Jaw Osteotomy and Other Complex Oral Surgery
A specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon generally carries out the most complex procedures including oral surgery for wisdom teeth and jaw osteotomy. 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 gum is lifted and some bone removed to enable access to the tooth roots for their removal. General dentists will often refer a patient to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with their expertise in this area.
- Surgery to assist with orthodontic treatment: Orthodontic appliances (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 malocclusions, often in combination with orthodontic treatment. Sometimes dental implants are placed to provide a stable anchoring point for braces to correct difficult bites.
- Implant surgery: Patients with missing teeth are, in some cases, not able to have them replaced by dental implants due to a lack of sufficient bone tissue. In these cases, the upper or lower jaw can be augmented with a minor bone grafting procedure in preparation for dental implants.
- Pathology: 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.
Minor oral operations are commonly carried out under local anaesthesia in the dental chair while more involved procedures may take place at one of a number of Melbourne hospitals where Dr Ferguson conducts operations.
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].