Oral Surgery

When it comes to extensive dental treatment, from wisdom tooth extractions and implant placements, to biopsies and jaw surgery, a referral to an oral surgeon is needed. Your dentist will issue a referral to an oral surgeon due to their extensive training in their field. Our dentists want to ensure you are in the best hands for all your dental treatment. We are lucky to have two in-house oral surgeons right here at Clarence Street Dental!

Dr. Andy Wong
Oral Surgeon

Dr. Wong graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) in 1995. He attended the University ofJ Rochester, Eastman Dental Centre – Strong Memorial Hospital for his General Practice Dental Residency and continued at the University of Rochester for his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training which he completed in 2001 and received his fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Dr. Wong is an active staff in the Department of Surgery at the Trillium Health Partners and is a clinical Instructor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry. He is the owner of Spectrum Oral Surgery and practices out of the two locations in Mississauga and Georgetown.

Dr. Wong is a member of the Ontario Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Ontario Dental Association and is the former president of the Ontario Study Club for Osseointegration. He has lectured and trained dentists throughout Canada.

Dr. Wong practices the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and enjoys engaging with his patients and improving their lives. He is also actively involved in the dental community and the education of younger members of the profession.

In his spare time, Dr. Wong enjoys golfing and travelling.

Dr. Ron Ho
Oral Surgeon

Dr. Ron Ho obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, he pursued his specialty training at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey and New York Medical College to become an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. During his training, he also operated with a craniofacial plastic surgeon to treat children and adolescents with clefts and other craniofacial anomalies.

He is a fellow of Royal College of Dentists of Canada and he is also a diplomate of American Board of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. Currently, he holds active privileges and provides on-call coverage (oral maxillofacial trauma and emergencies) at the Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga. He is an active member of numerous regional, provincial and national associations.

His clinical interests include dentoalveolar surgery (wisdom teeth extractions, impacted canines), bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, dental implants, orthognathic surgery and treating anxious patients requiring sedation. Besides English, he speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters as well as rooting for the Raptors.

Dr. Ali Namazie
Anaesthesiologist

Dr. Ali Namazie obtained his Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto and his Medical Degree at the University of Western Ontario, prior to specializing in anaesthesiology at the University of Ottawa. He has been a resident of Brantford since 2010, and in addition to working at Clarence Street Dental, he currently works at the Brantford General Hospital where he provides anaesthetic care to a wide variety of patients. His duties while at the Brantford General Hospital have included being chief of the Department of Anaesthesia and developing a protocol for pediatric patients having tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies.

He particularly enjoys regional anaesthesia and the ability to remove pain through the use of targeted nerve blocks. Dr. Namazie’s passion for anaesthesia lies in its ability to calm a patient during a stressful time in their lives, the opportunity to remove pain, and the skill to deal with medical emergencies if and when they arise.

Our Oral Surgery Team

Services

Extractions

An extraction is required when a tooth has suffered too much damage and it can’t be repaired.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Wisdom teeth are often removed due to the lack of space in the mouth – there is almost always only enough room for 28 teeth, versus 32 if the wisdom teeth are present.

Implant Placement

An implant replaces a tooth that is missing as an alternative option to root canals, bridges, or dentures. An implant is an artificial tooth, consisting of the implant itself as the anchor and finished with a crown. Implants look, feel, and function like a natural tooth.

Grafting

Implants need strong and plentiful bone in order to be successful. Bone grafts are performed to allow implants to be properly supported.

Surgery

Jaw Surgery: this surgery is required to “straighten” the upper and lower jaws when they are mismatched. This surgery is often planned with the Orthodontic team, and helps with chewing, over-bite and under-bite, aesthetics, and opening the airway of patients with sleep apnea.

Temporomandibular Joint Surgery: TMJ (or TMD) is pain associated with the joint where your jaw and skull bones meet. Problems can arise in the joint from trauma, locking, dislocation, or stress, which can lead to difficulty chewing, yawning, and talking.

Frenectomy

The frenum is the piece of tissue that attaches the lips to the gum tissues between your teeth. When the tissues are pulled excessively by the frenum, it needs to be surgically removed to prevent spacing between the front teeth, tongue tie (restriction of movement of the tongue), or gum recession.

Biopsy

A biopsy is required when a bump, lesion, rash, or ulceration is present in the mouth. While most are benign, it is always best to have it checked out to alleviate any stress or fear.

Oral Surgery Hours:
Wednesday – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (two a month)
Saturday – 8:30 am to 2:00 pm (one a month)

First Visit / Consultation

The first step in moving forward with seeing an oral surgeon is having a consultation. All patients must have a consultation prior to treatment. Our fee for this appointment is $100, due at time of booking.

At this appointment we will:
– Review medical history and medications
– Examine your x-rays, or take new ones if necessary
– Perform an oral exam to determine the appropriate treatment
– Discuss anaesthesic options
– Submit estimates for treatment
– Answer any questions you may have

Meet Dr. Wong or Dr. Ho today!

Forms

In order to reduce the amount of paper we use, we’ve added all our forms to our website. Click on the button below for treatment information or to complete any required forms.

Oral Surgery Technology

CBCT Scanner

A CBCT scan (cone beam computed tomography) is a special type of 3D x-ray that is taken when more information is needed than can be obtained from a regular 2D x-ray. This scan is able to produce images of not only your teeth, but your tissues, nerves, and bone. A CBCT can be taken for surgical planning of impacted teeth, diagnosing TMJ, to determine the accurate placement of implants, and to locate the nerves for root canal treatment.

General Anaesthesic Machine

A general anaesthetic machine is operated by an anaesthesiologist to induce sleep and prevent pain during surgical procedures. The machine generates and uses a mix of medical gases to induce and maintain anaesthesia. The machine is comprised of a ventilator, breathing system, suction equipment, and patient monitoring devices.

Centrifuge: Platelet Rich Fibrin

Platelet Rich Fibrin, or PRF, is a modern advancement that is extremely beneficial in the dental world, as it is all natural and helps promote healing and recovery after complex dental surgeries. Blood is extracted from your body and placed in the centrifuge to be “spun”, which causes it to become separated into its three components. From there, the PRF component is applied to the surgical site for healing. The benefit of using the PRF is that it is 100% from your own body and therefore increases healing time.