Surgical Orthodontics

Orthognathic Surgery also known as Surgical Orthodontics is a surgical procedure to correct jaw deformities by adjusting the position or length of the jaw. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and it focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. Orthognathic surgery is not always necessary and is dependent upon the severity of the case.

Who Needs Surgical Orthodontics?

Orthodontists consider surgical orthodontic treatment for those cases beyond the scope of dental correction alone and for those with facial aesthetic concerns. Before jaw surgery can be performed jaw growth should be completed and normally it stops by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. Surgical treatment is considered for the patients with severe bite problems and asymmetries that cannot be corrected using braces.

How can I know if an Orthognathic surgery is required for me?

Consult with your orthodontist and he can suggest if you require Orthognathic surgery. It depends upon the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw.

How does it work?

Orthodontist closely works closely with the top oral and maxillofacial surgeons to coordinate a treatment plan. Patients then undergo an initial period of orthodontic treatment to align the teeth so that they will fit together properly after surgery is completed. Surgery usually is not scheduled until the teeth have been properly aligned. Orthodontic appliances remain in place throughout the entire process and aid in stabilizing the teeth and jaws immediately post-surgery. With the advent of rigid fixation, there is no need to “wire the jaws shut” as in the past.

Is Orthognathic surgery worth the risks?

Every surgery carries with it a number of risks. However, the process of orthognathic surgery is not new, and it has been performed for many years in practices and hospitals. If you’re concerned about an upcoming treatment with orthognathic surgery, please contact our practice and let us know. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and provide you with any additional information. Your comfort is important to us.

Rewards of Having Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery moves your teeth and jaws into positions that are more balanced, functional and healthy. It also helps to improve your bite and function, many patients also experience enhancements to their appearance, breathing and speech. Orthognathic surgery has the ability to enhance a patient’s life, giving her or him the comfort needed to eat properly and, often, the freedom from pain.