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Minor Oral Surgery

What is an Oral Surgeon?

An oral surgeon deals with correcting problems or damage to the mouth, teeth and jaw.

For the majority of people Oral Surgery involves the removal of teeth, including wisdom teeth.
Oral Surgeons have a general dental degree just like your family dentist.
An Oral Surgeon has an additional three years of specialist dental training, which makes them EXPERTS in Oral Surgery procedures too complicated for an ordinary dentist.

Removal of wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties.
Wisdom teeth that only partially erupt allow for an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection, which results in pain, swelling and jaw stiffness.

Partially erupted teeth are also more prone to tooth decay and gum disease because their hard-to-reach location and awkward positioning makes brushing and flossing difficult. They can cause infection, pain, swelling and damage to neighbouring teeth. If infection develops around a tooth, the gum can become sore and swollen and the person can experience bad breath, bad taste and difficulty opening their mouth and eating.

What can be done?

Our Specialist Oral Surgeon can relieve pain and swelling by removing problematic teeth (including wisdom teeth) in a caring and friendly environment.

Treatment for Anxious Patients

Nervous patients can have their surgery carried out under sedation or general anaesthesia.

What is Sedation?

Sedation is a very safe process where a drug is given in an intra-venous form to relax and calm a patient. One of the effects of the sedative drug used (Midazolm, a benzodiazepine) is that the patient may not remember the full operation, and they will also feel quite drowsy. This makes longer and more complex procedures more comfortable for the patient. It is also a very safe method of relaxation. It is not the same as a General Anaesthetic.

Instructions for Sedation

- Eat your breakfast/ lunch as normal on the day of the procedure.
- Take all routine medications as normal on the day of the procedure (unless instructed not to by the surgeon).
- Please remove all nail varnish from fingers.
- An escort must be available to take the patient home (by car – public transportation is not allowed) and stay with them for 24 hours.
- Sedation will NOT be undertaken if there is no escort available.
- The sedated patient must NOT cook, drive, operate heavy machinery, sign legal documents etc in the 24 hours after the procedure .

Wisdom Teeth

An impacted Wisdom tooth. Some bone is removed to gain access and then the tooth is split, the roots are removed separately. The gum is replaced and heals naturally.

Wisdom Teeth Resorption

Other Examples of Minor Oral Surgery

Minor Oral Surgery procedures may be carried out inhouse by your dentist or by our Oral Surgeon. The following are examples of Oral surgery procedures:

- Frenectomy: Removal of Labial Frenum which may cause spacing of the Central Incisor teeth.
- Apicectomy: Apical Root Surgery if a root treatment fails.
- Localised Gingevectomy: Surgical treatment of infected gingiva around a specific tooth or a few teeth together.
- Crown Lengthening: Removal of some gingiva (gum) over your tooth for aesthetic purposes.

To book an appointment for minor oral surgery please contact:
Park Clinic Dental 01 2853666
Knocklyon Dental 01 4936909