Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth when the discrepancy is larger than can be managed with available growth and orthodontic treatment alone. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping, appearance, and other routine and critical quality of life activities.
Some conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery include difficulty biting food, difficulty swallowing, chronic jaw or joint pain, open bite, unbalanced facial appearance, and chronic mouth breathing. Orthognathic surgery coupled with orthodontic treatment can correct these problems and will improve the overall appearance of the face.
Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods, and the overall efficacy of your treatment. Jaw surgery usually can be performed entirely on the inside of your mouth, preventing facial scars on the outside. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength, and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.
Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. Orthognathic surgery is usually reserved for problems that cannot be easily treated with braces. Our skilled doctors will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you. If this is determined, it will probably include orthodontics both before and after the surgery. It is important to understand that your treatment is a long-term commitment and may take approximately 24 months to complete the entire process. Our professionals will advise you ahead of time and try to realistically estimate the time required for your treatment.
Lastly, recent advances in orthodontics including the use of temporary, titanium, mini-screws (aka Temporary Anchorage Devices “TAD’s”) have been greatly utilized by our orthodontists as they have extensive training in these new technologies. Certain situations that previously required a jaw surgery can be “outsmarted” using these state of the art technologies so that a more significant surgery can be replaced with a very minor one with a similar outcome. These TAD’s can also be used to shorten treatment time or creatively move teeth in ways that were not possibly before to avoid the need for dental implants for missing teeth.