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Common Questions

Patient Instruction Following Oral Surgery

COMMON QUESTIONS

No, we have OPG facilities at our rooms and can usually take an OPG on the day, however often it is more convenient to get an OPG prior to the appointment.

When done with a radiology company these are often done at a reduced cost to the patient or even bulk billed.

  • In most cases it provides an excellent guide and confirmation to the patient regarding the need (or not) for bone grafting. The iCAT also provides valuable information regarding the volume of bone graft required.
  • If the implant is going to be placed as a delayed procedure often it is more cost effect to wait until the site is healed and ready for placement prior to obtaining an iCAT.

Please see our list of hospitals and anaesthetists. All bookings are done through us at Victorian Oral and Facial Surgeons (03) 9592 6445

An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMFS) is a specialist who has trained in the surgical management of conditions of the mouth, face and Jaws.

OMFS are specialists who have medical, dental and post graduate specialist surgical qualifications.

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon treats the conditions of:

  • Mouth
  • Jaws
  • Face
  • Skull
  • And the connected structures

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is an internationally recognised surgical specialty requiring dual Medical and Dental qualifications along with specialist surgical training.

It is a young and evolving specialty, originally derived from dentistry as a specialty of Oral surgery in the early 1800’s. As with other areas of medicine and surgery it is rich with ingenuity and creativity born of a need to overcome illness and injury.

Oral surgery was developed during the time of the American civil war to treat facial trauma post-traumatic deformities along with cleft lip and palate. It continued to develop during World War I and World War II treating ex-servicemen.

In 1994 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was recognised as one of the nine surgical specialties. In 1995 Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery registration required the surgeon to have qualifications in Dentistry and Surgery (medical Practitioner Registration).

Since this time Oral and Maxillofacial surgery has continued to develop into the specialty it is now, treating all conditions of the mouth, jaws, skull as well as the connected structures.

The face involves many complex interacting structures, which are important to understand in order to provide surgical outcomes with the best outcomes. It is the face that often matters most in first impressions. The first impressions individuals give to others can greatly influence how they are treated and viewed in many contexts of everyday life.

Thus Victorian Oral and Facial Surgery believes, it is important that any surgery in this area is completed by properly trained specialists with the greatest of skill and care to provide optimum results.

A referral helps us in many ways.

It helps our receptionist arrange all the relevant pre-consultation information and tests to help streamline your experience and prevent unnecessary returns to our office.

Medicare will provide a rebate for the consultation and certain surgical procedures when a referral is provided, often enabling significant out of pocket savings.

In regards to wisdom teeth, in order to provide comprehensive care a specific dental x-ray called an OPG is required for all consultations.

You can have your referring dentist or doctor arrange this prior to your consultation. Alternatively we have facilities to take an OPG for you at the time of consultation for a nominal fee.

A digital copy of all x-rays taken at our practice will be sent back to the referring dentist/ doctor for their records.

This will be discussed at the consultation.

The period varies depending on the type of surgery, the type of work you do and the information supplied to your surgeon at the time of the consultation.

No.

There are two main nerves which are in close proximity to the lower wisdom teeth. The Inferior Alveolar nerve supplies sensation to the lower lip and chin on that side of the face.

If damaged it leads to numbness on that side, you are still able to move your bottom lip and chin, it will not change your appearance and you won’t start to dribble or drool as a result.

The lingual nerve supplies sensation to that side of the tongue. If damaged it will lead to numbness on that side of the tongue, you are still able to move your tongue, so talking is usually unaffected in the long-term.

Taste is experienced through many other areas of your mouth and with smell so is usually unaffected.

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