Stephen Hookey - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Specialist

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery is a surgical speciality with its basis in dentistry. Stephen Hookey is trained in all areas of Oral & Maxillofacial surgical speciality and will manage problems or refer you to another specialist should your problem require more specific care.
"We aim to offer you safe, efficient and modern oral and maxillofacial surgical services". - Stephen Hookey

Stephen Hookey - What is Maxillofacial Surgery - briefly ...

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery is an internationally recognized surgical, medical specialty, a branch of Dentistry and used to treat many diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face and jaws. Stephen Hookey is usually called upon for the removal of troublesome wisdom teeth, though other Diseases of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and jaws can be diagnosed and managed.

Stephen Hookey specialist medical Maxillofacial Surgeon

Stephen Hookey has been treating and caring for patients in a professional capacity for more than 30 years

Completing oral and maxillofacial surgical training in 1984, he went into practice.

In 1988 Stephen Hookey obtained a Fellowship at the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Stephen Hookey maintains offices for Oral & Maxillofacial consultation in Melbourne Ringwood Traralgon Sale Bendigo

Dr Stephen Hookey`s views on Hygene Policies in Oral & Maxillofacial surgical practices.

Infection control protocols are the major priorities in our practice, Asepsis is controlled by strict adherence to sterile technique.
"Post-operative infection rates are low and we aim to keep it like this".

"The mouth has a rich blood supply so healing, in most cases proceeds without complication so long as it is not interfered with. This, however is no reason to be slack on infection control protocols or sterile technique. We take every precaution to ensure your healing process proceeds naturally throughout every phase of your treatment with us.

  • At your Examination: We use only Disposable wooden spatulas and gloves which are disposed of immediately after use. We permit No saliva to touch Mr Hookey or his staff's skin.
  • During Examination and Surgical procedure itself, for Injections: again we use only Disposable, single use Syringes that are disposed of immediately after use.
  • During surgical procedures, we Track the use of all our instruments with labels, ensuring strict adherence to surgical and sterile technique.
  • During Surgery: we use Protocols as recommended by the NH & MRC. Only sterile instruments used for procedures.
  • Regarding Drugs: It is the policy of our practice not to leave drugs on the premises other than local anaesthetic. Sedation medications are brought to the sedation operations by the anaesthetist.
  • We aim to maintain the highest standards in:
    • Staff Training
    • Monitoring and tracking of all sugical instruments to ensure sterile procedure
    • Aseptic and sterile techniques are strictly monitored and adhered to by all staff
    • As we ensure that we use only Disposable technology
  • Stephen Hookey and his staff aim to provide you with all the health care and medical information you need to encourage the healing process. Following Mr Hookey`s medical and Dental advice ensures your well being is cared for.

On occassions appropriate vaccines, are utilized by Stephen Hookey and his staff, and any or all unusual infections are sent for culture, testing and analysis to safeguard you against complications.

The Consultation offices of Stephen Hookey

Stephen Hookey maintains offices in Melbourne Ringwood Traralgon Sale Bendigo.

We aim to provide you with a safe efficient and modern oral & maxillofacial practice, supplying you with all the advice you need to complete a successful treatment.

Patients are usually referred to us by their family dentist, or another specialist who has diagnosed a treateable condition that requires confirmation. Some patients are referred to us upon the recommendation of friends who have had a similar condition and experienced a full recovery to normal levels of dental health care, other recommendations come through associates within the oral & maxillofacial medical specialty. We in turn can give you referral should your dental condition require more specific treatment or refer you back to your dentist for regular dental health care.

Common Oral & Maxillofacial specialist surgical treatments performed by Stephen Hookey

Undoubtedly the most common and naturally occurring condition that requires oral & maxillofacial surgery is the removal of troublesome wisdom teeth. It is best to remove wisdom teeth before they become problematic and interfere with normal teeth and jaw growth.

Wisdom teeth generally push through the gums when a person has reached their late teens or early twenties. Often there is not enough room in the jaw to accommodate wisdom teeth and the wisdom teeth become impacted.

In the case where wisdom teeth do cause problems, which can include damage to adjacent healthy teeth through decay or pressure causing the shortening of roots, this is referred to as the wisdom teeth having become impacted. Troublesome, impacted wisdom teeth can also increase the risk of infection, pain and movement of adjacent teeth.
In some cases impacted wisdom teeth do not display immediate symptoms, consequetly, some people have no idea that their wisdom teeth are impacted.

Dr Stephen Hookey can advise you regarding the safe and healthy removal of your impacted wisdom teeth. Every case is different despite the similarity of the condition, and every case is handled uniquely and specifically to each patient. Vast experience is what makes the difference to a patients comfort during procedures and recovery is assured if you follow the surgeons advice and adhere to correct procedure.

Stephen Hookey`s Pre-operative dental procedure

What to expect from your Consultation with Mr Stephen Hookey
At your Consultation with Mr Stephen Hookey, before your examination takes place, all patients have a comprehensive dental history taken. The Examination then proceeds and your condition is dagnosed and appropriate treatments are recommended. All efforts are made to inform the patient regarding their condition so that treatment will proceed from an informed patient perspective.

Dr Stephen Hookey`s advice regarding procedures both Surgical and Non Surgical
  • If non surgical management of the dental condition is required then Dr Stephen Hookey will refer you to an appropriate specialist
  • If If surgical treatment is required for a dental condition, a booking at a hostpital with a room for recovery after the proceedure can be made for you. The procedure will be in one of the following categories: difficult extractions, trauma, pathology or jaw surgery.
    The patient is then asked to complete a form Consenting to the procedure.

Advice for procedures and post operative care

The procedure is then performed at the Hospital or Rooms depending upon the degree of treatment required. If your condition requires a Local Anaesthetic the procedure will likely happen in the Room. For patients that wish to sleep through a procedure, a General Anaesthetic is required and the procedure will take place at a Hospital and you will be moved to your recovery room after the procedure.

With some of the more complex cases there can be an increase in the risk of infection. In such cases Antibiotics will be prescribed according to your medical history.

In most cases, all that is required are pain killers to provide relief from pain and swelling. After two days, post procedure, strong pain killers are not needed for pain.

Swelling will increase until around four days after the surgery, due to the rich blood supply to the mouth area. in some cases the swelling seems dramatic, but this is part of the bodies healing, rich blood supply aids the bodies healing process.
Rest is the main way to decrease the discomfort associated with a large amount of swelling.

View our aftercare advice.

Post operative concerns

If you have concerns and the measures advised for aftercare are not providing relief please do not hesitate to contact the rooms to arrange a post-operative appointment at your earliest convenience or for further advice.

If you consider the problem requires more urgent care after hours please page me on 9387 1000.

For Pain and Nausea, on your post-operative instructions you will be given the contact details of your anaesthetist. Your anaesthetist should be contacted regarding difficulties with pain or nausea.

The anaesthetists' mobile numbers are as follows: Dr. Butler: 0418 554 970, Dr. Middleton: 0413 051 653, Dr. Rathborne: 0425 790 044

Numbness can occur after surgery and is usually transitory. If you have persisting numbness which is showing no signs of improvement four weeks after wisdom surgery please contact the rooms for a post-operative review.

Numbness can be present for six to twelve months after jaw surgery. If you have numbness in which there has been no change twelve week's after jaw surgery please discuss this with your orthodontist as you may require a review.

Food Impaction:
If you have trouble with food impaction in sockets after tooth removal please use the irrigation device provided. Start using it 24 hours after surgery. Use warm salt water to rinse out the socket frequently in order to prevent food being caught around surgical sites and causing infection.

Broken Elastics:
If you are a jaw surgery patient and your elastics have broken this is no cause for alarm. Please replace the broken elastics as nearly as possible to where they were with the elastics supplied by either myself or your orthodontist.

Regarding procedure fees

Ball park figures for surgery are $1,250 for removal of four wisdom teeth and $500 above the schedule fee for one jaw surgery. Wisdom teeth removal is not covered by medicare whereas jaw surgery does attract a medicare rebate.

Increasingly I am asked "what am I paying for" with regards to surgical services.

I endeavour to maintain a quality surgical service to my patients in an efficient manner.

Unfortunately, my work is mostly based as a dental specialist and so attracts no Medicare support. Our immediate surgical fees have a relationship to the Medicare schedule and our dental surgical services follow guidelines set out by bodies such as the Transport Accident Commission, Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Australian Dental Association.

There are health standards and principles that I am bound to adhere to. I have several staff members at the clinical surgical service and also several staff members in the administrative record keeping area. I supply, maintain and install quality surgical equipment for your services and the surgical supplies and materials that I use are of high quality. No instruments are reused that cannot be sterilised but are discarded.

I also maintain insurances for the protection of you, the patient, and for my staff.

All of these costs are significant and impact on the running of a small business. I appreciate that you have sought out services from my practice and will make the following undertakings for you with regards to your care.

I will provide you with as high a standard of care as possible.

I will quote for all surgical services prior to the surgical sitting. I would be happy to answer any queries should they arise regarding the surgical quotation.

I would be happy to you to seek a second opinion if you wish to do so and would encourage this if you are at all unsure.

There is often more than just the surgical fee involved. If the procedure is performed in a hospital there will be a separate anaesthetic fee payable and there will be a hospital fee levied. There also may be fees for pathology tests and pharmacy items.

If the procedure is performed in hospital there may be a hospital fee levied depending on your private health insurance. This hospital fee cannot be claimed with Medicare. More information regarding potential hospital fees can be obtained from your health fund if you quote the item numbers used on your quotation.

For details of the anaesthetic fees payable please contact your anaesthetist.

If you are uninsured you will be responsible for the full hospital day stay rate. More information regarding hospital fees can be obtained from the hospital of your choice if you quote the item numbers used on your quotation.

In order to maintain fees at reasonable levels I ask that fees be paid on the day of surgery. This standard practice procedure of taking payment prior to the day of surgery means that the surgical treatment and the post-operative healing phase of treatment are not spoilt by financial concerns.

A charge is made above the schedule fee for jaw surgery because I provide my own staff and instrumentation for these operations performed in hospital.

I hope this information will assist you with regards to considering the real costs involved for you. - Stephen Hookey

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