Dentoalveolar Surgery (Tooth Extraction)

What is dentoalveolar surgery?

‘Dento’ is Latin for teeth, while ‘Alveolar’ relates to the area of the jaw containing the sockets for your teeth. Dentoalveolar surgery involves a variety of procedures including:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Tissue biopsy
  • Surgical removal or exposure of impacted teeth
  • Enucleation (surgical removal) of cystic lesions 

Removal of impacted/unerupted teeth, particularly wisdom teeth, is perhaps the most common dentoalveolar surgical procedure performed. 

Why is wisdom tooth surgery so common?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to form. Often, they erupt into the mouth with little space in the jawbone for them to erupt completely upright. Wisdom teeth often become impacted — meaning the teeth do not, or cannot, erupt normally.

High-quality treatment by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon is necessary to reduce the risk of infection, nerve damage, or damage to other teeth. 

MercyAscot Head and Neck Service offers world-class care for patients receiving dentoalveolar surgery and our specialist team is led by Dr Muammar Abu-Serriah.

Indications for tooth removal

  • Tooth crowding
  • Decay or damage to adjacent teeth
  • Cyst or tumour formation
  • Recurrent infection of the gums causing pain, simple swelling, bad taste or smell, and occasionally an abscess, face swelling, and emergency hospital admission

If you are worried about any of these symptoms, talk to your GP or family doctor and ask for a referral to the MercyAscot Head and Neck Service.

What treatment do we offer?

We are committed to consulting with patients in a timely manner. We will provide you with all the information you need to make the right decision for you. We offer surgery under local/general anaesthetic or intravenous sedation. We are affiliated with all private insurance providers and work effectively with them.

If you are worried about any symptoms, talk to your GP or family doctor and ask for a referral to the MercyAscot Head and Neck Service.