Since the early 20th Century, Maxilliofacial surgeons is the name given to people who specifically treats facial trauma, particularly around the jaw and mouth. Pioneers in trauma and reconstructive surgery, the Maxilliofacial surgeons have a long and lustrous history. From the American Civil War to Modern Day Syria, we guarantee Maxilliofacial surgeons will have been at the forefront of facial trauma.

With their duel background in both dentistry and medicine, as well as their residency training, Maxilliofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified to treat a wide variety of medical complications. From wisdom tooth removal, through to complete reconstructive surgery Maxilliofacial surgeons are also qualified to administer outpatient general anesthesia, making them more qualified than regular dentists.

Dr Lance West is a highly respected oral surgeon, with years of experience. Based in Remuera, Auckland, Lance trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal London Hospital and the Royal Dental Hospital in London. Lance has been a practicing Maxilliofacial surgeon in Auckland since 1987. He is highly experienced and skilled in treating facial injuries such as a fractured jaw and damage to other facial bones. As a part-time Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with the Auckland District Health Board, Lance specialises in the correction of skeletal facial deformities and trauma.

Maxilliofacial surgeons tend to be a last option for some. Usually when a problem becomes too complicated for a regular dentist, then surgery is necessary. If a patient has been the victim of assault or involved in an accident, then maxillofacial surgery maybe need to treat severe injuries. That’s when the patient is referred to an oral surgeon.

So if you think the usual dentistry practice has taken you as far as you can go, give Dr Lance West a call. After a brief chat, he can help you make a decision on what to do next, and if Maxilliofacial surgeons are the next step.


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Dr Lance West is New Zealand’s foremost maxillofacial surgeon.