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Oral and Maxillofacial surgery - your appointment

Preparing for your appointment

The referral to our department may come from your GP, your dentist or from a specialist doctor. We except referrals from many of the other specialties from with the QEH.

Once we have received your referral we will first want to meet you on a consultation clinic. These run on various days throughout the week. The clinic is always led by a consultant or a senior member of staff. All referrals are triaged by the consultant.

Due to the nature of the clinic and the varying patient needs consultations can sometimes overrun. This may mean that you are not seen at your exact appointment time. We will do our very best to keep you informed of any delays and we apologise for this.

We will assess your problem at the first appointment. You will have any investigations you need, such as x-rays and blood tests, but you will not have any treatment. Please bring the following with you:

  • Your appointment letter
  • A list of any medications you are taking
  • A list of any questions you want to ask

If you need to come back for treatment we will place you on the appropriate waiting list and you will be given a leaflet on what to expect next time.

On the next appointment and if you are undergoing treatment please follow carefully any instructions you have been given.

Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Department Services

Our aim is to provide high quality, comprehensive care to our patients. Detailed below are some of the services we offer.

Dentoalveolar surgery

Dentoalveolar surgery is surgery to the tooth-bearing part of the jaw. This includes impacted teeth, complex tooth extractions, apicectomy, cysts and lesions.

Oral medicine

The diagnoses and medical treatment of a wide range of conditions affecting the oral mucosa. A biopsy would be performed of the affected area if required.


The treatment of facial fractures and lacerations and the aftercare required.

Oral and facial cancers

Head and neck cancer follows the NICE guidelines. Pre and post op consultations are carried out here. Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy are provided where indicated.

Jaw joint disorders

Treatment for jaw joint disorder is seen on an outpatient clinic within the department. Should surgery be required a referral to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital would be arranged.

Medically compromised patients

Treating patients whose medical condition may affect or be affected by dental treatment.

Facial pain

The diagnosis and treatment for people with trigeminal nerve pain, managing and diagnosing orofacial pain.


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