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Oral & maxillofacial surgery

Expert treatment of complex mouth, face, jaw and neck problems

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a unique surgical speciality involved in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the teeth, mouth, face, jaw and neck. A doctor who specialises in this area is known as a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.

Covering a wide variety of conditions – from an unexplained lump in the neck through to surgery to correct a long-term jaw joint problem – Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can provide a number of treatments options, from medication or screening for oral cancer through to incredibly complex surgery.  

Whether you require an impacted wisdom tooth removed, a mouth ulcer treated or a misaligned jaw surgically corrected, the Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons at The Blackheath Hospital have the experience and expertise to help, aided by state-of-the-art facilities and advanced diagnostic equipment. 

To ensure you receive the best care possible, your Consultant works closely with specialists in other fields, including plastic surgery, dermatology, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), dentistry and speech therapy. 

When you choose a private appointment at The Blackheath, you will benefit from treatment tailored to your specific requirements and rapid access to an experienced Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Why not book your visit now? 

A Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is dual qualified in both dentistry and medicine. This highly specialised training allows them to carry out a range of complex surgical procedures and treatments in and around the head and neck.

The Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons at The Blackheath can provide expert assessment, treatment and management for:

  • Adult Oral Surgery

  • Surgical removal of wisdom teeth, buried roots, buried canine teeth and impacted teeth

  • Treatment of cysts and tumours of the jaws

  • Screening for Oral Cancer

  • Biopsy and treatment of lesions of the lip, mouth, roof of mouth and tongue

  • Management of problems affecting the soft tissue lining of the mouth, such as white patches, burning mouth or mouth ulcers

  • Treatment of salivary gland problems, including stone removal

  • Treatment of facial fractures and lacerations

  • Treatment for disorders of the lower jaw (mandible) and jaw joint (temporomandibular joint)

  • Investigation and treatment of facial and dental pain

  • Surgery to correct dental and facial deformities

  • Facial skin surgery

  • Bone grafting

Due to the complexity of many of these treatments, the majority of people who visit an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at The Blackheath will have been referred by their GP, dentist, orthodontist, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon from another part of the country or a consultant in another speciality.

When you first meet with your Consultant at The Blackheath, they will take a detailed medical history and discuss your symptoms with you. They may ask you questions like:

  • What symptoms do you have?
  • When did you first notice these symptoms?
  • Have they been getting worse over time?

Are you particularly worried about any of your symptoms? (For example, are you worried that you might have oral cancer?)

They will also carry out a detailed physical examination of the affected area(s).

Many people will previously have had dental X-rays carried out, and these may be available to your Consultant at your appointment.

There are a number of investigations that can be helpful when assessing oral and maxillofacial problems and planning treatment. Diagnostic scans like CT, MRI and Ultrasound are all available at The Blackheath and can be easily and quickly arranged where needed. On-site radiologists provide rapid reporting for any of these investigations.

Other conditions, such as some lesions in the mouth, may require a biopsy (a small sample of tissue taken from the body). This sample will then be sent for analysis to determine the presence or extent of a disease. Again, results will be back with your Consultant as soon as possible.

Your Consultant will make a diagnosis and treatment plan based on your symptoms, clinical history, the results of their physical examination and of any test results. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery often overlaps with other specialities and some treatments will require input from a multidisciplinary team, including orthodontists, oncologists and dermatologists.

When you choose to have your treatment at The Blackheath Hospital, every aspect of your care, from very first consultation through to treatment and post-treatment follow-up, will always be clearly explained and discussed with you. If surgery is needed, your Consultant will talk this through with you, outlining how it will be done, the results you should realistically expect to see as a result of having the surgery, and any potential complications or risks you need to be aware of.

If you have any questions or concerns at any time, your Consultant will be very happy to discuss these with you. A private appointment provides you with the time needed to talk through things with your Consultant in a relaxed, unhurried environment.

People choose The Blackheath for their Oral and Maxillofacial surgery for a variety of reasons. Most are referred directly to us from their GP, dentist, other healthcare professional or their private medical insurance provider.

Some will have private insurance while others use one of our self-pay options in order to receive help and treatment sooner than would be possible elsewhere.

Many of our patients are from London and the surrounding areas, but due to the depth of experience of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons working on-site, others travel from further afield for their treatment.

Regardless of how you’ve been referred to us or the distance you’ll be travelling to visit with us, at The Blackheath you will always benefit from:

  • Access to a leading expert, fast – When you have any type of problem with your teeth, jaw, face, neck or mouth, the last thing you’ll want is to have to wait weeks (or even months!) for an initial consultation. For peace of mind, you’ll appreciate being able to get expert help quickly. At The Blackheath, it’s easy to book an appointment with an experienced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Earlier assessment and diagnosis means you’ll be able to benefit from any treatment needed sooner.
  • Appointments to suit you – With Oral and Maxillofacial appointments throughout the week, it is very easy to book a time that’s convenient for you. Consultations are usually in person at The Blackheath, but we can provide remote consultations by telephone or video call if required (and when clinically appropriate).
  • Tailored treatment – There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. To ensure you see the best results, any treatment you receive should be tailored to your precise requirements. Your Consultant will oversee your care every step of the way in order to deliver you the best outcome possible.
  • Support of a multidisciplinary team - Your Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is highly experienced in their field. They also have quick and easy access to experts in other fields, including ENT surgeons, plastic surgeons and dermatologists. This ensures you will always receive the best care and support from the relevant specialist at all times.
  • Recommended by patients- In an independent surgery, 97.9% of the people we treated at The Blackheath Hospital said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend us to their friends and family.

Treatments are available for a wide range of oral and maxillofacial conditions. If you have any symptoms that are causing you concern, it can be sensible to see and expert for assessment and advice.

Whatever the cause of your symptoms, and whether or not you require any type of treatment, a consultation with a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at The Blackheath can help give you peace of mind.

It is very easy to book your appointment online with a leading expert in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, at a time that’s convenient for you. We look forward to welcoming you to The Blackheath Hospital soon.

Specialists offering Oral & maxillofacial surgery

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Mr Spencer Hodges

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

BDS, FDS RCS, MB BS (Hons.), FRCS (OMFS), Interface Fellowship Reconstructive Cosmetic Surgery

The Blackheath Hospital 1 more Chelsfield Park Hospital

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Mr Nicholas Gibbins

Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist


The Blackheath Hospital

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Dr Shamali Hoque

Consultant Dermatologist

MBBS MRCP BSc Pharmacology (First Class Honours)

The Blackheath Hospital 1 more The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Karim Hussain

Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon/Head and Neck Surgeon


The Blackheath Hospital 1 more The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Kislaya Kumar Thakur

Consultant General Surgeon

MBBS, MS (gen surg), FRCS (glas), FRCS (gen surg).

The Blackheath Hospital

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Mr Tony Jacob

Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon

MSc. University of Bristol FRCS (Oto) Royal College of Surgeons of England FRCS (ORL-HNS) Royal College of Surgeons of England

The Blackheath Hospital

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