Orthognathic surgery is also referred to as the corrective jaw surgery and encompasses all surgical treatments aimed at correcting major and minor dental, as well as skeletal irregularities. Mostly performed alongside orthodontic treatments, these surgeries can effectively improve a patient’s ability to breathe, bite, chew, speak and smile.
Some of the most common irregularities that maxilla-facial surgeons correct with the help of orthognathic procedures include:
Temporo-Mandibular Joint disorder
Difficulty in chewing and swallowing food
Protrusion and backward positioning or the jaw
Imbalance of facial features
Sleep apnea and mouth breathing
Orthognathic surgeries are planned based on radiographs, comprehensive history, cast analysis, cephalometric analysis, bite registrations and the primary complain/requirements of the patient. Orthodontists and maxilla-facial surgeons work together to decide which surgery will work best to correct the irregularities according to the patient’s compliance. It is important to note however, that because these surgeries are generally part of orthodontic treatments, it may take several months for results to become prominent.
Corrective jaw surgeries make it possible for patients to smile with confidence without feeling conscious about their appearance. Consult our specialists today to discuss treatment options for dental and skeletal irregularities today!