When choosing dental care, patients may not completely understand the difference between most dental professionals. However, choosing the right professional can be the difference between a quality care package that not only treats the issues correctly but also makes the process as comfortable as possible. There is a very big difference between an oral surgeon and a general dentist. See why choosing a professional oral and maxillofacial surgeon is sometimes necessary, and what patients can expect vs. seeing a regular dentist.

What Is an OMS (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon)?

Oral surgeons are the specialists in face, mouth, and jaw surgery. Not only do they receive better training, but their specialties range much further than a regular dentist. Cosmetic oral surgery is a very complicated and fast-moving field, oral surgeons are required to keep at the forefront of their practice, and that means constantly learning how to use new techniques and new technologies at a very rapid pace.

In the Northern Virginia area, no one can match Dr. Gocke. He is thoroughly qualified and trained to perform complex restorative and cosmetic surgical procedures to save lives in the event of a serious accident and to enhance natural beauty. His experience and training mean that his skills are a perfect mix of art and science.

Why Choose an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Northern Virginia dentists often refer to an oral surgeon when their dental patients need minor or major surgical intervention around mouth, face and neck areas. Patients won’t often see an oral surgeon right away if they have minor dental needs, and most routine maintenance can be performed by a dentist. However, if a patient needs more work, they will often need to contact an oral surgeon themselves or receive a referral from their dentist.

Oral Surgeons are held to a much higher standard of training and experience. Their qualifications are greater in nearly every way:

  • Four more years of schooling and training in surgical techniques after dental school. Oral surgeons often spend this much time in a real surgical environment as part of a hospital, and they specifically practice oral surgeries during this time to hone their craft and learn all of the additional techniques necessary.
  • Advanced training in local and IV sedation. Sedation is an entire skill on its own. Patients may have heard of doctors known as anesthesiologists, and although oral surgeons seldom utilize anesthesia, the practice of administering and monitoring sedatives during surgery is a finely tuned skill that requires training.
  • Hospital-grade advanced operating room technology. Oral surgeons spend a lot of time in hospitals, and as such learn to use the technologies available at the forefront of their practice.
  • Hundreds of hours of continuing education and up-to-date techniques.

Conditions Treated By an Oral Surgeon

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Tooth and Bone Loss

TMJ Disorders

Complex Tooth Extractions

Facial Trauma and Injuries

Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. M. Timothy Gocke, specialist in oral surgery for Northern Virginia patients, is a leader in their field. He carries Virginia Oral, Facial, and Implant Surgery to provide the finest care with the highest qualifications. His attention is not divided among all the evolving dental procedures possible; his focus is on surgery, and cosmetic/rehabilitative reconstruction, and thus his care is second-to-none.

To schedule a consultation with our oral surgeons, contact our office in the Northern Virginia area at (703) 388-2805.