Dental surgery

Dr Alex Smithson is dual qualified Veterinary Surgeon and human Dental Surgeon. Director of Orosurgeon Ltd he operates a Veterinary Dental, Oral and Maxillofacial Referral service. Alex is a member of the European Veterinary Dental Society and past Clinical Course Organiser for the British Veterinary Dental Association. He writes and lectures widely and tutors courses for vets and universities. Alex's dual qualification, in conjunction with the formal training in oral and maxillofacial surgery he has completed, parallels the training of a human oral and maxillofacial consultant. It also enables him to add human treatment experience to enhance the management of veterinary cases.


Suitable cases for referral


  • Restorations
    • Fractured teeth
    • Caries
    • Discoloured (non-viable) teeth


  • Feline oral disease
    • Stomatitis
    • Resorptive lesions


  • Orthodontics
    • Malocclusion
    • Retained
    • Abnormal teeth


  • Exodontics
    • Involved extractions
    • Root remnant retrieval


  • Periodontal therapy
    • Management
    • Tooth salvage


  • Maxillofacial surgery
    • Trauma
    • Jaw fracture
    • Oronasal fistulae


  • Oncology
    • Investigation
    • Surgery


Equipment and techniques available



  • Loupe magnification
  • Digital dental imaging
  • CR processor & phosphor plates
  • Digital DR sensor
  • High-end, small focal-spot dental x-ray generator
  • On Site CT Scanner
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Sterile surgical bone-cutting unit  


  • Sterile irrigation & suction system


  • Specialist kits
    • Cyst & root remnant
    • Minimally traumatic systems
    • Maxillectomy and mandibulectomy


  • Local analgesic modalities
  • Oncology & Soft Tissue
    • Investigation & treatment
    • Palatal defects
    • Maxillectomy and mandibulectomy (including rim conservative excision)
  • Cyst enucleation


  • Reconstruction
  • Exodontics Extraction of teeth damaged by trauma & disease
    • Difficult extractions
    • Full-mouth clearance
    • Root retrieval
  • OroFacial Orthopaedics - fracture treatment


  • Jaw fracture - minimally invasive fixation systems 


  • Luxated teeth - dentoalveolar stabilisation 

Feline & Canine Oral Disease

  • Tooth resorption
  • Stomatitis
  • Ulcerative disease
  • Oro-facial pain
  • Trauma
  • Feline & canine specific instruments
  • Surgical laser
Periodontal therapy - treatment of gingivitis & periodontitis
  • Investigation
  • Prevention
  • Management
  • Advanced surgical and non-surgical procedures 

 - repair of teeth
  • Restorations ('fillings') for caries/ decay
  • Treatment of enamel dysplasia
  • Conservative treatment of trauma
Orthodontics - treatment of malocclusion
  • Odontoplasty - tooth shortening and recontouring
  • Tooth movement
  • Surgical procedures
Endodontics - treatment of the pulp
  • Only Veterinary Dentist to hold post-graduate Endodontology qualification.
  • Fractured, damaged & discoloured teeth
  • Root canal treatment
  • Pulp capping
  • Surgical endodontics
  • Sterile isolation procedure protocol
  • Rotary and reciprocating endo-motor
  • Advanced file systems

Meet the team


Dr Alex Smithson BVM&S BDS(Hons) CertEndontology MRCVS

Dual-qualified human dental surgeon and veterinary surgeon


Refer a patient

Refer a patient

We can treat various cases at our Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital. Vets can refer a case either online or by downloading our Referrals form:

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