The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department in NDDH provides specialised NHS treatments to patients with a wide range conditions affecting the face, mouth, jaws, head & neck. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is unique in that the consultant team have dual qualification in both medicine and dentistry, and therefore uses the expertise from both backgrounds to treat the following conditions:
- Head, neck and mouth cancers and neck lumps
- Salivary gland lumps and disease
- Head, neck and facial skin cancers
- Facial Deformity and Orthognathic surgery
- Acute facial trauma and post-traumatic deformity
- Neonatal Tongue Tie
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
- Facial pain
- Surgical removal of impacted teeth and dento-alveolar surgery
- Jaw cysts and tumours
- Oral mucosal conditions including ulceration and white lesions
- Cervicofacial infections
The department provides a wide variety of out-patient and day case services, including assessment and diagnostic clinics, treatment clinics using Local Anaesthetic with or without Intravenous Sedation and Day Case General Anaesthetic treatment lists. Diagnostic assessments will include biopsy of skin, bone and mucosal lesions and Needle Aspiration Biopsy of salivary gland and neck lumps. Any patients requiring overnight admission for treatment will have their surgical treatment carried out at the RD&E Hospital in Exeter under the care of the same team of Consultant Surgeons. Postoperative follow-up for this group of patients will be locally in NDDH.
There are close working links with the specialities of Orthodontics, ENT, Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery and Oncology in providing assessments and treatments for patients with Head, Neck & Mouth cancer and those with Facial Deformity within Specialist Combined Clinics and the weekly Head & Neck Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Team meeting and clinic.