Oral Surgery is the branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis and surgical management of conditions affecting the mouth, jaws and peri-oral tissues. A dental practitioner who has carried out specialist training in this field is called an Oral Surgeon. Patients are often referred to an Oral Surgeon by their General Dental Practitioner (Dentist/Dental Surgeon) or another Dental Specialist (e.g. Orthodontist, Endodontist, Prosthodontist, Paedodontist, Special Needs Dentist, Periodontist, etc) for particular procedures that fit into the overall comprehensive treatment plan of their patients. All dental practitioners enhance their skills with continuing professional development courses and many may carry out oral surgery procedures themselves. However,  a referral to an Oral Surgeon may be advised if the treatment required is outside the clinician's own scope of practice or experience level. Oral Surgeons have undergone extensive and rigorous accredited post-graduate training in this field and will be able to provide you with specialist care. Dr Atkinson will liaise with your referring practitioner to ensure you are looked after throughout the whole treatment process and into the future.