Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don't meet correctly and/or teeth don't seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions misaligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and, in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics alone can correct bite problems if only the teeth are involved, orthognathic surgery may be required if the jaws also need repositioning.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated :
chewing, biting or swallowing
chronic jaw or TMJ pain
recessive (small) jaw
Any of these can exist at birth or may be acquired after birth as a result of heredity, environmental influences, or trauma. Before any treatment begins, you will have a complete examination with x-rays. During this pre-treatment examination process, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. You will be fully informed about all aspects of your care before making the decision to proceed with treatment.
Technology and Orthognathic Surgery
Your Doctor uses modern computer techniques and three dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial Xrays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you'll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed, and also to actually see the benefits of orthognathic surgery prior to surgery.
If you are a candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery, your Doctor will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthier dental-facial relationship.
Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat Facial Trauma