With over 30 years of clinical experience, Professor David Wiesenfeld has a range of interests in the field of specialist oral and maxillofacial surgery.
At OMFS, we pride ourselves on our top-quality team, and each of our surgeons is dedicated to making sure that our patients receive the best possible care. Professor David Wiesenfeld is one of our valued team members. Read on to find out more about him, what he contributes to our team, and what his special interests include.
Who is Professor David Wiesenfeld?
Professor David Wiesenfeld is a specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon. After qualifying in Dentistry at the University of Melbourne in 1976, he completed his specialist training in 1980. He then went on to train further in Glasgow and London. In 1983, Associate Professor David Wiesenfeld began practising specialist oral and maxillofacial surgery.
What are his special interests?
Associate Professor David Wiesenfeld has a special clinical interest in:
- Oral cancer care
As part of his work, Professor David Wiesenfeld often treats cancers in the face, neck and jaws. In most cases, abnormalities in these areas are caused by congenital conditions, infections, soft tissue growths and autoimmune conditions. In the case of oral cancer, there are a number of surgery types that can be performed. To find out more about these surgeries, please take a look here.
- Dentoalveolar surgery
As a specialist oral surgeon, Associate Professor David Wiesenfeld has a special interest in dentoalveolar surgery, which refers to procedures associated with the maxilla or mandible (the upper or lower jaw). Dentoalveolar procedures include tooth extraction, management of impacted teeth, the placement of dental implants, and recontouring of the alveolar bone, which is the ridge of bone that contains tooth sockets and holds the teeth in place.
- The management of impacted teeth
It is sometimes necessary for impacted teeth to be surgically removed; in which case an incision is made in the gum. In some cases, the bone around the tooth is also removed. Often, the impacted tooth will need to be sectioned in order to reduce damage to the nearby teeth and to conserve bone removal. To find out more about surgical tooth removal in the case of impacted teeth, take a look here.
- The surgical correction of dento-facial deformity
As a specialist oral surgeon, corrective surgery forms part of Associate Professor David Wiesenfeld’s skill set. In many cases, this type of treatment takes the form of corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery. The procedure helps to improve both function and aesthetics — find out what it involves here.
- Dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth
Dental implants have, over recent years, become an increasingly important part of modern dentistry. They provide a wide range of benefits to those with missing teeth and are both comfortable and natural in appearance. Associate Professor David Wiesenfeld has a special interest in implants and has worked with many patients to restore oral function. To find out more about dental implants and how they work, take a look here.
What else has he been involved in?
With his unique skills and experience, Professor David Wiesenfeld is currently the director of The Head and Neck Tumour Stream at The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He has also held senior clinical appointments at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, as well as the University of Melbourne. He has also been appointed visiting professor positions at universities in Bristol, Texas, Nebraska and Cleveland.
When it comes to publications, Professor David Wiesenfeld has considerable experience. In fact, he has published more than 70 articles in scientific literature and has also contributed to four textbooks.
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