What is an Oral Surgeon?
Oral surgery is a specialist area of dentistry dealing with the surgical treatment of various conditions of the mouth or jaws. Oral Surgeons have an additional three years of unique specialist training following an undergraduate qualification in Dentistry.
The following is an example of some Oral Surgery procedures:
- Removing teeth, particularly wisdom teeth, that many general dentists would find difficult
- Treating dental swellings and infections
- Taking biopsy samples of areas of the mouth that need to be looked at with a microscope
- Placing dental implants to restore spaces where teeth are missing
- Exposing buried teeth (often as part of an orthodontic plan)
- Bone grafts and other areas of bone related surgery in the mouth
While your general dentist may remove teeth, you may be referred for more complicated procedures. You may also be referred if you require treatment under conscious sedation or general anaesthesia.
Following a letter of referral from your General Dentist or Medical Doctor, a consultation appointment will be arranged.