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Edited By: Paul Coulthard
Online ISSN: 1752-248X
Oral Surgery is published jointly by Wiley-Blackwell and The British Association of Oral Surgeons.
The British Association of Oral Surgeons represent all dental surgeons with a special interest in oral surgery and surgical dentistry, from the high street practitioner through hospital specialists to the Academic Oral Surgeons also represented by AACOMS.
Specialists in oral surgery can be based in specialist practices or within the hospital service. The practice of oral surgery includes the following:
- Extraction of teeth and roots, removal of impacted teeth, including wisdom teeth
- Surgical endodontics or apicectomy
- Management of benign intra-oral lesions, minor salivary gland pathology and intra-oral salivary calculi
- Management of traumatic injuries to teeth and related structures
- Treatment of oral lacerations
- Oral and dental implantology
- Control and management of orofacial pain
This list gives examples of the sort of treatment that may be carried out by specialists in oral surgery and is not exhaustive. Treatment may be carried out under local anaesthesia with or without sedation. In hospital treatment may on occasion take place under general anaesthesia.
There are currently over 500 specialists in surgical dentistry and oral surgery working within the UK. In order to become a specialist in this field a training pathway of at least 5 years post graduation is necessary. Specialists hold higher qualifications and have a wide range of experience.