Oral Surgery

Jaw Osteotomy and Other Complex Oral Surgery

A general dentist refers their patient to the oral and maxillofacial surgeon for procedures such as:

Difficult tooth extractions

At times, extractions may be made more difficult due to the tooth being fractured below the gum line or having a complex root shape. This situation requires a surgical procedure where the surrounding gum is lifted away from the bone, and a small amount of bone is removed to enable easy access to the tooth roots for their removal.

Surgery to assist with orthodontic treatment

Orthodontic appliances such as braces alone may not always be able to correct issues such as crooked teeth or a misaligned bite. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can perform procedures to uncover or remove unerupted teeth or carry out more complex forms of surgery such as jaw osteotomy. This procedure changes the size and shape of the jaws and corrects issues related to misaligned teeth.

Bone Grafting for Implants

Due to a lack of bone tissue,, some patients with missing teeth may not be eligible for dental implant surgery. In these cases, the upper or lower jaw can be augmented with a minor bone grafting procedure, increasing the bone mass considerably, and allowing implants to be placed.


Benign lumps and tumours are not uncommon in the mouth and these normally need excision in order to confirm their nature.

Jaw cysts

Cysts are benign fluid-filled lesions that may develop inside the jaw, sometimes in association with dead or unerupted teeth. Such cysts may slowly expand to a considerable size and damage other teeth, weaken the jaw, or become infected.

Contact us today

For more information on oral surgery for wisdom teeth, extractions, or any other treatment available at the clinic, or to schedule an appointment with Dr Ferguson at the Melbourne Dental Implant Centre in Box Hill, please call 03 9898 1877 or enquire online at [email protected]