Corrective Jaw Surgery, Phoenix

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Dr. Day has extensive experience in jaw reconstructive surgery, and is considered an expert in this field

We have advanced surgical facilities and equipment to provide the best in surgical care. Our I-CAT imaging machine allows us to take high quality digital scans and panoramic x-rays that aid in the planning and success of surgical procedures. With Dr. Day's expertise and the best in available equipment, jaw surgery at our office can be performed in less time with minimal discomfort and optimal results

About Orthognathic Surgery (Corrective Jaw Surgery)

Patient Testimonials for Orthognathic Surgery - Phoenix AZJust as "orthodontics" refers to straightening the teeth, "orthognathics" refers to straightening of the jaw. Orthognathic surgeries involve repositioning, shortening or lengthening the upper or lower jaw. These procedures are currently being used to treat a diverse range of jaw imbalances and ailments.

Reasons for undergoing orthognathic surgery include:

  • Injury to the jaw
  • Poor alignment of the jaw
  • Upper and lower teeth not meeting properly when you bite
  • Problems or discomfort biting or chewing
  • Difficulties with pronunciation due to poor jaw alignment
  • Eliminating a facial imbalance
  • Minimizing the appearance of an overly large or small upper or lower jaw

Procedure

Having Orthognathic SurgeryPrior to any treatment, you will have a thorough consultation with Dr. Day in which all of your questions will be answered. It is important to understand that orthognathic surgery and the required pre and post-operatory care may require up to two years to complete. You should carefully consider the risks and steps to this or any other medical procedure before choosing to proceed.

The consultation is followed by a thorough examination during which facial measurements, digital x-rays and dental impressions will be made. Dr. Day will then further advise you on the best course of treatment for your particular case.

The first step of orthognathic surgery is pre-surgical orthodontic care. Your teeth will be fitted with braces by an orthodontist in preparation for the shift in the position of your jaw. This stage of treatment typically requires between 6 and 18 months to complete. Your individual situation may require additional pre-surgical preparation beyond orthodontics (such as wisdom teeth removal).

Once any pre-surgical procedures are completed, Dr. Day will perform the jaw repositioning surgery. This surgery may last between 1 and several hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. It is done under carefully monitored general anesthesia. During surgery, bone may be added or removed from the jaw to create the change in size or orientation.

You can expect some swelling, bruising, or discomfort for the next several days afterwards. In most cases, the jaws will also be restricted for the first few weeks following surgery to allow for healing. After being discharged, you will need to visit your surgeon for several post-operatory evaluations.