Dental Extractions involve the removal of teeth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment, or prior to replacement in a dental implant.
Exposure and Bonding
Sometimes a tooth fails to emerge from the gums and is considered impacted. Treatment is essential to avoid the improper eruption of nearby teeth, cysts formation and infection. To remedy this, treatment options include surgically exposing the tooth and guiding it into the correct position in the jaw. The tooth is left to emerge on its own and usually straightened with braces at a later date. Alternatively the tooth is exposed and guided into place with the aid of an orthodontic bracket.
TMJ Disorder (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) encompasses conditions that effect the joint, jaw muscles and nerves on one or both sides of the head. Pain may be experienced in the jaw, neck, face or head. Treatment for TMJ Disorder usually includes short-term anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and muscle relaxation, an occlusal splint (night guard), heat packs or physiotherapy. If a surgical solution is necessary, the TMJ can be replaced with an artificial joint.
Corrective Jaw Surgery (“Orthognathic” Surgery)
This surgery is used to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental malformations. Surgery can improve chewing, speaking and breathing. While orthognathic surgery is performed principally to correct functional problems, typically the patient’s appearance will be dramatically enhanced as a result of their surgery.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Soft tissue grafting is used to combat gum recession. Periodontal disease, trauma, ageing, over brushing, and poor tooth positioning are the leading causes of gum recession which can lead to tooth-root exposure and sensitivity. Soft tissue grafting is used to cover the exposed root or to thicken the existing gum tissue and stop further tissue loss.
Injuries to the face, by their very nature, impart a high degree of emotional, as well as physical trauma to the patient. Our specialists are well versed in emergency care, acute treatment and long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation of the facial skeleton. Our focus is on providing treatment that will positively influence the patient’s long-term physical function and appearance.
Gaps in the gums due to missing teeth can eventually result in the resorption (shrinking) of the associated jawbone. This lack of bone can then create problems with procedures like dental implants and denture fittings. By grafting and growing bone we can ensure the success of future treatments while maintaining a fully functional and aesthetically normal mouth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth, or teeth, due to periodontal disease or trauma.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
In moderate to severe cases of OSA a surgical solution may be best. Options include soft tissue surgery to the palate or throat, or the advancement of one or both of the jaws so that the upper airway (where the obstruction often occurs) is enlarged.
Skin Cancer is a very serious issue in Australia and early detection and treatment is essential. Facial skin cancers can be removed under local anaesthetic, local anaesthetic with IV sedation or general anaesthetic. After removal of the lesion, flaps or skin grafting may be required in order to achieve the best possible cosmetic outcome.
Mouth Ulcers and Oral Lichen Planus
Oral lichen planus is an ongoing (chronic) inflammatory condition that affects mucous membranes inside your mouth. Oral lichen planus may appear as white, lacy patches; red, swollen tissues; or open sores. These lesions may cause burning, pain or other discomfort.
Treatment starts by trying to identify any potential triggers that may have caused a lichenoid reaction such as medications and patch testing to identify allergens. Many patients achieve great results in controlling symptoms through meticulous oral hygiene (brushing and flossing teeth and gums after every meal), mouthwashes and stopping smoking. More severe cases may require the use of corticosteroids or immune response medications.
Salivary Gland Disorders
Most problems in the Salivary Glands occur when the ducts become blocked and saliva cannot drain normally. The procedure to remedy this is called salivary endoscopy, or sialendoscopy. Sialendoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure for visualising and treating these disorders directly through the salivary ducts.
The procedure is performed through a small endoscope, which is inserted into the salivary ducts to visualise, diagnose, and treat inflammatory and obstructive conditions.