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Careful and accurate mouth surgery and extraction of teeth

Oral surgery is any medical procedure that is performed on the mouth, especially involving the teeth, gums or jaw. Dentists can carry out most oral surgery procedures, such as extractions and implants. For more complex surgical cases, specialists are best placed to carry out the extensive work.

Why do I need oral surgery?

There are a number of reasons you may need surgical intervention. Some of the most common oral surgeries include the placement of implants and extraction of large, embedded teeth.

Wisdom teeth removal

If you have a wisdom tooth that has become impacted, we can remove it and resolve the issue with oral surgery. This involves making a cut in your gum to access and remove the problem tooth, and is a common procedure.

Tooth extraction

If a broken or decayed tooth cannot be repaired with a filling or other restorative treatment, it may have to be extracted. Tooth extraction involves removing the tooth from its socket in the bone. An extraction will either be simple, performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth, or surgical, which is used for a tooth that has broken off at the gum line or has not yet emerged.

Facial issues

We can also use oral surgery to correct facial deformity issues. Abnormal facial growth may produce an imbalance in the growth of the upper and lower jaws, producing abnormal bites. These include protrusion of the front teeth, front teeth not meeting (anterior open bite), overbite, underbite and crossbite. When regular dental treatments cannot correct these conditions, surgical intervention may be required.

Sinus lifts

In cases in the upper jaw where there isn’t enough bone density for an implant, you may need a sinus lift. This involves lifting the floor of the sinus so there is space for bone grafting material to fit between the bone and the sinuses. This gives more bone material for the implant to fuse to, creating a much firmer foundation for the replacement tooth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will oral surgery hurt?

    Oral surgery can be painful, but we have ways to help minimise this. We use local anaesthetic in all surgical procedures, causing the treated area to become numb. We also ensure you are feeling relaxed and comfortable before beginning your surgery, and work carefully and accurately to help you remain at ease.

  • Do I need time to recover after oral surgery?

    It all depends on the type of surgery you are having. You may need to rest for a couple of days following the procedure, and at least make sure you are not returning to work and avoiding any strenuous activities on the day of surgery. Before you leave the practice, we will give you some bespoke advice to follow at home.

  • I’m feeling nervous about oral surgery - can you help?

    If you are feeling nervous about the prospect of surgery, please don’t worry, you are not alone! Many patients are apprehensive about surgical treatment. We understand and have ways to try and help you feel more relaxed and ready with our gentle and caring approach. Please talk to us, we are very happy to help.

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