Oral Surgeons Rothman & Rothman oral & maxillofacial surgery in Alexandria, VA, oral surgery Alexandria VA, Dental Implants, Tooth extraction, General Anesthesia


Welcome Rothman & Rothman Oral and MaxilLofacial surgery.  Alexandria VA

Drs. Gerald and Jeffrey Rothman,would like to welcome you to our office and invite you to explore our website. This site was created to help make your visit to our office as easy and pleasant as possible. Some of the Oral Surgery procedures that we perform include removal of impacted and infected teeth and wisdom teeth, dental implants and bone grafting. As Oral Surgeons, we also treat TMJ disorders, facial trauma and tumors and cysts of the oral cavity. We also provide safe and effective IV—anesthesia.

"Our goal is to provide every patient with the best and most up to date care. The doctors and office staff are committed to relieving any anxiety that you might have"
—Drs. Rothman and Rothman
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4660 KENMORE AVE       SUITE 204     ALEXANDRIA     VA      22304         (703)370-3012

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Patient InformationScheduling Your Appointment

We will attempt to schedule your visit at a time that is convenient for you. Emergency situations are bound to arise. We make every effort to make you an appointment that same day. If you need to cancel an appointment please give us at least 24 hours notice. Please inform the office prior to your visit of any pertinent medical conditions. These possible conditions include diabetes, recent surgical procedures, heart conditions, artificial valves and joints (which require premedication) and anticoagulant therapy (coumadin use). The doctors are available for emergencies after hours and weekends at (703) 370-3012.

Instructions for patients undergoing General Anesthesia

  • Do not eat or drink (including water) anything for 6 (six) hours prior to your appointment.
  • An adult over the age of 18 must accompany the patient to the office and stay during the procedure. This person must be able to drive the patient home.
  • The patient should wear loose fitted clothing and sleeves that can be rolled up. Please do not wear contact lenses, jewelry, high heeled shoes, make up or nail polish.
  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after the general anesthesia

Insurance and Financial Information We provide our patients with the most modern surgical care available at reasonable costs. We will work with you and your insurance company to obtain the greatest reimbursement possible for all covered procedures. However, you are responsible for the fees charged by this office. For your convenience we do accept all major credit cards and cash. Please remember to bring your insurance information, both medical and dental, with you to your appointment so that we may help you clarify your benefits. If you have any questions concerning your account or insurance coverage please contact us at (703) 370-3012. .

Things to remember

Things to remember to bring to your scheduled appointment

  • Insurance cards— medical and dental
  • X-Rays— (You may have your dentist send them to our office or e-mail them to us. If different x-rays are needed, such as a panorex, we will take them at our office.)
  • Referral form— If you have been sent by a dentist to our office, he/she will delineate your treatment plan on this referral form
  • List of all medication
  • parent or legal guardian— Children under 18 must accompanied by parent or guardian
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Monday thru Friday
From 8:45am to 5:00pm

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ProceduresDental Implants

Implants are titanium posts that are placed into your upper or lower jaws where there are missing teeth. The implants bond with your natural bone to form a permanent foundation for the replacement teeth. The prosthetic teeth, which are fabricated by your dentist, are connected to the implants.

"Implants not only feel, look and function like real teeth but also help stimulate the natural bone to maintain it and preserve your natural face structure."

The surgery to place the dental implants is usually completed in one visit with just local anesthesia. However, the implant which is placed into the jawbone is required to heal for 3 to 4 months. During this time the bone is bonding to the titanium surface of the implant. After the healing phase is completed, your dentist attaches the prosthetic tooth to the implant. During the healing phase you are able to eat and maintain a regular daily routine. Implants help maintain your facial structure and allow for excellent esthetics. They are the closest replacement possible for your natural teeth. They can also eliminate the need for poorly fitting partial or complete dentures. The doctors will be happy to evaluate you to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. For more information on implants, please refer following links.

"American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) - Dental Implants".
"Straumann implants"
"3i Implants".

Dental Implant

ProceduresWisdom Teeth

Most adults have 32 teeth. The wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth to develop in the back of the mouth at age 18. There are usually four wisdom teeth, however sometimes people are missing one or more of these teeth and sometimes people even have extra ones. Problems arises when these third molars attempt to erupt into a mouth that is not large enough to accommodate these extra teeth. All teeth form in the jawbone and slowly push their way to the surface as the roots of the teeth mature. When there is not enough room for these teeth to come into the mouth, the teeth become trapped in the gums and/or bone. These teeth are then called impacted wisdom teeth. In an attempt for these teeth to find a path to erupt into the mouth, the teeth may become extremely angled or turned. These poorly positioned teeth can become infected and can cause pain, swelling or even severe illness. Also impacted wisdom teeth can develop cysts or tumors around them if not removed. Erupting wisdom teeth may disrupt the alignment of your natural teeth as they attempt to come through the gums. It is usually recommended to remove the third molars early to avoid having these problems. Many studies have shown that a timely evaluation (mid to late teens) and treatment can result in a better surgical outcome. Dr. Jeffrey and Gerald Rothman will evaluate your x-rays and perform an oral exam in order to determine if your wisdom teeth pose a potential problem and require removal.

For more information onWisdom Teeth, please refer following links.

"American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) - Wisdom Teeth".

Bone Grafting

After loosing a tooth, the body reabsorbs the jawbone that was associated with the missing tooth. This lack of bone makes the placement of a dental implant very difficult. Recent technology now allows us to grow new bone where it is needed. With the proper amount of bone, we are then able to place the appropriate size implant to restore your form and function. These procedures make implants possible for patients who previously were unable to have them. The bone grafting can be done either at the time of implant placement or several months prior to it, depending on the individual's specific needs. The need for bone grafting will be determined at the initial implant consultation.

ProceduresMaxillofacial Trauma

As Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Drs Gerald and Jeffrey Rothman are superiorly trained to handle trauma to the facial area and the upper and lower jaws. The doctors can repair lacerations (cuts) to the face or mouth, knocked out teeth or broken facial bones (cheeks, upper or lower jaws). Drs. Jeffrey and Gerald Rothman are on staff at INOVA Alexandria Hospital and provide coverage for emergency room care. Depending on the specific nature of the injury, the treatment may take place either in the office or in the hospital setting.

TMJ Disorders

There are many causes for problems and pain associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The joint is located just in front of the ears. Problems can arise in the joint from clenching or grinding your teeth, trauma, injury to the joint or from misaligned teeth. Joint pain may even be the result of other disease processes in the body. Therefore there are many treatment modalities depending on the cause of the TMJ disorder. The first step in treating a TMJ disorder is to make the correct diagnosis with a thorough physical exam and x-rays if needed. The correct treatment of the TMJ disorder usually involves a team of health care professionals including your general dentist.

For more information on implants, please refer following links.

"American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) -TMJ Disorders".

Laser treatments

Lasers in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery office have many applications. They can be used to remove unwanted lesions in the mouth and on the lips and face. Also, lasers can be used to take samples of tissue to be sent for pathologic examination. Contouring of gum tissue and bone around natural teeth and implants can be done with lasers. The main advantage of laser surgery is the shortened recovery period for the patient. Patients who have had their treatment performed with the laser experience less pain, swelling and bleeding.

ProceduresDentoalveolar Surgery

The term dentoalveolar surgery refers to all other surgery related to the tooth structures and related gums and bone. These procedures include surgical removal of teeth, management of dental and maxillofacial infections, apicoectomies, exposure of impacted teeth for orthodontics and preparation of the mouth to receive dentures. In working with your general dentist, the doctors will help determine which procedures are appropriate for you.

Infant frenectomy ( Tongue-Tie and Breastfeeding)

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Successful breast-feeding depends on multiple factors. One issue that can adversely affect the newborn's ability to obtain a correct latch is the presence of a tongue or a lip tie. The flap of tissue under the upper lip and under the tongue is called a frenum. The attachment under the upper lip is the maxillary labial frenum and the one under the tongue is the lingual frenum. An overly attached frenum may cause nipple pain, compressed or injured nipples and even mastitis. In addition, the newborn may make clicking noises with nursing, may have prolong feeding sessions, may have inadequate weight gain or may demonstrate irritability during and after breastfeeding.

In newborns, the lip or the tongue frenum can be removed with a procedure called a frenectomy. The use of a laser to perform this procedure reduces discomfort and bleeding during and after the frenectomy. In the newborn, a topical anesthetic is sufficient to complete the procedure. In older children, a local anesthetic may be used. It is not necessary to put the child to sleep with a general anesthetic to have the frenum removed. Rarely does the child need any type of pain medication afterwards.

For more information "Tongue-Tie and Breastfeeding "

frenum Surgery ( Tongue-Tie Surgery)

The frenum are bands of muscle attaching the lips, cheeks, and tongue to the bone in the mouth. Since no significant functional problems are encountered when a frenectomy (removal of the frenum) is completed, there is a minimal role in the function of the tongue or muscles of facial expression. Individual needs or problems may dictate when and if a frenectomy should be preformed. For the upper front frenum, a frenectomy is often postponed until the permanent lateral incisors and permanent canines erupt (permanent canines usually erupt about 11-13 years old). This recommendation is based on the fact that when the laterals and canines erupt, they will generally close the diastema (space) between the permanent central incisors. When a frenum is especially large, it prevents the closing of this space. If the diastema is not closed by the normal eruption of the upper anterior permanent teeth, a frenectomy may be helpful, although orthodontics may also be necessary. A large and highly attached frenum could also cause gum recession in adults. Newborns with enlarged upper frenum may have difficulty breast feeding and cause pain for the mothers.

An upper frenum problem does not seem to affect speech patterns. On the other hand, the lingual or tongue frenum, which is attached to the underside of the tongue, may interfere with speech. Generally, this will become apparent when child begins to speak. If notching of the tongue is noted when the tongue is protruded, it is generally recommended to have the frenum removed. Speech therapy may also be required in conjunction with the surgery.

For more information "Tongue Tie surgery or frenum surgery "

Post Operative InstructionsBleeding Control

A small amount of bleeding or oozing is considered normal for 24-48 hours after any oral surgery procedure. Following the procedure, bite on the gauze placed by the doctor for 15-20 minutes. Then, remove the gauze and begin to drink cold liquids. The cold liquids will help maintain the blood clot in the socket and keep the bleeding to a minimum. Avoid hot liquids for the first day since this may increase bleeding and swelling. It is very important to minimize the rinsing and spitting for the first 24 hours because this action will also make the surgical site bleed. If the bleeding is persistent, place a tea bag moistened with cold water at the surgical site and bite firmly. If bleeding continues despite following the above instructions, call the office at (703) 370-3012.

Pain Control As soon as possible following surgery, begin taking the pain medication as directed by the doctor. For effective pain control, it is advantageous to begin the use of the pain medication prior to the local anesthetic wearing off. Continue to use the pain medication as needed. Avoid smoking, this increases post operative pain and prolongs the healing time.

Oral Hygiene

Regular oral hygiene can be resumed the day after surgery. It is important to brush and floss as usual but you should avoid the surgical site for several days following the procedure. It is also important not to rinse until a day after surgery. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water starting on the day following surgery. (1/2 teaspoon salt mixed in a glass of warm water) Avoid smoking for as long as possible.

Post Operative InstructionsSwelling Control

Immediately following the procedure, apply an ice bag over the site to help prevent excessive swelling. Place the ice bag (or frozen bags of peas) onto the site for 20 minutes and then remove the pack for 20 minutes. Continue this process as much as possible for the first 24 hours. Ice should NOT be used after the first 24 hours. Remember that swelling peaks around 48-72 hours.

Diet Gradually return to a normal diet. Start with soft foods such as oatmeal, bananas or mashed potatoes. You may return to solid foods when you feel comfortable. It is very important to drink lots of fluids during the healing process and to maintain a nutritious diet.

Information regarding the removal of impacted teeth

  • Swelling— peaks at 48-72 hours after surgery and may become quit large
  • Difficulty in opening— your mouth may persist for several days
  • Referred pain— may result in a sore throat, ear ache or even discomfort in the adjacent teeth
  • Cracks in the lips—or corners of the mouth can be taken care of with Vaseline or lip balm
  • Space where the tooth— There will be a space where the tooth was removed. This will gradually fill in with healthy gum tissue.
  • Fever— A slight fever is normal 24-48 hours after surgery however if the temperature continues the office should be notified
  • Discomfort and bruising— at the IV site may occur; if pain and swelling is persistent the office should be notified. Please remember to come to your follow up visit so that the doctor can monitor your healing
  • If you had General Anesthesia do not operate machinery or drive for 24 hours.

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Bleeding Control
Pain Control
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Meet The DoctorsGerald Rothman, DDS

Dr Gerald Rothman DDS

Dr. Gerald Rothman opened the practice in 1978.  Prior to that, he earned his bachelors degree from Temple University.  He then received his dental degree from Temple University School of Dental Medicine.   He practiced general dentistry for the United States Air Force, caring for active military personnel and returning POWs.

Following his military service, he completed a four year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Rothman is committed to staying current on advanced technologies in dentistry and oral surgery.  He became board certified in 1978 and maintains an active participant in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  He is also a member of the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Virginia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. 
Dr. Rothman travels nationally and internationally to attend conferences related to Oral Surgery and Implantology.  His contributions to the community included being past president of the Alexandria Dental Society. He is currently the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry at INOVA Alexandria Hospital. He has lectured in facial reconstruction with bone grafting and in dental implant reconstruction. 

Dr Rothman is well trained in the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  He has a special interest in implant reconstructive surgery procedures that require bone grafting.

Meet The DoctorsJeffrey Rothman, DDS

Dr Jeffrey RothmanDr. Jeffrey Rothman joined the practice in 2003 after completing his four year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

In 1994, Dr. Rothman earned his Bachelors degree at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and subsequently obtained his dental degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Dental Surgery in 1999. Dr. Rothman graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dental School and was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Dr. Jeffrey Rothman is a fellow in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and became board certified in 2005.

He currently holds an active membership in the American Dental Association and is an officer in the Alexandria Dental Society. Dr. Rothman holds active staff privileges at INOVA Alexandria Hospital. He also enjoys participating locally and internationally in volunteer projects. Dr. Rothman has volunteered at the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic and at the Mission of Mercy project to provide dental care. He has also traveled to the Dominican Republic to treat patients in rural villages. Dr. Rothman's clinical interests include implants, bone grafting, maxillofacial trauma, dentoalveolar surgery, pathology and anesthesia. He is committed to providing the best possible care to all his patients. Dr. Rothman enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He loves hiking, camping, jogging and being in the outdoors.

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Links of interest

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Quick Link to — Strauman Implant Referance
American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons   BL Implant prosthetic procedures
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Sugery   Straumann Bone Level Implantat - Introduction
National Library of Medicine   Roxolid - The new "DNA" of implant materials
Straumann Implants   Straumann SLActive surface technology
3i implants    
Bisphosphonate Related Osteonecrosis    


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Rothman & rothman
Oral & Maxilofacial surgery
4660 Kenmore Ave,
Suite# 204
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: (703)370-3012
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