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Frequently Asked Questions - Oral and Maxillofacial FAQ


  1. Do I need a referral to see Professor Ferguson?
  2. Why can't my own dentist take my tooth or teeth out?
  3. Why do I have wisdom teeth?
  4. Can I have my surgery in hospital?
  5. Will I need time off work if I have my wisdom teeth out?
  6. Will I be able to eat after my surgery in hospital?
  7. I have a lump in my mouth, can Professor Ferguson look at it and tell me what it is?
  8. Why does my child's Orthodontist want us to see Professor Ferguson?

 

 

1) Do I need a referral to see Professor Ferguson?
Not everybody needs a referral to see an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, however if you are going to claim a Medicare rebate for certain types of treatment, you will need a referral.

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2) Why can't my own dentist take my tooth or teeth out?
Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons have substantial training and experience in removing difficult teeth or wisdom teeth. This can make it a more pleasant experience for the patient.

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3) Why do I have wisdom teeth?
The most commonly held theory is that because humans are in an evolutionary phase of developing smaller jaws, the teeth are not necessarily becoming smaller therefore there is not enough space for all the teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop and thus often have no space left to grow into the mouth.

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4) Can I have my surgery in hospital?
Many patients choose to have their surgery carried out under general anaesthesia in hospital. Professor Ferguson operates at a number of private hospitals, where you will receive excellent care and can have your surgery whilst you are asleep.

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5) Will I need time off work if I have my wisdom teeth out?
Most patients will need some time off work after having a number of teeth out. You can discuss this at your first visit. You can also be given a medical certificate for the time you need to take off work.

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6) Will I be able to eat after my surgery in hospital?
After surgery the nurses will offer you something to eat or drink, when you are feeling well enough. We will give you an instruction sheet to help you choose the sorts of foods you should be eating for the following days while your mouth is healing.

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7) I have a lump in my mouth, can Professor Ferguson look at it and tell me what it is?
Yes, Professor Ferguson is a specialist who can advise and treat all conditions occurring inside the mouth. Dealing with such problems is an important part of oral surgery practice.

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8) Why does my child's Orthodontist want us to see Professor Ferguson?
Many children or adults having orthodontic treatment have too many teeth for the size of their jaws. Some of these teeth need to be taken out, and this may also include the wisdom teeth. This makes more room for the Orthodontist to straighten the remaining teeth.

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