Oral and Facial Surgery Center

Reed H. Day, M.D., D.M.D., F.A.C.S

Call Us: (602) 956-9560

Removing and replacing Failed Dental Implants

There are a number of reasons why dental implants fail. The success rate today is 94% to 98%, but that was not always the case. Bone regeneration techniques that have become available in the past few years have made it more likely that an implant will set itself permanently into your jawbone. In years past, longer screws were used when the jaw was receding, but they didn’t always take. As with building a house, the tooth is only as strong as its foundation. Without solid bone to use as an anchor, failed dental implants are common. With it, if you’re a non-smoker, you almost guaranteed success.

Removing and replacing failed dental implants is not as difficult as you might believe. If the failure is where the tooth is rooted to the jaw, the removal process might take care of itself. Implants that come detached often fall or slide right out, making the job of the surgeon less difficult. If the implant is still solidly attached, but the top or middle is damaged, a more complex procedure needs to be done to remove the implant before replacing. That could mean orthognathic procedures on the jaw bone itself.

Replacing failed dental implants once they have been removed is less complicated. If you had your implants done over five years ago you are in for a treat. Using modern oral and maxillofacial surgery techniques, Dr. Day can strengthen the jaw bone and insert implants that should last you a lifetime. Once they’re in, you can go to your general dentist for caps and coloring. Many recipients of implants bleach their teeth to make them all one uniform color. You could do that or simply wait until your new implant gradually becomes the same color as your other teeth.

Before implants, the standard procedure for filling in a gap where a tooth was missing was to file down the teeth on either side of it and build a bridge. When implants were first developed, many older patients couldn’t get them because of bone deterioration in the jaw, the same reason why many implants failed in a few years. Today, that doesn’t have to happen. Contact our office to learn more.

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What is an Orthognathic Surgery Specialist?

Most people are familiar with the term “orthodontist”. Many of us have had to deal with at least one orthodontic procedure in our lifetime, whether it was braces, plates, or any other type of correctional dental appliance or apparel, but what exactly is an orthognathic surgery specialist? It sounds like a term to describe something to do with the mouth. Is it just another fancy word to describe your dentist? The answer is, of course, no. Orthognathic surgery is a category all its own, and it refers to work done on the jaw, such as reconstructive jaw surgery or overbite surgery.

Dr. Reed Day is the orthognathic surgeon metro Phoenix dental patients turn to most often when they need jaw surgery or corrective jaw alignments. He has over twenty five years experience in the field and is considered one of the premier orthognathic surgeons in the country. Other dentists in Phoenix refer patients to him all the time, one of the highest compliments a professional can receive – acknowledgement by his peers. If you are suffering from any type of jaw injury or pain resulting from a jaw condition which could be corrected, you have come to the right place.

Orthognathic surgeons can help you with problems ranging from wisdom teeth extraction to a broken or fractured jaw. Dr. Day also performs sleep apnea surgery, lingual nerve surgery, and overbite and underbite surgery. If you have failed dental implants in your mouth, he can remove them and if you’ve been looking for an orthognathic surgeon in Scottsdale and can’t find one, he would be happy to assist you. We see patients from throughout Arizona here at the Oral and Facial Surgery Center. Some even fly in from other states to see Dr. Day.

Orthodontics is still alive and well, so don’t think we’ve eliminated the need for them with orthognathic surgeons. When it comes to physical conditions that affect the human body, we can never have enough specialists. Some surgeons focus solely on heart conditions, others are gastrointestinal specialists. Dr. Day has spent a quarter century studying and applying techniques to correct problems in the jaw. That type of expertise and experience is what you need when you want to correct a problem.

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Underbite Surgery is Much More Successful Today than Ever Before

There is no question that oral and facial reconstructive surgery is far more successful today than it was just a few decades ago. All you need to do is look around you and you can find evidence of this. The number of folks with overbites and underbites has decreased dramatically. You rarely see them at all anymore, a testament to modern technology in the dental industry. Underbite surgery, one of the more difficult orthognathic procedures, is now almost as simple and painless as tooth extraction. If you have an underbite and have been told it’s almost impossible to correct, call our office and you will learn that statement is not true anymore.

Remember dental headgear? Some of you reading this may be too young to recall the days when teenagers were subjected to metal braces and unsightly headgear, but it used to happen. In the 1970’s and 80’s it was the only way to correct an underbite. The philosophy was that pulling the jaw back could be done with constant, elastic pressure that could only come from a contraption that wrapped around the head and pulled on the braces until the jaw realigned. To those who remember it firsthand from their childhood it has been compared to medieval torture.

Today, the procedure is much less dramatic, requires no headgear, and can be performed in an hour or two here in our office. Thanks to the tireless efforts of orthognathic surgeons in the past decade, we are now able to realign the jaw by adding or removing bone, a painless procedure that can correct an underbite or overbite. The seemingly impossible conditions that teens and pre-teens used to suffer with can now be avoided with these simple surgical procedures. Add that to the evolution of invisalign braces and our kids are getting off a whole lot easier than we did.

Corrective jaw surgery is nothing to fear, especially if you have it done here at the Oral and Facial Surgery Center. Dr Reed Day, a graduate of Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, is one of the premier surgeons in the country with over twenty five years experience in the field. You do not have to suffer with that unsightly underbite any longer. Contact our office today and we’ll correct it for you – without headgear.

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Do you need Jaw Reconstructive Surgery?

Jaw reconstructive surgery is a serious procedure that requires proper preparation and in many cases the assistance of multiple dental and cosmetic specialists. An oral surgeon can perform the basic wiring or setting of the jawbone, but the cause of the injury may have led to a need for other work. For instance, in the case of a car accident, facial lacerations may be present and teeth may have been broken. The jaw is only part of the problem. The rest needs to be addressed in a systematic fashion. If you are in a situation like that, the Oral and Facial Surgery Center is the right place to go for help.

In the case of a fractured jaw, there are times when wiring can be avoided by using a system of plates and screws that will allow the patient to function better and recover more quickly after the surgery. The process is known as “rigid fixation” and is fairly new, but it’s practiced here at our office by Dr. Reed Day, one of the country’s premier specialists in that area. He has proven that rigid fixation is not only effective, but also leaves less scars and long term effects on the patient. It is also, of course, much more attractive than having to communicate through a wired jaw.

A broken or fractured jaw often comes with a mouthful of broken teeth, so you can expect to have to undergo additional procedures to repair or replace those teeth. If you’ve just been in an accident and teeth have come out, get them into a glass of warm water or milk as soon as possible. We can re-implant them back into your jaw, provided the damage is not too extensive. In cases where it is, we can reconstruct your teeth using implants or bridges. Modern dental technology provides us a lot of options when it comes to replacing or repairing broken teeth.

Of all the painful injuries you can suffer, a broken jaw is one of the most traumatic and difficult to recover from. Eating and speaking are two things we tend to take for granted until they’re taken away from us. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a permanent situation and the recovery time is much shorter than it ever has been. With new techniques like rigid fixation, other people might not notice your condition at all.

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