As a leading oral and maxillofacial clinic in Western Australia, we specialise in surgical procedures on teeth and jaws. Patient comfort is paramount. We plan and perform each procedure with the mindset that you are a person, not just a patient.
Wisdom teeth are the most rear molars that commonly don’t emerge through the gums until the late teens, or even later in life. If your jaw doesn’t have enough room for the wisdom teeth to come through, they may become crammed or impacted and not emerge from the gums at all. Wisdom teeth can cause pain and other problems, so dentists often recommend their removal.
Sometimes the removal can be done “in the chair” by a general dentist, but an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon will be better equipped to handle the more complicated ones. Wisdom tooth removal is usually a half-day procedure and doesn’t require a hospital stay. It may be performed under general or local anaesthesia.
Implants are used to replace missing teeth and will be undetectable from your real teeth. The procedure involves installing titanium screws into the jaw to provide an anchor for the prosthetic tooth, bridge or denture.
Implants are not suitable for everyone because they require enough bone to properly integrate the implant. In some cases, bone grafting or a sinus lift will need to be performed.
Implants may require several procedures. For example, damaged teeth may need to be removed first, and there needs to be healing time before the implant surgery. Following the successful implant healing, the crown or bridge can then be attached.
Surgery is often required on the teeth and gums to allow successful fitting of dentures. This is known as Pre-Prosthetic Surgery and typically includes the removal of teeth or root remnants, removal of excessive soft tissue, or smoothing of bony lumps to allow for the precise fitting of a denture.
In some cases, we can fit the dentures on the day of surgery but, usually a few weeks of healing may be required.
When braces alone can’t achieve a perfect bite, Orthognathic Surgery may be required. This may be due to the lower jaw being too far forward or back, or the upper jaw being too large or too small in relation to the lower jaw. Most often, the treatment is combined with braces.
Depending on the correction required, surgery may involve one or both jaws, and involves cutting the bone and repositioning it with the aid of titanium mini-plates and screws.
In most cases we can perform the surgery intra-orally (through the mouth) to avoid any facial scarring.
We can treat pathological diseases of the mouth, jaws, and gums. Our expertise includes pathology such as cystic lesions within the jaw bones which often originate from impacted teeth.
Common issues, such as lumps or bumps on the gums, are often referred by your dentist to us for specialist assessment and treatment.
Typically, we will perform a biopsy. Depending on the site and size of the affected area, the biopsy is carried out under local or general anaesthesia.
We take great care in treating physical injuries to the face, especially where the jaw or facial bones are fractured. The most common causes of facial trauma are motor vehicle accidents, sporting injuries, and work-related injuries.
Typically, lower jaw injuries require immediate treatment. Fractures to the upper jaw or eye-socket are commonly left for 7-10 days to allow the swelling to subside.
Most facial trauma surgery will require a general anaesthetic and a hospital stay. Titanium mini-plates and screws are often required, and the jaw may need to be fixed shut in some cases.