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.
Most lumps and tumours in the mouth are benign, but generally it will be necessary to undertake a biopsy, removing some or all of the lesion, so the tissue can be sent to a pathology laboratory for microscopic examination in order to establish a correct diagnosis.
Cysts are benign fluid-filled sacs that may develop inside the jawbone, sometimes in association with a dead or unerupted tooth. Such cysts may slowly expand to a considerable size and damage other teeth, weaken the jaw, or become infected. Small cysts may be removed under local anaesthesia in the dental chair while more involved procedures may take place in hospital.
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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]