What Is Orthognathic Surgery?

Posted on 9/25/2023 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
What Is Orthognathic Surgery?Orthognathic surgery is a specialized surgical procedure that corrects any irregularities or misalignments in facial bones (especially the jaw) to enhance both its function as well as its appearance. Orthognathic surgery is often recommended for individuals with severe jaw issues that cannot be corrected through orthodontic treatment alone.

Understanding Orthognathic Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform this intricate procedure by collaborating with orthodontists to help patients combat an array of issues. Some of these issues include overbites, underbites, open bites, or facial asymmetry which cause problems while biting, speaking, or even breathing effectively.

The Orthognathic Surgery Procedure

Orthognathic surgery aims to restore symmetry and properly functioning jaws by adjusting & repositioning one's facial/jaw bones. Prior to surgery, one undergoes an individualized comprehensive evaluation conducted using advanced imaging techniques like X-rays or computerized tomography (CT) scans which ensures accuracy toward the ideal strategy needed.

During the actual surgical process itself, incisions are made inside the mouth, guaranteeing minimal scarring. Precise incisions are made on boned areas where the risk of damage is minimal, with varying bone training methods & fixation techniques carried out later using screws and platesĀ for desired results.

Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery

Beyond enhancing appearance, orthognathic surgeries have various positive medical benefits, too, as it stops and/or reduce chronic pain caused due to temporomandibular joint(TMJ) disorders & headaches while increasing self-assurance through improved aesthetics drastically with noticeable improvements in speech patterns, bite alignment and smoother breathing.

Orthognathic surgery could be your ideal solution if you're experiencing discomfort resulting from jaw misalignment or any prevalent facial irregularities. Meet with our oral and maxillofacial surgeon to determine your best option. Empower yourself by prioritizing your oral health and initiating the process towards a balanced, operational, and attractive smile. Secure your consultation today to explore the opportunities presented by orthognathic surgery.

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