At our Dental Specialist Centre Mango Hill, a variety of independent dental specialists offer their dental services to patients in the North Lakes area.
Services provided by Profile – the Center for Dentofacial & Implant Surgery (Dr Alexander & Dr Mansour – Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons)
Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons specialise in treating many disorders, diseases, injuries and defects of the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissue in the oral and maxillofacial region.
Orthognathic surgery is required when your jaws are positioned incorrectly and/or teeth don’t align within the jaw. The corrective jaw surgery fixes the discrepancy between the jaws and the first phase involves straightening teeth with orthodontics. This procedure not only improves facial appearance, but can also improve the chewing function, speech, oral hygiene and ensures that the teeth meet correctly.
Jaw surgery can usually be performed entirely inside the mouth, with no outer facial scars. The surgeon makes special cuts in the jawbone from inside the mouth to then move the jaw into the new position. Once aligned, screws and bone plates are used to secure the bone into position.
Jaw surgery can be performed on the upper jaw, lower jaw and the chin as well as a combination of all.
- Upper Jaw Surgery – Maxillary Osteotomy
- Lower Jaw Surgery – Mandibular Osteotomy
- Chin Surgery – Genioplasty
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars to erupt within the mouth. The extraction of wisdom teeth is required when they are prevented from erupting in the mouth. They can grow in any direction including sideways, partially erupt or remain fully imbedded beneath the gum and the bone. If wisdom teeth are poorly position or impacted they can cause many problems. If they are partially erupted through the gum, this can allow bacteria to get through and grow underneath, eventually causing an infection if left untreated.
Pressure from an erupting tooth may cause disruption of other teeth and their natural alignment. Impacted wisdom teeth can also result in tumours or cyst developing around itself, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and teeth. Removal of the wisdom teeth usually resolves any of these problems, recommending early removal to avoid future problems.
The removal of wisdom teeth could be performed under local anaesthesia (while you are awake) or general anaesthesia (being put to sleep in a hospital). These options will be discussed during a consultation appointment to decide which is best suited for each patient needs.
Oral Pathology & Jaw Cysts
Oral pathology are diseases that can occur in the mouth, face or jaw. Our specialists will assess, diagnose and manage these diseases. Inside the mouth is normally lined with a special type of gum called mucosa, this is normally smooth and pink in colour.
Any alteration in the appearance or colour can be a warning sign for a pathological process. These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, soft and hard palate, gum tissue and around the teeth, tongue face and/or neck. The lesions can be benign however the most serious of these are oral cancer. Evaluation and treatment may include observation, laser removal, biopsy or excision performed by your oral surgeon.
Jaw cysts and tumours can develop on the upper and lower jaws throughout the bone. Most jaw cysts and tumours are benign however still require removal as they can eat away at the jaw bone and destroy teeth if left to grow further.
Facial trauma or maxillofacial trauma is any injury to the face or jawbone. This can include skin lacerations, knocked out teeth, damage to the orbital sockets, obstruction in the nasal cavity or sinuses, fractures to the cheek, eye socket or nose.
The most common causes of facial trauma are sporting incidents, accidents, penetrating injuries and violence. Treatment for these traumas often involves airway and bleeding control, reduction of swelling, repair of bone fractures and lacerations, prevention of infection and reconstruction of the jawbone and/or face.
Depending on the type of injury to the maxillofacial region, these injuries can be repaired simply by suturing lacerations, however bone injuries and/or fractures may involve a fixture of plates and screws allowing rigid fixation of the fracture.
Dental implants are titanium posts inserted surgically into the jawbone where teeth are missing. This acts as a tooth root structure. The natural bone will gradually bond into the titanium pores and ridges of the implant, this process is called osseointegration. The implants are then fitted with artificial replacement teeth such as crowns.
Replacing a missing tooth is vital in maintaining the overall health and function of the surrounding teeth. It helps to prevent loss of structure and tooth movement. Dental implants are very strong and provide a feel as close to a natural tooth as possible. Implants avoid any alterations to surrounding teeth when replacing a single tooth.
Dental implants can also be used with poorly fitted and loose dentures and will act as an anchor eliminating the possibility of slipping and pinching, which can affect the selection of food and diet.
Once a dental implant is placed. They can serve well for many years however regular check-ups and good oral hygiene is required to maintain the implants.
Your specialist will examine your mouth thoroughly and ensure you are a candidate for dental implants by reviewing your medical and dental history. A dental implant needs a strong bone structure in the jawbone to be successful. Some patients bone structure may not be enough to support an implant due to many factors such as a tooth has been missing for a long time. In this case, an artificial bone graft or sinus augmentation can be used to work as a foundation for the implant.
TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint, which is the name for each joint on the right and left that connects your jaw to your skull. TMJ disorders include a variety of conditions including tenderness, clicking and pain in the joints. This disorder can develop for many reasons including clenching or grinding of your teeth, tightening the jaw muscles or stressing the TM joint. The jaw joint can also become damaged due to injury or disease. This can cause the damage to the joint or stretching and tearing of the muscle ligaments resulting the ‘disk’ which functions as a cushion, can slip out of position.
There are various options in treating TMJ disorder and the initial goal is to relieve the muscle spasm and joint pain. This can be accomplished by anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, steroids as well as an appliance known as a splint. A splint fits over your top and bottom teeth and helps keep the teeth apart, which will aid in relaxing the muscles and reducing pain. A split can also help to stop clenching or grinding of your teeth which will help protect the cartridge and joint surfaces.
Services provided by Dental Implants & Aesthetics – Professor Vasilios Chronopoulos (Prosthodontist)
A prosthodontist is a field of dentistry that specialises in restoration in both the appearance and the function of the teeth and gums. They are very skilled in the replacement of missing teeth, associated tissue, full mouth reconstructions and the restoration of natural teeth.
Veneers are a treatment used to visually improve your teeth and overall aesthetic of your smile and can protect the tooth surface from damage. There are two main types of material used to construct a veneer a composite or porcelain material which is then bonded to your existing teeth.
A dental crown can also be known as a dental ‘cap’. It is a type of restoration which completely encloses a tooth or dental implant and acts as a ‘helmet’. Crowns can often be required when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health or structure of a tooth which can aid in strengthening the tooth structure and restores the appearance of a natural tooth. They are bonded on to the existing tooth structure using a type of dental cement.
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to bridge the gap created by one or multiple missing teeth. The dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns that are attached to your existing teeth on either side of the gap, the gap then has an artificial tooth anchoring on at each side. They can be used on dental implants as a solution to fill in gaps. They can rebuild the full function of the teeth and aesthetic of the smile.
Full mouth reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction refers to rebuilding and/or replacement all the teeth in a patient’s mouth. This is necessary if the patient has lost most or all their teeth in the upper and lower jaw. It can consist of a mixture of dental implants, crowns, bridges or dentures. A full mouth reconstruction dramatically improves the aesthetic of your smile as well as improving the function and health of your mouth.
Services provided by the team of Medland Orthodontics – Orthodontic Services
Orthodontics is a speciality of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of mispositioned teeth and jaws in children, teenagers and adults. They provide a wide range of treatment options to straighten crooked teeth, fix bad bites and align the jaws correctly.
Traditional braces are fixed orthodontic devices used to straighten teeth and align your jaws, for some patients they are the most suitable type of treatment and deliver reliable results. Braces are used to correct many different types of common bite disorders and can be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment to enhance the results. Traditional braces are made of high-grade stainless-steel using metal brackets and arch wires. You can also choose from clear plastic or gold braces which are less visible that the traditional metal, as well as a combination of both.
Invisalign works by wearing a series of plastic, removable aligners that are transparent. This treatment is less noticeable than the traditional metal braces and can be removed for eating, flossing and brushing the teeth meaning patients can maintain good dental hygiene throughout their course of orthodontics. Each aligner is individually manufactured for the teeth and are re-designed every two weeks. During this time the aligner applies gentle pressure to the teeth and guides them into the position prescribed by your orthodontist.