Orthognathic surgery is performed on the jaws to put them into the correct and stable position. This may improve a person’s ability to chew, speak or breath.

Jaw problems that may be corrected include jaws that are too large, too small, too far forward, too far back or crooked.

When a person needs orthognathic surgery, it is performed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to help correct the occlusion (commonly called the ‘bite’). Your surgeon will inspect your face and jaws and may take facial measurements, photographs, or utilize other imaging such as x-rays.


After an examination, consultation and detailed cephalometric analysis, your surgeon will be able to advise you of your treatment options.


The basic structure of dental implants consists of two parts. The implant, is surgically inserted by your surgeon into the bone to provide a supportive base for the prosthesis, an artificial tooth structure which attaches to the implant.

The prosthesis then placed subsequently by your dentist or prosthodontist could be either a crown to replace one tooth or a bridge to replace several missing teeth.

As implants provide points of firm attachment for dental prostheses, they can solve problems posed by traditional dentures and bridges.

Many people have reported that they are more comfortable, convenient and attractive than the dentures they had previously worn. They also have fewer problems when eating and talking. Biting and chewing are often very similar to biting and chewing with normal teeth.

After an examination, your surgeon will discuss whether you are likely to benefit from implant surgery.

Your surgeon will discuss with you, your dental and medical history, any medications you may be taking, treatment options and where you might have the implant surgery.

There could be side effects and complications after your surgery which should be discussed with your surgeon. It is also important to have follow-up visits to check on your oral health.

As treatment outcomes may vary, the cost could differ from the original fee estimate. Your health fund can advise you on rebates.

The decision to have implants is always yours. You should not feel pressured by anyone.

Wisdom teeth (also called “third molars”) usually do not push through the gums until people are in their late teens, twenties or even older.


Most people have four wisdom teeth. Some have none. Often there is little or no space for these teeth to come through easily. The tooth becomes wedged in or “impacted”.

Some wisdom teeth remain buried and cause no trouble. If one or more of your wisdom teeth becomes troublesome, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon may recommend that they be removed.

After an examination and consultation, your surgeon will be able to advise you of your treatment options.

Our friendly admin staff will provide you with an estimate of cost. Your health fund can advise you on rebates.


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