Surgical Orthodontics

At our orthodontic office, we understand that some patients may require more extensive treatment to achieve optimal dental function and appearance. In cases where orthodontic issues are related to the underlying structure of the jaw or face, orthognathic surgery may be recommended. Orthognathic surgery is a specialized procedure that involves reshaping the jawbones to improve dental alignment and function.

How Do I Know If I Need Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery may be recommended for patients with severe bite problems or jaw misalignment that cannot be corrected with orthodontic treatment alone. Some common signs that you may need orthognathic surgery include:

  • Difficulty biting or chewing
  • Chronic jaw pain or discomfort
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Breathing problems or sleep apnea
  • Chronic snoring

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our orthodontic team to determine whether orthognathic surgery is the right choice for you.

How Does Orthognathic Surgery Work?

Orthognathic surgery involves a combination of orthodontic treatment and surgical procedures to reshape the jawbones and improve dental alignment and function. The process typically begins with a period of pre-surgical orthodontic treatment, during which the teeth are moved into the correct positions in preparation for surgery.

Once the teeth are properly aligned, the orthodontist will work in conjunction with an oral surgeon to perform the surgical procedures necessary to reshape the jawbones. The surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and involves carefully repositioning the jawbones to achieve the desired alignment and function.

After the surgery, there is typically a period of recovery and post-surgical orthodontic treatment to ensure that the teeth and jaws are properly aligned and functioning as they should.

What Are the Risks Associated With Orthognathic Surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with orthognathic surgery. These may include bleeding, infection, nerve damage, or adverse reactions to anesthesia. However, these risks can be minimized by working with an experienced orthodontic team and carefully following all pre- and post-operative instructions.

What Are the Rewards of Having Orthognathic Surgery?

The rewards of orthognathic surgery can be significant, both in terms of improved dental function and appearance and overall quality of life. Patients who undergo orthognathic surgery typically experience:

  • Improved bite function and chewing ability
  • Reduced jaw pain and discomfort
  • Improved speech
  • Improved facial symmetry and appearance
  • Reduced risk of breathing problems or sleep apnea

If you are considering orthognathic surgery or would like to learn more about this procedure and its potential benefits, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our orthodontic team. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you determine whether orthognathic surgery is the right choice for your orthodontic needs.