Oral Surgery Specialist

Legacy Dental Care

Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in Woodbridge, VA

It may be daunting to learn that you require oral surgery, but there’s nothing to be nervous about — surgical intervention is often the best approach for many common dental problems and oral health issues, including bothersome wisdom teeth and extensive tooth decay. At Legacy Dental Care in Woodbridge, Virginia, experienced oral surgeon Sowmya Punaji, DDS, provides expert surgical care you can trust. Call the office for a consultation.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery? 


Oral surgery is one of nine specialty areas of dentistry. Dentists who are trained in this area know how to evaluate, diagnose, and surgically treat oral health problems that affect the hard and soft tissues of your mouth.

Oral surgery isn’t like most other types of surgery, in that it doesn’t involve a hospital stay, general anesthesia, or a lengthy recovery period. Instead, it’s typically performed right in the dental office with the aid of a local anesthetic, and most procedures require minimal recovery time. 

Oral surgery can be as simple as a routine tooth extraction or implant placement, or it can be as complex as a total jaw realignment or post-injury reconstruction. 

Why might I need oral surgery? 

As an experienced oral surgeon, Dr. Punaji has the training, skill, and experience to address a complete range of oral and maxillofacial problems. Common reasons for oral surgery include:

Tooth extraction

As one of the most common oral surgery procedures, surgical tooth extraction is usually used to address severely infected teeth that can’t be saved with a root canal; it’s also used to take remove bothersome wisdom teeth that are impacted, or remain beneath the gums. 

Root canal therapy

For an infected tooth that doesn’t respond to traditional root canal therapy, endodontic surgery can often save the affected tooth. This type of surgery uses highly advanced technology and techniques to ensure a quick, comfortable procedure and optimal outcome. 

Implant placement

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jawbone and capped with a porcelain crown to replace a missing tooth. Dental implant placement is one of the most common forms of oral restoration surgery. 

Jaw misalignment

Misaligned jaws, or jaws that don’t fit together properly, can affect your bite function as well as your appearance. Fortunately, most jaw alignment problems can be corrected surgically. 

What can I expect following oral surgery?

Although most oral surgeries don’t require extensive post-procedural downtime, you can expect to experience some degree of swelling and minor discomfort for 24-48 hours. During this initial phase of healing and recovery, you should rest and avoid strenuous activities.

The secondary healing phase that follows may be as short as one week, as is the case with most tooth extraction procedures, or longer than a month, as is often the case with dental implant placement surgery or corrective jaw surgery.  

To find out what you can expect from oral surgery, call Legacy Dental Care today to schedule an appointment.