Oral surgery

About oral surgery

Oral surgery is a term that encompasses a range of treatments offered by dentists, oral surgeons and oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Maxillofacial means relating to the jaw or face.

Routine surgical procedures such as tooth removal can be carried out by your general dentist, but you may be referred to a specialist oral surgeon for more complex treatments like wisdom tooth removal or dental implants.

Oral surgery is mainly offered on a referral basis. Your dentist can refer you to a Bupa Dental Care practice which offers oral surgery. For more information, find a practice near you and get in touch.

If you’re a dentist looking to refer your patient, browse our list of practices accepting dentist referrals.

What kinds of treatment might require oral surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide treatment for problems relating to the jaws and face. Specialists in this area can help patients with a huge range of concerns. Here are some of the most common treatments requiring oral surgery:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth - When a wisdom tooth fails to fully emerge, causing swelling, pain and sometimes infection.
  • Dental implants - These are titanium screws which are fixed into the jaw bone to hold new, false teeth.
  • Jaw related problems - Issues with unequal jaw growth or TMJ dysfunctionmay require surgical intervention.
  • Facial injury repair - Oral surgeons may repair fractured jaws or broken facial bones.

For more information about oral surgery, or if you think you may need oral surgery, talk to your dentist.

Find a Bupa dentist near you and make an appointment.

What is the treatment process?

Before treatment, your dentist will explain your treatment options to you and answer any questions that you may have. You may need local or general anaesthetic for your oral surgery. Some specialists treat patients in their local practice, whilst some carry out procedures in a hospital setting.

Your dentist will be able to explain the specifics of your treatment plan to you before any procedures take place.

Help for nervous patients

At Bupa Dental Care we understand that many people are anxious about visiting the dentist. Our staff receive extra training on how to support nervous patients and some of our practices provide conscious sedation.

Find out more about how we can help nervous patients.

Who performs oral surgery?

Routine surgical procedures such as tooth extractions can be carried out by your general dentist at your local practice.

More complex treatments are carried out by specialist oral surgeons, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons. These specialists complete four years of dental training and then an additional four to six years of surgical training.

How much does oral surgery cost?

The cost of oral surgery varies from case to case depending on the complexity of the problem and kind of treatment provided.

If there is a medical need for oral surgery, it may be available on the NHS. Treatments such as dental implants, are typically not available on the NHS, but are offered privately.

At Bupa Dental Care, we believe in transparent pricing so your dentist will always explain the costs to you in full before beginning treatment.

For a personalised treatment plan and quote, find your local Bupa Dental practice below and make an appointment.


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