Category: Mouth & Jaw (Oral & Maxillofacial) Surgery

Most dentists carry out routine minor surgery of the mouth and jaw, eg. tooth extraction, removal of buried tooth roots, gum surgery etc.

However, more extensive diagnosis and surgery for problem wisdom teeth, misaligned jaws, facial injuries, head and neck cancer other tumours and cysts of the jaws is carried out by highly trained specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

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Oral health management of patients prescribed bisphosphonates

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This guidance provides clear and practical advice for dentists in primary care on how to provide care for patients prescribed bisphosphonates.  The guidance is also of relevance to prescribers and dispensers of bisphosphonates and to patients. The full guidance and support materials can be downloaded from the SDCEP website.

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Oral health assessment and review

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This guidance document aims to facilitate the move from a restorative approach to patient care to a preventive and long-term approach that is risk-based and meets the specific needs of individual patients. It also aims to encourage the involvement of patients in managing their own oral health. A  ‘ Guidance in Brief ‘ document incorporates…

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Prophylaxis against infective endocarditis: NICE

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This  NICE Guidance on:-  Prophylaxis against infective endocarditis: Antimicrobial prophylaxis against infective endocarditis in adults and children undergoing interventional procedures Covers patients who are at risk of infective endocarditis, specifically:- adults and children with certain problems affecting the structure of the heart (such as a replacement heart valve or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) adults and children who…

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The aim of this report was to review the need for the range of Oral and Maxillofacial Services and adress the implications of the emergence of the specialty of Surgical Dentistry. Download a copy of the report

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Management of Unerupted and Impacted Third Molar Teeth – SIGN 43

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Third molars generally erupt between the ages of 18 and 24 years, although there is wide variation in eruption dates. One or more third molars are absent in approximately 25% of adults but they may still be present in the elderly, otherwise edentulous, patient. The prevalence of unerupted third molars varies widely and is influenced…

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Guidance on the Extraction of Wisdom Teeth

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NICE has recommended that: Impacted wisdom teeth that are free from disease (healthy) should not be operated on. There are two reasons for this: There is no reliable research to suggest that this practice benefits patients Patients who do have healthy wisdom teeth removed are being exposed to the risks of surgery. These can include,…

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