Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery and Orthodontics: More on surgery

Mouth surgeons require qualification in both medicine and dentistry. This surgery is an international specialty which, within Europe, is defined under medical directives. The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) has produced criteria, standards and evidence for oral and maxillofacial surgery in the UK.

Procedures include:

  • Dentoalveolar surgery - Procedures on teeth and related structures e.g. wisdom teeth removal.
  • Oral medicine - Includes mouth ulcers and mucocutaneous conditions.
  • Salivary gland pathologies - Includes benign conditions such as Sjogren’s syndrome and parotid tumours.
  • Head and neck surgery - Often both ablative (removing cancers) and reconstructive (with specialised microvascular free flaps).
  • Maxillofacial trauma - In north-west London this is not insignificant, and all admissions are transferred to Northwick Park for 24-hour, on-call service.
  • Skin cancers - We work closely with dermatology colleagues.
  • Facial deformity - Jaw discrepancies/facial asymmetries. Often young patients with severely affected quality of life.
  • Facial pain - We overlap with the Chronic Pain team providing support
  •  3 day care sessions a week - under general anaesthetic as well as oral surgery procedures.

At Hillingdon Hospital, we are part of three multidisciplinary teams:

  • Managing head and neck cancers led primarily by Mr Michael Gilhooly and Dr Catherine Lemon (Clinical Oncology)
  • Managing skin cancers with Dr Farhana Ravat (Dermatology), Dr Catherine Lemon (Clinical Oncology) and Mr Mahesh Kumar
  • Managing neck lumps Dr Ketan Patel (Haematology) , Mr E Babu ( General Surgery) and Mr Mahesh Kumar

For more information please contact the department on 01895 279224 or the departmental secretary on 01895 279256.


Surgeon assesses woman's jaw

Oral Surgery & Orthodontic
Reception 3, Outpatients
Hillingdon Hospital
Telephone: 01895 279224 (8:30am-5pm)