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Dentoalveolar Surgery

Dentoalveolar surgery relates to procedures on the jawbone that supports and surrounds the teeth and includes routine operations such as extraction, bone contouring, root canal work, minor soft tissue repairs and cyst removal.

What requires dentoalveolar surgery?

Dental alveolar refers to the sockets in the jaw where the roots of the teeth are held. Tooth loss can lead to a reduction of bone material in the jaw which can then cause the gum to collapse so this has to be carefully managed by expert dentoalveolar surgeons.

Problems can arise from accident or injury and gum and bone infections. Ageing, decaying teeth or ones that are growing at a sharp angle into adjacent teeth are a common cause for the need for surgery

Dentoalveolar surgery procedure

Depending on the nature of the issue, work will be carried out under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation or general anaesthesia.

Medical examinations backed up by X-rays provide the most accurate treatment pathways and any procedures are normally carried out by an oral and maxillofacial specialist rather than a local dentist.

It is an important specialty for oral infections and a consultant may need a biopsy of skin tissue if the patient has lesions or a cyst.

Most patients return home on the day of surgery but may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days following a procedure.

Contact us

To ask a question about dentoalveolar surgery procedure or to book an appointment with one of our experts you can call us on 020 7078 3845 or email us at maxfaxlondon@hje.org.uk.

MaxFax Clinic

Our MaxFax Unit provides a bespoke medical service at St John and St Elizabeth Hospital specialising in oral and maxillofacial conditions, offering a range of surgeries and other treatments.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7078 3845.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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