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Everything You Need To Know About Orthognathic Surgery AKA Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic Surgery is definitely a mouthful to say and if you’ve ever been told you need it then you might already know it’s also known simply as Jaw Surgery. (If not, then there’s a thing you now know. Might be useful if you ever find yourself on Jeopardy and the category is Dental Procedures for $1,000.) But, if you think you’re having jaw problems and your primary dentist or physician referred you to an oral surgery practice like Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of San Buenaventura then Orthognathic Surgery might be, quite literally, what the doctor ordered. Let’s go over why you might need Orthognathic Surgery and what to expect if you get it done.

What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic Surgery is a surgical procedure meant to correct alignment problems in the lower (mandible) or upper jaw (maxilla). Basically, Orthognathic Surgery is the process of repositioning your jaw when it has grown out of balance to alleviate any symptoms you might be having as a result.

Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of issues that can affect chewing, speech, long-term oral health and appearance. These can be problems you or your child have had since birth or that appear later on in life for any number of reasons including trauma.

Signs you might need Orthognathic Surgery

If you have difficulty chewing, biting or swallowing, speech problems, chronic jaw or TMJ pain, an open bite, protruding jaw or breathing problems you might need to consult an Oral Surgeon. Jaw Surgery can help resolve many of these issues. In some instances, an Orthodontist can help correct a problem if it only involves moving teeth but this can only help so much. Often when your problems also include alignment of the jaw, they can only be treated with a combination of treatments that include Orthognathic Surgery.

Who is involved in your procedure?

Usually, your dentist, orthodontist or primary physician will recommend you consult an oral surgeon if they feel you need Orthognathic Surgery. During the pre-treatment consultation, we encourage our patients to ask any questions they have about their treatment. The surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of San Buenaventura will then perform a complete examination with radiographs. When you are fully informed about all aspects of your care, you and your dental team will make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

What to expect when undergoing Jaw Surgery

There are a few steps in the process. First, your orthodontist, in consultation with your surgeon, will apply braces and straighten your teeth. It’s possible that during this phase the alignment of your bite might actually worsen as your teeth are being positioned. This is normal and once your teeth have straightened the corrective jaw surgery repositions misaligned jaws and assures correct bite (called occlusion).

Post-surgery, our surgeons will give you instructions on what you can eat, oral hygiene and other recommendations on how to improve recovery time, including any medications to help manage pain. Recovery can take up to three months for the jaw to fully heal but you can expect to be able to go back to work or school after about three weeks. Additional orthodontic or dental treatment might also be needed after surgery.

Better health and a more attractive smile

The result of Orthognathic Surgery is a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship, ensuring that your teeth meet correctly and function properly. Overall health and appearance should improve dramatically following Orthognathic Surgery. Patients often report higher self-esteem as a result and a positive change in lifestyle as breathing, chewing and speech are all enhanced.

At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of San Buenaventura, our mission is to create a harmonious, patient-focused environment where the most advanced, individualized, yet compassionate surgical care is rendered. If you think you need Orthognathic Surgery, call us today at 805-648-5121.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Siavash and Dr. Zarrinkelk have expertise ranging from the routine such as dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to the complex such as corrective jaw surgery, repair of traumatic injuries and tumor surgery.

Our Ventura office is located at 5200 Telegraph Road, Suite B, Ventura CA 93003, and our Ojai office is located at 1202 Maricopa Highway, Suite D, Ojai, CA 93023.

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A Permanent Solution For Missing Teeth

Adult tooth loss is a common problem. Millions are affected by it. In fact, almost 70% of people over the age of 35 have lost one or more of their adult teeth and 26% of people over 70 have lost all of their natural teeth. If you have lost teeth then there’s a way to get your great looking, healthy smile back with the All-on-4® treatment concept – an alternative to traditional dentures.

Dental implants: A modern alternative to dentures

Everyone wants a beautiful smile without missing teeth, but the idea of dentures might make you cringe. Imagine keeping false teeth in a glass by the bedside, only putting them in to talk and eat and you get the picture. Further, dentures can be painful, inconvenient and unstable… and can make chewing foods difficult. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of San Buenaventura has a solution to give you a beautiful new set of teeth in a very short timeframe with the All-on-4® treatment concept: a full set of non-removable replacement teeth in just a single appointment.

In the past, replacing an entire jaw full of teeth individually with implants was time-consuming and costly. The All-on-4® treatment concept replaces your missing teeth with a full dental bridge supported by only four dental implants. With less implants needed, overall treatment time and cost is reduced. The unique All-on-4®treatment concept solution also ensures greater stability in the bone, reducing the need for bone graft surgery to increase bone volume.

A healthy smile solution

Backed by years of good clinical outcomes from studies with favorable results, dental implants with the All-on-4® treatment concept is designed to look natural and function like real teeth. After dental implants are surgically placed in the mouth, they fuse with existing bone. Like a natural tooth root they stimulate the jawbone preventing bone loss with every bite. Dentures can actually cause bone deterioration because they lie over the gums and don’t penetrate the jaw like dental implants do.

In addition to the greater health benefits, dental implants give you confidence. Eat and talk in groups without the risk of embarrassing slips and clicks that are common problems when wearing dentures. And, with proper hygiene and regular check-ups, your dental implants will last for decades.

At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of San Buenaventura, we’re always up-to-date on the latest advances in research and the newest technologies to be sure we can accommodate each of our patients’ unique needs. We’re a caring and concerned group who listens to how you feel during procedures and caters our approach to every patient.

If you would like more information about the All-on-4® treatment concept, please reach out to us by calling (805) 648-5121 for a consultation. We strive to make our office a comfortable, relaxing environment. So don’t hesitate and call today to begin your journey to the smile of your dreams!

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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Siavash and Dr. Zarrinkelk have expertise ranging from the routine such as dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to the complex such as corrective jaw surgery, repair of traumatic injuries and tumor surgery.

Our Ventura office is located at 5200 Telegraph Road, Suite B, Ventura CA 93003, and our Ojai office is located at 1202 Maricopa Highway, Suite D, Ojai, CA 93023.

 

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Five Key Benefits of Dental Implants

By Dr. Hessam Siavash

A great smile is one of the strongest physical attributes a person can have. Flashing those pearly whites is seen as a sign of a warm personality and can instantly attract others and put them at ease. A healthy smile builds confidence and is an important factor in retaining good overall health.

As we age, tooth deterioration often becomes more and more common. If this is the case for you, you’re not alone: many adults have lost some or all of their teeth to a variety of causes, including tooth decay, gum disease or accidents. Dental implants are the trusted way to experience life with intact teeth again. You’ll find that the doctors at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of San Buenaventura can help you on the journey to recoup that beautiful smile that’s so much a part of who you are.

Implants are not the only way to replace missing teeth; bridges and dentures are other alternatives.  However, we find that there are significant benefits to dental implants, including:

1) Durability:  Dental implants, if cared for properly, can often last a lifetime. Of course, good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are important.

2) Appearance:  The only person who will know about your decision to have dental implants is you. Implants are made to look and feel just like your natural teeth.

3) Improved Self-Image: Dental implants help restore a youthful appearance, building self-esteem and confidence.

4) Improved Oral Health: Unlike tooth-supported bridges, dental implants don’t involve any anchoring to your surrounding teeth. Dental Implants help preserve bone health and maintain your oral health.

5) Convenience:  With dental implants, you don’t have to worry that your teeth will slip out of position as the framework is permanent. In addition, you won’t have to deal with any messy glue that helps hold removable dentures in place.

For more information on the benefits of dental implants and how you can take the first step towards achieving your new smile, contact us at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of San Buenaventura at your earliest convenience.

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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Zarrinkelk and Dr. Siavash have expertise ranging from the routine such as dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to the complex such as corrective jaw surgery, repair of traumatic injuries and tumor surgery.

Our Ventura office is located at 5200 Telegraph Road, Suite B, Ventura CA 93003, and our Ojai office is located at 1202 Maricopa Highway, Suite D, Ojai, CA 93023.

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