Oral surgery

The oral surgeons at Smile Clinic specialize in the most complex surgical procedures and complete functional-aesthetic rehabilitation.







Oral surgery includes any surgery performed on your teeth, gums, jaw, or surrounding oral and facial structures. Patients often call this branch dental surgery. In particular, the field encompasses a wide range of procedures including tooth extraction, tooth bone grafting, periodontal (gum) grafting, corrective jaw surgery, dental implants and other procedures.

Što je oralna kirurgija?


Every day we push boundaries to offer only the best to our patients. The first free examination includes a specialist examination, 2D X-ray of both jaws, consultation and preparation of a guaranteed offer.


Every day we push boundaries to offer only the best to our patients. The first free examination includes a specialist examination, 2D X-ray of both jaws, consultation and preparation of a guaranteed offer.

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Zašto oralna kirurgija

When is oral surgery needed?

Patient soften refer to oral surgery as dental surgery or tooth surgery. It includes tooth extractions, implant placement, bone regeneration and other jaw surgeries. Oral surgery is usually performed by an oral surgeon. This is a specialist in dentistry with appropriate further training, for instance in oral surgical procedures.

For optimal oral health and function, your teeth, gums, and temporomandibular joints must work in harmony. The overall goal of oral surgery is to address issues that are affecting your health and quality of life.

At Smile Polyclinic we perform various types of oral surgery. Some of the most common are tooth extractions, tooth bone grafts, dental implants, periodontal surgery, and jaw surgery.

In order to reduce the invasiveness of the procedure, we use the modern dental lasers from Fotona whenever possible. We also frequently use the PRP protocol for oral surgical procedures to ensure faster healing and recovery as well as maximum success of the procedure. Ozone therapy is used for thorough disinfection of the operated area in order to maximally reduce the possibility of postoperative infection.

Process of an oral surgical procedure



Your surgeon will perform a comprehensive exam to check your teeth, gums, jaw joints, and surrounding structures. X-rays and 3D scans are also taken to get a clear picture of your tooth roots, jawbones, nerves, and other important oral areas. Based on all this information, we create an individual treatment plan for you.



At the Smile Clinic, oral surgery is performed in the dental practice on an outpatient basis. Your surgeon may offer conscious sedation options, including oral medication or intravenous (IV) sedation, to ensure your comfort.



The length of the procedure depends on several factors, including the type of oral surgery, how many teeth are involved, and the type of sedation you choose. Extracting a single tooth typically takes about 30 minutes, while a more complex procedure — such as jaw surgery — typically takes at least two to three hours.



After an oral surgical operation, you will receive detailed instructions on postoperative care. It’s important that you follow the guidelines closely to reduce the risk of bleeding, infection, and other complications.

Which oral surgical procedures do we perform?

The most common operation is tooth extraction. Extraction may be recommended if you suffer from severe caries, gum disease (periodontitis), dental trauma, or wisdom tooth complications. Sometimes we perform tooth extractions to prepare you for dentures or other prosthetic work.

Most dentists prefer to preserve natural teeth whenever possible, but sometimes extractions are necessary to maintain your overall oral health. In addition, many dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth as a preventive measure to reduce the risk of tooth decay, bone loss, and other problems.

When it comes to wisdom teeth, they often involve complex procedures that we call alveotomy.


Dental bone regeneration is necessary when there has been bone loss in your jaw. There are several reasons why this can happen. When your natural teeth are in place, the roots stimulate nerves in your jaw. This signals the brain to send nutrients to your jaw and keep it strong and healthy. If a tooth is missing for a long time, bone loss can occur in that area because there is no root to stimulate the nerves.

A dental bone graft restores the volume and density of your jawbone so that dental implants can be successfully placed. Sometimes an oral surgeon can place a bone graft during a periodontal surgical procedure. Advanced gum disease can cause the bone around the tooth to erode. A bone graft reduces mobility and provides a solid foundation that keeps your teeth strong and healthy.


Dental implants are generally considered to be the most reliable and long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth. These small screws, made of titanium or zirconium, are implanted in your jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth. After the implants have healed, they can be upgraded with dental crowns, dental bridges or prostheses.


If you have moderate or severe gum disease (called periodontitis) you may need oral surgery. In this procedure, incisions are made along the gum line and tissue is temporarily moved away from the teeth. Your surgeon will then clean the roots of your teeth and flush out plaque and bacteria that have built up under the gums. Finally, the gums are put back in position and sutured.

If for prosthetic reasons it is necessary to lengthen the clinical tooth crown, it is necessary to remove excess tooth tissue, which is called gingivectomy.


An oral surgical procedure in which the tip of the tooth root is removed is called an apicotomy. In most cases, the cause is chronic tooth inflammation (granuloma or cyst).

Your teeth are held in place by roots that protrude into the jawbone. Front teeth usually have a single root. Other teeth, like premolars and molars, have two or more roots. The tip or end of each root is called the apical part of the root. Nerves and blood vessels enter the tooth through the root tip. They migrate through the root canal into the pulp chamber.

This chamber is in the crown (the part of the tooth that is visible in the mouth). When bacteria invade the pulp due to advanced decay or injury, inflammation occurs in the root canals of the tooth. If conservative therapy fails, the only option left is apicotomy to save the tooth.


Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) addresses skeletal abnormalities of the jawbones. This procedure may be recommended to improve chewing function, correct bite misalignments, or correct imbalances in the shape of the face. Orthodontic surgery is also used to relieve pain caused by dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint.


Obstructive sleep apnoea occurs when tissue at the back of the throat contracts and blocks the airway during sleep. Sometimes apnoea is successfully treated with conservative methods, such as oral splint therapy or the use of a CPAP machine. However, in severe cases, surgery may be required.


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Our experts

Dr. sc. MOM M.Sc Darko Slovša dr. dent. med. is Straumann®opinion leader is an Instructor, Specialist in Oral Surgery with additional areas of specialization in Implantology and Bone Regeneration.  

Patients voted Dr. Darko Slovša “Best Doctor for 2021 and 2022” in the field of oral surgery.

The best dentist and oral surgeon

Modern surgical techniques help us bring you the most advanced care with less invasive procedures for a faster recovery. Oral surgery allows us to restore the function and health of your teeth, gums and temporomandibular joints, relieve painful symptoms and improve your quality of life.

When to consider oral surgery?

Dental surgery can be considered for the following problems:

  • Advanced caries
  • Severely broken tooth
  • Gum disease
  • Impacted teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Bone loss in the jaw
  • Sleep apnea
  • Cancer of the buccal cavity
  • Benign oral pathology (benign nodules)
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Cost of oral surgery procedures

The price of oral surgery depends on the type and complexity. Therefore, the price range of surgical tooth extraction starts from from € 60.00 and up, depending on the complexity of the procedure. The prices of all our oral surgery procedures and possible discounts can be found in our price list.

If you would like to know the exact price for your specific case, it is best to contact us and arrange a free initial examination.

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At Smile Clinic we use the latest techniques and technologies to offer you painless and effective procedures. Our oral surgeons have vast experience in successfully solving the most difficult dental problems and undergo continuous training to stay at the forefront of the latest trends in modern dentistry and oral surgery. For the procedures, we use devices from well-known manufacturers and highest quality materials on the market. All this guarantees you dental care at the highest level.


More than 10 years of experience and 20,000 satisfied patients
Surgical department with 2 specialists in oral surgery
State-of-the-art technology for less invasive procedures
Advanced therapies for maximum effectiveness of the procedure (ozone, PRP, etc.)
Guarantee on works and all materials
Effective solution for all dental problems and improving your quality of life
FAQ on oral surgery procedures

As with any procedure, you should be aware of all the risks and potential complications associated with oral surgery:

  • Infections
  • Injury to adjacent teeth
  • Dry socket (a condition that can occur after tooth extraction when the blood clotting process is disturbed)
  • Stiffness
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus problem

You can minimize the risk of these complications by following postoperative instructions and taking all prescribed medications. If you experience any of the side effects, contact your doctor for further instructions.

A maxillofacial surgeon performs surgeries on mouth, jaw, and face. Smile Clinic has two experienced oral surgeons in its professional team. Dr. Darko Slovša is a specialist in oral surgery and implantology with additional training in the field of jaw bone regeneration. Our second dentistry specialist is Dr. Eduardo Yoiti Isomura, a maxillofacial surgeon.

Recovery time varies from person to person, but most patients no longer feel any effects after about a week. The more demanding the procedure, the longer the recovery takes. During this time, your doctor will give you medication to help you feel as comfortable as possible.

Most patients can return to work or school within one to three days. For more extensive procedures such as jaw corrections, it may take a little longer.

To promote healing, avoid hard and crunchy foods after surgery. Instead, eat liquid and soft foods like yogurt, soup, pasta, mashed potatoes, fish, pudding, eggs, and rice. Try ice cream and smoothies for dessert. Cold food can help soothe the operated area.

If you have pain in your teeth, gums or jaw, make an appointment with your dentist immediately. If you’ve recently had oral surgery and develop pain, high fever, or bleeding at the surgical site and this does not disappear with medication, call your surgeon right away. These warning signs can indicate an infection that needs immediate treatment.

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