Tooth Removal & Minor Oral Surgery

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Tooth removal and minor oral surgery involve removing or altering small areas in the mouth, typically performed in surgery with local anaesthesia. It is considered a safe and effective method for treating various dental conditions.

Our experienced specialists will assess your needs and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for you. We believe in providing personalised care to each patient, ensuring that they feel comfortable and informed every step of the way.

Tooth Removal & Minor Oral Surgery: Key Takeaways

  • Tooth removal is the most commonly performed minor oral surgery procedure.
  • Minor oral surgery is a safe and effective method for treating various dental conditions, typically performed in surgery with local anaesthesia.
  • Patient comfort and care are prioritised throughout the process, with anaesthesia options available for nervous patients.
  • Cost considerations are discussed with each patient before treatment, and a consultation with the specialists at London Dental Specialists is necessary before undergoing any procedure.
  • Follow-up appointments are crucial to monitor progress and address potential complications, with each patient's personalised care, pain management, and thorough aftercare instructions.

What is Minor Oral Surgery?

Minor oral surgery is an umbrella term that covers common procedures that involve removing teeth or other small tissues from the mouth. At the same time, it may seem like a simple procedure, but complications and risks can be involved.

One of the benefits of having minor oral surgery at London Dental Specialists is their ability to provide anaesthesia options for really nervous patients. This includes intravenous sedation, which can help alleviate anxiety and discomfort during the procedure.

All minor oral surgery procedures are carried out under local aesthetic where the patient is given an injection into the gum, yet remains wide awake. Whilst most patients find the thought of the procedure worse than the procedure itself, we have highly trained staff to support them through the process. Where a patient is particularly nervous then we are able to offer sedation with a local aesthetic.

Minor Oral Surgery

Types of Tooth Extraction (Removal) & Minor Oral Surgery Procedures

Types of minor oral surgery procedures include removing broken teeth, cysts in the mouth, wisdom teeth removal, and even retrieval of implants from the sinus. Tooth extraction (removal) is a common procedure that’s carried out for various reasons, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or overcrowding.

Gum grafting is another minor oral surgery involving removing gum tissue from one part of the mouth and attaching it to the area where gums have receded. This can improve both function and appearance.

Frenectomy is also available at the practice, which involves removing excess tissue in the mouth to correct issues with speech or eating. Dental implants are another option for those who want to replace missing teeth, while cyst removal may be necessary if there are growths in your mouth.

It’s important to understand what options are available to you regarding minor oral surgery procedures at London Dental Specialists. Our team will walk you through each step of your procedure and answer any questions about preparing for minor oral surgery.

Preparing for Minor Oral Surgery (Including Tooth Removal)

The first preparation step for tooth removal and minor oral surgery is discussing pain and anxiety management with your dentist or oral surgeon. Depending on the procedure and your individual needs, several anaesthesia options may be available to help manage any discomfort during the surgery.

In addition to discussing anaesthesia options, planning for post-operative care is important. This includes following a diet recommended by your dentist or oral surgeon and allowing enough time for recovery before resuming normal activities. Our team will provide thorough instructions on caring for yourself after the procedure and schedule follow-up appointments to monitor progress and ensure proper healing.

With these preparations in place, you can feel confident knowing you’ll receive top-notch care from our experienced specialists both during and after minor oral surgery.

Tooth Removal Aftercare

After tooth removal or other minor oral surgery procedures, following the post-operative care instructions provided by our specialists is crucial to ensure proper healing and minimise discomfort. Pain management is essential following minor oral surgery, so take painkillers as per the dosage instructions before the anaesthetic wears off and throughout the day. This will help manage any discomfort or swelling you may experience.

Adhering to dietary restrictions for around a week after your surgery is also important. Avoid eating or drinking anything too hot, stick to lukewarm or cold foods, and consume a soft diet. Wound care is critical to avoid infection, like dry socket and bleeding. Do not rinse or spit out to ensure that the blood clot is not dislodged. Use non-alcohol mouthwash or teaspoon of salt water rinse 3-4 times daily for seven days. Brush teeth gently around the wound area from tomorrow onwards. Place a piece of gauze on the operated area if there is any bleeding as this will ensure that a blood clot is reformed and stop the bleeding.

Finally, attend follow-up appointments as scheduled with our team at London Dental Specialists, who will monitor your progress and address any potential complications that may arise during recovery.

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Minor Oral Surgery FAQ

What is minor oral surgery?


Minor oral surgery refers to a surgical procedure that is conducted in the oral cavity, which could involve interventions such as tooth removal, gum surgery, implant placement, or other procedures.

What are some common dental procedures that may require oral surgery?


Common dental procedures that may require oral surgery include tooth extractions, dental implant placement, bone grafts, and gum grafts.

How can I prepare for minor oral surgery?


To prepare for minor oral surgery, it is essential to follow pre-operative instructions provided by your dentist. This may include things such as avoiding food and drink for a certain period before surgery, arranging transportation home, and wearing loose, comfortable clothing.

Does minor oral surgery hurt?


Minor oral surgery is usually performed under anesthesia, ensuring you do not feel pain during the procedure. However, some discomfort or soreness may be felt following the surgery, which can be managed with medication provided by your dentist.

How long is the recovery period after minor oral surgery?


The recovery period after minor oral surgery varies depending on the procedure’s complexity and the patient’s health. However, most patients can expect to feel soreness and discomfort for several days to a week after surgery.

Can I eat after minor oral surgery?


Following minor oral surgery, you may be advised to avoid solid foods and stick to liquids or soft foods for a certain period. Your dentist will provide specific dietary advice and provide recommendations for managing pain and discomfort during this time.

What is conscious sedation dentistry?


Conscious sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication to help patients relax during a dental procedure, such as minor oral surgery. Sedation can help manage anxiety, reduce pain and discomfort, and make the procedure feel more comfortable for the patient.

Can I drive myself home after minor oral surgery under conscious sedation?


No, it is not safe to drive yourself home after minor oral surgery under sedation. You will need to arrange transportation home with a friend or family member and rest for the remainder of the day following your procedure.

Is minor oral surgery available under the NHS?


Yes, minor oral surgery is available under the NHS, subject to certain eligibility criteria. Your referring dentist can help determine if you are eligible for NHS minor oral surgery or if private care may be a more suitable option.

How can I find a dentist who specializes in minor oral surgery?


To find a dentist who specializes in minor oral surgery, you can search online or ask your regular dentist for a referral. It is essential to research the dentist’s credentials and experience and ensure they have a strong track record of successful procedures.



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