Grayslake Orthodontist Specializes in Craniofacial Reconstruction
Grayslake, Ill. Every year thousands of babies are born with birth defects or suffer from facial injuries that require surgery. Children often need craniofacial reconstruction to repair abnormalities in the shape of the skull and facial features due to birth defects or genetic disorders. Craniofacial reconstruction also repairs traumatic injuries resulting from accidents. Craniofacial reconstruction in children requires special techniques and planning because the surgeon must allow for the future growth of the child’s facial bones and features.
Adults usually require craniofacial reconstruction following a head or facial trauma, but it is also performed on cancer patients who have lost part of the bony structures or soft tissue of the face following tumor surgery. In both adults and children, the reconstruction is intended to restore proper functioning of the patient’s mouth, jaw, and sensory organs as well as improve his or her appearance.
Traumatic injuries to the face and head, including blunt traumas, tears, lacerations, and burns, may require specialized treatment. The procedure differs for each issue; for example,heat, chemicals, or electricity can cause burns. Dr. Stosich will evaluate each patient, talk with you about your needs, and recommend a treatment based on you. We know there are issues that are out of your control, and we also know that you want to be taken care of in a professional, caring environment. Our specialty care and commitment to each patient’s needs is why our patients love us.
According to the American Burn Institute, there are 1.1 million burn injuries each year in the United States that are serious enough to require medical treatment. A 2001 study found that 16,879 adults needed plastic surgery to repair burn injuries, while 24,298 required maxillofacial surgery for injuries to the face and jaw.
About 7% of the children born each year in the United States are affected by birth defects of the head and face. An extremely frequent issue is a cleft palate. Cleft lip or palate is the fourth most common birth defect that affects American children, with one in every 700 newborns suffering this issue. The study found that Asian-American children have a higher prevalence of cleft palate, but African-American children have a lowerrate of occurrence.
Dr. Stosich is the only orthodontist in Chicago to complete a craniofacial research fellowship at the #1 Children’s Hospital in North America, the University of Pennsylvania. He brings expertise as a part of the faculty and connections through the University of Chicago hospitals craniofacial and cleft palate team. Dr. Stosich has overseen some of the most complex cases in the field, and he collaborates with world-class plastic surgeons on complex orthognathic surgical procedures for adult patients.
Dr. Stosich specializes in the following areas of expertise:
- 3D Robotic based surgical and craniofacial orthodontic and surgical planning
- Orthodontic management of patients with cleft lip and palate or craniofacial anomalies from child through adult dentition
- Surgical/orthodontic treatment planning and management, custom surgical splint design and construction, and insertion of splints in the operating room
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery recommends clinicians who specialize at the highest level of expertise in the full scope of surgical care in the craniofacial and maxillofacial region. Dr. Stosich is connected with many specialists with areas of specialty including:
- Craniofacial reconstruction
- Jaw surgery
- Cleft repair and reconstruction
- Treatment of obstructed sleep apnea
- TMJ repair and reconstruction
- Facial cosmetic surgery
- Tumor removal
- Facial trauma reconstruction for children and adults
- Craniofacial implants
- Dental implants
- Dental and oral surgery
iDentity Orthodontics is Chicago’s trusted orthodontist and dental specialist in the Grayslake, Kenilworth, Round Lake, Wilmette and skokie areas.
Contact Dr. Michael Stosich to discuss any craniofacial surgery, speech issues, ENT, and neurosurgery consultations.
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