What We Do
Our role as specialists is to support the local dental and medical practitioners by providing patient care which is outside the scope of general practitioners. Many minor surgical procedures such as routine dental extractions are able to be performed very competently by dentists.
Patients are commonly referred to us when their general dentist or doctor has concerns about being able to safely and efficiently undertake the required procedure in a way that allows the patient to be comfortable and likely to achieve prompt healing.
Wisdom teeth are often best removed with a planned surgical operation. This is because their position in the mouth, variable root pattern and frequent impaction (being jammed in the jaw bone) can cause extraction difficulties needing specialist attention. The upper wisdom teeth are very close to the sinus, and the lower wisdom teeth are near to an important nerve. Along with the potential for infection, these are significant factors complicating the management of wisdom teeth and highlighting the need for specialist care. Visit our Wisdom Teeth Removal page for more information.
Dental Extractions & Medically Unwell Patients
The removal of potentially difficult teeth and/or routine extractions for patients with certain medical conditions can be safely and efficiently managed in our surgical environment.
Sedation, Anxiety & Pain Management
We routinely use intravenous sedation to provide for the needs of patients including pain control and anxiety management. For more information please visit our sedation and anaesthesia page.
The replacement of missing teeth with new teeth supported by implants is a significant component of our work. This can range from a single tooth to a full mouth treatment. In selected cases, failing teeth can be replaced by implant supported new teeth within the same day. This can include bone and soft tissue grafting procedures where required, to optimise the region prior to placing implants. We also provide implants to stabilise or replace dentures. Visit our Dental Implants page for more information on replacing missing teeth.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
The range of our specialty involves management of problems of the jaws and surrounding tissues. This includes treatment of facial trauma including broken facial bones, together with infections and disease or pathology involving the facial structures. Jaw joint problems and correction of facial deformity are also managed.
Where We Work
Dr David Chrisp and Dr John Bridgman divide their time between their private rooms at Tauranga OMS, and the two hospitals in Tauranga. At Tauranga OMS they consult and operate in their purpose-built theatre facility. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, and the wait for a consultation appointment is usually short. Dr Chrisp and Dr Bridgman also provide an acute emergency service to Tauranga Hospital so on occasions they need to treat patients after office hours, or occasionally re-schedule patients in order to manage an emergency.
What We Do