Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Meet Your Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr Brent Woods
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
BSc, MBBS, BOralH, GDipDent, FRACDS (OMS)
Brent is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon living and working in Victoria. He completed degrees in Science and Medicine at the University of Queensland. Following this he undertook surgical training within the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 2005 – 2007. Brent then completed a degree in Dentistry before moving to Melbourne where he completed specialist surgical training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery within the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Brent then undertook further specialist training in facial trauma in Perth at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Treatment in the clinic, or in hospital
Extraction of wisdom teeth, other impacted teeth, supernumerary teeth and potentially difficult extractions. Extractions also for patients with other medical conditions which make treatment in a dental clinic setting unsuitable.
Osseointegrated dental implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth
Placement of dental implants from single teeth replacements to full arch rehabilitation. Dental implant surgery is done in consultation with your dentist from the planning phase, throughout any preparatory procedures such as bone grafting, through to the final implant insertion surgery.
Improving local anatomy prior to dental implants
Bone grafting may be required in situations where there is inadequate bone available for simple placement of dental implants. The local anatomy may be augmented using the patient's own bone, bone substitutes, or a combination of both.
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) for all types of jaw discrepancy conditions
Orthognathic surgery is carried out in combination with your orthodontic treatment for a number of facial patterns. An uneven pattern of growth of the jaw(s) may create an imbalance in the jaw relationship and facial proportions, or may lead to facial asymmetries. Patients may experience functional problems with chewing and speech, or cosmetic concerns around their facial appearance and profile. Small discrepancies may be treatable with braces alone, but many patients benefit significantly through a combined approach (braces + surgery) which improves facial balance and aesthetics, is more stable, and corrects functional problems.
Assessment and treatment of simple to complex facial trauma
Facial trauma has the potential for long-term functional and cosmetic problems if not dealt with appropriately. The accurate assessment, timing, surgical repair and follow-up of facial trauma is essential for a good outcome. Facial trauma has the potential to affect the bite and requires management by a suitably qualified specialist (carrying both medial and dental specialist qualifications). Dr Woods has extensive experience in the management of facial trauma including lacerations and other soft tissue trauma of the face and oral cavity, dental trauma, and bony injuries of the jaws (maxilla & mandible), nose, eye sockets (orbits), cheek bones (zygomas & orbito-zygomaticomaxillary complex), and the skull.