Dr. Stuart Dessner: Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery by Dr. Stuart Dessner include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates, explains Dr. Stuart Dessner. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery performed by Dr. Stuart Dessner may be required for the jaws when repositioning in necessary.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
Any symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held by Dr. Stuart Dessner to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask Dr. Stuart Dessner any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed by Dr. Stuart Dessner about the aspects of your care, you and Dr. Stuart Dessner can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Orthognathic Surgery
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Drs Dr. Stuart Dessner will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery performed by Dr. Stuart Dessner can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Frequently Asked Questions Answered by Dr. Stuart Dessner
Dr. Stuart Dessner: How Much Time Should I Spend When I Brush My Teeth?
Dr. Stuart Dessner advises you to brush your teeth for two minutes
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Is An Electric Toothbrush Better Than A Manual Toothbrush?
Generally speaking an electric/sonic toothbrush is better at plaque removal on the gum line, which is prone to gingivitis, explains Dr. Stuart Dessner. However, Dr. Stuart Dessner would like you to know that a manual toothbrush is also an effective tool when properly used (i.e.) brushing in a small, round, gentle circular pattern, making sure to thoroughly clean along the gum line. Plaque easily attaches to all surfaces in the mouth therefore, Dr. Stuart Dessner would like you to be aware that it’s important to also brush your tongue, inside of cheeks, and the roof of the mouth.
Dr. Stuart Dessner recommends the Sonicair as an excellent toothbrush. The popular electric toothbrushes found in the toothpaste aisle of grocery stores and drugstores are often satisfactory and especially helpful for children. Adults may need a more sophisticated model like the Sonicair to benefit the most, states Dr. Stuart Dessner.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Is Flossing Really Necessary?
Flossing is imperative to oral health, says Dr. Stuart Dessner. Plaque bacteria are constantly forming a film on all surfaces of the mouth, especially hard to reach areas between the teeth and under the gumline. Dr. Stuart Dessner explains that plaque is acidic and causes the gum tissue to become irritated and inflamed when the plaque is allowed to accumulate. Brushing is very effective but the toothbrush bristles are not designed to penetrate between teeth and gums, states Dr. Stuart Dessner. If left untreated, plaque accumulates in hard to reach areas causing gum infection, periodontal problems, and eventual tooth loss.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Why Are X-Rays Necessary? My Teeth Look Fine And Cavity-Free.
X-rays done by Dr. Stuart Dessner are necessary to see between your teeth and beneath your gum. Dr. Stuart Dessner cannot see or probe the areas inside of your teeth or the bone around your teeth. Radiographs taken by Dr. Stuart Dessner detect cavities and periodontal bone loss, both of which can lead to pain or even the loss of teeth.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Facial Injury Surgeries by Dr. Stuart Dessner
Dr. Stuart Dessner performs the proper treatment of facial injuries. Dr. Stuart Dessner is versed in emergency care, acute treatment and long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation – not just for physical reasons but emotional as well. Dr. Stuart Dessner are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. Dr. Stuart Dessner understands that injuries to the face, by their very nature, impart a high degree of emotional, as well as physical trauma to patients. The science and art of treating these injuries requires special training involving a “hands on” experience and an understanding of how the treatment provided will influence the patient’s long term function and appearance.
Dr. Stuart Dessner meets and exceeds these modern standards. Dr. Stuart Dessner is trained, skilled, and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma.
There are a number of possible causes of facial trauma such as motor vehicle accidents, accidental falls, sports injuries, interpersonal violence, and work-related injuries, states Dr. Stuart Dessner. Types of facial injuries can range from injuries of teeth to extremely severe injuries of the skin and bones of the face. Typically, facial injuries are classified by Dr. Stuart Dessner as either soft tissue injuries (skin and gums), bone injuries (fractures), or injuries to special regions (such as the eyes, facial nerves or the salivary glands).
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Soft Tissue Injuries Of The Maxillofacial Region
When soft tissue injuries such as lacerations occur on the face, they are repaired by Dr. Stuart Dessner by suturing. In addition to the obvious concern of providing a repair that yields the best cosmetic result possible, care is taken by Dr. Stuart Dessner to inspect for and treat injuries to structures such as facial nerves, salivary glands, and salivary ducts (or outflow channels). Dr. Stuart Dessner is a well-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon and is proficient at diagnosing and treating all types of facial lacerations.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Bone Injuries Of The Maxillofacial Region
Fractures of the bones of the face are treated by Dr. Stuart Dessner in a manner similar to the fractures in other parts of the body. The specific form of treatment is determined by Dr. Stuart Dessner by various factors, which include the location of the fracture, the severity of the fracture, the age, and general health of the patient. When an arm or a leg is fractured, a cast is often applied to stabilize the bone to allow for proper healing. Since a cast cannot be placed on the face, other means have been developed by Dr. Stuart Dessner to stabilize facial fractures.
One of these options involves Dr. Stuart Dessner wiring the jaws together for certain fractures of the upper and/or lower jaw. Certain other types of fractures of the jaw are best treated and stabilized by the surgical placement of small plates and screws at the involved site. This technique of treatment can often allow for healing and obviates the necessity of having the jaws wired together. This technique is called “rigid fixation” of a fracture. The relatively recent development and use of rigid fixation has profoundly improved the recovery period for many patients of Dr. Stuart Dessner, allowing them to return to normal function more quickly.
The treatment of facial fractures should be accomplished in a thorough and predictable manner. More importantly, the patient’s facial appearance should be minimally affected. An attempt at accessing the facial bones through the fewest incisions necessary is always made by Dr. Stuart Dessner. At the same time, the incisions that become necessary, are designed to be small and, whenever possible, are placed by Dr. Stuart Dessner so that the resultant scar is hidden.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Major & Minor Bone Grafting by Dr. Stuart Dessner
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed, states Dr. Stuart Dessner. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants by Dr. Stuart Dessner. In these situations, most patients of Dr. Stuart Dessner are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Major Bone Grafting
Bone grafting by Dr. Stuart Dessner can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. The bone is either obtained by Dr. Stuart Dessner from a tissue bank or your own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee). Sinus bone grafts are also performed by Dr. Stuart Dessner to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized by Dr. Stuart Dessner that dissolve under the gum and protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration or guided tissue regeneration.
Major bone grafts are typically performed by Dr. Stuart Dessner to repair defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. Large defects are repaired by Dr. Stuart Dessner using the patient’s own bone. This bone is harvested by Dr. Stuart Dessner from a number of different sites depending on the size of the defect. The skull (cranium), hip (iliac crest), and lateral knee (tibia), are common donor sites. These procedures are routinely performed by Dr. Stuart Dessner in an operating room and require a hospital stay.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: Dental Implants by Dr. Stuart Dessner
Dental implants done by Dr. Stuart Dessner are changing the way people live. They are designed by Dr. Stuart Dessner to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dr. Stuart Dessner allows people who have lost teeth regain the ability to eat virtually anything. Patients of Dr. Stuart Dessner with dental implants can smile with confidence.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: What Are Dental Implants?
Dr. Stuart Dessner’s implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached by Dr. Stuart Dessner to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants by Dr. Stuart Dessner also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dr. Stuart Dessner: The Surgical Procedure
For most patients of Dr. Stuart Dessner, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed by Dr. Stuart Dessner within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, Dr. Stuart Dessner is forming new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Stuart Dessner will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed by Dr. Stuart Dessner, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients of Dr. Stuart Dessner experience minimal disruption in their daily life.