Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Melbourne
Oral and maxillofacial surgery in Melbourne refers to major surgical procedures carried out on the bones of the jaw or other facial bones, including jaw corrective surgery and genioplasty. Fully trained surgical specialists called Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons perform this surgery. These surgeons undergo one of the longest and most extensive surgical training programs for this specialisation.
Some common types of maxillofacial procedures planned and performed by Melbourne’s Dr John Ferguson include:
- Jaw Corrective Surgery: Technically called orthognathic surgery, this term refers to surgical procedures that affect the position or shape of one or both jaws, in order to correct a severe malocclusion. Once jaw corrective surgery has been performed, the bones are fixed into place with minor plates and screws. These allow normal function to return faster than traditional methods, while simultaneously improving the healing process. Jaw corrective surgery is performed in a hospital under anaesthesia and typically requires a 1-3 day hospital stay.
- Aesthetic Facial Procedures: Although often required for medical reasons, jaw corrective surgery can be carried out for aesthetic reasons, helping to correct asymmetries and other facial deformities. The most common aesthetic procedure is genioplasty surgery, commonly known as chin repositioning. This operation is undertaken to correct a receding chin, a misaligned chin or an overly prominent chin. More mature patients will often combine genioplasty surgery with other cosmetic procedures.
- 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 in Melbourne
The diagnosis and treatment of maxillofacial problems is one of the specialist services provided by Melbourne’s Dr Ferguson. To learn more about oral and maxillofacial surgery in Melbourne, please call 03 9898 1877 or enquire online at [email protected]. You can schedule appointments at our Box Hill and Bulleen clinics.