Since early 1900s an oral surgeon is the name given to someone who specifically treats facial trauma, particularly concerning the jaw and mouth. Pioneers in trauma and reconstructive surgery, the term oral surgeon has a long and illustrious history. From the American Civil war to Modern Day Afghanistan, Oral Surgeons have been at the forefront of facial trauma.
With their duel background in both dentistry and medicine, as well as their residency training, an Oral Surgeon is uniquely qualified to treat a wide variety of medical complications. From impacted teeth extraction, through to reconstructive surgery. They are also qualified to administer outpatient general anaesthesia, setting them apart from other dentists.
Dr Lance West is a highly respected oral surgeon, with decades 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 practising oral 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.
An oral surgeon tends to be a last resort for people. Usually when a problem becomes too complex for a normal dentist, then surgery is required. 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 regular dentistry has taken you as far as it can, give Dr Lance West a call. After a brief chat, he can help you make a decision on what to do next, and if an oral surgeon is the best option.