at my appointment?

Each oral surgery is different and will entail different preparation and recovery care. General or local sedation is used with most surgeries to minimize your pain during the procedure, and pain care following the surgery could involve over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. 

Regardless of which surgery you receive, the expert team at First Smile Care discusses the surgery in detail and takes the time to answer any questions you may have, so you know exactly what to expect. 

To learn more about oral surgery and whether it may be right for you, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment with the team at First Smile Dental.