Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)
Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws do not meet correctly and/or the teeth do not seem to fit with the jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. When only the teeth are involved orthodontics alone can correct bite problems, however, orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.
Orthognathic Surgery Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
Dr. Bell use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Virtual surgical planning (VSP) is a 3D surgical planning that has been used in many surgical fields to improve the accuracy and efficiency of surgical procedures. It allows greater precision when planning for complex movements of the maxillofacial skeleton for treatments such as orthognathic surgery.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Bell will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
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