Oral surgery

Our Specialist Oral Surgeons are able to carry out a wide range of surgical procedures including helping dentally anxious and medically complex patients...

Oral surgery options

Our Specialist Oral Surgeons are able to carry out a wide range of surgical procedures, including: 

  • Removal of impacted wisdom teeth (third molars)
  • Surgical removal of retained roots and fractured teeth
  • Exposure or removal of impacted teeth prior to orthodontic treatment
  • Soft tissue procedures (for the removal of lumps, bumps and swellings)
  • Removal of cystic lesions of the jaws
  • Repair of oro-antral (mouth to nose/sinus) communications

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What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last molar teeth to come through at the back of your mouth (the third molars); this usually occurs in late teens to early adulthood. They are the most commonly absent teeth; about a third of the population do not develop wisdom teeth at all.


This varies according to how your wisdom tooth is positioned and the way it is impacted. Some are quite simple to remove but others are more deeply impacted and will require a surgical approach that involves lifting the gum and removing some bone that is encasing the wisdom tooth.

This varies a little from patient to patient but an appointment for surgery under local anaesthesia usually lasts 60 minutes.

If a surgical approach is required then stitches will be used to close the wound and they are usually dissolvable.


Will it be painful afterwards?

You should not feel any pain immediately after the operation as the area of surgery will be numb from the local anaesthetic. As the numbness wears off, the area tends to become uncomfortable; we usually advise you to take painkillers before the numbness wears off in order to prevent this. We can supply you with these and inform you regarding dosages and timings.


Are there any other after-effects?

This depends on the operation; your surgeon will have discussed any specific issues of concern with you beforehand. There may be swelling and bruising in the area of surgery and this can limit jaw opening. This is usually at its most obvious two to three days after surgery and varies between patients; it normally settles after one to two weeks.

All lower wisdom teeth are situated close to nerves supplying the lower teeth, lip, chin, cheek and tongue but some are especially close. In these cases, the nerves can get bruised when the tooth is removed, resulting in a sensation of numbness, discomfort or tingling in these areas. This change in sensation only affects a small proportion of patients and is usually temporary. It can take up to six months to fully resolve and only very rarely becomes permanent. We will discuss these issues with you during your consultation.

If appropriate, we may recommend a specialised CT scan that provides a three-dimensional image of the area to further assess this potential proximity between your wisdom tooth and the adjacent nerve. In this case, a written report of the scan’s findings would be provided and a further consultation appointment arranged to discuss the findings before deciding on surgery.