The specialist surgeons at Tauranga OMS deal with all aspects of the mouth, face and jaw. The most common procedures they perform are dental extractions, including wisdom teeth, and dental implant surgery. However, there are many reasons why a patient may be referred to us. Below is some information about some procedures that Dr John Bridgman and Dr David Chrisp regularly perform.
Securing Loose Fitting Dentures
We offer outstanding solutions to the problems of loose dentures. The most common problem is usually a loose lower denture. This is most simply remedied by the placement of two implants to the lower jaw to which attachment systems click into the lower jaw. This reliably has a dramatic improvement for patients in their ability to eat and enjoy food and improve their denture comfort and their confidence in social situations. Both upper and lower dentures can be secured with dental implants.
Replacing Loose Dentures with Fixed Teeth
Many patients do not like dentures and wish to have their teeth back. This can be done. Both the entire top and bottom teeth can be replaced with fixed teeth based on dental implants. There are several different options that need to be tailored into an individual plan at the initial consultation.
TMJ or Jaw Joint Problems
This is a very common cause of facial pain. Symptoms include clicking or grating noises in the joint, tenderness over the jaw joint in front of the ear, increased pain on eating and pain radiating down the jaw. We provide specialist care for this common problem, which begins with an accurate diagnosis. We also provide the full range of possible treatments for this problem.
Changing Facial Profiles (Orthognathic Surgery)
An upper or lower jaw that is too far back or too far forward can be unsightly and cause great concern for the individual and their families. Contemporary Orthognathic Surgery can reliably reposition either the upper or lower jaw, or both simultaneously, in a more preferred position. Dramatic improvements in appearance can be made with no external cuts or scars created. This treatment is usually done in conjunction with our experienced local orthodontists.
The cause of facial pain can be complex to diagnose and treat. The diagnosis of facial pain is central to the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a core reason for referral.
Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology
The specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery provides patients with a specialist knowledge and experience in the region of the Mouth and Jaws. An experienced level of service is provided for care of patients on wide ranging conditions including: Dry Mouths and other salivary problems, white and red patches in the mouth, cysts and jaw tumours.
Tooth, Mouth, & Face Injuries
All aspects of Maxillofacial traumas are managed. More serious injuries are managed through Tauranga Public Hospital as both Dr Bridgman and Dr Chrisp hold consultancy positions at Tauranga Public Hospital to care for more serious injuries.