What is Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is a type of corrective jaw surgery that is performed to correct a wide variety of functional and esthetic problems with the jaws and face. These problems can include misaligned jaws, teeth that do not meet correctly, or a facial imbalance. Orthognathic surgery can also improve your breathing and speaking. Orthognathic surgery is usually performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Why Would Orthognathic Surgery Be Needed?
Orthognathic surgery is needed when the upper and lower jaws don't meet correctly and teeth don't line up. This can be due to the jaw being out of alignment, or the teeth being out of alignment. Orthognathic surgery can correct these problems and improve the function and appearance of your teeth and jaws.
What Makes Someone a Candidate for Orthognathic Surgery?
Most people who are candidates for orthognathic surgery have problems with their bite. This means that the upper and lower jaws don’t line up correctly, which can causing problems with eating, speaking, and breathing. Orthognathic surgery can also improve the appearance of your face and jaw.
How Does Orthognathic Surgery Work?
Orthognathic surgery is typically performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The surgeon will first assess the patient's teeth, jaws, and bite to determine if orthognathic surgery is necessary. If orthognathic surgery is determined to be the best course of treatment, the surgeon will then develop a customized treatment plan for the patient.
During orthognathic surgery, the surgeon will make incisions in the mouth in order to access the jawbone. The surgeon will then reposition the bones and tissues in the jaw in order to create a more ideal bite. In some cases, orthognathic surgery may also involve the placement of implants or other devices in order to support the new position of the jaw.
If you feel like you might be a candidate for orthognathic surgery, contact one of our 8 locations today and we will be happy to further assist you.