Oral surgery may be required for clinical, cosmetic or reconstructive needs. Simple procedures, such as extractions, can be undertaken by your clinician at your normal dental practice, occasionally however you may be referred for further treatment with an Oral Surgeon.
Oral surgery is a safe and painless treatment that is only undertaken when absolutely necessary.
Typical treatment length
Will vary according to your individual treatment
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are not always able to come through normally, usually because there is not enough space in your mouth. It they do not come through they are known as impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can sometimes cause pain and become infected, this may result in your dentist advising you to have any impacted wisdom teeth removed.
Your dentist may be able to remove your wisdom teeth under local anaesthesia, you will be awake but will not feel any pain. If your dentist feels the procedure will be too complicated they may need to refer you to an oral surgeon who will probably recommend having the procedure undertaken in hospital, possibly under general anaesthesia.
Following the removal of the tooth either by your clinician or an Oral Surgeon the wound will normally be closed with dissolvable stitches
A frenectomy is the removal of a frenum in the mouth. These are the small muscles that exist in the upper and lower lip as well as under the tongue. Sometimes the muscle under the tongue (lingual frenum) can run all the way to the tip of the tongue, this can cause problems eating, swallowing or speaking. The Labial Frena connect the lips to the gums, if the muscle here is too strong it can pull on the gingival tissue causing recession of the gums. It may also run between the top front teeth creating a space. Both can be corrected by oral surgery.
An alveolectomy is a reduction of the jaw bone, this may be necessary to help with the removal of teeth or to help make your mouth more accepting for a removable or fixed oral appliance, such as a denture or dental implant.
Aftercare & Prevention
Your surgeon or dentist will advise you about aftercare depending on the procedure completed.