Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a kind of orthodontic therapy used to address severe instances of malocclusion, poor bites, and jaw bone abnormalities. One of the nine recognized dental specialties, oral and maxillofacial surgery focuses on treating difficult craniofacial problems including the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If you need surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist will collaborate with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide the best possible treatment.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
Adults with incorrect bites or other cosmetic issues may be treated with surgical orthodontics. Jaw development in girls typically ceases at 16 and in males at 18. The jaw must be fully developed before receiving orthognathic surgery. When the jaws do not line up properly and orthodontic treatment alone fails to establish a good bite, surgical orthodontics is required. Orthognathic surgery will assist to correct the jaw, and orthodontic braces will be utilized to move the teeth into place.
How do I know if I need orthognathic surgery?
If orthognathic surgery is required as part of your therapy, an orthodontist can notify you. You may or may not need surgery, depending on the severity of your disease and the position of your jaw.
How does orthognathic surgery work?
Your orthognathic surgery will be performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a hospital setting. Depending on the condition, orthognathic surgery might take several hours. After the procedure, you will be required to rest for around two weeks. Because orthognathic surgery is a substantial procedure, we suggest taking some time off from work and school during the recovery period. Your orthodontist will “fine-tune” your bite when your jaw has recovered. You will need to wear braces after surgery, keep in mind most braces are removed within six to twelve months. After your braces are removed, you’ll need to wear a retainer to keep your new smile in place.
What are the risks associated with orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery has the same dangers as any other significant medical procedure. Orthognathic surgery, on the other hand, is not a novel procedure; it has been used in offices and hospitals for many years. If you have any concerns regarding an impending orthognathic surgery procedure, please call our office and let us know. We would be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give any extra information you need. We care about your well-being.
What are the rewards of having orthognathic surgery?
The most essential benefit of orthognathic surgery for many patients is the achievement of a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Orthognathic surgery may help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come, whether you require orthodontic treatment to fix a faulty bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormalities.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery realigns your teeth and jaws into more balanced, functional, and healthy positions. Whether you want to improve your bite and function, your aesthetics, or your speech, corrective jaw surgery may make a big difference in your life. We’re here to collaborate with you to help you obtain a beautiful, functional, pain-free smile that will last a lifetime.
Who needs corrective jaw surgery?
Your upper and lower jaws may have developed at different rates. Jaw alignment may also be affected by injuries and congenital abnormalities. When just the teeth are misaligned, orthodontics may typically cure the condition; however, if the jaws are misaligned, corrective jaw surgery may be required. You may be a good candidate for corrective jaw surgery if you have any of the following conditions:
- Difficulty chewing, biting food, or swallowing
- Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
- Facial injury or birth defects
- Receding chin
- Protruding jaw
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
- Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)
Treatment for any of the aforementioned diseases is a commitment, not just to your health but also to your happiness. While surgery and orthodontic treatment may take a few years to complete, the results will be lifelong. There’s no necessity to suffer from painful and inconvenient jaw problems. To discover more about the best treatment choice for you, your requirements, and your smile, contact our office.