Dr. Larry Wolford specializes in dentofacial deformities and performs surgery to correct jaw problems. A dentofacial deformity can exist as a result of problems in the upper jaw (maxilla), lower jaw (mandible), or both jaws. Oftentimes the jaw joints (TMJ – temporomandibular joint) may be involved in the overall process and will need to be evaluated and possible treated.
Osteotomy is the medical term describing the performance of bone cuts through the jaws, so the jaws or portions of jaws can be repositioned into a better balanced and functional relationship. Osteotomies may be indicated for the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both jaws. Breathing difficulties caused by upper airway obstruction can be corrected to provide a good functional airway at the same time as the jaw alignment and jaw function, are corrected. Related speech problems may also improve.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Wolford will perform a thorough examination and identify the associated problems. He will develop a treatment plan and explain the requirements to achieve a high quality result for you. The risks of the various surgical procedures will also be explained and your questions answered. Dr. Wolford will inform your referring doctor and any other health care providers that you wish to be included, as to your diagnosis and treatment plan, unless you request total confidentiality.