Jaw / Facial Structures Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws grow abnormally. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery, this repositions misaligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Population this procedures serves

Patients with improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly.

Patients who experience the upper jaw and lower jaws growing at different rates.

Jaw Abnormalities Effect

Chewing function, speech, long term oral health and appearance, chronic TMJ, and breathing problems.

Orthognathic Surgery and Technology

Dr. Barsamian uses modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached.
Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery.
Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of orthognathic surgery.

Facial Trauma

If you encounter a form of facial trauma it is often wise to seek medical attention because trauma to the jaw can effect how the teeth line up. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. The science and art of treating these injuries require special training. Dr. Barsamian maintains privileges at the local hospitals allowing him to deliver emergency room coverage for facial injuries which include the following conditions.
Facial lacerations
Intra oral lacerations
Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose or eye socket)
Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
Dr. Barsamian and his staff meets and exceeds these modern standards. Dr. Barsamian has privileges at the local hospitals allowing him to deliver emergency room coverage for facial injuries which include the following conditions

Soft Tissue Injuries

Most soft tissue injuries are treated by suturing the wounds in a manner that provides the best cosmetic result.

Bone Injuries of the Maxillofacial Region

Many of the fractures involving the jaw bone are treated and stabilized by the surgical placement of small plates and screws at the involved site similar to orthopedic bone fracture repairs.

This treatment can often allow for healing and avoid the necessity of having the jaws wired together. This technique is called “rigid fixation” of a fracture. This recent development and use of rigid fixation has profoundly improved the recovery period for many patients, allowing them to return to normal function in a shorter period of time.

Injuries to the Teeth and Surrounding Dental Structures

Isolated injuries to teeth are quite common. These type of injuries involve treating fractures in the supporting bone or in replanting teeth that have been displaced or knocked out.

These types of injuries are treated by "splinting" (stabilizing the affected area by wiring or bonding teeth together.)

Injuries to the Teeth and Surrounding Dental Structures

Do not wipe off the tooth if it has been knocked out!
Remnants of the ligament that hold the tooth in the jaw are attached and are vital to the success of replanting the tooth.
Place the tooth including any debris in bath of salt water or milk.
The sooner the tooth is reinserted into the dental socket, the greater the survival rate.