Oral surgery is surgery that is performed on the tissues of the mouth, including teeth, gums, lips etc.
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What is oral surgery?
Oral surgery is a clinical procedure generally performed by most dentists to repair and/or resolve a medical problem arising with the teeth, gums or jaw. More complex surgical problems such as the extraction of wisdom teeth, the removal of cysts, and apicectomies are often performed by an oral surgeon.
Oral surgery is needed once recommended by your dentist and/or oral surgeon if you are experiencing a medical issue concerning the teeth, gums or jaw which cannot be resolved via any other dental treatment option.
What is wisdom tooth removal?
Wisdom teeth are the last set of permanent teeth to come in, and they typically emerge in the late teenage years or early twenties. Their removal is often necessary because there is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to come in properly. When this happens, the wisdom teeth may become impacted, which means they are stuck and cannot come in fully. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and damage to surrounding teeth, such as extensive decay. They can also contribute to the development of gum disease.
What happens during wisdom tooth extraction?
Wisdom tooth removal is typically performed by an oral surgeon or a dentist. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the tooth, or general anesthesia, which puts the patient to sleep. The oral surgeon or dentist will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the wisdom tooth and remove it using specialized instruments.
|ORAL SURGERY FEES|
|Surgical extraction||from £600|
|Wisdom tooth fully/partially erupted||from £600|
|Wisdom tooth impacted||from £700|
|Tongue tie||from £500|
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The full amount you pay for your oral surgery varies depending on your personal needs.
However, the following amounts should give you a sense of what to expect for the cost of oral surgery at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic in London:
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What happens during oral surgery?
- After an initial consultation at our central London dental practice, our dentist will diagnose the state of your wisdom teeth or any present cysts or infections for example.
- Your dentist will take an X-ray using our state-of-the-art 3D X-ray technology to determine the best dental care plan for you to agree on together.
- Ideally, before any surgical procedure, you should see the dental hygienist as this reduces the risk of infection after the oral procedure.
- Rest assured that you will receive a local anaesthetic to numb the affected tooth and surrounding gums before the treatment begins.
- The area may be accessed with small incisions which assist in the effective removal of the affected tooth or tissue.
- With a wisdom tooth especially, you may feel a sensation of pressure as your dentist proceeds to remove the affected tooth from its socket by widening it slightly for ease of extraction.
- Post-surgery, trust your dentist to seal the affected area with dissolving or non-resorbable stitches as required, explain your aftercare plan and schedule your next check-up.
Why is Wimpole Street Dental Clinic best for oral surgery in London?
If you find you need a procedure you will undoubtedly be looking for a specialist within this field of general dentistry whom you can trust to deliver the latest best practice, clinical outcome success, the highest quality standards and a patient-first treatment approach.
Come to Wimpole Street Dental Clinic in London to be relaxed and reassured by Dr Dejan Dragisic, a highly respected and well-liked oral surgeon, (and also a Fellow of the International Team of Implantology ITI) offering a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach to his work. Dejan’s clinical expertise includes the full range of dentoalveolar surgery like the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth present in complex cases. Implant therapy, along with bone augmentation, such as sinus lifts and soft tissue rehabilitation form a vital part of his specialist practice.
We have decades of combined experience in both cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry. Our state-of-the-art dental practice is conveniently located on the prestigious Wimpole Street in the heart of London (accessible by underground, taxi, bus and car) and features some of the most innovative and latest technology available in dentistry today.
Meet our dentists who are experts in Oral Surgery…
- We have over 75+ years of combined dentistry experience across our specialist team.
- 10,000+ treatments performed and counting.
- We are leaders in the dental industry – we regularly teach, lecture and publish our research work internationally.
PROF DR CHRISTIAN MEHL
Specialist in Prosthodontics & Dental Implant Surgeon
DR DEJAN DRAGISIC
Specialist in Oral Surgery
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Frequently asked questions
How do you brush your teeth after oral surgery?
We would recommend that your oral hygiene regime is conducted with the utmost care, particularly close to the affected area within the mouth. Always ask your dentist about the best brushing technique following oral surgery. We also encourage you to avoid rinsing your mouth with dental hygiene liquids, such as mouthwash for the first 12 hours post-surgery.
How long should swelling last after oral surgery?
You may experience swelling, and sensitivity of discomfort for a few days post-surgery. Whether you had wisdom teeth removed, dental implants placed, bone augmentation or just an apicectomy, the swelling will continue to expand for around two days, then peak around the second or third day and will then slowly subside. Should you have any concerns regarding your recovery, please contact us.
How long does oral surgery take?
The duration of oral surgery can vary in each individual case depending on the complexity of the medical issue as presented on this occasion. We have decades of combined experience and expertise in the field of dentistry.
Can a dentist perform oral surgery?
It is possible for your dentist to perform oral surgery such as a routine tooth extraction. If your individual case presents significant complexity, we recommend referral to our oral surgeon or to a specialist in that area of dentistry.
Can I drink water before oral surgery? What are good soft foods for after oral surgery? How long after oral surgery can I eat?
Oral surgery is a clinical procedure that always requires local anaesthesia and sometimes sedation. If the procedure is done under local injection you can eat and drink as much as you want before the procedure. We would recommend that you do not eat or drink prior to your surgery with us if it is in sedation. Post-surgery, we would suggest soft foods and soup. As a tip, you can eat anything which you can mash with your fork. Consider refraining from eating foods that require extensive chewing or are presented at extremely high or cold temperatures to offer your mouth time to heal. The NHS confirm the recovery process can take up to two weeks so please be patient. We would suggest to a patient that you can eat when you feel ready afterwards but all soft or liquid foods to be consumed with the utmost care.
How long after oral surgery can you drink alcohol?
Always consult your dentist or oral surgeon for the best advice on when you can drink alcohol again after your oral surgery. Please remember that for the first few days post-surgery you may experience discomfort so our best advice during this initial recovery period is to rest and relax. Consumption of alcohol following surgery is likely to harm the rate of recovery and could do further damage to the affected area.
What is general anaesthesia for oral surgery? How long does anaesthesia last after oral surgery?
Pain relief medication options used during oral surgery are local anaesthesia, sedation and general anaesthesia depending on each dental patient’s needs and preferences as discussed during consultation. Anaesthesia does not generally last long post-surgery and how long it takes can vary according to the individual and the type of medication used. For full details on your pain relief choices, contact us at the dental practice to speak to one of our sedationists.
How do you prepare for oral surgery?
Please read and understand both the pre-and post-operative instructions we have given to you. Ask your dentist and/or oral surgeon all your questions so that you arrive for your appointment with us relaxed, reassured and ready. Eat only a light meal if you need to but it is preferable to refrain from both food and drink prior to your appointment. Consider your personal comfort during the operation by wearing clothes you can relax in. Sleep well the night before with the certain knowledge you have all the information you need from the dentist and oral surgeon you trust at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic in London.
How long do stitches stay in after oral surgery?
It is very common for stitches to stay between five and 14 days. Your oral surgeon will generally select stitches which suit the surgery best. Non-resorbable stitches have to be removed while resorbable stitches dissolve a few weeks post-treatment.