Dr. Wurth provides a range of facial surgery including facial trauma, jaw surgery, cleft lip and palate repair, and the treatment of TMJ.
Facial Injuries can be the result of sport mishaps, industrial accidents, motor vehicle accidents, accidents at home, and interpersonal violence to name a few. These injuries can take the form of broken bones of the forehead, eye-sockets, nose, cheek bones, or upper and lower jaws. Soft tissue injuries, such as lacerations and avulsions, often accompany the aforementioned bony injuries. Dr. Wurth has extensive experience in treating and reconstructing these traumatic injuries.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Jaw surgery is needed when the teeth don’t come together properly due to either under-developed or over-developed jaws. First, teeth are straightened and aligned by the orthodontist. Once this is complete, the jaw surgery repositions the misaligned jaws. This often improves speech, facial appearance, and the ability to properly chew.
Cleft Lip and Palate
A completely formed lip, palate, and nose are vitally important not only for a normal facial appearance but also for feeding and proper speech. Children born with a cleft lip and palate usually require the skills of a team of medical and dental professionals to properly manage the myriad of problems associated with the defects. In addition, numerous surgeries are often necessary at certain ages and stages of development to properly correct the defects.
The Temporomandibular Joints, are the joints that connect the lower jaw to base of the skull. Temporomandibular joint disorders can result when the muscles of the jaws and the joints don’t properly work together or when the discs that facilitate movement of the lower jaw are out of place or traumatized.. In addition, pain and other symptoms in these areas can be due to trauma or pathology not a TMD. There are numerous surgical and non-surgical treatment modalities available for temporomandibular joint problems depending upon the cause.