Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit - Specialist areas

Oral surgery

Dentoalveolar surgery involves:

  • Removing sometimes complicated or impacted teeth
  • Periradicular surgery
  • Cysts
  • Taking biopsies of conditions which affect the oral cavity

Where appropriate we offer treatment under intravenous sedation and general anaesthetic.

Emergency Service

An emergency service is available Monday-Friday, 08.30am-5.00pm.

We accept referrals for:

  • Facial swellings
  • Lacerations
  • Facial and orbital fractures
  • Post-operative bleeding
  • Dry socket

We do not provide an emergency dental access service.

Emergencies that require admission are transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford which is a regional trauma centre.

Medically compromised patients

We accept referrals for the treatment of medically compromised patients requiring oral and maxillofacial surgery.

With advances in medicine and an ageing population, many patients are now taking multiple medications which can affect surgery.

Considerations include:

  • Immunocompromised patients
  • Cardiac patients
  • Those with bleeding disorders
  • Those on medications which can result in osteonecrosis of the jaws

Orthodontics

Our orthodontic colleagues provide treatment to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth by moving them into a better position.

They work closely with oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the management of facial deformity and with oral surgery in the treatment planning of complex cases, for example those with impacted teeth.

The aim is to achieve a functional bite, creating greater resistance to disease and to enhance personal appearance.

Orthognathic surgery/facial deformity

Our lead consultant provides treatment for correction of the facial deformity, which involves surgically moving the jaws.

Treatment is carried out in conjunction with our orthodontic colleagues to achieve the ideal result.

Special Care Dentistry

Our community dental colleagues provide holistic dental care for adults with severe disability, medical or mental health conditions, on a regular basis within the department.

Oral Medicine

Where appropriate we will manage patients with chronic, recurrent and medically related disorders of the oral and maxillofacial region that do not require surgery.

Salivary gland diseases

The glands which produce saliva can be affected by a range of diseases, including: 

  • Obstruction with a stone or stricture
  • Infection e.g. mumps
  • Trauma e.g. mucoceles/ ranulas
  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmune disorders 

In some cases these require surgical management.

Outpatient services and day case general anaesthetics

These are provided in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit.

Some procedures including inpatient stays will require admission to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Laboratory

Our registered technicians help in the planning and construction of surgical splints for orthognathic surgery.

They also make dentures, fixed and removable orthodontic appliances and biteguards from prescription.

The laboratory receives prescriptions from:

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Community Dentistry
  • Orthodontics 

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