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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third molar teeth found in the upper and lower jaws.

Wisdom teeth usually start to erupt into the mouth between 16 and 21 years of age. In many people there is insufficient room and the wisdom teeth can be trapped behind the second molar teeth and become impacted. Sometimes wisdom teeth only rise part of the way (partially erupted) and get stuck. When this happens they can cause recurring infections and severe pain.

Wisdom teeth removal may be a simple dental extraction procedure, which can be performed under local anaesthetic, or they may be very impacted and require removal of bone and sectioning of the tooth for their removal. Frequently the surgical removal of wisdom teeth is performed under a general anaesthetic, in hospital.

Dr. Nova Gibson will be able to advise the best treatment plan for the removal of your wisdom teeth at the time of your consultation.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an amazing technology to restore the physical appearance and chewing functions of the mouth. They were developed in the 1970’s and have become a regular part of practice.

Dental implants are small titanium screws designed to replace the root of a tooth. As an artificial root, they form the foundation for the attachment of a new tooth or bridge (several teeth).
Single missing teeth due to trauma, fracture or decay can be replaced with implants. Dental implants may also be used to improve the retention of your full upper or full lower denture.

Dental implant placement requires a surgical procedure to the gums and jaw bone. Once an implant is placed into the jaw bone, it takes generally 6 – 12 weeks to adequately heal to the bone to support the overlying tooth structure.

Dr Nova Gibson will be able to advise whether to perform under local or general anaesthetic.

Dental Implant Brochure

Bone Grafts

Implants need to be surrounded by bone. If bone is lacking within the gum line, a bone graft may be necessary.

Often after many months or years of missing a tooth the jaw bone may not be suitable to place a dental implant without additional procedures such as bone grafting. Bone grafts are increments of bone-like material (calcium triphosphate/bovine bone) and/or your own bone taken from another part of the jaw to aid the implants healing and success.

For full information on bone grafting, please contact us to make an appointment for a consultation

Oral Pathology

Oral pathology is concerned with the assessment and management of diseases occurring in the mouth, face or jaws.

Assessment will include a thorough review of medical history and clinical examination including medical imagery (X-rays or CT/MRI scans). In addition, a biopsy is often required to obtain a piece of tissue that can be sent for diagnosis.

Once this has occurred, Dr Nova Gibson will recommend the most appropriate treatment.

Facial Trauma

Maxillofacial injuries are commonly referred to as facial trauma and encompass any injury to the mouth, face and jaw. The majority of maxillofacial injuries are caused through sporting injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work-based injuries. Dr. Nova Gibson is well versed in all facets of facial trauma and will be able to provide the best options for a multitude of treatment programs.

Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery or corrective jaw surgery refers to the complicated surgery of the upper and/or lower jaw to correct bony asymmetry or jaw deficiency. Jaw surgery is performed to position the jaws into the correct relationship/symmetry.
These procedures can improve a person’s ability to chew and improve airways as well provide the best facial aesthetics.

Most people referred to Dr. Nova Gibson for orthognathic surgery will be sent by their orthodontist as part of a combined orthodontic and surgical team approach. These people often have an underlying jaw misalignment which cannot be treated with orthodontics alone.

Once this has occurred, Dr Nova Gibson will recommend the most appropriate treatment.