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Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

Private Oral Maxillofacial Surgery at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire.

Oral and facial conditions can be excruciatingly painful, so you’ll want treatment urgently. At BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayr, we provide immediate access to highly skilled Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons who can put you on the road to recovery fast.

Our Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons are technically skilled and comprehensively trained in this complex, extensive, and unique speciality. Most referring GPs and dentists in the area know our surgical team well and directly refer patients seeking private medical advice diagnosis and treatment.

You’ll receive the highest levels of patient-focused care at the hospital. Our consultants and team of nurses, radiographers and support staff work alongside each other to help you get back to feeling better as quickly as possible.

Oral maxillofacial surgery is one of 10 recognised surgical specialities and has a training pathway requiring surgeons to have a dual medical and dental degree.

The speciality provides a link between dentistry and medicine, with surgical treatments for diseases, anomalies, and oral pathologies (lumps, bumps, growths, and cysts) of the head and neck. 

At BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, our experienced Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons have many sub-specialist areas. They include head and neck cancer services, operations on the tooth-bearing site of the jaws (dentoalveolar surgery), oral medicine (diseases of the mouth), craniofacial anomalies (orthognathic surgery), salivary gland disorders and facial cosmetic surgery.

Our Consultant Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons provide a full diagnostic service and treatments for the head, neck, and oral cavity conditions involving both bones and soft tissue. Examples include:

  • Facial skin cancer removal
  • Removing melanomas
  • Treating head and neck cancer
  • Managing jaw joint problems with temporomandibular joint surgery (TMJ)
  • Oral ulcer investigation and treatment
  • Removing wisdom teeth, other impacted teeth and complex dental roots
  • Investigating and treating facial pain, such as trigeminal neuralgia (TN), which affects the trigeminal nerve carrying sensations to the brain
  • Vascular anomalies – of blood vessels, veins and arteries
  • Craniofacial disorders affecting the bones of the skull and face
  • Skin grafts and flap reconstructions

The most common referrals seen by our Consultant Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons are from Dermatologists concerning major head, neck and skin cancers. They also receive many referrals from dental practitioners and GPs for teeth and jaw conditions.

Our Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons who have a sub speciality in facial cosmetic surgery also see patients for nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift and ear correction (pinnaplasty).

We accept referrals from GPs, dentists, and other consultants, including dermatologists and ENT specialists. Some of our consultants also see those wishing to self-refer.

Your consultant will take you into a private consulting room at your initial consultation, where they will ask you to go over your medical history and provide details on your condition or issue. They may also examine your head, neck, or mouth, depending on where the problem is. Your consultant will aim to provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan at your initial consultation. However, they may advise on further diagnostics to be able to provide this.

The most common diagnostic test is an orthopantomogram (OPG) scan, a type of x-ray, which provides a view of the lower face and jaws. 

Your consultant may also advise a computerised tomography (CT) scan or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, which produce detailed images that can help identify and diagnose temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and oral cancers.

X-rays can be carried out at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital. Should you require a CT or MRI scan, this will be carried out at our sister hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. You’ll return to Carrick Glen Hospital to see your consultant and go over your scan results. This review usually takes place a few days after the scan but can be on a next day basis for urgent cases.

Once your consultant has provided a diagnosis, they will offer treatment options for your condition. If surgical treatment is required to relieve your symptoms and ensure you return to everyday life, this could range from a minor outpatient procedure to complex surgery.

If you’ve spotted a lump on your tongue or a cyst in your mouth, your consultant will be able to advise if it is cancerous or not. The majority of oral lumps and cysts are benign. However, if found to be malignant, they can be treated efficiently and promptly, depending on the stage at which it’s presented. 

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital has a theatre for procedures carried out under local anaesthetic (when you’re awake).

Major surgeries involving a general anaesthetic (when you’re entirely unconscious), required for jaw procedures and impacted teeth, take place at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. The same consultant oral maxillofacial surgeon that you saw at Carrick Glen Hospital will perform the surgery. You’ll also meet your anaesthetist, who will put you to sleep and monitor your breathing and heart rate throughout the surgery.

Following surgery at Ross Hall Hospital, you’ll initially recover in the recovery department before being transported back to your private room with en-suite, tv and WIFI.

Whether you’re worried about a lump on your tongue, living with facial pain or troubled by an ulcer inside the mouth, you won’t have to wait to see a medical professional at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital.

As we have no waiting lists, we can offer direct, fast, and convenient appointments with expert consultant oral maxillofacial surgeons with decades of experience.

With specialist guidance from your consultant, you’ll get the most appropriate diagnostic tests and treatments depending on your condition to help get you back to health fast.

Your consultant will provide clear explanations at every stage of your journey and explain the pros and cons of appropriate treatments.


  • Extended appointment times where you have time to explain what’s bothering you.

  • Leading specialists who are experts in the complex oral maxillofacial field.

  • A dedicated multidisciplinary team of nurses, radiologists, anaesthetists, and other clinical and administrative staff who work with our surgeons to provide patient-centred care.

  • Prompt access to diagnostics and treatment – providing you with choice at every stage.

  • Excellent follow-up care, including access to your consultant and nurse should you have any questions or concerns.

Specialists offering Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

Mr Andrew Gardner

Consultant Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon


BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Roger Currie

Consultant Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon


BMI Carrick Glen Hospital

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Mr Stuart Hislop

Consultant Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon


BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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