Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons perform a wide range of oral and facial surgery. Procedures include the removal of wisdom teeth and insertion of dental implants to the correction of facial deformities, facial fractures and the treatment of tumours and other pathological conditions.

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Impacted wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth can become impacted, cause orthodontic problems, infection, pain or ulcers and require extraction

Orthognathic surgery

Performed to position the jaws into the correct relationship. These procedures may improve a person’s ability to chew and speak as well as to provide the best facial aesthetics.

Pathology

Cysts and tumours of the jaw and facial area.

Oral soft tissue conditions:

Prominent frenum, tongue tie or soft tissue lesions such as polyps or mucous cysts may require release (frenectomy) or removal of the lesion.

Impacted, displaced or crowded teeth

Canine teeth or other teeth may be impacted and require exposure and orthodontic treatment to help align them. Some badly displaced or crowded teeth may require removal.

Craniofacial & paediatric maxillofacial surgery

Babies born with congenital deformities such as cleft lip and palate, facial underdevelopment or anomalies often require early surgical management as well as on-going treatment into adolescence.

Malignancy

Oral and jaw cancers.

Dental implants

An implant that is placed into the upper or lower jaw provides a base to attach an artificial tooth (crown or bridge) or a dental prosthesis

TMJ disorders (jaw joint surgery)

The majority of TMJ disorders are managed without surgery and you may be referred to an oral medicine specialist for assessment. However on rare occasions disorders of the jaw such a locked jaw or bony fusion (ankylosis), with limited mouth opening, may require surgery.

Rhinoplasty

Restructuring of the nose.

Bone grafts for dental implants

If an implant needs more bone to hold onto, a bone graft may be necessary. This bone is usually taken from another part of the jaw or hip. Sometimes artificial bone is used.

Fractures (jaws, cheekbones, nose, skull, eye socket)

Caused by accidents or violence.

Genioplasty

Repositioning of the chin.