As a consultant in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and a practising surgeon at OMFS, Mr Kevin Spencer is a passionate and experienced member of our team.
At OMFS, we pride ourselves on a team who are highly qualified and dedicated to providing top quality care to each of our patients. Mr Kevin Spencer works full time in private practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Read on to find out about his qualifications and special interests.
The early years
Mr Kevin Spencer completed his MBChb in 1991 from the University of Auckland in 1991 before obtaining his BDSc from the University of Melbourne in 1997. Following these qualifications, Kevin completed his Master’s degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Melbourne in 2000. Later in the same year, he successfully completed the FRACDS OMS examination, after which he became a full fellow of the RACDS section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
After Kevin completed his training, he went on to become a clinical and research fellow at the University of Minnesota and then staff surgeon in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Hennepin County Medical Centre.
Kevin is currently a consultant in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, as well as a surgeon at our practice.
Kevin has a number of special interests, which include:
Dentoalveolar surgery refers to a group of procedures most often performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. These include routine procedures like exposure of teeth, surgical removal of teeth and wisdom tooth surgery.
Tooth exposure surgery is performed to ensure the correct eruption of teeth, and is often recommended in cases where teeth have failed to properly erupt. To find out exactly what this procedure involves, please have a look here.
Surgical removal of teeth may be necessary for a number of reasons. Some of the most common reasons include disease, decay, trauma, crowding and impacted teeth. To find out what this type of surgery involves, please have a look here.
Wisdom teeth removal is another common dentoalveolar surgery, and is often recommended in cases where wisdom teeth have become impacted. To find out how the procedure works and other reasons it may be performed, please have a look here.
Kevin has a special interest in orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery. This type of surgery is extremely helpful in improving a patient’s ability to chew and speak, and can also have a number of functional and aesthetic benefits. By means of orthognathic surgery, a number of issues can be resolved, including jaws that are too large, too small, too far forward, too far back, or crooked.
One of the procedures Kevin is able to perform is an upper jaw expansion procedure. The surgery is performed in order to treat a particularly narrow jaw prior to orthodontic treatment. For this reason, upper jaw expansion surgery typically forms part of an orthodontic treatment plan.
Upper jaw expansion surgery, also known as Surgically Assisted Maxillary Expansion (SAME) can be performed on patients with a crossbite, crooked teeth or crowded teeth due to a narrow jaw. To find out more about what the surgery involves, please have a look here.
Implantology is among Kevin’s special interests in the field of oral surgery. As such, he is highly experienced in placing dental implants, even in complex situations. Some of the treatments he provides include bone and soft tissue grafting, dental implant surgery, implant-supported dentures, All-On-4 implants, and zygomatic dental implants.
Dental implants have become an important part of modern dentistry with a number of benefits. In fact, they can effectively restore both form and function and look and feel just like natural teeth. One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they are able to maintain bone structure and support the facial tissues, reducing or even eliminating bone atrophy in the face.
To find out more about dental implants, please take a look here.
If you would like to arrange a consultation with Mr Kevin Spencer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.