Orthognathic surgery in Denver is a corrective procedure to fix problems with the lower jaw, repair a damaged jaw, or improve jaw function. Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a triple-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon committed to helping you restore optimal jawbone function and correct misalignment problems.
Correcting Lower Jaw Problems
The lower jaw, or mandible, is the only movable bone in the human face. It functions as a hinge, allowing the mouth to open and close. The lower jaw also houses the teeth and provides support for the tongue. The lower jaw can be affected by several medical conditions, including TMJ disorders, malocclusion, and pathogenic problems. Surgery may be required to correct these problems, and that’s where lower jaw surgery enters the picture.
What is Lower Jaw Surgery?
Lower jaw surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, is performed to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of the jaws and teeth. These deformities can cause serious problems with chewing, speaking, and breathing. They can also lead to facial imbalance and an impaired appearance. Orthognathic surgery in Denver can also improve the appearance of the face. When the jaws are properly aligned, it can result in a more symmetrical and pleasing appearance.
Lower Jaw Surgery Can Help With:
- Congenital problems related to the jaws
- Chronic jaw joint pain (TMJ)
- Involuntary mouth breathing
- Inability to bring the lips together
- Misalignment of the upper and lower jaws
- Trauma or injury to the jaws
- Receding lower jaw
- Pathology affecting the lower jaw
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Problems with swallowing or speech
- Excessive wear and tear of the teeth
- Facial imbalance because of underbites, overbites, and crossbites
If you have any questions on orthognathic surgery in Denver, contact our office for an appointment.
The Lower Jaw Surgery Process
The specific details of the surgery differ from one patient to the next because everyone has different needs and goals. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, so you won’t experience discomfort. The surgeon will make incisions inside your mouth to access and reposition the misaligned jawbone. Sometimes, the surgeon may need to remove a section of bone or add bone via grafts.
In addition to repositioning the bone, the surgeon may also need to change the soft tissue, such as the muscles or ligaments. After making changes to the jawbone, the surgeon may use titanium screws or plates to stabilize the jawbone and facilitate natural bone augmentation. After making all necessary adjustments, the surgeon will close the incisions with stitches. The surgery usually takes several hours.
Jaw Surgery Before & Afters
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Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a multi-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in cutting-edge surgical techniques. He listens to your goals and concerns, thoroughly examines your jaws, and curates a personalized treatment plan to improve your functional and cosmetic outcome. Please schedule a consultation to explore your options for orthognathic surgery in Denver.