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Orthognathic surgery, commonly known as corrective jaw surgery, is a specialized procedure aimed at correcting irregularities of the jaw and facial structure that cannot be addressed through orthodontics or dental treatments alone. This surgical intervention, performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, is designed to enhance both aesthetic appearance and functional aspects of the jaw. At Sunset Oral and Facial Surgery, we offer advanced options in orthognathic (corrective jaw) surgery at our clinic in West Hollywood, CA.

Dr. David Salehani is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon with many years of experience completing oral surgeries. Corrective jaw surgery requires extensive surgical skill and expertise to ensure the results are exact for both the form and function of the mouth, teeth and jaw. Dr. Salehani has performed countless orthognathic surgeries with outstanding outcomes for his patients.

Understanding Orthognathic Surgery

The process for corrective jaw surgery begins with a comprehensive evaluation, including imaging studies like X-rays, CT scans and 3D models. This aids in assessing the extent of the jaw discrepancy and formulating a precise surgical plan. Dr. Salehani will evaluate the results and determine whether corrective surgery is needed. Orthognathic surgery is typically recommended to correct a range of conditions, such as misaligned jaws (overbite, underbite), facial asymmetry, difficulty chewing or biting, chronic jaw pain and obstructive sleep apnea due to jaw structure.

The surgery is conducted under general anesthesia and involves carefully repositioning the jaw bones. Incisions are made inside the mouth to access the jawbones, minimizing visible scarring. Dr. Salehani adjusts the bone position, securing them in the new alignment using specialized plates and screws.

Post-surgery, patients may experience swelling, mild discomfort and a liquid or soft diet for a few weeks. Complete recovery may take several months as the bones heal and adjust to their new positions.

Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery

Correcting jaw irregularities improves facial symmetry and proportions, enhancing overall facial aesthetics. Some of the other benefits include:

  • Improved Bite and Function: Properly aligned jaws significantly improve biting, chewing, speaking and overall jaw function, reducing strain and discomfort.
  • Resolution of Breathing Issues: For cases related to obstructive sleep apnea or breathing difficulties caused by jaw structure, orthognathic surgery can alleviate these problems.
  • Enhanced Oral Health: Properly aligned jaws can contribute to better oral hygiene, reducing the risk of issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Long-Term Results: Orthognathic surgery provides lasting results, often eliminating the need for further corrective measures.

Orthognathic surgery represents a transformative solution, not only addressing functional concerns but also significantly improving facial aesthetics, ultimately enhancing the overall quality of life for our patients. If you want to learn more about corrective jaw surgery, contact our office in West Hollywood to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Salehani.

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Dr. Salehani is professional and has great bedside manner. He thoroughly takes time before the procedure, to explain what’s going on and what will happen.
Bill S.
This is the doctor you want to do your surgery. He’s simply one of the smartest people I’ve ever known; thoughtful and careful.
Marty M.
Amazing friendly staff. Nice clean office. Super attentive. I got three wisdom teeth pulled yesterday, no pain what so ever afterward.
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