Before and After: Osteotomy and Rhinoplasty

Upper jaw (maxillary osteotomy) & Lower jaw (mandibular osteotomy) & Rhinoplasty

Jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic (or-thog-NATH-ik) surgery, corrects irregularities of the jaw bones and realigns the jaws and teeth to improve the way they work. Making these corrections may also improve your facial appearance.

Rhinoplasty is a surgery to change the shape of the nose. Because both breathing and the nose’s shape are interrelated, a rhinoplasty may sometimes be performed not only to change the way the nose looks but also to improve breathing through the nose.

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Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty

Post-Op Gallery

Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty
Maxillary osteotomy & mandibular osteotomy & rhinoplasty

What to Expect From Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom Teeth Surgeons

Over three million people have their wisdom teeth taken out every year.

If your dentist has talked to you about the possibility of wisdom teeth extraction, we understand that you might feel a bit anxious about the procedure. You might even wonder whether or not it’s truly necessary.

In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about not only why wisdom teeth removal is so important, but also what you can expect out of the procedure.

Understanding what actually happens during the procedure, as well as what the recovery process will look like, can help to quell your nerves. You’ll also have a better idea of any questions you’d like to ask your dentist.

Read on to master the basics of wisdom teeth extraction.

Signs You Need to Consider Wisdom Teeth Removal

Of course, your oral surgeon is the most qualified person to tell you when the time is right to have your wisdom teeth extracted.

That said, there are a few signs you can be on the lookout for and inform your dentist of.

Have you been dealing with serious pain when eating?

Food may have gotten stuck between your gums and the tops of your wisdom teeth. This pain could also be caused by incorrect growth and overcrowding due to the appearance of your wisdom teeth. After all, your mouth now has to make space for thirty-two teeth, not just twenty-eight!

Especially if you’re experiencing severe pain in the jaw and at the tooth site, it may be time to discuss the possibility of extraction with your dentist.

You may also deal with severe halitosis or bad breath in plain English.

This often happens because your wisdom teeth can make it tough for you to properly clean the rest of your teeth and gums. This may even lead to cavities and inflamed, bleeding gums. It’s especially important to act quickly if you suspect cavities and tooth decay, as this can easily infect other teeth.

Many people don’t realize that the bacteria found in cavities can also spread to other parts of the body, including the heart. The truth is that tooth decay is an issue that can and does impact your overall health.

Interestingly, sinus issues are also a sign that you need to consider wisdom teeth extraction.

Because teeth are growing in the upper part of your jaw and developing roots, they actually end up pressing against your sinuses. If you’ve experienced an uptick in congestion and sinus headaches in addition to tooth pain and the other symptoms we’ve listed here, now is the time to see your dentist.  

Why Wisdom Teeth Removal Matters

We understand that no one likes the thought of having to undergo surgery.

However, in order to protect your oral and even overall health, wisdom teeth extraction is something you can’t put off.

Wisdom teeth (which are actually the third row of molars) become impacted because your mouth simply doesn’t have the space for them.

This can cause wisdom teeth to grow at strange, painful angles. Sometimes, they can’t break through your gums at all, resulting in fully impacted wisdom teeth. Even if they are only partially impacted (meaning you’ll only spot a part of the crown poking through the gums) they still need to be removed.

Unlike developing great flossing and brushing habits, there’s really nothing you can do to stop the development of impacted wisdom teeth. Unfortunately, it all really boils down to luck. Some people don’t need to have their wisdom teeth taken out because they just happen to come in correctly. Others are fortunate enough to have been born without wisdom teeth at all.

If left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause the other teeth in your mouth to become crooked — even after you’ve had braces or other corrective orthodontia. These teeth can also create painful cysts in your jawbone, which can put intense pressure on your nerves. In extreme cases, a cyst may develop into a benign tumor, which will require extensive surgery to remove some of the bone and tissue surrounding it.

A failure to remove wisdom teeth can also lead to increased tooth decay and gingivitis, gum disease, and serious bacterial infections in the mouth.

What to Expect from the Procedure

Now that you know more about why you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, let’s talk about what you can expect from the actual procedure.

Remember that the entire process will only take one day, and you’ll be given local or general anesthesia to ensure you don’t experience any pain during the surgery itself.

You and your oral surgeon will talk about any health conditions you have and medications you take before the surgery. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about both the surgery and the recovery process. It’s normal to feel a bit apprehensive the day of the surgery.

Most extractions take only about one hour.

If your wisdom tooth hasn’t broken through your gums, a tiny incision is made so that the surgeon can reach it. In some cases, the surgeon will also need to remove a small section of bone that covers your tooth.

Depending on the size and the angle of the tooth itself, it may actually need to be cut into smaller pieces and removed. After the tooth is out, the area is thoroughly cleaned to prevent infection.

If an incision was required, you’ll get stitches to seal your gums back up. The surgeon will also put gauze over the area to allow a blood clot to form.

The Recovery Process

We’ve all seen those silly videos of patients getting out of their wisdom teeth surgeries, still feeling some of the effects of anesthesia.

While these videos are certainly entertaining, they’re also a good reminder of why you should have a friend drive you home afterward. Once you get home, you’ll begin to regain a bit of feeling in your mouth. You may experience pain and swelling, but it’s important to refrain from touching your mouth to avoid spreading bacteria.

On the day of your surgery, you can use an ice pack to help to manage the pain and bring down the swelling. You should rest for the remainder of the day. In some cases, your surgeon may give you prescription painkillers and other medication to take in the days following your surgery. You should use this medication only as directed.

Familiarize yourself with the signs of an allergic reaction to these painkillers, and stop taking them if you experience an allergy.

You’ll need to be careful about what you eat in the days following surgery. Hard foods are certainly to be avoided in the first few days, as is coffee, alcohol, and of course, cigarettes.

Soft foods like milkshakes, lukewarm soup, jello, and yogurt are ok to eat. If you’re drinking a smoothie, refrain from using a straw.

Next Steps

In the majority of cases, you’ll be totally healed from your wisdom teeth extraction surgery in about three or four days.

However, if your teeth were severely impacted or growing at sharp angles, recovery could take up to a week. Remember that it will take the wound from the surgery a few weeks to heal, so you’ll need to be cautious and proactive when it comes to preventing infection.

We suggest that you avoid hitting the gym too hard, spitting, using a straw, or eating tough foods for a few weeks after your procedure.

You also need to ensure you’re caring for the wound and your teeth properly. Your dentist will give you more specific instructions, but you should rinse your mouth with salt and warm water about five or six times every day after the surgery.

Your dentist may also tell you to avoid brushing and flossing your teeth the night of surgery. When you do resume brushing, be especially gentle.

If you experience bleeding in the mouth, you can use a bit of gauze to gently dab the area. If bleeding persists or becomes more severe, get in touch with your dentist at once.

Are You Ready for Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

We hope that this post has helped you to understand why wisdom teeth extraction matters, as well as what you can expect from both the surgery and the recovery process.

Above all, ensure that you’re working with a dental professional that has experience, an excellent bedside manner, and who can fully explain the procedure to you.

Are you ready to talk to a dental professional about your wisdom teeth? Dealing with another dental issue that you’d like a professional opinion about?

If so, then schedule an appointment with our practice today.

We’re committed to providing you with the best possible care, ensuring that you know what to expect out of any dental procedure, and helping you to understand how to take the best care of your teeth and mouth.

Dental Implants Are Often Preferable for Restoring Missing Teeth

Dental Implants

Severe cavities and oral trauma can sometimes result in the total loss of a tooth. In some of these cases, the root of the tooth is simply too badly compromised to be viably treated by endodontic therapy. In many of these cases, [dr_type]s like Drs. Richard Shamo and AJ Stosich may advocate extracting whatever remains of the tooth before suturing the local gum tissues.

When you are ready they can help you understand the dental restorations offered at [practice_name]. In recent years more and more people have been opting for dental implants to replace a missing tooth.

This type of dental restoration starts with a minimally invasive oral surgery where we carefully install a titanium dental implant into the underlying bone tissues.

In time the titanium will gradually integrate with the bone tissues to create an anchor that replicates the original root of the tooth. When it’s ready we will prepare and abutment capable of anchoring a dental crown restoration.

The dental crown will need to be created in a dental lab. Once it has been cemented to the abutment it will complete the dental restoration process. This will allow you to enjoy the essential function of your previously missing tooth.

If you live in the [city], [state], area and you are missing a tooth, you should call [phone] to set up a consultation appointment at [practice_name].


Better Smiles Begin with Sleep Apnea Treatments

Sleep Apnea

One of the biggest oral health risks that individuals may suffer from and be completely unaware of is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which individuals suffer from interrupted breathing patterns while they sleep. The two most common forms of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea arises when individuals have a blocked airway or are failing to receive enough air through their air passages. Central sleep apnea, however, is a result of brain signals not being adequately received. When your brain sends signals to your breathing muscles instructing them to breathe, there may be issues in which these signals are not reaching their target destination. This type of sleep apnea typically arises due to issues such as brain tumors, infections, stroke, or heart failure.

Treating sleep apnea is essential if you are at a higher risk for the symptom. Typically, men over the age of 40 are at the highest risk for sleep apnea. Furthermore, if you are overweight or have a genetic predisposition for any oral health conditions, you will also be likely to suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is commonly linked to a family history of the disorder, a nasal obstruction such as a deviated septum, allergies and sinus problems, large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw in relation to your face.

For help treating sleep apnea, Drs. Richard Shamo and AJ Stosich at [practice_name] are here to assist you in every way we can. If you would like to set up an appointment to visit our oral and maxillofacial surgeons in [city], [state], please call us at [phone] to speak with our team.


Genioplasty: What is it?

Smooth Chin

Have you ever heard of genioplasty? Genioplasty, also known as a chin revision, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is used to enhance the look of your chin. Not only will your chin look better, but your mouth and jaw can be adjusted to give you the oral health aesthetic you desire for your chin. Numerous changes can be made to your face, including repositioning your jaw or even taking out pieces of your chinbone if necessary.

If you required to genioplasty, it is important to speak Dr. [doctor_name] at our office. [practice_name] wants to make sure that you receive the necessary cosmetic surgeries that you desire and give you the chin revision you are hoping for. Whether you wanted an advancement, your chin pushed back, a side to size alteration, a vertical change, adjustments in the length, shape, or size of your chin, we can assist you.

[practice_name] wants to help you with all your oral surgery needs. You are welcome to visit our office in [city], [state]. You can call us at [phone] to schedule an appointment. Dr. [doctor_name] and our team are here to ensure you received the necessary treatments you desire. We look forward to speaking with you soon about your oral health and maxillofacial needs!

You Ought to Consider an Otoplasty Enhancement

Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Are you aware of the benefits of having a cosmetic ear revision? Ear revisions are done to readjust any issues associated with an individual and their ears. These are also known as otoplasties. If you have protruding or overly large ears that you often find as a source of shame or embarrassment, do not worry as we can make natural adjustments to ensure they meet the ideal proportions of the rest of your face.

Numerous treatments can be used to ensure your otoplasty surgery goes along as needed. Your ears can be reshaped and remolded to the exact needs that each patient desires. We can place them in the proper position and alter them so that the shape of your ears is improved as well. Even if you have suffered accidents in the past, we can help create a more natural shape that the injury may have taken away from you.

For more information about otoplasty enhancements, contact [practice_name] at our office in [city], [state]. We can be reached by calling us at [phone]. No matter the cosmetic surgeries you require, contact our team to learn what we have to offer to enhance your look. Dr. [doctor_name] and our team look forward to hearing from you.

Applying the Perfect Cosmetic Enhancement with Dermal Fillers

Beautiful Smile

Are you looking for a highly effective oral and facial rejuvenation treatment to drastically improve the youthful look of your face? Are you looking to restore fullness to your face and fill out your lips while at the same time softening any wrinkles and creases you may have? If so, [practice_name] recommends visiting our office for a dermal filler treatment.

Dermal fillers are designed to make you look younger by improving the look of your face who a treatment designed to smooth wrinkles. We offer three main treatments for dermal fillers:

Belotero Balance®

Through the use of our highly effective dermal fillers, we can make sure you receive the facial restoration you desire. Our treatments are designed to help improve the fullness of thin lips and enhance the appearance of any recessed scars that may be present. In addition, our fillers can soften facial wrinkles and creases in as little as one visit. Our dermal fillers are also highly effective for improving your facial contours by filling out your face.

If you would like to learn more about dermal fillers or would like to come in for a treatment, schedule a consultation with our Doctors and our team. We look forward to improving your appearance!

Cosmetic Superstardom: Rhinoplasty


On the list of cosmetic procedures, which one would you rank at the top? Although many individuals may choose a multitude of treatments, adjustments to an individual’s face are often extremely high on the list. Specifically, individuals wish for a better nose. Although you may often think your nose cannot be drastically improved, the truth is our team of highly skilled cosmetic surgeons are specifically trained to enhance your nose through rhinoplasty, also known as nose revision.

Through oral and maxillofacial surgery, we can not only enhance your nose, but we can reverse any ailments that have occurred, as well as genetic defects or injuries that are present. Furthermore, some of the benefits of a nose revision include the following:

– Our team can customize the look of your nose to precisely match the aesthetics of your face and give you the facial symmetry you deserve.
– We can customize noses by altering their shape and size. If your nose is too big, we can shrink it down without losing its aesthetic charm. In addition, we can repair any damages that may have existed from a pre-existing condition or defects that you’re born with, and we can reverse the effects and give you a much better nose.
– If you would like to improve your breathing, we can often adjust your nose to ensure that your airways will be opened more efficiently and safely.
– A nose revision from our team at Aspire Surgical is designed to improve your self-esteem, boost your self-image, and increase your self-confidence.

If you would like to come in to learn more about what a nose revision can do for you, you’re welcome to schedule an appointment at our office and our team look forward to helping you with all your oral and facial cosmetic needs.

It’s a Great Time of Year for a Facelift


If you require a facelift, it is important to speak with your doctor to ensure you will be ready for the procedure. Our team will gladly speak to you to ensure you receive the finest quality facelift available, and help adjust and prepare for any issues that can arise due to skin type, ethnicity, skin age, and underlying issues including vision ailments and the presence of contacts.

Facelifts are extremely popular and highly effective cosmetic procedures because they can naturally restore youth back to your face and make you feel much younger. Facelifts will give a boost to your self-esteem and can greatly enhance your self-image.

Facelifts are highly effective for giving you a youthful appearance, and they can also correct and enhance numerous underlying issues with your face. Facelifts are effective for removing forehead lines, smoothing out, correcting, eliminating, or repairing skin aging abnormalities or any issues involved with double chins, or any other ailments in your face that may result in sagging or loose skin.

If you are looking to improve your smile with facelifts at [practice_name], you are welcome to set up an appointment with our doctors and our team at our office.  We are here to serve as your to give you the oral health care you need.

The Beauty of Botox®

Are you aware that there is a non-surgical procedure that can drastically enhance the youth of your face without any form of incision? Did you know a simple injection is available to give you a youthful appearance that will not only boost your self-esteem but also enhance your self-image, and can in many cases, treat a few oral health ailments that can arise? It’s true, and it is known as BOTOX®.

BOTOX injections are extremely popular due to their effect on your face. BOTOX injections can help eliminate lines and wrinkles on your face and can be used in numerous areas including with frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead, and your lips. Without the need for any stitches, incisions, or any surgery whatsoever, a simple as BOTOX injection is all that is required.

BOTOX injections are proven to help aid with numerous disorders that can arise. If you suffer from migraines and headaches and are looking for an easy and effective treatment, BOTOX injections have been shown to help lessen and even eliminate the symptoms from occurring. In addition, BOTOX injections are highly effective for treating TMJ disorders, and can even help lessen excessive sweating.

If you would like a BOTOX treatment from Aspire Surgucal at our office, please connect with us. Our Doctors and our entire team will ensure you get the youthful appearance you desire.