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Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery can correct or rebuild the face after trauma or disease, or for cosmetic reasons.

Close up of a patient having oral and maxillofacial surgery with a surgical instrument in their mouth
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a specialist surgical field. It involves correcting or rebuilding the face after trauma or disease, or for cosmetic reasons. It is also concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.   

The surgeons in this field also work with dentists and speech therapists to perform surgical procedures in malformed mouths and jaws. This could be orthodontic work and tooth removal to give you a healthy mouth and lovely smile. It can also cover issues with your salivary glands, the skin on your face, and even head and neck cancers.  

The result of your oral or maxillofacial surgery will be an improvement to the physical look of your mouth and jaw, and / or an effective treatment option for your condition.   

At our hospitals, we are proud to facilitate Consultant surgeons who can help test, diagnose, and treat or manage your oral and facial issues in order to help improve your quality of life.

Some of the common concerns for seeing an oral maxillofacial Consultant are:  

  • Facial pain;  
  • Craniofacial disorders;  
  • Cosmetic reasons;  
    Removal of wisdom teeth. and  
  • Reconstruction.  

The oral and maxillofacial surgery departments at our hospitals provide treatment for a wide range of conditions including:  

  • Vascular anomalies;  
  • Facial pain;  
  • Cysts;  
  • Tumours;  
    Head and neck cancers and  
  • Craniofacial disorders. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeries at our hospitals will be carried out by our multidisciplinary team, comprising dedicated Consultants, surgeons, dentists, speech therapists, nurses and more.  

Our team will strive to reduce your symptoms through effective treatment.

Orthodontic services

Orthodontics is a special type of dentistry, which corrects irregularity of the teeth and jaws.

A Consultant orthodontist has had extensive hospital training and can advise you about your bite and the arrangement of your teeth. Modern treatment techniques deliver a healthy, aesthetic smile along with good jaw function.

Removing teeth

You may need a tooth removed for one or more of the following reasons: tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, trauma, dental abscess, failed root-canal treatment and other medical reasons. Wisdom teeth often need removed – they are the teeth at the back of your mouth.

Most teeth are removed under a local anaesthetic, meaning that you are awake during the procedure, but your mouth is numb. Removing a tooth is usually a safe and effective way to prevent your symptoms from coming back.

Investigation and treatment of mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers are very common, and very uncomfortable. Investigations and biopsies of problems with the skin inside your mouth are usually carried out under local anaesthetic.

By sending some of the abnormal skin to be looked at underneath the microscope, we can then tell what it is. We then advise whether any further treatment is necessary, or whether all of the abnormality has been removed.

Removal of facial skin lesions

This is the removal of non-cancerous skin lesions on your face, either because they have become problematic or because you wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.

It works by usually cutting out or shaving off unsightly or troublesome moles, warts or cysts. The area is then either left to heal or sewn together. The sample is sent to be looked at underneath the microscope to be sure that it was benign.

Salivary gland lump removal

Sometimes lumps form in the salivary glands – the glands in your mouth that produce saliva. Following an investigation of a salivary gland lump by your GP and the decision to have it removed, this operation is usually carried out under general anaesthetic.

The salivary gland, or part of the salivary gland containing the lump, is removed and sent to the laboratory to be investigated underneath a microscope. The skin overlying the salivary gland is then closed with stitches. You will usually need to spend the night of the operation in hospital.

Booking your oral and maxillofacial surgery with us differs depending on your condition and recommended treatment option.  

To get started, you can book a consultation online with one of our many experienced surgical Consultants. This is a simple and fast process. You can also book your consultation by calling 441413005009. 

To familiarise yourself with the many treatment options for oral and maxillofacial issues that we offer, you can read our informative, in-depth treatment pages. This could help you to decide which treatment option might suit you best.

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