Oral Surgeon DC

Oral Surgery

Our oral surgeon in DC, Dr. Ali Pashapour, is a renowned dental surgeon, offering a wide array of oral surgeries and procedures. With extensive training in dental surgery, our Washington DC oral surgeon is highly skilled in treating a variety of dental conditions. Dr. Pashapour offers orthognathic surgery, dental bone grafting, sinus augmentation, canine exposure, crown lengthening, and gum grafting. Additional procedures offered at our practice include frenectomy, facial trauma surgery, sleep apnea treatments, oral screenings & pathology, TMJ treatments, mucocele treatments, and temporary anchorage devices.

Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is commonly referred to as corrective jaw surgery and can treat a misaligned smile due to improper jaw development. Jaw surgery can help create a healthier bite alignment. Orthognathic surgery may be required on the lower jaw, upper jaw, or, in some cases, both for the best results. While some patients may think their misaligned smile is due to the positioning of their teeth, it may be the result of improper jaw development, which requires a skilled oral surgeon to correct. A top oral surgeon in DC, Dr. Pashapour has decades of experience correcting jaw misalignment.

Orthognathic Surgery

Dental Bone Graft

A dental bone graft can help promote bone growth in the jaw and allow for proper healing following oral surgery, such as dental implant surgery. When a tooth has been damaged or extracted, the density of bone below the tooth socket may begin to deteriorate over time. Dental bone grafting is often suggested for patients with inadequate jawbone density that prevents dental implants from being placed. Our oral surgeon can perform a jawbone graft to promote healthier density in the jawbone that will act as a stable base for future dental implants.

Dental Bone Graft

 

Sinus Lift

A sinus lift, also known as sinus augmentation, is a bone grafting procedure that can prepare the upper jaw to support dental implants. Sinus augmentation may also be recommended in specific cases where the maxillary sinuses are too low or too close to the upper jawbone. A sinus lift repositions the sinuses away from the upper jaw to allow for dental implants to be placed. Sinus augmentation is also an ideal treatment to correct low jawbone density within the upper jaw.

Sinus Lift

Canine Exposure

Canine teeth is the term given to the 2 pointed teeth on either side of the upper or lower jaw, which resemble the shape of a dog’s tooth. The official name for these are the maxillary (upper) cuspids and mandibular (lower) cuspids. A canine tooth is considered to be impacted when it is stuck beneath the gumline or has not fully erupted from the gums. Oral surgeons can perform canine exposure to treat fully or partially impacted canine teeth and restore a healthy smile.

Canine Exposure

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a form of oral surgery designed to reposition the gums higher on the teeth, exposing more of the teeth. Despite the name, the crown is not actually being lengthened; the gumline itself is being shortened and repositioned for a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Crown lengthening is a common treatment for fully or partially impacted teeth and can be performed on a single impacted tooth or several impacted teeth. Crown lengthening may also be performed when there is a cavity on the tooth that lies under the natural gumline. Repositioning the gumline allows for our oral surgeon to properly treat the hidden cavity and ensure a healthy smile.

Crown Lengthening

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is an oral procedure commonly used to treat gum recession and gum thinning. A gum graft uses a portion of harvested gum tissue and is placed in areas of thinning or receding gums. This graft allows for the regeneration of gum tissues in areas of low volume. While gum recession can cause an asymmetrical smile and cosmetic complications, it can also lead to the roots of your teeth becoming exposed. Exposure of the root puts your tooth at risk for injury, infection, and other complications. Gum grafting can help promote a healthy smile with an even gumline.

Gum Grafting

Frenectomy

The frenulum is a piece of gum tissue that can be seen in the middle of the upper and lower jaws above or below the front teeth. The purpose of the frenulum is to restrict excessive or unnecessary movement of the tongue and lips. When a frenulum is overly thick or short, it may restrict movement to a point that inhibits daily activities, such as talking, smiling, and eating. A frenectomy surgery can ensure that you are able to achieve the proper range of motion with your lips and tongue, allowing you to talk, eat, and smile with comfort.

Frenectomy

Facial Trauma

Dr. Pashapour is a leading facial trauma surgeon with extensive experience treating various forms of facial trauma. There are 3 broad categories of facial trauma, including soft tissue injuries, bone injuries, and dental injuries. Some of the most common facial traumas treated at Pashapour Oral + Facial Surgery include facial lacerations, intra-oral lacerations, fractured facial bones, and damaged or avulsed teeth. Dr. Pashapour may also combine multiple facial trauma treatments in order to ensure proper cosmetic and functional aspects of the soft tissues, bone, and teeth.

Facial Trauma

 
 

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is when a patient repeatedly stops breathing throughout the night while they sleep. Sleep apnea may be obstructive, which means breathing is significantly decreased or stopped altogether. This occurs when relaxed muscles in the throat cause a physical obstruction blocking the upper airway. On the other hand, central sleep apnea is when the brain stops sending signals to the body to breathe when asleep. Sleep apnea surgery depends on the specific type of sleep apnea that you suffer from but can help promote a healthy breathing pattern while sleeping.

Sleep Apnea

Oral Screenings & Pathology

Annual oral screenings are one of the most important tools in ensuring proper oral health. An annual oral screening involves an examination of the internal structures of the mouth to check that there are no early signs or symptoms of an oral complication, infection, or disease. Oral cancer is often screened for during a dental examination. If Dr. Pashapour notices an unusual growth, he may perform an oral biopsy to test for various diseases and oral cancer. Oral screenings can help detect oral cysts, jawbone loss, cavities, jaw misalignment, and much more in their earliest stages.

Oral Screenings & Pathology

TMJ Treatment

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the 2 joints on either side of the face that connect the jawbone to the skull. When the TMJ is irritated, inflamed, or inhibited in its proper range of motion, it is referred to as temporomandibular disorder (TMD). TMD can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, such as lockjaw, jaw clicking, worn teeth, and discomfort. TMJ surgery is the leading treatment to help restore the functionality of these joints and reduce further damage from occurring.

TMJ Treatment

Mucocele

A mucocele is a type of oral cyst that causes swelling in the mouth. A mucocele typically develops due to an injured or blocked salivary gland. A mucocele may develop on the lower lip, cheek, beneath the tongue, or on the roof of the mouth. Fortunately, mucoceles are typically harmless and easily treated. Dr. Pashapour can remove this unwanted growth and provide relief from the uncomfortable side effects of having an oral cyst.

Mucocele

Temporary Anchorage Devices

Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) are small screws that are attached to the jawbone or the roof of the mouth. TADs act as anchorage points and can help reposition misaligned teeth. A compact and efficient treatment, TADs are often recommended over traditional headgear because they cause significantly less discomfort. TADs are able to achieve results in a shorter timeframe than compared to traditional methods.

Temporary Anchorage Devices

How can I get started with oral procedures?

Dr. Pashapour and his staff at Pashapour Oral + Facial Surgery would be happy to discuss the details of an oral procedure in Virginia with you. To schedule an appointment in Washington, DC or Arlington with oral surgeon Dr. Ali Pashapour, please call our office at 703-566-1990 or request an appointment online.

 

Professional Memberships

Educational Background

Georgetown University The University of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine Drexel University College Of Medicine University Of Medicine & Dentistry Of New Jersey

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