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Southern Cross Invercargill Hospital - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

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    Southern Cross' Invercargill hospital was originally established in 1919. It was bequeathed to Southern Cross in 1992 - and a new hospital was built and completed in August 1994.

    The hospital is a top class facility in a very pleasant inner city location, situated opposite Queens Park.
    Our hospital offers patients quality care and features comfortable patient rooms with pleasant surroundings and close by cafes for family and support people to access.

    Our promise is a quality-driven and friendly service and we offer our patients excellent, modern facilities, and access to a range of elective surgical and specialist services including general surgery, gynaecological surgery, breast surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, gastroenterology and endoscopy services, urology and vascular surgery.



    • Peter Christmas

      Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialist

    Dental Implants

    Gum tissue at the site of the implant is opened up to expose the bone. The bone is drilled and a titanium implant is inserted where the root of your tooth had been. Once the bone and gum has healed (3-6 months), the post is attached to the implant and the crown is placed over the post and cemented into place.

    Impacted Tooth Extraction

    An incision (cut) is made in your gum and access to the impacted tooth cleared by pushing aside gum tissue and, if necessary, removing some bone. The tooth is removed whole or in pieces and the gum stitched together over the hole.

    Salivary Gland Surgery

    Parotidectomy: an incision (cut) is made in front of the ear and runs down below the jaw line. Part or all of the parotid gland is removed.

    Superficial Parotidectomy: an incision is made in front of the ear and runs down beneath the ear lobe. The superficial (top) lobe of the parotid gland is removed.

    Submandibular Gland Surgery: an incision is made just below the jaw bone and the submandibular gland removed.

    Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Surgery

    Arthroscopic: several small incisions (cuts) are made over the joint in front of the ear. A small telescopic instrument with a tiny camera attached (arthroscope) is inserted, allowing the surgeon a view of the joint. Small instruments can be inserted into the other cuts to free up the joint by e.g. removing adhesions and scarring, or repositioning a disc.

    Arthroplasty (Open Surgery): an incision is made in front of the ear, giving the surgeon access to reconstruct the joint by e.g. smoothing joint surfaces, repairing discs or removing diseased tissue. If a joint replacement is necessary, a second incision under the angle of the jaw may be required.