Below are some of the many procedures we provide to our patients. Whether you are trying to overcome your dental concerns such as, controlling serious oral disease, overcoming congenital growth issues, treating trauma related injuries or keeping teeth, our highly trained doctors have great experience in the procedures to combat these issues. We will go over each aspect of your upcoming treatment while keeping you fully informed about your procedure. We look forward to helping you with your needs.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It allows the lower jaw (mandible) to move and function. TMJ disorders have a variety of symptoms. Patients may complain of earaches, headaches and limited ability to open the mouth. They may also complain of clicking or grating sounds in the joint and feel pain when opening and closing the mouth.
What is Orthognathic Surgery?
The above procedures have a name: it’s called Orthognathic surgery. Essentially the surgical procedure allows the oral and maxillofacial surgeon to reposition one or both jaws. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth; therefore, this surgery is usually performed in conjunction with orthodontics so that the teeth are in the proper position after surgery. Orthognathic surgery is used to correct a wide range of minor and major facial and jaw irregularities and aids the patient in an improved ability to chew, speak, and breathe. In most cases an enhanced appearance can also result.
There are many reasons that teeth need to be removed. These include decay, gum disease, and trauma. In most situations, an office visit will be scheduled for you to meet the doctor and be evaluated with an x-ray and intra-oral examination. Anesthesia options will be explained and a recommendation offered. Most patients prefer to remain home from work on the day of surgery. Returning to work the same day as surgery is not an option if you choose to have intravenous (IV) anesthesia, as your sedation will take most of the day to wear off.
Facial trauma is a major health and social issue in the United States. Each year people of all ages sustain facial injuries from automobile accidents, boating accidents, bike accidents and recreational vehicles. Athletic activities and altercations also rank very high in causes of facial trauma. Many of these traumas include maxillofacial fractures of the upper and lower jaw, cheekbones, nose, and bone surrounding the eyes or a combination of these injuries.