Oral surgery is part of the broad dentistry speciality. It treats many conditions - including both functional and aesthetic aspects - of the hard and soft tissues of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neck. While maxillofacial surgeons are qualified in oral surgery, generally having both medical and dental qualifications,...
Mouth conditions are where my speciality perhaps comes closest to mainstream dentistry. I take referrals from both dentists and GPs for conditions including the following.
Jaw joint disorders
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the sliding hinge-like part that connects your skull to your jawbone. Problems with this joint are surprisingly common and stem from a range of causes - from actual traumatic injury to age-related arthritis. These pages detail a few of them.
Facial trauma consists of damage to the soft or hard tissues of the facial skeleton.
Facial deformity comes in two main varieties: those you may be born with, and those suffered as a result of injury. Some of the conditions in this area are here.
Facial pain constitutes a wide range of disorders of the oro-facial region.
Salivary gland disease
There are several varieties of salivary gland disease. Saliva is the substance that moistens food and assists its passage into the stomach; if this substance is not available, sufferers often experience problems eating and knock-on effects such as harmful mouth bacteria and bad breath.