Oral Surgery

What Is Oral Surgery?

When patients hear the words oral surgery, they think of a hospital setting, general anaesthesia, and one or more days in recovery from this type of dental procedure; but you might be surprised to know what is actually considered oral surgery in dentistry. Many procedures done here at Butler Dental are considered oral surgery and patients that require such procedures can be booked for the procedure without the inconvenience of being put on a waiting list for treatment.

If you or your child are particularly anxious of receiving oral surgery we offer inhalation and intravenous sedation at Butler Dental. Please call our experienced staff if you have any questions about this.

Examples of oral surgery treatments include:

1. Tooth Extractions

The most recognised form of oral surgery is tooth extraction. Reasons for tooth extraction can range from:

  • Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Teeth beyond repair either from tooth decay, root fracture, or trauma
  • Primary teeth (baby teeth) that have failed to fall out, preventing the eruption of permanent teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment plans may require the removal of some teeth to achieve the optimum result

Our experienced team can assist you in the removal of your impacted wisdom teeth, with difficult extractions and retained carious roots .

A wisdom tooth or a third molar is the furthest tooth in each quadrant of your mouth.


Wisdom teeth generally appear between the ages of 17 and 25 years. Most adults have four wisdom teeth, but it is possible to have fewer, more or even none.

Wisdom teeth have long been identified as a source of problems and continue to be the most commonly impacted teeth in your mouth. A lack of room to allow the teeth to erupt results in a risk of periodontal disease and caries (tooth decay) that increases with age.

At Butler Dental we will thoroughly examine your wisdom teeth and take a detailed history from you. We have the facilities to carry out a large digital x-ray of your jaws to assess the position and condition of your wisdom teeth and its surrounding structures.

We will then form a diagnosis and discuss the pros, cons, risks and benefits of surgical removal of your third molars.

2. Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming a common procedure to replace missing teeth, or provide stability to a new or existing denture. The procedure for placing a dental implant may vary depending on the technique used by the dentist or surgeon, and type of implant used. At Butler Dental we will refer you to the appropriate specialist to carry out this treatment.

Most people that have had a dental implant report the recovery is similar to that of a tooth extraction and they are generally able to return to normal eating within a week of the procedure.

Please book a consultation to discuss your treatment needs.