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Surgically-Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion

Surgically-assisted rapid palatal expansion (SARPE) is a procedure used to widen the upper jaw (maxilla) in cases where traditional orthodontic methods are insufficient. SARPE is typically recommended for individuals with narrow upper dental arches, crossbites, or impacted teeth due to insufficient space. During SARPE, the surgeon cuts the midline of the palate bone and inserts a specialized device called a palatal expander. This gradually separates the bone segments, creating space and facilitating the expansion of the upper jaw.

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Sleep Apnea Surgery

Sleep apnea surgery encompasses a range of procedures aimed at addressing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition characterized by recurrent episodes of partial or complete upper airway obstruction during sleep. These corrective jaw surgeries in Denver target anatomical structures that contribute to airway obstruction, such as the soft palate, uvula, tonsils, and tongue base. By widening the airway and reducing tissue obstruction, sleep apnea surgery aims to alleviate symptoms, improve sleep quality, and mitigate associated health risks such as daytime fatigue.


Upper Jaw Surgery

Upper jaw surgery, also known as maxillary osteotomy, targets the correction of deformities or misalignments in the upper jaw (maxilla). Commonly indicated for individuals with severe overbites, underbites, or facial asymmetry, this surgical procedure involves carefully cutting and repositioning the bones of the upper jaw. By adjusting the position, height, or width of the maxilla, upper jaw surgery aims to improve facial harmony, correct dental occlusion, enhance breathing, and address functional issues such as difficulty chewing or speaking.


Lower Jaw Surgery

Lower jaw surgery, medically termed mandibular osteotomy, addresses malformations or misalignments of the lower jaw (mandible). Primarily recommended for individuals with severe underbites, overbites, or asymmetry of the lower face, this corrective jaw surgery in Denver involves carefully cutting the mandible and repositioning it to achieve optimal alignment and balance. Lower jaw surgery aims to improve facial harmony, correct dental occlusion, alleviate TMJ issues, enhance chewing and speech functions, and enhance overall facial aesthetics.


Distraction Osteogenesis

Distraction osteogenesis is a surgical technique commonly used in jaw surgery to gradually lengthen or reposition bones. This procedure involves making a controlled fracture in the bone and then slowly pulling the bone segments apart using a specialized device called a distractor. As the bone gradually separates, new bone forms in the gap, resulting in lengthening or repositioning of the bone. Distraction osteogenesis is particularly useful in correcting severe jaw deformities, such as micrognathia (underdeveloped lower jaw) or mandibular deficiency.

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Before & Afters

Orthognathic Surgery FAQs

How long is the recovery period after orthognathic surgery, and what can I expect during recovery?

The recovery period for orthognathic surgery ranges from a few weeks to several months. Initially, you may experience swelling, discomfort, and difficulty eating solid foods. Over time, these symptoms should improve as you follow the provided aftercare instructions.

How do I know if I am a candidate for orthognathic surgery?

Candidates for orthognathic surgery often have significant jaw misalignment, which can affect their bite, speech, and facial aesthetics. Your oral surgeon will conduct a thorough evaluation, including examinations and imaging tests, to determine if orthognathic surgery is right for you.

Will I need to follow a special diet before or after orthognathic surgery?

Before orthognathic surgery, your surgeon may recommend a diet consisting of soft foods to prepare your jaw for the procedure. After surgery, you’ll likely need to adhere to a similar soft diet for a period to allow your jaw to heal properly, following which you can gradually reintroduce harder foods into your diet over several weeks.

How long does the orthognathic surgery procedure typically take?

The duration of orthognathic surgery can vary depending on the complexity of the case. On average, the procedure can take a few hours. Your surgeon will provide you with a more precise estimate based on your individual circumstances during the pre-operative consultation.

What are the risks and complications associated with orthognathic surgery?

While orthognathic surgery is generally safe, there are potential risks and complications involved, including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and issues with jaw function. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you prior to the surgery and take all necessary precautions to minimize the likelihood of complications.

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Why Choose Us for Orthognathic Jaw Surgery In Denver?

Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a triple-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon dedicated to providing exceptional care and expertise in orthognathic jaw surgery. He specializes in addressing complex jaw deformities and facial asymmetry and takes the time to thoroughly understand each individual’s goals and concerns. If you’re considering orthognathic surgery in Denver, trust Dr. Fathimani and our expert team at Rocky Mountain Surgical Arts to guide you through every step of the process. Schedule a consultation to learn how orthognathic surgery can enhance your overall facial aesthetics and function.

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