ORAL & Maxillofacial
Simple/ Surgical Extraction
While there are multiple reasons you might need a tooth extracted, the most common reasons include: overcrowding, an impacted wisdom tooth (which will not require an implant afterwards), severely decayed teeth, or a seriously broken or fractured tooth. There are two main types of tooth extractions, simple extractions and surgical extractions. The kind of tooth extraction a patient might need depends on the nature of the tooth needing extraction.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom tooth is the last teeth to erupt the oral cavity and is called the third molars. Third molars usually erupt in the late teen years, which coincides with passage into adulthood and is referred to by some as the age of wisdom; hence “wisdom teeth”. Unfortunately, the wisdom teeth usually cause problems due to limitation of jaw space.
- Wisdom teeth will often get cavities and cause gum problems because they are hard to clean
- If you allow them to erupt they can crowd your teeth, and ruin all the years you spent in braces!
- When your wisdom teeth starts to erupt, the roots haven’t fully developed. It’s easier to remove them before they do, and you’ll recover more easily too. In general the older you get the more difficult they can be to remove.
- Most people leave their wisdom teeth partially erupted and this is a constant cause of decay to the adjacent tooth.
Bone loss around the teeth can occur for many reasons. Accident, oral illness and old age can all contribute, causing gum collapse and sagging facial structures.
Oral bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to restore bone to its previous form after tooth/bone loss has occurred, helping your body to naturally start the rebuilding process.
Frenectomy is a procedure that consists of releasing the frenum under the tongue or upper lip to allow for better range of motion. Children may be born with a combination of conditions called a tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) and/or a lip-tie causing restrictions in movement that can cause difficulty with breastfeeding, and in some instances, other health problems like dental decay or spacing, speech and airway difficulties, and digestive issues. These issues can generally be corrected by a simple procedure.
Cyst/ Epulis Removal
A mouth cyst is a thin, fluid-filled sac on the inside of your mouth. A cyst on the floor of your mouth is called a ranula, and a cyst on the gum is called an epulis. If a mouth cyst becomes uncomfortable or irritated, interferes with chewing, or does not go away in a couple of weeks, see a dentist.
Cleft Lip & Palate
Cleft lip and cleft palate are openings or splits in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth (palate) or both. Cleft lip and cleft palate are among the most common birth defects. The goals of treatment for cleft lip and cleft palate are to improve the child’s ability to eat, speak and hear normally and to achieve a normal facial appearance. Read more
Operculectomy is the surgical procedure of removing the operculum, or the flap of gum that partially covers a tooth. This procedure is done to treat pericoronitis, a condition characterised by pain and inflammation of the operculum. Operculectomy is a relatively simple and safe procedure performed under local anaesthesia with good success rates.
Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Therapy
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. Temporomandibular joint disorder, known more commonly as TMD, occurs when there are problems with the muscles and jaws in the face. Surgery is usually considered only if have persistent pain and functional problems such as limited opening of the jaw.
Orthognatic Surgery – Jaw Surgery/ Reshaping
Consultation, Examination & Diagnosis will be done before ideal treatment is recommended by our oral surgeon. Normally, it’s advisable for clients to consider dental braces done before considering jaw surgery.
Genioplasty Surgery – Chin Surgery
Chin surgery, or genioplasty, is more commonly known as chin repositioning. Chin surgery/genioplasty corrects receding chins, chin misalignment or chin excess. If you are concerned with the position, shape or contour of your chin, chin surgery may be a good option for you to consider. Both plastic surgeons and maxillofacial surgeons (surgeons who work on the mouth and jaw) can perform this type of surgery.
A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, for dental implants to be placed. Sinus elavation is a surgical procedure which aims to increase the amount of bone in the posterior maxilla (upper jaw bone), in the area of the premolar and molar teeth, by lifting the lower Schneiderian membrane (sinus membrane) and placing a bone graft prior to Implant procedure.
Oroantral Fistula (OAF) Closure
An oroantral fistula (OAF) may develop as a complication of dental extractions, as a result of infection, or as sequelae of radiation therapy, trauma, andremoval of maxillary cysts or tumors. The main goal of OAC/fistula procedure is the closure of the defectand prevention of oral bacteria and food debris penetrating the sinus.
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