Need a face or jaw surgery?

As oral and maxillofacial specialists, we here at Apex Surgical offer several treatment options designed to address painful and debilitating symptoms through surgical intervention. Face and jaw surgeries are two of our most common procedures. During these surgeries and all of our treatments, we utilize cutting-edge technology and advanced techniques to ensure a safe, comfortable, and effective experience.

What Is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializes in a wide-range of minor and major surgical treatments. As a surgical specialist, Drs. Stefanuto & Fisher has received extensive training for surgeries that involve the face, mouth, neck, and jaws. Along with four years of conventional dental school, oral surgeons complete an additional four to seven years of education.

Because we want the best for our patients, our team stays up-to-date with the latest surgical techniques through continuing education programs. These days, some general dentists also offer surgical treatments, regardless of their level of training. We believe you should place your trust in a surgical specialist with the future of your oral and facial health at stake.

Why We Perform Face and Jaw Surgery

Surgical intervention is usually a last resort after your general dentist exhausts all other treatment options. We may suggest facial and jaw surgery to correct the following conditions:

  • Difficulty chewing, yawning, swallowing, and speaking
  • A receding lower jaw or chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Excessive wear of your enamel due to teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Chronic problems with your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ
  • Facial injury or trauma
  • An open bite, or space between your upper and lower teeth when you bite down
  • Issues with your lips
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • An unbalanced facial appearance from the profile or front

General Overview of Face and Jaw Surgery

Like all restorative dentistry, face and jaw surgery begins with a consultation appointment. During your consultation, our oral surgeons will use advanced diagnostic tools, such as digital x-rays and 3-D imaging technology, to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery. We use these same tools to develop a personalized treatment plan that provides safe and effective results.

Most surgical procedures involve local anesthetic, which numbs the area and eliminates pain. Patients with significant fears or anxieties may also benefit from sedation methods. Once you are properly prepared, we will begin your surgery.

The type of surgical procedure we perform depends on your individual needs. Corrective jaw surgery usually involves making cuts into the jawbone and moving it to the proper position. We may also install plates, screws, or wires to keep your jaw in place.

The most common face and jaw surgeries include:

  • Maxillary Osteotomy (upper jaw)
  • Mandibular osteotomy (lower jaw)
  • Genioplasty (chin surgery)

After your surgery, be sure to follow our post-operative instructions. Taking the right steps can significantly reduce your chances of developing any complications. Once the healing process is complete, you may experience the following results:

  • Improved chewing and tooth function
  • A more balanced facial appearance
  • Other health benefits related to a well-aligned jaw

Schedule a Surgical Consultation

Surgical intervention may be the best way to relieve your painful facial or jaw symptoms. Call 250.371.7076 to schedule your consultation, and find out if you qualify for surgery today!