Jaw/Vestibular surgery IN LAS VEGAS & HENDERSON, NV
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Jaw/vestibular surgery (orthognathic surgery) is a safe and effective surgical procedure performed to correct face or jaw related issues, such as jawbone irregularities, malocclusion, TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, or growth issues. Orthodontics are typically the first line of treatment for patients who have these type of issues, but vestibular surgery may be the right treatment option for more severe or unique cases. The process of performing vestibular surgery will vary from patient to patient, but typically involves cutting, moving, modifying, and/or realigning bone to create a proper bite. There are a range of benefits associated with having vestibular surgery to correct your bite, including improved functionality, a more balanced appearance of your face, and added generalized health benefits due to an improved ability to chew, swallow, breathe, and sleep.
The Vestibular Surgery Procedure
An initial consultation and general examination will be necessary to determine if vestibular surgery is the right treatment option for you. During this visit, we will review your health history, discuss your oral health concerns and goals, and examine your teeth, gums, and cheeks to determine your overall health and identify any underlying issues. Following this examination, we will explain available treatment options and answer any questions you have. Although vestibular surgery may be an appropriate treatment option at some point, it is generally not recommended for female patients between the ages of 14-16 and younger, or male patients between the ages of 17-21 or younger.
If it is determined that vestibular surgery is necessary, the next step will be to determine what specific approach is necessary to optimize your results. Though not always the case, many times your periodontist will fit you with braces to improve alignment and in preparation of the procedure. Once this is determined, the procedure will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. There are a range of procedures that can happen following this step that may be performed on your chin, lower jaw, upper jaw or some combination of all three.
Regardless of the procedure type, every attempt will be made to perform vestibular surgery inside the mouth to reduce or eliminate facial scarring. Once your procedure is complete, it may be necessary to continue wearing braces for some time following surgery until your teeth are properly aligned.
For aftercare instructions, please refer to the following information.
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Aftercare Following Vestibular Surgery
Once your procedure is complete, we will provide post-operative instructions to ensure that you minimize your risk of developing complications and enjoy a fast a recovery time.
Following vestibular surgery, it is common to experience sensitivity, and swelling, but this can typically be managed using ice packs and over the counter pain relieving medication. If you are prescribed pain relieving medication and/or antibiotics, it is essential to follow the recommended dose until the prescription runs out. One of the most important aftercare instructions to follow is sticking to a soft food diet and avoid chewing in the procedural area, slowly reintroducing harder foods as your healing process progresses.
Once you have fully recovered, you can return to your normal diet and self-care practices, however, taking consistent good care of your oral health will reduce the likelihood of needing similar treatments in the future, especially if this procedure was performed because of improper or insufficient self-care. Make it a habit to brush your teeth twice daily (at a minimum) for at least two minutes each time. Also, remember to brush your tongue and cheeks, as well as behind the lower and upper front teeth.
Flossing at least once a day and being mindful of the type of foods and beverages you consume are also important steps to maintaining good oral health. Finally, continuing to schedule regular checkups every six months (or more if necessary) is the most important step you can take to maintain your oral health and identify and correct issues before they develop into something more significant. By following these best practices, you will maximize your recovery process and continue to enjoy good oral health!
Cost of Vestibular surgery
The cost of vestibular surgery is contingent on a variety of factors, including the severity of your case, whether dental sedation is used, and your dental insurance plan. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we are committed to helping you maximize your insurance reimbursement so you can receive optimal care, which is why we will file your claim and handle your paperwork. Please be aware, though, that any remaining balance following coverage is your responsibility to cover. Though not required, we do offer a discount for patients who pay their bill in full (cash, check, or credit) prior to treatment.
Before scheduling your appointment for vestibular surgery, we will provide an estimated total cost and answer any questions you have concerning payment plan options, such as Care Credit and/or Lending Club, which offer interest-free payment plans for six-to-twelve-month periods.
For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
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At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we offer conservative treatment of gum disease and a comprehensive list of procedures, ranging from periodontal maintenance, diagnosis and treatment of oral pathology, dental implants, and/or cosmetic procedures to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Our number one goal is to provide optimal care in a comfortable and relaxed environment. To schedule an appointment for vestibular surgery, contact our office at (702) 562-9024.