Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon 02 9906 2844
Services Minor Oral Surgery

Minor oral surgery are surgical procedures to the mouth, oral cavity and jaws that can be performed safely and comfortably under local anaesthesia or sedation in our rooms.

The procedures we may consider suitable for local anaesthesia include : biopsy of lesions, certain traumatic injuries, drainage of abscesses, fractured roots & wisdom teeth, removal of lumps or cysts, removal of teeth and simple jaw fractures.

Biopsy

A biopsy is a sampling of abnormal tissue that we send to a specialist pathologist in mouth and jaw conditions for analysis to confirm the diagnosis. They determine whether it is: not cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). We will discuss the findings with you together with treatment options before ongoing management is commenced.

Cysts

A cyst is a fluid filled enclosed sac. There are different types of cysts and may be related to salivary gland tissue, the teeth or jaws. Cysts can grow quietly without any signs or present themselves with a swelling or infection.

Cysts must be managed before they cause further deterioration. Even though not considered cancerous, some have the potential to recur if not treated correctly. Hence large jaw cysts usually require a biopsy first to determine the type of cyst before treatment can be determined.

The goal is to remove the cyst so that new bone grows to fill the cystic space. The treatment for cysts are generally:

1. Enucleation: Scraping out of the cyst sac or wall lining; or

2. Marsupialisation: Converting an enclosed cyst cavity into an open cavity by removing a portion of the cyst wall and adjoining the remaining cyst sac to the surrounding normal tissue providing continuity of the cyst cavity with the surrounding normal tissue.

Surgical options are discussed with you and undertaken only after you reach an informed decision.