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Why An Oral Surgeon?

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Choosing the right professional means experiencing a quality oral healthcare 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 as opposed to seeing a regular dentist.

What Is An OMS (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon)?

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

Dr. Vigliante, Dr. Gocke, and Dr. McAdams are thoroughly qualified and trained to perform complex restorative surgical procedures to save lives in the event of a serious accident. Their experience and training mean that their skills are a perfect mix of art and science.

Why Choose An Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeon?

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.

All of our oral surgeons at Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts are board-certified and serve the Northern Virginia and D.C. communities. They provide fine care to help you smile.


Schedule your consultation with Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts today.

Meet Doctor

Craig Vigliante, MD, DMD

Dr. Vigliante became interested in oral surgery after having double jaw surgery for his open bite. Since then, he’s dedicated himself to showing his patients the highest level of care possible. He’s certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and holds medical and dental licenses in Virginia. 

What Our Patients Say


“I felt welcomed and valued from the second I walked in the door to the moment I left. Every person I interacted with- from the front desk staff, to the surgical assistants, and even the doctor himself- was kind, informative, and helpful. I had my wisdom teeth removed on Friday and was back to work with only a mild and easily manageable headache on Monday. They gave clear instructions on how to prevent infection and dry socket, and even called to check up on me the day of and week after my procedure! I strongly recommend this office to anyone who is searching for the services they offer.

Jacquelyn Candito


“Everyone was super nice, friendly, and courteous. The office is clean and modern. Everyone was professional and seemed pretty organized. I got to watch Netflix laying down while I waited as well. The staff was nice enough to even switch it to a show I recommended!! Also, there are snacks and drinks available for your drivers waiting on you. As someone who is wary of going to the dentist, it was a great experience and I’d recommend this place! Cute valentines day decorations when I was there too!”

Amy Vu

Experienced Oral Surgeons Serving the DC Metro Area


Dr. Vigliante, Dr. Gocke and Dr. McAdams are board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons thoroughly qualified to perform complex restorative surgical procedures, no matter the circumstance, for patients in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Their experience and training have given them an unmatched skill set balanced between art and science. You can be confident in choosing Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts for your oral surgery needs.