At Phoenix Face we are medical experts in Maxillofacial surgical field. Uniting dentistry and medicine to create a care plan that’s unique and right for you. From correcting cleft lip to corrective jaw surgery, we are committed to providing you with the absolute best care and ensuring your satisfaction every step of the way.
Cleft Lip and Palate
Cleft lip and/or palate occurs 1 in 600 live births in the United States, making it the most common birth issue. A child born with cleft lip and/or palate may develop challenges in a variety of areas including: feeding, hearing, speech, language and tooth development, facial growth, learning and psychosocial issues. Therefore, it is critical that the child be assessed and cared for by a team of specialists. At Phoenix Face, we will dedicate our focus to helping you and your child receive all aspects of care that they deserve. Dr. Lam will coordinate your child’s care with a multitude of other specialists that are essential to treating cleft lip and palate. Specialty team members include speech language pathologists, nutritionists, pediatric dentists, orthodontists, lactation consultants, geneticists, pediatric ENT surgeons, and social workers.
Orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) in conjunction with orthodontic therapy helps to realign the upper and lower jaw relationship. This treatment option is often used to address unequal growth of the jaws that lead to overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Addressing jaw alignment allows for proper teeth alignment which in turn may address issues such as chewing difficulty, speech difficulty, obstructive sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, and facial disharmony.
Orthognathic surgery can be used to treat conditions that are congenital, such as cleft palate, and acquired, such as post-traumatic injuries. The bones of the upper and lower jaws are segmented, repositioned, and fixated using titanium plates and/or screws with very little to no visible scars on the face. Orthodontic braces or Invisalign are part of the treatment process and are facilitated by an orthodontist.
At Phoenix Face Maxillofacial Surgery, we take a multidisciplinary approach to your treatment. This means we will coordinate with your orthodontist, dentist, and primary care physician to optimize your experience and treatment outcome.
Injuries to the face can involve a single site or several areas of the craniomaxillofacial complex including the upper face (skull and forehead), mid-face (orbit, ears, nose, and cheeks), and lower face (upper and lower jaws, mouth, and teeth). Injuries can be superficial and involve only skin or extend to and involve the underlying bone. At Phoenix Face Maxillofacial Surgery, we are well versed at treating all areas of the face in patients of all ages. This means any injury you or a loved one may have had to the face, whether recent or in the past, can be treated by our team of experts. We understand that injuries to the face not only affects the face, but also many other aspects of life as well. Therefore, we are committed to you even beyond your initial injury and recovery. If there are any long-term needs or delayed reconstructive treatment that may be needed to address your injury, we will be by your side every step of the way.
Pediatric Facial Surgery
Benign cysts and tumors of the face, mouth, and jaws
Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue-tie, is a condition that results in impaired tongue movement. This is due to restrictive tissue on the undersurface of the tongue either being too thick, too short, or inserted in an improper position. Impaired tongue movement can affect breastfeeding and has also been linked with speech disorders, dental malocclusion, and gingival recession. If you are concerned that your baby or your child may have ankyloglossia, please contact our pediatric maxillofacial team at Phoenix Face Maxillofacial Surgery and we will help answer your questions so that your child gets the appropriate care they deserve.
Baby Ear Deformities Correction
Baby ear deformities are most commonly congenital auricular anomalies resulting from the baby’s head and ear positioning within the uterus. Most often the tissues of the ear are all present, however, due to pressure one or both ears are irregularly shaped.
Treatment of Baby Ear Deformities
Most baby ear deformities can be treated non-surgically when diagnosis and treatment are instituted early. This is due to the cartilages of the ear being soft and malleable during the first couple months of life. Surgical correction is often used to treat severe cases or those being treated later in life after the tissues of the ear have matured. Our pediatric maxillofacial surgeons at Phoenix Face Maxillofacial Surgery offer non-surgical treatment options to help correct baby ear deformities.
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