Oral Surgery

Do you need oral surgery?

  • Tooth been bothering you for weeks?
  • Pain in the mouth or jaw becoming unbearable?
  • Recently had a tooth extracted, or was it knocked out?

Not sure if a trip to the dentist is enough? Think you need the involvement of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?


Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a speciality for dentists that focuses on the reconstructive surgery of the face, oral cavities, neck, mouth and jaws.

The first step is to talk to your dentist

Regardless of whether your pain is in your mouth or face, you should see a dentist to identify whether there are underlying problems with your teeth, gums, jaws, or bite. Believe it or not, your dentist can handle most oral complications, and if you think you need an oral surgeon, they’re the best person to refer one, or some practices have them in-house.

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“I first saw George in 2017 after many, many years of not attending the dentist. He was fantastic and put me at ease as well as made the process extremely simple and stress free.”

When you’ll need an oral surgeon

Oral or maxillofacial surgeons are typically involved in oral surgery procedures that relate to or correct:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth or extraction – when teeth emerge from the gums and there’s not enough space in the jaw to accommodate them an orgal surgeon might be required when the extraction is more complicated.
  • TMJ disorders – when the temporomandibular joint causes pain in the jaw, stiffness or headaches. Joint surgery is usally recommended for advanced cases where a diagnosis indicates a specific problem in the joint.
  • Overbites or underbites – when the jaw or teeth do not align correctly you might need an oral surgeon for orthognathic surgery if teeth cannot be aligned with orthodontic appliances. Usually recommended for patients with excessive and severe overbites and underbites, where they might have trouble chewing or swallowing.
  • Dental implants – an oral surgeon is needed to embed a titanium implant in the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. If you have no bone to support your implant, a bone graft might be required which will also involve an oral surgeon.

Oral surgery cost

The cost of oral surgery will depend on the procedure required.

For example, more complicated tooth extractions, which require oral surgeons to remove the tooth, can cost anywhere from £250-£650 per tooth.

However, complicated wisdom tooth extractions can cost up to £950.

In the case of using an oral surgeon for procedures like dental implants, the cost of surgery and implantation is £1,520.

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What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?

Oral surgeons have additional training and education beyond what’s expected of your standard dentist. Most have a medical degree (MD) alongside their oral surgery diplomas and have undergone at least four years of training in hospital-based surgical programmes, learning several specialities, including sedation.

Why is oral surgery performed?

  • Badly broken teeth
  • Missing teeth or impacted teeth
  • Bone loss in your jaw
  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Severe gum disease and receding gums

How long does oral surgery take?

The length of your procedure depends on several factors, for example, the type of oral surgery you’re having, how many teeth are being treated and whether or not you’ve opted for sedation. As a rule of thumb, one single tooth extraction can take 30 minutes, whereas corrective jaw surgery might take two to three hours.

Is oral surgery medical or dental?

Oral surgery most definitely falls under dentistry – however, there are certain times, where oral surgery is for other medical purposes like cancer treatment, for example.

If you have problems with jaw pain, missing teeth, or tooth decay, you’ll likely be under the care of a dentist.

Think you’ll need oral surgery?

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