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Oral Pathology in Des Plaines, IL

Unbalanced facial appearance and difficulty chewing or swallowing are tough to live with, but you don't have to put up with them forever. Jeffrey Halpern, DDS, offers the number one practice for oral pathology in Des Plaines, IL. We provide all manner of corrective jaw, or orthognathic, surgery and treatment for oral diseases. Whether you have a protruding jaw, receding jaw, or open bite, we can put you on the path to fixing it.

Maxillofacial pathologists are specially trained to biopsy lesions in the maxillofacial area and diagnose its respective disorders. Oral lesions can range from infections to benign tumors to exhibitions of systemic disorders. Early detection is key for successful treatment, especially for oral cancer. Although it's commonly thought of as being for middle aged patients with drinking and smoking histories, there is an increasing number of younger patients. Rises in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and smokeless tobacco usage are causing factors. However, these lesions can be managed.

Correction of Common Dentofacial Deformities in Des Plaines, IL   

Our Maxillofacial Surgeon Has Specialized Knowledge

One of the main reasons to see our maxillofacial surgeon is that he is qualified to perform orthognathic surgery, which involves the jaw. Issues like TMJ or other alignment problems hurt your ability to speak and eat, and impact your appearance as well. Corrective jaw surgery treats what orthodontics don't by aligning the jaws the way they were meant to be. That being said, some orthodontics may be required before and after surgery, in which case we will certainly work with both your orthodontist and your dentist to provide the necessary treatment.

During the surgery, the jawbone will be repositioned according to your needs. This may involve bone grafting, or bone may be taken away, depending on your situation. Our surgeon always takes care to minimize scarring through incisions and administers the proper anesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience. Once it's over, he'll prescribe any needed medication and aftercare instructions, and you'll enjoy a balanced, healthier bite.

Oral Surgeons Like Ours Stick With You Long-Term

Because corrective jaw treatments are so complex and often work with orthodontics, it can sometimes take several years to complete a treatment. Our oral surgeon help patients both before and after braces and take careful records to ensure your surgery is successful. Ours is no exception, and he always provides the most realistic time frame possible in regards to your treatment.

Contact us and we'll help you through your treatment, no matter how long it takes. We work with patients and orthodontists alike in Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Park Ridge, Rosemont, and Chicago, Illinois, and surrounding communities.
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—Danielle Trevino, Oct 29, 2016