Just the words “oral surgery” are enough to make many Ashburn, Virginia, residents cringe. The topic may bring up images of an operating room and a lengthy surgical process. In reality, most procedures can be accomplished right in your dentist’s office. At My Ashburn Dentist, men, women, and children have access to numerous oral surgery options to address a wide range of issues. Schedule a dental exam by calling or using the online scheduling tool, and let My Ashburn Dentist evaluate whether oral surgery could improve your overall dental health.


Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is any dental procedure in which the protective barrier of your gum tissue is breached. The term encompasses a wide range of procedures, some of which are more complex than others.

Common oral surgery procedures include:

  • Tooth extraction
  • Dental implants
  • Removal of wisdom teeth
  • Biopsy or removal of cancerous tissue
  • Treatment of facial infections

All oral surgery is performed using the highest standards of sterilization, and by highly trained professionals who are skilled in all aspects of oral surgery.


When do teeth need to be extracted?

Tooth extraction is the most common type of oral surgery. There are numerous reasons why one or more teeth might require surgical removal.

Some issues that could require surgical tooth extraction include:

  • Advanced decay
  • A fractured root
  • Trauma to the tooth that’s beyond repair
  • Baby teeth that haven’t fallen out on their own
  • Wisdom teeth that are impacted or partially erupted
  • Space for orthodontic treatment

Dr. Rusznak completes a thorough dental exam before determining whether tooth extraction is necessary, and discusses the reasons for the procedure with you, as well as any other options.


Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, are the last teeth to develop as you enter adulthood. Researchers believe that wisdom teeth are a remnant of our distant past, when our ancestors had to rely on strong teeth to grind down nuts and seeds.

Today, it’s not uncommon for wisdom teeth to become trapped in our gumline. Without sufficient room to emerge in a healthy configuration, your wisdom teeth can become impacted between your gum tissue and jawbone.

That can lead to pain, swelling, and even infection of the surrounding gum tissue. These symptoms can be relieved by surgically removing your wisdom teeth and relieving that pressure. Wisdom teeth extraction is a safe, common procedure with minimal recovery time.

If you’re experiencing pain in your jaw, contact My Ashburn Dentist today to schedule an exam. Oral surgery may be the best way to restore proper, painless dental function.