Oral Surgeon vs Periodontist: What Is The Difference? 

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For people in and around the DC Metro area who are in need of dental work – whether for a deep, thorough cleaning or to have a tooth extracted – choosing the right dental specialist for the job is important.  

If you aren’t sure whether you should see an oral surgeon or a periodontist, keep reading as we explain the difference between these two specialists. 

What is an Oral Surgeon? 

First and foremost, oral surgeons like Dr. Vigliante, Dr. Gocke, and Dr. McAdams receive 4-6 additional years of training in an accredited residency program, post-doctoral. They also have extensive training in oral and facial surgery, as well as anesthesia.  

Oral surgeons are also trained medically, meaning they can provide safe and proper care for patients who are medically compromised. 

Our oral surgeons are also board-certified. This gives them the ability to work in the hospital setting when needed and perform emergency surgeries for facial trauma victims. 

For patients who have the following needs, proper care can be provided by Dr. Vigliante, Dr. Gocke, and Dr. McAdams as an oral surgeon: 

Tooth Extractions 

Dental Implants 

Dental Sedation Through IV and General Anesthesia 

Oral Biopsies 

Bone Grafting 

Oral and Facial Trauma and Infections 

Corrective Jaw Surgery 

Pediatric Oral Surgery 

What Does A Periodontist Do? 

Periodontists receive two years of training after they have completed dental school. They specialize in placing dental implants, as well as providing men and women with proper care of the soft and hard tissues in the mouth. 

Most periodontists provide dental care surgically and non-surgically and can help men and women avoid periodontal disease by initiating preventative treatment for patients who are at a higher risk of developing this condition. Northern Virginia patients who have the following needs will benefit from seeing a periodontist: 

Preventative Periodontal Procedures 

Treatment of Gum Disease 

Swelling in and around the jaw. 

Bone Grafting Needed for Dental Implant Placement 

Root Surface Debridement 

Root Planing and Scaling 

Meet Our Oral Surgeons 

Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts has helped patients as an oral surgery practice and a destination for aesthetic care. The extensive training of our surgical team has provided them with experience in the full range of oral and maxillofacial surgeries. 

 Our surgeons use advanced technologies and diagnostics to provide predictable, long-lasting, and natural-looking results. 

Doctors Vigliante, Gocke, and McAdams certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and Dr. Gocke is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.  

These qualifications make our surgical team uniquely qualified to provide our patients with skillful reconstructive procedures. In addition, they are oral surgeons on staff with several area hospitals, including Virginia Hospital Center and INOVA Loudoun and Fair Oaks. 

Call Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts For Your Oral Surgery Needs 

Now that you know the difference between an oral surgeon and a periodontist, we hope you feel confident in making the decision to contact the right specialist. If you’re in need of an oral surgeon our services are just a phone call away. We can help with all of your oral surgery needs. 

Make your appointment for a consultation and we can develop a customized treatment plan just for you. You can reach Virginia Advanced Surgical Arts’ McLean office at (703) 263-8834, Reston office at (571) 595-3223, or Potomac office at (703) 723-5366