Maxillofacial and orthodontics
Maxillofacial is the surgical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck. Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that aims to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth.
Maxillofacial (oral surgery)
Our department has extensive scope for the management of minor and major problems affecting the mouth, jaws and face. We are an important referral resource for surrounding dental and medical practitioners. In our laboratory the consultants can work with our technicians to tailor surgery that is as individual as the patients we treat. We operate as an arm of Humberside Maxillofacial Consortium with headquarters at Hull Royal Infirmary. Major surgery for mouth cancer and serious maxillofacial injuries is undertaken in Hull where our department has a dedicated ward and a trained nursing team. Most emergency care will be undertaken in Hull with elective surgery lists continuing in our local hospital.
We have an expert consultant-led team able to offer extensive treatment options to all our patients on site. We offer the full range of services as defined by the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. and are also able to provide outpatient and inpatient surgical care for patients with varying underlying medical problems.
Specialist services and procedures undertaken locally include:
- Dentoalveolar surgery
- Management of maxillofacial trauma
- Facial skin cancer surgery
- Orthognathic (dentofacial deformity ) surgery
- Salivary gland surgery
- Oral medicine diagnostic service
- Facial cosmetic surgery.
Please note that we are not able to offer a routine dental surgery service and elective patients need to be referred either by a dental or medical practitioner.
Orthodontics uses devices such as a brace to correct the position of the teeth. You may need orthodontic treatment if your teeth or jaw do not develop in a normal way, which can cause discomfort and make it hard to maintain good oral hygiene. In some cases abnormal development of the teeth and jaw can affect the shape of the face, which can cause psychological and emotional problems, such as lack of self-confidence.
Conditions treated include:
- Mal-alignment of teeth and jaws
- Crowding, impacted or missing teeth
- Increased or reduced overjet and overbite
- Centre line and occlusal discrepancies
- Facial disproportion/disharmony (this treatment is carried out in conjunction with surgery).
As of April 2006 the NHS has regulations in place to ensure that orthodontic treatment is only provided for individuals needing treatment on clinical grounds. These guidelines are the Index of Orthodontist Treatment Need (IOTN) and the Dental Health Component (DHC). The orthodontist may be able to provide NHS treatment provided the patient is in IOTN DHC Grades 4-5. For more information on these guidelines please visit the British Orthodontic Society website.
All patients must be referred formally, usually by their dentist. Our consultant is also able to offer advice to general dental practitioners within the region.