Specialist Surgical
Dental Care

Oral Surgery and Technology

Update Oct 2020

Covid-19 Level 5

Despite moving to Level 5 restrictions, Cork Oral Surgery will remain open and we will continue to see all referrals.  As per government and Irish Dental Council guidelines, dental services are listed as “essential” under the category “human health and social work activities”.

We continue to follow best-practice protocols to ensure that all consultations and treatments are performed with the least amount of risk.  The following are some of these protocols in which you, the patient, can help us lower the risk of transmission;

  1. Do not attend your appointment if you are feeling unwell or exhibit any of the Covid-19 symptoms (fever, dry cough, tiredness, aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, headache, loss of smell etc.)
  2. If possible, please check your temperature prior to attending your appointment.  If your temperature is greater than 38 degrees celsius then please phone us and we can reschedule.
  3. Please wear a mask when you arrive at the clinic.  We will then inform you when it is safe to remove it.
  4. Please attend your appointment alone where possible.  We are happy for carers/escorts to attend and assist with elderly patients, and for parents/guardians to attend with children.  Also, if additional moral support is needed for anxious patients, we can make an exception!
  5. Please wait in your car on arrival.  When the waiting room is clear we will phone you to invite you inside.  This is to lower the risk of cross contamination between patients.  If you are on foot, then please let us know and we can arrange to seat you (separately) elsewhere in the clinic.

Due to the backlog of oral surgery cases that have built up during and since the lockdown, we are still receiving a high volume of referrals and an ever increasing demand for urgent appointments.  We are endeavouring to meet this demand each day, and are very grateful for your patience.

Please do not hesitate to email or call us if you have any questions regarding your symptoms or upcoming appointment/treatment. We will try to guide you through the "new normal" of oral surgery care as best we can.

Patient Journey

Patient Care

Patient Journey

  • 1 Referral from dentist

    Most patients come to us via a referral from their own dentist.  They may refer you to our care if they are not comfortable in the diagnosis or management of certain conditions or in the delivery of specific surgical procedures.

  • 2 Pathway to our clinic

    Once your dentist has referred you to us, we will contact you in order to  schedule your appointment.  This can be for a consultation only, if you wish, or if recommended by your dentist.  In many instances however, we can see you directly for treatment where suitable.

  • 3 COS clinic appointment

    Your appointment will take place in our newly renovated, specifically-designed oral surgery clinic, conveniently located in Wilton with ample free parking. Here we will carry out a full and thorough assessment and will discuss all your oral surgery needs. Most treatments are carried out within the clinic itself. Alternatively we can schedule your treatment to be carried out at the Mater Private Cork, if a general anaesthetic (i.e. fully asleep) is required.

Treatments

Treatments

This is a specific type of surgical extraction. As above, this often requires some surgical steps in order to retrieve the partially or fully buried wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth commonly require removal as they do not have enough space to erupt fully, and so get trapped in the gum in a position that is difficult to clean.
Many teeth require removal because they are broken down beyond repair. When there is minimal tooth structure remaining above/outside of the gum, a surgical extraction can be required. This involves gaining improved access to the tooth/root via an incision in the gum, and may involve division of the tooth into smaller more fragments. Typically sutures/stitches are required after this in order to close the wound/socket.
For nervous patients, treatment can be carried out under intra-venous (drip-line) sedation, in order to relax you and render you much less aware of the procedure taking place. The sedation makes you very sleepy, and typically patients do not remember much about the treatment.
This is where your orthodontist needs a buried tooth uncovered, in order to align it with your other teeth. Once we uncover this tooth, your orthodontist can then place a bracket onto the tooth, which they can then use to move the tooth into the desired position.
There are many different reasons why we develop lumps or swelling in the mouth. Thankfully most are innocent, but it is often necessary to investigate these, to ensure there is nothing sinister present. This can involve a very quick biopsy procedure in some cases.
Implants are a sophisticated and commonly used method of replacing missing teeth, or supporting a lose denture. On some occasions, the bony foundations into which implants are to be placed are insufficient. Hence there are procedures whereby the required bone volume can be achieved by adding artificial/synthetic bone products. On some occasions these additional volumes can be gained by harvesting natural bone from elsewhere in the mouth.
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