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Smile Perfections Dental & Cosmetic Clinic

  • 34 Harborough Road
  • Leicester
  • LE2 4LA
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Minor Oral Surgery Referral (Private & NHS)

26th March 2020

From April 2018, We can only accept NHS Minor oral surgery referral through online Dental Referral Management Centre-pathway.

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Dr Juttes Pallipatt

BDS, MFDS RCS (Eng), DWSI Oral Surg
Clinical Director & Partner
GDC No. 104499

Juttes`special interest lies in helping anxious and nervous patients in regaining confidence so that they can undergo dental treatment in a calm and comfortable manner Juttes and the team at take the time to personalise the dental experience taking the fear and intimidation out of dentistry and provide high quality dentistry.

Dr Juttes Pallipatt is a Dental Phobia Certified dentist Click Here to verify.

Juttes obtained his dental degree in 2002 and is principal dentist at Aesthetic smiles Dental spa. Juttes further underwent three years training in oral and maxillofacial surgery in maxillofacial training units including Leicester Royal infirmary. MFDS RCS was awarded by Royal college of surgeons of England during this time.

After Maxillofacial training Juttes decided to pursue general dentistry as well as cosmetic and implant dentistry. With a wealth of experience in general dentistry, Juttes also has in-depth advanced training in Dental Implantology, Diploma Program, from Faculty of Dental surgeons, Royal college of surgeons of England

Juttes is particularly interested in cosmetic dentistry, 3D smile design, Digital dentistry- Cerec , Oral surgery and Intravenous sedation for nervous patients. Juttes is a Member of The Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) He has also completed training on cosmetic adult orthodontics, Six Month Smiles.

He is extremely keen to learn about new techniques and therefore attends many postgraduate courses all over the world to keep up to date with modern dentistry.

Juttes takes referrals for Implant Dentistry, Intravenous Sedation, Oral Surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry from other dentists. He also teaches Oral surgery and Implants surgery to other dentists on a one to one basis.

Juttes accepts referrals for complex minor oral surgery procedures as a part of Leicestershire Minor oral surgery pathway from other Leicestershire dentists.

Outside of work, Juttes is married to Pratima and has two daughters Amelia and Kiana and enjoys travelling and sociallisng.


  • Association of Dental Implantology
  • Faculty of Royal college of surgeons of England
  • British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Society for Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry
  • Dental phobia Certified Dentists
  • Dental protection society

Dr Pratima Pallipatt

Clinical Director & Partner
BDS, MFDS RCS (Eng), DWSI Oral Surg
GDC No. 101258

Pratima has a calm, confident and gentle approach to patient care and has an ethos of practicing high quality evidence based dentistry, with a strong emphasis on prevention and patient education and known to be very good with nervous patients.

Pratima obtained her dental degree in 2002 and further undergone three years training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, MFDS RCS was awarded during this period. Pratima has treated hundred’s of happy patients and therefore has a wealth of experience in general and advanced cosmetic dentistry. She also provides family and general dentistry, children’s dentistry, preventative dentistry.

Pratima continues to attend many post graduate courses in a variety of different subjects and has a real interest in aesthetic dentistry, particularly in invisible braces as well as new methods and treatments for providing improved smiles. She is a certified Invisalign provider, and has a special interest in Orthodontics. She is also Certified provider for six months smiles, Quick staright teeth braces, lingual discreet braces, clear braces, Inman aligners.

She has built a reputation for putting anxious patients and children at ease. She enjoys treating families and is always keen to promote oral health especially to children. Her gentle nature means that she has successfully treated very nervous patients and restored their confidence in dentistry. Pratima is qualified to treat patients under intravenous sedation. Dr Pratima Pallipatt is a Dental Phobia Certified dentist Click Here to verify.

In order to compliment her surgical and cosmetic dental work, Pratima has trained over the years to provide facial rejuvenation treatments to many of her patients. She is fully trained and certified in providing facial rejuvenation treatments.

Pratima accepts referrals for complex minor oral surgery procedures as a part of Leicestershire Minor oral surgery pathway from other Leicestershire dentists .

Pratima is also a clinical tutor / clinical supervisor for prestigious Oral surgery training program, Faculty of Dental surgeons of England.

She is married to Juttes and has two little ones-Amelia & Kiana, and enjoys cooking, travelling, socialising and playing tennis.


  • Faculty of Royal college of surgeons of England
  • Dental phobia Certified Dentists
  • Dental Defense unions

Professor St John V Crean

FDSRCPS (Glas) FRCS (Eng) FRCS (OMFS) PhD,FHEA,PGCert Med Ed (Camb)

GDC No. 56088

Professor St John Crean, is Pro vice chancellor-clinical and Health University of Central Lancashire and also practices as a consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Blackpool Victoria Hospitals Trust.

Prof St John is a consultant and maxillofacial surgeon and has held posts of senior lecturer in oral and maxillofacial surgery at University of Cardiff School of Dentistry prior to being appointed professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Queen Marys, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2003.

In 2005, he was appointed as consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery at North Glamorgan NHS Trust with NHS duties at Royal Glamorgan and Prince Charles Hospitals, while holding an honorary professorship at University of Cardiff School of Dentistry.

Prof St John is currently the Robert Bradlaw advisor in the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is currently editor in chief of the Faculty Dental Journal (FDJ). He is also the past president of the Northwest Branch of the British Dental Association but remains chairman of the Fylde Section.

Prof St John holds numerous examinerships in the United Kingdom and overseas advising on the establishment of many dental undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He also has research interests in the role of oral bacteria in systemic disease and the biology of stem cells derived from dental pulp.


ORAL SURGERY LEICESTER – Frequently Asked Questions

What is oral surgery, and what types of procedures does it involve?

Oral surgery is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects in the mouth, jaws, and facial regions. It encompasses a wide range of procedures performed by specially trained dental surgeons.

Tooth Extractions

Simple and Surgical Extractions

One of the most common oral surgery procedures is tooth extraction. Simple extractions involve removing visible teeth that are fully erupted, while surgical extractions involve removing teeth that are impacted, broken, or have not fully erupted. Surgical extractions may require making an incision in the gum or removing bone surrounding the tooth.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Impacted or Problematic Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are often removed through oral surgery when they become impacted, partially erupted, or cause crowding or other issues. This procedure may involve sectioning the tooth and removing bone to access the wisdom tooth properly.

Dental Implant Surgery

Restoring Missing Teeth

Oral surgeons place dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots, into the jawbone to provide a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. This procedure involves surgically creating a precise opening in the jawbone to accommodate the implant.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is performed to correct skeletal deformities, bite problems, or misalignment of the jaws. This complex procedure involves repositioning the jawbones and may be combined with orthodontic treatment.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Treating Facial Injuries and Diseases

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions affecting the mouth, jaws, and face. This includes treating facial injuries, removing tumours or cysts, performing reconstructive surgery, and treating sleep apnoea or TMJ disorders.

Oral surgery plays a crucial role in improving oral health, restoring function, and enhancing the appearance of the mouth and facial structures. It is a highly specialised field that requires extensive training and expertise to ensure safe and effective treatment.

What are the common reasons for requiring oral surgery?

Oral surgery procedures are often necessary to address a variety of dental and oral health issues. While some procedures are elective, others are essential for restoring proper function, alleviating pain, or treating underlying medical conditions.

Impacted or Problematic Wisdom Teeth

Third Molar Extraction

Wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars to erupt, often need to be surgically removed. These teeth frequently become impacted, meaning they are trapped beneath the gum line or stuck against neighbouring teeth. Leaving impacted wisdom teeth untreated can lead to pain, infection, damage to adjacent teeth, and other complications.

Tooth Loss and Missing Teeth

Dental Implant Placement

Oral surgery is necessary for the placement of dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots that provide a secure foundation for replacement teeth. Dental implants are an increasingly popular solution for individuals who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or gum disease.

Misaligned Jaws and Bite Problems

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Individuals with severe jaw misalignment, underbites, overbites, or other skeletal deformities may require corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery. This intricate procedure involves repositioning the jawbones to improve bite function and facial appearance.

Facial Trauma and Injuries

Reconstructive Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to treat facial injuries resulting from accidents, sports-related incidents, or other traumatic events. Reconstructive surgery may be necessary to repair fractures, address soft tissue injuries, or restore the proper function and appearance of the facial structures.

Oral Pathologies and Diseases

Cyst or Tumour Removal

Oral surgery is often required to remove cysts, benign tumours, or cancerous growths from the mouth, jaws, or surrounding areas. Early detection and surgical intervention are crucial for effective treatment and preventing further complications.

These are just a few of the common reasons why individuals may require oral surgery. Prompt diagnosis and consultation with an experienced oral surgeon can help determine the most appropriate course of treatment for your specific dental or oral health concern.

What is the recovery process like after oral surgery?

The recovery process after oral surgery can vary depending on the specific procedure and the individual’s overall health. However, it generally involves a period of rest, pain management, and following post-operative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing.

Initial Recovery Stage

First Few Days

The first few days after oral surgery are typically the most challenging. You may experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication and cold compresses. During this stage, it’s crucial to rest and limit physical activity to promote healing.

Dietary Restrictions

Soft Foods and Liquid Diet

Your oral surgeon will likely recommend sticking to a soft food or liquid diet for the first few days after surgery. This helps prevent irritation and allows the surgical site to heal properly. As the healing progresses, you can gradually incorporate more solid foods into your diet.

Oral Hygiene

Gentle Cleaning and Rinsing

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential during the recovery process. Your oral surgeon will provide specific instructions for cleaning the surgical area and may recommend using an antimicrobial mouthwash or salt water rinses to keep the area clean and promote healing.

Follow-up Appointments

Monitoring Healing Progress

It’s important to attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your oral surgeon. During these visits, they will assess the healing progress, remove any remaining sutures, and provide further guidance on your recovery.

Potential Complications

Signs to Watch For

While complications are rare, it’s crucial to be aware of the signs that may indicate a potential issue, such as persistent bleeding, severe pain, or fever. If you experience any concerning symptoms, contact your oral surgeon immediately for evaluation and appropriate treatment.

With proper care and adherence to your oral surgeon’s instructions, the recovery process after oral surgery typically progresses smoothly, allowing you to gradually return to your normal activities and routine.

How long does it typically take to recover from different types of oral surgery procedures?

The recovery time after oral surgery can vary significantly depending on the type of procedure performed and the individual’s overall health and healing capacity. While some procedures require only a few days of recovery, others may involve a more extended healing process.

Simple Tooth Extractions

Routine Extraction Recovery

For simple tooth extractions, such as the removal of a fully erupted or visible tooth, the recovery period is typically short. Most patients can expect to resume their normal activities within a day or two, although some discomfort, swelling, and bleeding may occur during the initial healing phase.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Third Molar Extraction Recovery

The recovery time for wisdom teeth removal, or third molar extraction, can range from a few days to a week or more, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth often require surgical intervention, which may involve incisions in the gum and removal of bone. This can result in more significant swelling, pain, and a longer recovery period.

Dental Implant Surgery

Implant Placement and Healing

The recovery process for dental implant surgery typically involves two stages: initial healing after implant placement and later healing after the abutment and crown placement. The initial healing period can take several months, during which the implant integrates with the jawbone. Once fully healed, the abutment and crown can be attached, requiring an additional recovery period of a week or two.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic Surgery Recovery

Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is a more complex procedure that involves repositioning the jawbones. The recovery time for this type of surgery can be significant, often lasting several weeks or even months. Patients may experience swelling, discomfort, and dietary restrictions during the healing process.

Oral Pathology Surgery

Cyst or Tumour Removal Recovery

The recovery time after oral pathology surgery, such as the removal of cysts or tumours, can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the location of the lesion. Generally, patients can expect a recovery period of several days to a week or more, with potential swelling, discomfort, and limitations on certain activities.

It’s important to follow your oral surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully and attend follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and address any concerns or complications that may arise.

Are there any risks or complications associated with oral surgery?

While oral surgery is generally safe and effective when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner, like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that patients should be aware of.


Excessive or Prolonged Bleeding

Some bleeding is normal after oral surgery, but excessive or prolonged bleeding can be a concern. This may occur if the blood clot at the surgical site becomes dislodged or in cases of underlying bleeding disorders or medication interactions.


Surgical Site Infection

Infections can develop at the surgical site or in the surrounding tissues, particularly if proper oral hygiene and post-operative care are not followed. Signs of infection may include fever, increased pain, swelling, and discharge.

Nerve Injury

Temporary or Permanent Nerve Damage

Certain oral surgery procedures, such as wisdom tooth removal or implant placement, carry a risk of damaging nearby nerves, which can result in temporary or, in rare cases, permanent numbness, tingling, or altered sensation in the affected area.

Anaesthesia Complications

Adverse Reactions or Side Effects

While rare, some individuals may experience adverse reactions or side effects from the anaesthesia used during oral surgery. These can range from nausea and vomiting to more severe complications, depending on the type of anaesthesia and the individual’s medical history.

Jaw Fractures

Weakened or Fractured Jawbone

In certain cases, oral surgery procedures may weaken or fracture the jawbone, particularly in patients with pre-existing conditions or those undergoing extensive bone removal or manipulation.

It’s important to discuss your medical history, medications, and any concerns with your oral surgeon before the procedure. They can provide guidance on minimising risks and addressing any potential complications promptly.

What are the signs of infection or other complications after oral surgery?

While oral surgery procedures are generally safe, it’s essential to be aware of the potential signs and symptoms of infection or other complications that may arise during the recovery process.

Fever and Chills

Elevated Body Temperature

A persistent or high fever, often accompanied by chills, can be an indication of an infection developing at the surgical site or in the surrounding tissues. This should be promptly reported to your oral surgeon.

Severe Pain and Swelling

Worsening or Unbearable Discomfort

While some degree of pain and swelling is expected after oral surgery, severe or worsening pain that is not alleviated by prescribed medication, or excessive swelling that impairs breathing or swallowing, may signal a complication that requires immediate attention.


Persistent or Excessive Bleeding

It’s normal to experience some minor bleeding or oozing immediately after oral surgery, but persistent or heavy bleeding that does not subside within a reasonable time frame could be a sign of a problem with blood clotting or other complications.

Numbness or Tingling

Prolonged Nerve Sensation Changes

Temporary numbness or tingling in the surgical area is common after certain procedures, but if these sensations persist for an extended period or worsen over time, it may indicate nerve damage or other complications that require further evaluation.

Foul Taste or Odour

Persistent Bad Taste or Smell

While a mild, temporary unpleasant taste or odour is normal after oral surgery, a persistent foul taste or smell from the surgical site could be a sign of infection or other complications that require attention.

It’s crucial to follow your oral surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully and attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and address any concerns or complications promptly.

Will I experience pain or discomfort after oral surgery, and how can I manage it?

It’s normal to experience some degree of pain or discomfort after undergoing oral surgery procedures. The extent and duration of pain can vary depending on the type of surgery and the individual’s pain tolerance.

Post-Operative Pain

Temporary Discomfort

Most patients can expect to experience mild to moderate pain or discomfort in the days immediately following oral surgery. This is a natural part of the healing process as the surgical site and surrounding tissues recover from the procedure.

Pain Management

Prescribed Medications

Your oral surgeon will likely prescribe pain medication to help manage the discomfort during the initial recovery period. It’s essential to follow the instructions for taking the medication as directed and to not exceed the recommended dosage.

Cold Therapy

Applying Cold Compresses

Applying cold compresses or ice packs to the surgical area can help reduce swelling and inflammation, which in turn can alleviate pain and discomfort. However, it’s important to wrap the cold pack in a towel or cloth to prevent direct contact with the skin, which can cause tissue damage.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

Ibuprofen or Paracetamol

In some cases, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol may be recommended to help manage mild discomfort. However, it’s essential to consult with your oral surgeon before taking any additional medications to ensure they are safe and will not interact with your prescribed medications.

While some discomfort is expected, severe or persistent pain that does not respond to the prescribed pain management methods should be reported to your oral surgeon immediately, as it may indicate a complication or infection.

What type of anaesthesia is used for oral surgery procedures?

Depending on the complexity and extent of the oral surgery procedure, different types of anaesthesia may be used to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety during the operation.

Local Anaesthesia

Numbing Injections

For many routine oral surgery procedures, such as simple tooth extractions or minor gum surgeries, local anaesthesia is typically administered. This involves injecting a numbing agent, like lidocaine or articaine, into the area surrounding the surgical site to block pain sensations.

Conscious Sedation

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

For more invasive or lengthier procedures, conscious sedation may be used in addition to local anaesthesia. This involves administering sedative medication intravenously (through an IV line) to induce a relaxed, semi-conscious state. While you remain awake, you will likely have no memory of the procedure.

General Anaesthesia

Complete Unconsciousness

In certain complex cases, such as extensive jaw surgery or procedures involving patients with specific medical conditions, general anaesthesia may be necessary. This involves the use of medications to render the patient completely unconscious and unable to feel pain during the operation.

Anaesthesia Considerations

Medical History and Comfort Level

Your oral surgeon will consider your medical history, overall health, and level of anxiety or discomfort when determining the most appropriate type of anaesthesia for your specific procedure. They will also discuss the risks and benefits of each option to ensure you make an informed decision.

It’s important to follow any pre-operative instructions provided by your oral surgeon, such as fasting guidelines, to ensure a safe and successful anaesthesia experience.

How long do the effects of anaesthesia typically last after oral surgery?

The duration of the anaesthesia effects after oral surgery can vary depending on the type of anaesthesia used and the individual’s response to the medication. It’s essential to understand the expected timeline to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery.

Local Anaesthesia

Numbness and Tingling Sensations

When local anaesthesia is administered for the procedure, the numbing effects typically last for several hours after the surgery. The area treated will remain numb and may have a tingling sensation as the anaesthesia wears off gradually. This numbing effect usually subsides within 4 to 8 hours, although it can vary based on the specific medication and dosage used.

Conscious Sedation

Drowsiness and Impaired Coordination

If you undergo conscious sedation (intravenous or IV sedation), the effects of the sedative medication can last for several hours after the procedure. During this time, you may experience drowsiness, impaired coordination, and difficulty concentrating. It’s crucial to have someone accompany you home and avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until the effects have completely worn off, which typically takes 12 to 24 hours.

General Anaesthesia

Disorientation and Grogginess

General anaesthesia, which renders the patient completely unconscious during the surgery, can have lingering effects for an extended period after the procedure. You may experience disorientation, grogginess, and impaired cognitive function for several hours or even a day or two after the surgery. It’s essential to have someone care for you during this time and not engage in activities that require alertness or coordination until you have fully recovered.

Individual Variability

Age, Health, and Metabolism

It’s important to note that the duration of anaesthesia effects can vary from person to person based on factors such as age, overall health, metabolism, and individual response to the medication. Your oral surgeon will provide specific instructions and guidance on when it’s safe to resume normal activities based on your individual circumstances.

If you experience any unusual or prolonged side effects after the expected duration, it’s crucial to contact your oral surgeon for further evaluation and guidance.

Can I eat or drink immediately after oral surgery, and what dietary restrictions should I follow?

Proper dietary considerations are crucial for a smooth and successful recovery after oral surgery. Your oral surgeon will provide specific instructions tailored to your procedure and individual circumstances.

Immediate Post-Surgery Diet

Soft Foods and Clear Liquids

Immediately after oral surgery, it’s generally recommended to stick to a diet of soft foods and clear liquids for the first few days. This allows the surgical site to begin healing without excessive disturbance. Suitable options may include broths, yoghurt, smoothies, applesauce, and well-cooked vegetables or fruits.

Avoiding Hard or Crunchy Foods

Potential Damage to the Surgical Site

For at least the first week or as advised by your oral surgeon, it’s crucial to avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods that may disrupt the surgical site or dislodge any protective blood clots. This includes items like nuts, chips, raw vegetables, and tough meats.

Staying Hydrated

Maintaining Adequate Fluid Intake

Drinking plenty of fluids is essential for a smooth recovery after oral surgery. Your body needs to stay well-hydrated to support the healing process. Water, broths, and juices are all excellent options. However, it’s best to avoid using a straw initially, as the suction can dislodge blood clots.

Gradual Dietary Progression

Introducing Solid Foods

As the healing progresses, your oral surgeon will advise you on when it’s safe to reintroduce solid foods into your diet gradually. Start with soft, easy-to-chew options and slowly work your way back to your regular diet over the course of several days or weeks, depending on the extent of your surgery.

It’s crucial to follow your oral surgeon’s dietary recommendations closely to minimise discomfort, prevent complications, and ensure proper healing after your oral surgery procedure.

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