Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgery refers to a number of major surgical procedures carried out on the bones of the upper jaw and other facial bones, including jaw and chin corrective surgery. Fully trained surgical specialists called “Oral and Maxillofacial” surgeons perform these surgeries. These surgeons undergo one of the longest and most extensive surgical training programs to earn this specialisation.
Some common types of maxillofacial procedures planned and performed by Melbourne’s Dr John Ferguson include:
- Jaw Corrective Surgery: Medically referred to as Orthognathic surgery, this term refers to surgical procedures that affect the position or shape of one or both jaws, in order to correct severely maligned teeth. Once jaw corrective surgery has been performed, the bones are fixed into place with small plates and screws. These allow normal function to return faster than traditional methods, while simultaneously reducing recovery time. Jaw corrective surgery is performed in a hospital under anaesthesia and typically requires a hospital stay of 1-3 days.
- Cosmetic Facial Procedures: Although often required for medical reasons, jaw corrective surgery can also be carried out for cosmetic reasons, helping correct asymmetries and other facial deformities. The most common aesthetic procedure is chin repositioning, or genioplasty.
- Traumatic injuries: Fractures of the facial bones are common injuries. The damaged bones are meticulously repaired using mini-bone plates and screws.
- Pathology: A wide range of pathological conditions can detrimentally affect the jaws, one of the most frequent being cysts that can form inside the jaw and slowly expand to a considerable size and cause damage to healthy tissue. In rare cases, benign tumours can develop inside the jaws. An important part of maxillofacial surgery is the early diagnosis of oral cancer, which allows treatment to commence earlier.
Get in Touch with Dr Ferguson for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The diagnosis and treatment of maxillofacial problems is one of the specialist services provided by Melbourne’s Dr Ferguson. To learn more about boral and maxillofacial surgery, please call 03 9898 1877 or enquire online at [email protected]. You can schedule appointments at our Box Hill and Bulleen clinics.