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Minor Oral Surgery Service

Minor Oral Surgery Service

Background: Oral surgery referrals from dentists have increased and placing increased pressure on finite hospital resources (Secondary Care). This service has been developed by NHS England and Local Area Teams whereby Primary Care Specialist Oral Surgeons and Dentists with special interest can provide care for selected patients at reduced waiting times and similar levels of quality and patient satisfaction. These clinicians have been appointed as they have the appropriate level of training and experience. This is a non-urgent service  and cannot provide general anaesthetic ( put patients to sleep).


Dental Referrals

What is minor oral surgery?

Dentists can do a large number of surgical interventions in the mouth.  The term "Minor oral surgery"refers to smaller operations and include removing wisdom teeth, impacted teeth, and severely broken-down teeth, roots, as well as apicectomies, biopsies and other procedures. 

Within our service our oral surgery is largely carried out by Specialist Oral Surgeons and well as Dentists with a special interest and advanced training in Oral Surgery (DwSI). The dentists providing the treatment have gained the necessary skills and experience by receiving training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Departments in various hospitals. They are all registered with the General Dental Council.

The service provides a range of oral surgical procedures for patients referred by their general dental practitioner. Patients are usually referred for the removal of teeth which the referring dentist has assessed as having a higher complexity and requiring more advanced treatment than they could provide themselves in order to offer you the best care.   

How is oral surgery carried out? 

Procedures are usually carried out using routine local anaesthetic (injections) although sometimes sedation can be provided if necessary. Our service cannot provide minor oral surgery treatment under general anaesthetic (when you are put completely to sleep), only your local Hospitals can as they have the necessary equipment and support team in the building. Patients requiring this form of treatment must be referred to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at the relevant hospital.  Your dentist is able to make this referral if appropriate.   

Who is the team that will be treating me? 

We look forward to treating you. 

Dr. Meenal Karania, Specialist Oral Surgeon
Dr. Caroline Warminger, SHO JPH Hospital, MaxFac.
Dr. Denver Fester, L2 Minor Oral Surgeon
Dr. Simon Bunting, L2 Minor Oral Surgeon

Helpful documents/ links

Undergoing Minor Oral Surgery - Welcome Pack

What to do in an Emergency?

Caperone Leaflet

Sedation Leaflet

Transport PLUS - Get help with transport

Track your referral
Your URN was generated by your dentist to allow you to track your referral. This system enables you to check the status of a referral. You need to know the URN of the referral, a 10 character alphanumeric code which is printed on the top of your referral forms.